Netotiate’s Alternative to Coupons
September 10, 2014

A new online sales promotion methodology that is driving average 25 percent revenue increases for participating merchants – even with discounts as low as one percent – is proving to be a viable alternative to consumer coupons.
Right now, the “Make an Offer” patent-pending promotional platform, available from Netotiate, is tailored for merchants generating more than $100 million in annual online sales, but co-founder and CEO Noam Javits said “a plug-and-play solution for small-/mid-sized merchants” is in the cards to be delivered “in the foreseeable future.”

Nationwide’s PrimeTime! Plays Music City
August 12, 2014

Around 950 member companies and over 4,000 attendees made the trek to Nashville this week for the Nationwide Marketing Group’s PrimeTime! Conference. Once there, they were entertained by the likes of top-tier music talent (including performances at the Grand Ole Opry by some of their own), exposed to the wares of some 200 product and services vendors, educated by multiple seminars on business management, marketing and sales, and reassured by a bullish Robert Weisner, the group’s co-CEO with co-CEO Les Kirk, that Nationwide would continue to be “the savior of the independent.

hhgregg Tops Appliance Satisfaction Rankings
July 14, 2014

Sears, Home Depot and Lowe’s are looking upwards at h.h. gregg when it comes to keeping home appliance buyers happy. So says the seventh edition of J.D. Power’s annual Appliance Retailer Satisfaction Study.

Best Buy Once Again Tops Dealerscope Top 101 Retailers List
March 24, 2014

The merchants listed in Dealerscope’s registry of the Top 101 CE retailers in the U.S. and Canada sold $234.75 billion in consumer electronics in 2013, an increase of only 1.13 percent over the $232.12 billion sold in 2012.

The Killer App
March 14, 2014

The internet is the killer app. It’s killed off many businesses late to the e-party. It’s killed off the need for developing new software applications for old PC architectures. It's killed off legacy styles of selling and marketing, killed off old, tired and ineffective advertising push tactics. This tri-modal home, business and mobile internet maelstrom of global might is also killing off retail store locations in groves, in our local backyards, across the nation, in hyper-fast tumbling succession.

Sears to Close Chicago Flagship
January 21, 2014

In a sad commentary on the decline of legacy retail, Sears announced Tuesday that it will shutter its flagship brick-and-mortar location in Chicago. 

Coby TVs Recalled
December 13, 2013

A recall has been announced for a line of Coby 32-inch TVs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall due to "fire and burn hazards."

Beyond the Clouds
December 1, 2013

According to last year’s headlines, Best Buy was supposed to be dead by now. “5 Reasons Best Buy’s 5-Point Plan Will Fail” proclaimed Motley Fool. “Best Buy: Is This the Last Public Gasp?” queried Forbes.