Tim Herbert

Tim Herbert
The Future of the Display Market

The display market is the largest sector of the CE industry, with shipment revenues expected to hit $27.8 billion by the end of this year. It’s also probably the most fiercely competitive sector in the industry.

A Deeper Shade of Green

Green is red hot. Discussions surrounding all things green have exploded during the past 12 months. In the CE industry, ‘green’ discussions tend to focus on product design, product usage (power consumption) or product disposal. With the DTV cut-off fast approaching, the issue of what consumers will do with old televisions has been especially poignant. The green wave will impact companies of all sizes and types in some way. Those that understand the key trends will be best positioned to act strategically. A recent study of 1,000 U.S. adults by the Consumer Electronics Association reveals attitudes toward green practices are on the rise. Consider

CEA: Green Trends Help Retailers Gauge Consumer Buying Patterns

Green is red hot. Discussions surrounding all things green have exploded during the past 12 months. In the CE industry, ‘green’ discussions tend to focus on product design, product usage (power consumption), or product disposal. With the DTV cut-off fast approaching, the issue of what consumers will do with old televisions has been especially poignant. The green wave will impact companies of all sizes and types in some way. Those that understand the key trends will be best positioned to act strategically. A recent study of 1,000 U.S. adults by the Consumer Electronics Association provides a few clues to help understand consumer perceptions and

Strength in Numbers

The phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” aptly applies to the CE accessories market. This underestimated category covers an unparalleled breadth and depth of product. Piece by piece, these disparate parts amount to a $9.3 billion behemoth. Heading into 2008, CEA expects CE accessories shipment revenue to jump 8 percent over 2007. To maximize sales in this market, either as a retailer or manufacturer, it pays to understand a few key metrics: • Where is the accessory as well as the primary CE device on the product lifecycle curve? • Is the market dominated by new buyers

Impressive Growth for CE Accessories Market

What market is larger than home or portable audio, digital cameras, aftermarket auto sound or video components? If you answered the CE accessories market, you’re right. According to CEA’s U.S. Sales & Forecasts, the accessories market will grow a healthy 15 percent in 2007, reaching $8.6 billion in wholesale dollars. Add in primary batteries and blank media and the figure tops $20 billion. Looking ahead, CEA forecasts the accessories market to generate about $9.3 billion in sales in 2008, an eight-percent gain. To put the depth and breadth of the accessories market into context, consider the category in terms of unit sales. In 2007, more

The CE Accessories Market: A Hidden Giant

What market is larger than home or portable audio, digital cameras, aftermarket auto sound or video components? If you answered the CE accessories market, you’d be right. While flat panel TVs, iPods, and video game systems garner the headlines and the glamour, accessories often quietly go about their business of enhancing products for consumers and making money for retailers and manufacturers. According to CEA’s U.S. Sales & Forecasts, the accessories market will grow a healthy 15 percent in 2007, reaching $8.6 billion in wholesale dollars. Add in primary batteries and blank media and the figure tops $20 billion. Looking

Sports and CE: A Winning Combination

Sports have long been tied to media and technology. The first radio broadcast of a baseball game was on August 5, 1921, and since then sports consumption via print, radio and television has exploded. With the advent of the Internet, videogames, wireless services and time/place shifting devices (e.g. TiVo), fans now have a broad array of choices to enjoy and interact with their favorite sports. Retailers and manufacturers benefit from sports’ ability to drive store traffic and product sales. Conversely, a large base of consumers with devices to access more and higher quality sports content allows sports franchises, broadcasters, and advertisers to capitalize on