Statistical Survey & Report (Televisions)
August 1, 2000

† Share estimates based on individual manufacturers' "best guess" of the market **Retail outlet market share estimates based on larger sample size than in previous years. Note: All numbers have been rounded. Because of rounding, total may not equal 100 percent. HDTVs (Includes HD-Ready Sets) 1999 Brand Share Estimates†       1999 Brand 1999 1998 vs. 1998 Mitsubishi 42.50% 78.00% -45.51% Toshiba 15.5 0 NA Panasonic 15 20 -25 Pioneer 8.2 0 NA RCA/ProScan 4 0 NA

The Three Ring Circus of MP3, CE and SDMI
June 1, 2000

By David Dritsas A good laugh. That's the first thing you'll get when you ask industry insiders what's been happening with MP3 music and the Internet. The news in this industry has been a soap opera of lawsuits, private investigations and name-calling. But as laughable as this comedic melodrama may be, it's leaving consumers confused and unsure about the technology, even with the promises of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI). Consumer confusion is not what's wanted at a time when Sony, Circuit City, Sharp and Lexar have teamed up to promote Memory Products and when BestBuy.com has inked deals with Liquid

B2B and Beyond - Retailing in the Know
April 1, 2000

By Jennifer Kraft No doubt a well-trained, knowledgeable sales staff is key to any retail business. Getting (or creating) one, however, can seem next to impossible, considering the high turn-over rate on the sales floor, employee schedules and the lack of time or patience to thoroughly deal with any of the problems mentioned above. But there may be hope on the e-horizon. Once again, the Internet has stepped in to defy all laws of time and space and rescue our often-inefficient lives. For the most part, Web-based training sites are sponsored by individual manufacturers. The idea: create a place where sales staffs, in-store training

2000 Geography of Retailing
March 1, 2000

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade In this section, Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 1999 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2000. 1. New York City Entrances & Exits: When Circuit City opened its first store in New York City in 1998, it proved to other national chains that the big rent of the big city is quickly compensated by the big spenders in the big city. Consequently, the Big Apple in the last year saw even more megastore openings. Office Depot opened its first Manhattan store—a 21,000-sq.-ft .store

B2B and Beyond
March 1, 2000

By Jennifer Kraft CE business-to-business Web sites are on the rise, seeking to provide a forum or outlet for businesses to purchase or purge inventory. While consumer-oriented e-commerce garners the glitzy media attention, the Internet's impact on business-to-business, or B2B, operations is growing. According to a study by the Gartner Group, Inc., in 1999, worldwide B2B e-commerce reached $145 billion, while the North American region accounted for $91 billion or 63 percent. Here's a rundown of CE-oriented B2B sites connecting manufacturers, retailers and, in some cases, consumers. Click here to view a B2B E-Commerce Directory Bidland.com's Web site lets businesses create their own

Audio at CES - Not Bad for a ‘Dead' Category
February 1, 2000

by Mike McGann It's been pronounced, bemoaned and belittled as a dead category. For a segment claimed to be on the verge of a toe tag and an autopsy, audio showed a whole lot of life at the International Consumer Electronics Show last month. As has been the case for a while, home theater gear seemed to grab center stage, but there were actually some interesting two-channel products nestled among the subwoofers and center-channel speakers. One new technology, SACD, Sony's new high definition audio system, got a boost from both Pioneer and Sharp, both of which announced product for later this year featuring the new audio format.

A War of Wires - Digital Cable and Cable Modems
February 1, 2000

by Grant Clauser Apparently, the cable industry (and interested manufacturers) has not been sitting still as satellite TV and DSL Internet access continue their respective assaults on cable's entrenchments. But for the retailer interested in selling consumer-ready cable modems or cable-compatible DTV set-top boxes, there are still major barriers to be breached. To its benefit, cable is one heck of big pipe, up to 100 times faster than standard phoneline modems, and is already installed in the majority of U.S. households. But the cable industry has a bad reputation of poor customer service and poor picture quality to erase, and going digital seems to be

E-Commmerce Video - Caught in the 'Net
December 1, 1999

When Thomson Consumer Electronics launched RCA.com in October some retailers cried foul. The site, which features about 100 RCA products, including the Lyra MP3 player, DVD players, camcorders and some accessories, sells directly to consumers. It also has a dealer locator and on-line versions of product manuals and product specifications."RCA.com is a destination site designed to provide a vast amount of information on RCA brand products," said Greg Bosler, vice president of Thomson Direct. To protect against undercutting the brick-and-mortar dealers, Thomson will not sell products direct for less than MAP. "We are committed to pursuing electronic commerce opportunities that also strengthen our current dealer relationships," noted

Surfin' the TV
October 1, 1999

The latest WebTV Classic set-top boxes from Philips and Sony are small enough to fit in with any entertainment system and to integrate easily into one's viewing habits. Both Philips and Sony models use a 56K phone modem and feature infrared remote, parallel printer port and optional wireless keyboard (a necessity for most users). Both are only about eight inches square and weigh around two pounds. The Philips WebTV box I tested set up in minutes, called a toll-free number, then searched for a local number before displaying the web home page. After that, the box remembered the local number and dialed it automatically each time

Dealer Pride 1999 - Target Offers Stylish Value
August 1, 1999

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—A bouncing smiley face would never work for Target. This mass merchandizer wants a different image, one that says value with class. With an upscale, hipper advertising campaign, Target aims for an upscale customer. "The typical Target customer would be a young, educated family with children, with a higher-than-average income," Steve Birke, Target's vice president, general merchandise manager, said. The store lures its customers, or guests, with clean, brightly lit stores and "by constantly challenging and reinventing ourselves with product lines," Birke said. It's Target's ability to differentiate itself from other mass merchandisers that makes it stand out and gives it its spark.