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DSI RTO Division Has Record 2006
December 15, 2006

DSI’s Rent to Own division set record sales in 2006 after doing the same in 2005. The division has grown over 500 percent since its creation in 2004. Popular brands include Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Pioneer, Proview, Akai, Yamaha and RCA. 150 account managers support the division, which ships product in 24 to 48 hours to retailers.

NYC’s J&R Music World: Where High-Profile, High-Touch Events Score
November 1, 2006

Manhattan-based CE retailers tend to be anomalies that operate in a manner that isn’t typical of the rest of the country. Their style perfectly suits the pedestrian shopper who likes to trot over from a nearby office high-rise on a lunch hour to check out the latest gear, or the apartment dweller taking a constitutional to bag a just-released DVD. But actually drawing customers to you when you’re not on their “destination radar,” conversely, can pose unique challenges, particularly in the downtown area, where the close streets and clusters of World Trade Center site tourists make getting to any store a zigzag obstacle course

Sales Slowing, But By How Much?
October 1, 2006

The fourth quarter holiday selling season is upon us. What’s in store? Wild ride? A crash? Or just another frenetic three months of selling before everybody heads to Las Vegas for CES? In a Summer 2006 Retail Sales Outlook written for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Rosalind Wells of Wells & Associates reported U.S. retail sales averaged 7.8 percent retail sales growth in the first quarter, followed by an estimated 7.0 percent in the second quarter. Citing a “slow-down in progress,” NRF expects retail sales rates to “moderate for the balance of the year” and track at a 6.0 percent increase for

It's a Flat World After All
September 1, 2004

As prices continue their steady descent, flat-panel TVs begin to move into middle American homes Round up some friends and ask them: If they could go into a store and purchase any single item they wanted, no matter what the cost, what would they buy? There's a high probability that "plasma" or "flat TV' would be one of the more common answers. And as prices of flat panels continue to fall, such an answer is moving from the realm of misty-eyed fantasy to that of "an extravagance I can probably handle." While most flat panels are still prohibitively expensive for mainstream America, these stunning

Looking East
November 15, 2003

Hong Kong's biggest CE show reveals more than just electronics By David Dritsas Every year, a Dealerscope editor attends the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, October 12 through 16, 2003. Dealerscope was sponsored to attend the show by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and it gives us the opportunity to visit an area that is becoming significantly more important in the consumer electronics world. And while a show like this might not be as glamorous or as ground breaking as a CES, it does give us a good opportunity to see what's happening abroad for the electronics industry. Needless to say, it's been a rough year

News Japan
January 1, 1998

¥ Toshiba Dolby Digital DVD Hits Europe Toshiba will introduce the first Dolby Digital DVD player in Europe this spring. The high-end SD-K310 will support both Dolby Digital and MPEG-2 audio. Toshiba hopes to grab 30 percent market share in Europe initially. ¥ Sanyo To Build HPC for OEMs Sanyo will build a Windows CE hand-held PC this summer. Although branded sales are unlikely in the U.S., Sanyo will probably OEM product for others as it currently does with notebook PCs. Pricing should be between ¥70,000 and ¥80,000. ¥ NTT Gets Phone In Your Ear NTT has developed an ear-pad headphone for cellular phones and PHS handsets. The "MiMie"

News Japan
January 1, 1998

¥ Toshiba Dolby Digital DVD Hits Europe Toshiba will introduce the first Dolby Digital DVD player in Europe this spring. The high-end SD-K310 will support both Dolby Digital and MPEG-2 audio. Toshiba hopes to grab 30 percent market share in Europe initially. ¥ Sanyo To Build HPC for OEMs Sanyo will build a Windows CE hand-held PC this summer. Although branded sales are unlikely in the U.S., Sanyo will probably OEM product for others as it currently does with notebook PCs. Pricing should be between ¥70,000 and ¥80,000. ¥ NTT Gets Phone In Your Ear NTT has developed an ear-pad headphone for cellular phones and PHS handsets. The "MiMie"