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.
D&H Distributing said this week that it has greatly expanded its selection of wearable products, adding items from such vendors as Runtastic, Razer, Striiv and Garmin.
There are many reasons dealers are so dependent on their distributor partners. Their knowledge, service and support are the backbone of dealers’ businesses all over the country. So, who better to ask than these distributors about what categories and brands are hot right now? From security to home audio, from the connected home to wireless accessories, distributors have it all.
Kenwood is showing off 56 new products at CES, including new technologies to improve the overall user experience.
In the future, cars may be driving themselves down the road, but for the rest of the year it’s all about connected vehicles.
Petra Industries this week shipped its Spring 2013 Catalog. The catalog is 1,200 pages, featuring 20,000 products from 500 manufacturers. The catalog features 3,800 new products and over 1,200 price drops.
There was a time when all that a GPS device needed to do was get you from point A to point B -- preferably alive and in one piece. Over time, we began to expect so much more. We wanted hands-free calling, syncing of contacts, large databases of local destinations, and traffic data. The bar for what counted as a good GPS device had to be raised.
That bar is still rising, faster yet and higher than ever now that GPS navigators must compete with smartphones and tablets. Simply getting from point A
As part of Dealerscope’s annual distributor roundtable, we asked executives of some of the leading companies to name one product category that provides CE dealers more profit than any other. Here’s what they had to say. For the full roundtable, make sure to check out Dealerscope’s April issue.
Today’s consumers come to stores armed with mobile devices, price lists, product reviews, family/friend recommendations and a handful (or driveful) of other information that has effectively turned the concept of an ‘assisted sale’ on its head. But in recent years distributors have helped retailers increase their close rates and maintain the viability of an assisted sales floor.