Contacts: Retailers Selling CE with a Twist of Innovation
Jean-Luc Decroo and Peter Opdebeeck, Dectel Corporation, Belgium
The first CD and DVD technologies were invented by Belgian engineers working for the Royal Philips company over a decade ago. Not since the personal calculator, the very first consumer electronics product, had technology so whetted the global consumer’s appetite. Home and portable CD and DVD players still sell strong all over the world. So, what do the Belgians say is the next big thing?
“Personal GPS,” says Jean-Luc Decroo, CEO of Dectel, a Belgian distribution company which develops consumer electronics products and provides services for retailers. “Now that we’re seeing a combination of local software content and great hardware, the mobile GPS units are getting very interesting. With internet connectivity, you have the ability to reserve space in restaurants or book hotel rooms. They are going to be very big sellers.”