Jeanette Howe

Women in CE hosted its third annual Legacy Awards Tuesday night at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas during CES. This year's honorees were Kristen Cook, executive vice president and managing director of BDS Marketing; Denise Gibson, former president of Brightstar U.S and former director of Brightstar Corp.; Jeanette Howe, executive director of Specialty
Electronics Nationwide; Maureen Jenson, editor in chief of CustomRetailer, Tell and CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles magazines; and Tricia Nystrom, senior merchant of audio for Best Buy and Magnolia. Here are some highlights of the event:

Las Vegas is not a town known for its morning life. The only people up before 9 a.m. are the ones who never made it to bed the night before. But early one morning this summer, nearly a hundred coffee-fueled independent retailers made their way past vacant blackjack tables in the Venetian Resort and gathered in a conference room for a breakfast meeting of the Nationwide Marketing Group’s specialty electronics division (SEN). After a welcome from the buying group’s director, Jeanette Howe, the members heard pitch after pitch from vendors, all with a similar message: if you want to make money this holiday season,

While a separate department works for a retailer as large as AAFES, it is not necessarily a practical option for a smaller dealer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to control loss, said Jeanette Howe, specialty electronics, Nationwide Buying Group. She has seen software programs and other technologies, such as RFID tags and UPC systems, curb theft. But, she added, “For most small dealers, it’s not in their realm yet.” Howe points to one simple function: inventory. Though a seemingly obvious method, she said many retailers don’t count inventory often enough to help curb theft. “Inventory is money,” she said, admitting that conducting

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