Nationwide

A View from the Floor
October 1, 2002

CE Retailing in the 20th Century By Natalie Hope McDonald & David Dritsas In 1944, Chicago-based Arrow Radio & Appliance Shop made $1,000 a month in radio repairs by adding a unique feature to its store. Proprietor Al Palacz screened something that the average consumer didn't yet have access to—television. The Zenith-branded motion picture projections were shown in the store every Wednesday, attracting new customers with popular shows of the day. This retail tactic is still going strong at modern-day Sounds Like Music in Phoenix, Arizona, where President Dave Wiggs installed a 15-foot-wide screen in his own storefront window to attract would-be home

Nationwide Heads Boldly Forth in 2002
March 1, 2002

By David Dritsas Despite a tumultuous economic year, the national consumer electronics buying group Nationwide reported growth and stability, as well as new members and service initiatives, including a major advance into B2C e-commerce. Nationwide added seven new retailers to its ranks, including TV & Appliance, Inc. in Tyler Texas, Appliance City in New York, RTA International of California, Wallace Appliance in Huntsville Alabama, Texas Appliance and Builder Supply in Arlington, and Hahn Appliance Center in Oklahoma. Combined the retailers add $500 million in sales, according to Robert Weisner, one of three directors at Nationwide. The group's BrandsDirect division also was able add 400 storefronts

Seeing (Energy) Stars
June 1, 2001

By Tatyana Sinioukov With the impending energy supply problems this year, a home appliance that conserves energy is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Appliance manufacturers and retailers are aggressively promoting Energy Star products, now that the program has gained critical mass with stricter standards and more product categories. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary Energy Star ratings program geared up in 1996, with products hitting retail showrooms in 1998. Manufacturers and utilities participated first, and the program didn't see significant retail involvement until late 1998. Now, with Energy Star ratings commonly associated with premium appliance lines, retailers are heavily involved. At Energy

Leveraging Product is Key
March 1, 2001

By David DristasNEW ORLEANS—Moving product isn't enough. An engaging store presentation, eye catching products and a knowledgeable staff are important factors in running a successful store. These were some important points presented in Nationwide TV and Appliance's Prime Time Live! event that took place here last month. At the show, eMachines made its first offering to a buying group. Greg Smith, a representative of the company, said eMachines felt it had reached a plateau in its growth at the big-box retail level and wanted to expand into the smaller chain and retail stores, but it lacked the resources to court dealers individually. Buying groups,

Japan News
February 1, 2001

NEC's Widescreen, High-Resolution TFT Color LCD With Digital Interface NEC Corp. this month begins sample production of a high-resolution, widescreen, 15.3-inch, color, thin film transistor, liquid crystal display module with a digital interface. The NL12876BC26-21 provides 16.19 million colors and is expected to find application in flat-panel televisions and multimedia monitors for personal computers. The 15.3-inch NL12876BC26-21, with its amorphous silicon TFT active matrix, provides 8-bit RGB signal input with frame rate control technology to produce up to 16.19 million colors and wide-XGA resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels. AII to Start Japan's First Nationwide Broadband Content Distribution AII Inc.—a joint venture among Sony Corp.,

Japan News
February 1, 2001

NEC's Widescreen, High-Resolution TFT Color LCD With Digital Interface NEC Corp. this month begins sample production of a high-resolution, widescreen, 15.3-inch, color, thin film transistor, liquid crystal display module with a digital interface. The NL12876BC26-21 provides 16.19 million colors and is expected to find application in flat-panel televisions and multimedia monitors for personal computers. The 15.3-inch NL12876BC26-21, with its amorphous silicon TFT active matrix, provides 8-bit RGB signal input with frame rate control technology to produce up to 16.19 million colors and wide-XGA resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels. AII to Start Japan's First Nationwide Broadband Content Distribution AII Inc.—a joint venture among Sony Corp.,

People
November 1, 2000

Minolta is mourning the loss of Katsusaburo "Ken" Nakamura, the former president of Minolta Corp, and retired director of Minolta Co. Ltd. He died of natural causes October 4 in Tokyo. He was 71 years old. Nakamura was instrumental in establishing Minolta in the United States in the 1950s and '60s. He began his career at Minolta in 1953. He came to the U.S. in 1955 and didn't return to Japan until 1969. He had served in senior executive positions at Minolta in photography, instrument systems and planetarium operations. He retired in 1995. He is survived by his wife and two children. Brad Anderson,

2000 Buying Group Profiles
March 1, 2000

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade Associated Volume Buyers 5000 East Spring St. Suite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 Web site: www.brand-source.com e-mail: blawrence@avb.net Bob Lawrence, Executive Director DeMar Young, Presiden Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,800 Storefronts: 2,400 Chapters: 17 Annual Sales Volume: $5 billion Key Suppliers, Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, EchoStar, DirecTV Key Suppliers, Appliances: General Electric, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Holland, Oreck Key Suppliers, Furniture: Ashley, Lane Action, Powell, Best Chair, Simmons, Stratford, Pulaski, Howard Miller Description:

Dealer Pride 1999 - At Tweeter etc., Nationwide Growth
August 1, 1999

CANTON, Mass.—"We're having fun," said Sandy Bloomberg, Tweeter etc. chairman and CEO, as he and President and COO Jeff Stone talk about their company's growth-by-acquisition transition into a coast-to-coast specialty CE chain. Backed initially by venture capital and now by public investors, Tweeter etc.'s expansion has been rapid and far reaching: Bryn Mawr Stereo & Video of King of Prussia, Pa., acquired in May 1996; HiFi Buys of Atlanta in May 1997, Home Entertainment of Texas in February 1999 and Dow Stereo/Video in San Diego in July 1999. Membership in the Progressive Retailers Organization set the stage for the deals that drove Tweeter etc.'s

1999 Buying Group Profiles
March 1, 1999

Associated Volume Buyers (AVB) 5000 East Spring StreetSuite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 website: www.avb.net e-mail: blawrence@avb.net Bob Lawrence, Executive Director Dan Crain, President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,100 Storefronts: 1,800 Chapters: 15 Annual Sales Volume: $3.5 billion Key Suppliers: Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, Hitachi, Primestar, Echostar, DirecTV. Key Suppliers, Appliances: General Electric, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Holland, Oreck. Key Suppliers, Furniture: Ashley, Lane Action, Powell, Best Chair, Simmons, Stratford, Pulaski, Howard Miller. Description: Associated Volume Buyers is a 100 percent member-owned, member-managed