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Pepcom’s Spring DigitalFocus in NYC
April 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

Pepcom's spring event, held April 9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, was centered thematically on Moms, Dads & Grads technology gifts. (Photos: and captions by Nancy Klosek)

Learning From 2010
December 15, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

Learning From 2010
December 1, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

Hall of Fame The Blumkin Family
January 1, 2002

The foundations for living a three-generation legend By Janet Pinkerton The Blumkin family is the stuff of business legends, a three-generation story of force of will and business savvy that reaches back to Tsarist Russia and still thrives on a Nebraska Furniture Mart's 77-acre campus in Omaha. The NFM dynasty begins with Rose Blumkin, a Russian emigrant to the United States who founded the business as a furniture store in an Omaha basement in 1937 with $500 borrowed from her brother. Before she died in August 1998 at the age of 104, she would check on the store daily—by phone or in person—to see