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Stampede this week hosted its second annual vendor summit in Buffalo, N.Y. The event assembled more than 60 leading manufacturers as well as 40 members of the company's field sales team.

Control4 said this week that it has teamed up with Panasonic in contributing to a home renovation in Buffalo, N.Y. that was featured on the TV series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The episode aired Sunday.

Diana Ross wasn’t the only star at Monster Cables’ annual Retail Awards ceremony at this year’s CES. Dozens of the industry’s top retailers also shared the spotlight as Head Monster Noel Lee honored them for exceptional sales of Monster products during these difficult times.

Every true merchant dreams of scoring the big coup. Somehow, the dream goes, connections, international excursions or a bevy of clever branding techniques must produce ways to decrease the number of middle men and score big margin points, maybe even slap one’s own illustrious name on a label while you’re at it. Like most dreams, though, profitable direct sourcing is possible but riddled with problems, industry leaders said. The feedback comes at a time when many buying groups and retailers have discussed and debated branding their own products. Frank Mamone, president of M Purchasing in Las Vegas, is a good example.

Representatives from 17 top-tier dealers that make up the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) arrived at one of Scottsdale, Arizona’s most beautiful golf courses at a significant moment in golfing history: just days before a 12-handicapper named Ted Kemp had sunk not one but two holes-in-one during a single round. The odds of that singular achievement are about 62-million-to-one, but Murray Huppin, president of Huppin’s/OneCall, woke early one morning during the the PRO Group’s Spring Meeting to take a shot at the record. He was joined on the course by executives from Mitsubishi, Panasonic and Yamaha. Maybe it was the gorgeous Arizona

By Laura Spinale Except for a couple of powerhouse retailers, the word that seemed to be leaping off major appliance retailers lips this past year was "turnaround." And with good reason. Retailers retrenched, closed stores, cut product lines, even filed for bankruptcy. But now, it seems, the worst is over, with some painful lessons learned. It's a flat market, but some major appliance retailers have learned, or are learning, to survive. The nation's top 25 major appliance retailers in 1997 pulled down $10.29 billion in category sales, representing a slight drop from the $10.47 billion garnered in 1996. Despite Montgomery Ward's fiscal woes (it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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