International CES 2015: Home for Emerging Tech
November 5, 2014

As I contemplate the vast number of consumer electronics (CE) product categories – cameras, TVs, Blu-ray players, audio devices, headphones, smartphones and a multitude of others – I often forget categories that aren’t entertainment- or communication-related. There is a misconception that today’s high-tech electronics are products straight out of our space program. Yes, NASA’s quest to travel to the moon created all kinds of technologies that spawned new products like calculators, LED lights and solar cells. But the tech industry was able to continue its strong growth and rapid product development cycles by utilizing Moore’s Law, named for a co-founder of Intel.

Last-Minute Q4 Buys: Fourth & Goal for Retailers
September 30, 2014

The fourth quarter is finally here! As someone who has been in retail or selling to retailers my entire career, I know this is the time when retailers put everything on the line to win. Products are stocked and ready to sell, sales associates have been trained and strong promotions are scheduled to hit the competition hard.   The fourth quarter is also the time of year when retail buyers start second-guessing themselves, wondering, “Did I buy enough? Did I buy too much? Are my prices where they should be? Did I miss any key products or product categories?”  Since it’s only October, the good news is if retail buyers act quickly, they still have time to bring in some last-minute products. Then the question is, “What should I buy?”   

The Resolution of Things to Come
February 17, 2014

The convention formerly known only as the Consumer Electronics Show has always had its share of the sacred and the silly. The officially dubbed 2014 International CES was no exception: barbecue-grille-cleaning robots, 18-carat-gold earphones, and stun gun iPhone cases. Fortunately, products representing legitimate new trends were there aplenty.

Amazon Opens Home Automation Store
September 3, 2013

Amazon said Tuesday that it has opened its Home Automation Store. The new site, the company said, will feature over 1,000 connected products, in the categories of lighting, home monitoring, security, temperature control, energy management, and entertainment systems.