There are few experiences we share in this industry more rewarding than strolling through the storefront of a successful independent CE retailer. You read up on the product, listen to stories of harrowing installation sagas and have conversations with people who just can’t say enough about their home theater. But when you come in contact with dealers who “get it” and show you just how well they get it, it feels like meeting your favorite athletes.
You’ll never know just how hard they train or study or sacrifice but you know that they do and you know that they serve as an awesome example for others to follow. That’s why I get so excited every year when it’s time to announce the winners of our Retail Excellence Awards (coverage begins, p. 30). There are so few ways to show these retailers how impressed we are by their excellence and this is one of them.
Last year, we celebrated Abt Electronics, Best Buy, newegg, Percy’s and Vann’s. This year, I’m honored to announce the winners of the 2007 Retail Excellence Awards: J&R Music and Computer World, Electronics Expo, MyerEmco and DataVision.