Consumers' current desire and need to stay close to home could prove a boon for some appliance sectors. By Collin Keefe With the year-long economic slump looking like it's going to get worse as 2001 winds down, merchants and manufacturers in almost every sector are lowering their expectations for 2002, while scrambling to amass a survival plan to get themselves out of 2001's hole. In the major appliances world things aren't much different. Recent indicators show that sales, if not flat, are falling. Industry vets like Miele Marketing Manager Lynda Coyle say that throughout the series of economic setbacks in the U.S.
Good Guys announced the appointments of John J. De Luca to chief information officer and Jeff G. Linden to vice president, logistics and service. De Luca has over 20 years experience in developing and managing IT infrastructures for major corporations and IT services companies. He most recently served as president and CEO of a Minneapolis-based consulting management firm. Linden, with 15 years of retail experience, joined Good Guys in February 2000 as director of distribution and logistics and since has expanded his responsibilites to include home delivery and service. Roberta Lewis joined Phase Technology Corp. as vice president of sales and marketing. Lewis comes