Racketeering, robbing with a truck, and other news in CE retail crime
As the largest inland port in the country, it’s not surprising that Pennsylvania’s one-time industrial hub has remained home to a century’s old company at the forefront of reverse logistics, a vague phrase with a very powerful meaning: less e-waste and more profit for retailers. Just a few miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh is Papercraft Park, home to GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, a company that began in 1898 as a horse-and-buggy “trucking” company and has since blossomed into the second-largest supply-chain headquarters in North America. While the company offers a breadth of solutions for pharmaceutical and government agencies, it’s real value for the CE
The importance of “being green” has received no shortage of attention in the consumer electronics space over the last several years, and for just cause. While many initiatives have been mandated by legislation, an encouraging number of CE manufacturers and resellers have implemented a level of self-policing that extends well above the government’s calling. Like many cause-related efforts, making positive changes in one’s own backyard can often serve as the most effective first step. In the U.S., environmental legislation is less stringent than in many other manufacturing-intensive countries. While this seems to be changing, the fact that so many CE organizations that
1 1 Dell 37.43 B 36.28 B 3.17 37.43 B 36.28 B 1 N/A 1 Dell Way Round Rock, TX 78682 512-338-4400 www.dell.com Michael Dell Public, EO (MO/Web) 2 2 Best Buy 22.48 B 19.45 B 15.58 29.97 B 26.65 B 858 742 7601 Penn Ave. South Richfield, MN 55423 612-291-1000 www.bestbuy.com Bradbury H. Anderson Public, ATVM (+Web) 3 3 Wal-Mart 23.49 B 21.68 B 1.81 234.87 B 216.77 B 3,689 3,461 702 SW Eighth St. Bentonville, AR 72716 479-273-4000 www.walmartstores.com H. Lee Scott Jr. Public, MM (+Web) 4 4 Circuit City 11.93 B 10.79 B 10.56 11.93 B 10.79 B 653 631 9950 Maryland Dr. Richmond, VA 23233 804-527-4000 www.circuitcity.com Philip J. Schoonover Public, EO (+Web) 5 5 Staples 8.1 B 7.23 B 12.03 15.41 B 13.85 B 1,576 1,491 500 Staples
In 2006, Dell was affected by a massive recall of Sony batteries—batteries Dell uses to power many of its laptops. In early 2007, the company opened its first store in Shanghai. Store counts and sales represent the company’s United States operations only. Best Buy Canada is covered elsewhere in this registry. Wal-Mart is aggressively remodeling many of its stores, and some analysts believe that it will take several months before its sales begin to benefit from those efforts. Sales and store counts represent United States and Canadian operations only. Falling prices on flat panel TVs helped account for Circuit City’s disappointing third quarter sales,
Merchandise Codes: ATV-M Electronics/appliance stores (multi-regional) ATV-R Electronics/appliance stores (regional) EO Electronics only DG Drug store DS Department store HO Office supply store MM Mass merchant PC Computer retailer PX Military exchanges SOF Software store TOY Toy store WC Warehouse club Channel Codes: Web Internet sales +Web Selling via Internet in addition to physical storefronts MO Mail-order/catalog sales +MO/Web Selling via mail-order and Internet, in addition to physical storefronts TV Television sales No channel code implies state via physical storefronts only. All are Dealerscope estimates. Sales estimates represent U.S. and Canada consumer sales. All store counts represent U.S. and Canada locations. See methodology note, opposite page. Top Retailers: Online/Catalogue 1. Dell 2. CDW 3. Amazon.com 4. Gateway 5. Systemax/Tiger Direct 6.