Future Technologies Roundtable
When iPods first landed in consumers’ palms, no one guessed how their impact would ripple through the CE industry and beyond. Once this little gadget got going, though, it quickly morphed from a simple portable music device into a hub with some very long spokes that have generated all sorts of corollary retail sales, margins and service opportunities, as well as a measure of regret in certain circles where a natural hesitancy prevented some dealers from hopping the iPod bandwagon in the early part of the sales curve.
Lesson learned: It’s wise to keep an eye out for all manner of new technologies and products. Dizzied by unprecedented and rapid-fire bombardment of new products from multiple sources, dealers today face the challenge of which ones to focus on. Dealerscope took that question to some leaders from the retail and manufacturer sides of the industry. Here’s what they had to offer.
Dealerscope: What are some of the hottest future technologies that will drive retailers’ sales, profits and new types of services?