What current environmental debates about consumer electronics mean for the retail bottom line By Holly Evans, Director of Environmental Affairs, Deputy General Counsel, Electronic Industries Alliance Electronic manufacturers are increasingly feeling the heat of proposed product-related environmental mandates at home and abroad. Retailers may soon as well. The European Union's Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive would require manufacturers to finance the collection and recycling of used electronics. In addition, its Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive would ban the use of lead, mercury and cadmium in electronics by 2006. Both Directives are motivated by concerns that electronics pose environmentally when discarded. Industry watchers

At RadioShack, Paul Rickels is now vice president, dealer/franchise operations. He started his career at RadioShack more than 20 years ago and was most recently the company's director of franchise. Tom Cobb was promoted to the position of vice president, dealer/franchise sales channel. Cobb started with the company in 1977 when he opened a RadioShack with his father. He previously was director of national sales. Frank Khulusi, IdeaMall chairman and CEO, assumed the position of the company's president. Former IdeaMall President Scott Klein resigned, effective the end of March, but will remain available temporarily to advise the company as a consultant. Lawrence R. Johnston, formerly

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