The Best of the New
As director of purchasing at RCSExperience, it’s Anees Khan’s job to identify the best new companies making the best CE technology products that fit the lifestyles of his discerning New York City customers. This year, his job was difficult.
“There are really no outstanding products here from a new company,” he said, after reading through a list of products the retailer carries. “It’s hard to entice customers without something out of the norm.”
Kahn wasn’t the only one facing a hurdle. Dealers and analysts were hard pressed to name outstanding new or emerging companies and products in the CE retail space for the last year. Outside of a few highlights, there just wasn’t much out there, they said. Instead, it was a year during which innovative products that hit the market several years ago, such as Sonos, Slingbox, Control4 and PC-based media servers, were finally catching on with mainstream consumers, they said.