Gary J. Shapiro

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow we profile this year’s inductees and allow them to share their experiences and

The Consumer Electronics Association will be watching Key3Media's COMDEX Fall 2001 closely next week as it prepares for the 2002 International CES. Both Las Vegas-based shows have tightened security measures to protect attendees and exhibitors after terrorist attacks on major commerce venues became an unfortunate possibility. COMDEX has so far implemented the more stringent measures, but organizers of both shows encourage their respective attendees and exhibitors to build additional time into their schedules to accommodate new security measures. "This is not an ideal situation this year," Rick Moore, Senior Vice president of Key3Media Events public relations. "We just ask you to

By Janet Pinkerton Consumers are tightening their belts. It's time to get unsentimental, fast, and take a good, hard look in the mirror. When the going got tough, the tough went shopping—at Wal-mart and Costco, by the looks of April's sales reports. Sam Runco says his customers are still buying. (See E-Gear Editor-in-Chief Grant Clauser's report on page 16). But then, Runco customers, and dealers, are a special case. There's safety in the $50,000 PTV, but only for those who work it really well. Sears is rethinking its entire store format, testing appliance/electronics-only Brand Central stores in Chicago and Indiana. Out with apparel? In

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