New Age's Towns on the Holidays, the Economy, Uncertainty and More
FT: Many consumers were being very judicious about where they were going to spend their dollars until they had a better understanding of the economy's health. So we were hit with a very soft summer and spring. There has been a lot of consumption (of tablets and other hot products) already in the marketplace. To drive the consumer to go out and spend, there has to be some compelling reason, and this year there were no major announcements. But as we get into the fall - with Windows 8, the cross-pollination of platforms, devices that interact with each other and have touch capabilities - I think we'll have some excitement. We are looking at new channels for products: children and education are very interesting targets for our customers and vendors to focus on.
DS: Do you expect there to be a time, maybe in 5-10 years in the future, when the technology has gotten to the point where 3D is a selling point?
FT: I don't know if it's so far in the future. I think one of the big changes will be sports programs, because there's more feeling of being engaged in the game. But I think that evolution has to occur.