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1999 Geography of Retailing - Atlanta
March 1, 1999

Atlanta Entrances & Exits: Miami-based BrandsMart USA tantalized Gwinnett County officials with its interest in an "accelerated expansion" in the market, but the company opted to remain in Florida--for the moment, as Atlanta is still a target for future expansion plans. In 1998, CompUSA closed one of three Computer City stores it purchased in the Atlanta market, retooled two Computer City locations as CompUSA stores and additionally opened two new CompUSA locations. Office Depot in November opened stores in Lawrenceville and Woodstock, respectively to the east and north of Atlanta proper, then in December opened a new store in Douglasville, to the west. Circuit

Spotlight on SoHo - Options Multiply for MFPs
March 1, 1999

By Grant Clauser For years in the SOHO market nothing was more ubiquitous than the cluttered work area crowded with fax, printer, copier and all the cables and paraphernalia to go with them. Recently, the improvements in multi-function peripherals (MFPs) have made them seem like better choices for the home- and small-office users, while better prices have made them more accessible. For the consumer, the MFP is several solutions in one package, requiring less desk space, one kind of ink or toner cartridge, one kind of paper and one cable. Where quality was often sacrificed for convenience in early models, now consumers give up virtually nothing in

Comdex Fall '98 Direct Sales Dilemma at COMDEX
December 1, 1998

By Jennifer Kronstain LAS VEGAS--Conversations on the show floor--and among cabbies for that matter--surrounded much of what was not at COMDEX last month. Most perceived a smaller-than-expected crowd combing the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo & Convention Center and snagging taxis from the locals. Pre-show estimates had numbers near a quarter-million, but the actual turnout was likely around 200,000. Besides attendants, however, there were other notable absences and reductions--those of key industry players. Intel, whose decision not to build a booth on the main floor was publicized in a Wall Street Journal article, occupied a small meeting room. And computer giants

News Japan
December 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Sluggish Japanese Economy Trashes Bottom Line More Japanese manufacturers reported double digit percentage drops in income for the first half of fiscal 1998, which ended September 30. And all are predicting that the challenges of a sluggish domestic economy and economic problems overseas will continue. • Victor Company of Japan (JVC) announced a 4 percent increase in non-consolidated sales to 300,068 yen. But, ordinary income dropped 60 percent to 1,600 million yen, while net income dropped 50 percent to 1,255 million yen. For fiscal 1998, which ends March 31, 1999, JVC forecasts a 6 percent increase in total non-consolidated sales (to 610,000 yen), a

News Japan
December 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Sluggish Japanese Economy Trashes Bottom Line More Japanese manufacturers reported double digit percentage drops in income for the first half of fiscal 1998, which ended September 30. And all are predicting that the challenges of a sluggish domestic economy and economic problems overseas will continue. • Victor Company of Japan (JVC) announced a 4 percent increase in non-consolidated sales to 300,068 yen. But, ordinary income dropped 60 percent to 1,600 million yen, while net income dropped 50 percent to 1,255 million yen. For fiscal 1998, which ends March 31, 1999, JVC forecasts a 6 percent increase in total non-consolidated sales (to 610,000 yen), a

CES '98 Pre-Show Festivities
December 1, 1998

By Jennifer Kronstain More than 280 first-time exhibitors will be on hand for the upcoming 1999 International Consumer Electronics Show, set to run January 7-10, 1999, in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association made the announcement last month during a press conference in New York's fabled Rainbow Room. Among the newcomers joining the CES fold this year: Cisco Systems Inc. (networking), Alcatel (telecommunications and cable equipment), ADT Security Services (home security), ShareWave Inc. (home networking) and VM Labs (home theater). The newcomers will be alongside 1,300 other exhibitors, who will answer questions from as many as 3,000 members of the international press and

Home Networking Part 2 - Opening the Pipeline with 1394
October 1, 1998

By Janet Pinkerton One of the biggest glitches in high definition television (HDTV) is its current incompatibility with the set-top boxes operated by U.S. cable systems, which deliver television programming to roughly 70 percent of the nation's households. Challenged by Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard's November 1 deadline for resolving the issue, the cable and consumer electronics industries are positioning the IEEE 1394 digital bus as a primary technology for linking cable set-top boxes to DTV receivers. The technology--called "Firewire" by Apple, "iLink" by Sony--is a powerful means of transporting loss-less digital information on a home network, but it is one that exposes

News Japan
October 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Japan DBS: 1M Subscribers In Less Than 2 Years The number of subscribers to Japan's digital satellite broadcasting services by SKYPerfecTV and DirecTV exceeded 1 million as of August 31, 1998. SKYPerfecTV reported that it added 38,000 subscribers in August for a total subscriber count of 834,000 at the month's end. SKYPerfecTV launched October 1996. DirecTV captured 15,000 subscribers in August, for a subscriber total of 167,400 since its launch in December 1997. Japan's analog satellite broadcasting subscribers total more than 10 million. ¥ Matsushita Hit by Slow Domestic Sales Based on its first quarter 1998 sales, Matsushita Electric Industrial expects its first

News Japan
October 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Japan DBS: 1M Subscribers In Less Than 2 Years The number of subscribers to Japan's digital satellite broadcasting services by SKYPerfecTV and DirecTV exceeded 1 million as of August 31, 1998. SKYPerfecTV reported that it added 38,000 subscribers in August for a total subscriber count of 834,000 at the month's end. SKYPerfecTV launched October 1996. DirecTV captured 15,000 subscribers in August, for a subscriber total of 167,400 since its launch in December 1997. Japan's analog satellite broadcasting subscribers total more than 10 million. ¥ Matsushita Hit by Slow Domestic Sales Based on its first quarter 1998 sales, Matsushita Electric Industrial expects its first

News Japan
September 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Wireless SmartCard In Development Hitachi Maxell Plans to expand its non-contact Smartcard sheet business. The company plans to manufacture a flexible PET (polyethyleneterephthalate)-made modular sheet which integrates an IC chip with 1Kbyte embedded EEPROM and an antenna coil. With the 0.15mm-thick sheet, it is possible to develop a 0.25mm smartcard. The chip has a transmission range of 10cm, which will allow for easier in-store transactions and vending machines. ¥ Mitsubishi Starts LCD Production Mitsubishi Electric will begin to produce low-temperature polycrystal silicon TFT LCDs in fiscal 1999. The company will initially manufacture 2- to 4-inch viewfinder LCDs and eventually expand its product line to