Dennis D'Angelo

LAS VEGAS—Dealerscope and E-Gear's Best of 2000 awards reception, held January 6, the opening night of the 2001 International CES, featured cold beer, good blues and an impressive awards roster. A multimedia presentation sponsored by Forbes Magazine honored five Dealerscope Hall of Fame inductees (including the first two retailers in the Hall of Fame's 10-year history), four retail Dealerscope Pride Awards and the innovative, designated winners of the Dealerscope Editors' Choice and E-Gear All-Star Awards. Tired feet and busy schedules notwithstanding, we had a blast. Eric Schwartz, vice president and group publisher of Dealerscope and sister consumer magazine E-Gear, chats with Tom DeVesto

By Grant Clauser An hour's drive from Dealerscope's Philadelphia offices, a landmark sprawls across several acres of West Chester real estate. Visitors arrive daily in tour buses for a personal look at the retailer that reaches 75 million homes, as many as 5 million at any one time, with annual global sales exceed $2.9 billion. Since its launch in 1986, QVC has become a household name to many Americans, and the QVC business model has earned more than a passing glance by traditional retailers and product vendors alike. Under the roof of the vast complex, elaborate studio sets are assembled and disassembled

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