In this issue, you'll find Dealerscope's annual ranking of the the Top 50 Consumer Electronics Retailers. There aren't too many surprises, though there has been some shifting: K*B Toys and Sears Canada are in, while Future Shop (now counted as part of Best Buy) and PC Warehouse are out. For the most part, though, the list is much the same as it was last year. One notable issue is that while The Wiz ranked as number 42 in this 2002 line-up, you can bet that won't be the case next year, considering parent company Cablevision's recent exit from the retail business. An interesting fact
Retail industry veteran, Carl Eugene "Buddy" Dixson Sr., president and CEO of Crosley Corp., died recently at the age of 83. An outspoken businessman, Dixson considered himself an advocate for the independent retailer. In 1977, he bought the brand-name of Crosley from AVCO, used if for his own distribution company and in 1978 began to offer Crosley-branded major appliances exclusively to independent retailers who began to lose product lines to national retailers. The following is an article, based on an interview with Dixson conducted by Dealerscope last Fall for our 80th anniversary issue: "I was born in this business, I've been in it
Consumers' current desire and need to stay close to home could prove a boon for some appliance sectors. By Collin Keefe With the year-long economic slump looking like it's going to get worse as 2001 winds down, merchants and manufacturers in almost every sector are lowering their expectations for 2002, while scrambling to amass a survival plan to get themselves out of 2001's hole. In the major appliances world things aren't much different. Recent indicators show that sales, if not flat, are falling. Industry vets like Miele Marketing Manager Lynda Coyle say that throughout the series of economic setbacks in the U.S.