Attitudes from the Publisher
Every time I go to Palm Springs, California, I always ask myself "Why do I live in New Jersey?" Last month I was in Palm Springs for the Consumer Electronics Association's Fall Conference—the conferences and speakers seemed right on, the mood seemed to be better than upbeat. Like all CEA gatherings, Fall Conference makes for a great networking opportunity—so, so important in our industry.
Most entertaining was the impromptu seminar CEA added at the last minute about the industry economic environment, post September 11.
CEA Vice President Todd Thibodeaux got up and described how his group tele-surveyed 1,000 consumers on their Christmas shopping intentions, buying patterns and the products they intended to buy. According to the survey, the consumer was heading into the Christmas shopping season with an upbeat positive look.