6th Avenue Electronics

6th Ave. Focuses on Smartphones, Tablets
February 14, 2011

As part of its restructuring, 6th Avenue Electronics will expand into smartphones and tablet computing, under a plan that’s been in motion since before CES. The company hopes to begin selling the iPad in March.

2011 Hall of Fame: Leon Temiz, CEO of Electronics Expo
January 1, 2011

Leon Temiz delights in a modest duel with the house every now and again at the Vegas blackjack tables during CES. "I enjoy it, even when I'm not winning," he explained. "My attitude is, when you gamble, whether you lose or win, have fun."

Learning From 2010
December 15, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

Learning From 2010
December 1, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

SpeakerCraft Adds Retail to Marketing Mix
October 1, 2010

SpeakerCraft took the stage at CEDIA Expo – the annual conference for high-end home electronics dealers and installers – to announce a major shift in their business model: designing products for the mass market and general CE retailers.

NuVision to Show 9 New LED Models at CEDIA Expo
September 9, 2010

LED TV supplier NuVision is heading into the CEDIA Expo at the end of the month with nine new models designed to roll out beginning in October through 2011 to the “super-affluent” market it targets, said CEO David Hester.  They will range from 22 to 72 inches and seven of the nine, which are 40 inches and larger, will be 3D-capable. They will include what he said will be the first 72-inch 480Hz 3D-ready direct-lit LED LCD TV: the FX10 series model NVU72CS ($15,999), slated to launch in December.