First Job in the CE Industry: This job. I started here part-time. This is a family business, but I’m here all the time now. 15 years. People in the military who serve the country and are serving our country right now are my heroes. Especially I look up to the World War II vets. Always be honest. Establish rules and expectations for your employees and always stick to it. If someone is not a team player, no matter how good they may be, they’ve got to go. They might be the number one sales guy, but if they are disruptive to the

The fourth quarter holiday selling season is upon us. What’s in store? Wild ride? A crash? Or just another frenetic three months of selling before everybody heads to Las Vegas for CES? In a Summer 2006 Retail Sales Outlook written for the National Retail Federation (NRF), Rosalind Wells of Wells & Associates reported U.S. retail sales averaged 7.8 percent retail sales growth in the first quarter, followed by an estimated 7.0 percent in the second quarter. Citing a “slow-down in progress,” NRF expects retail sales rates to “moderate for the balance of the year” and track at a 6.0 percent increase for

Commentary by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association The tensions with China over the downed U.S. surveillance plane, hostages and arms sales to Taiwan, remind us that free trade with a Communist country can never be presumed. Despite our recent celebration of passage of permanent normalized trade relations (PNTR) with China, we face a real possibility of angry legislators imposing barriers to trade with China. The electronics industry relies so heavily on trade with China that a block on imports would severely harm certain product categories and several companies. Any company that assumes China cares more about trade than

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