Big Wheel, Turning
Finally, this month (February), Nationwide is slated to add consumer electronics to the appliance mix on BrandsDirect.com, the group's comparison-shopping Web site for consumers, unveiling the new site at the group's Prime Time event in Las Vegas. In late December, Kelly said the new site would feature more merchandising and more consumer financing offers, but leave the product pricing to local dealers. "It will be greatly enhanced," he says.
MATTERS OF SURVIVAL
E-commerce, just-in-time delivery and automated order management systems were unheard of when Nationwide formed more than 35 years ago with seven original members: Lee Guttman's Pittsburgh-based Wonder Sales, Ed Kelly Appliance & Television Company in North Carolina, PC Richard and Trader Horn in New Jersey, H.H. Gregg in Indianapolis, Nationwide of Connecticut and Fredder's.