Jim Warren

Jim Warren, Car Toys’ senior vice president of merchandising, has lived a noteworthy career that has seen successes on both the retail and manufacturing sides of the marketing fence—and he says he has accumulated business and life lessons that have served him well from both.

HD Radio gets a boost in support, but can it make it big in the coming year? For many years terrestrial radio, on its own merit, has been a bit of an after thought when it comes to new products. There are some exceptions—the Tivoli Model One and Bose Wave Radio, to name two—and satellite radio has taken center stage lately. Radio simply has not been an exciting category. But all that could change with HD Radio, a digital method of broadcasting better quality AM/FM signals that has the FCC stamp of approval. It has gotten quite a bit of press over the

Has 2003 been an improvement over 2002? What are the biggest technology trends and how is the market dealing with them? What will people want in 2004? These are just some of the questions we face every time we close the book on one year and open it for another. We took those questions to leaders in the consumer electronics industry and offer you their insights. What was your biggest-selling product category? Frank Sadowski, vice president of consumer electronics merchandising, Amazon.com Digital Cameras. The products continue to improve in technology and offer great value to consumers. Marty Goldberg, president, Lenmar In 2003, Lenmar

Shining Stars in the Retail Arena by Collin Keefa and Natalie Hope McDonald Shelves don't fill themselves: It's an old adage, but a store's character is often determined by what it sells. This makes a buyer's job especially painstaking. Coupled with the pressure to get good deals, buying becomes as much an art as a vocation. According to Michael Blumberg, Tweeter's senior vice president of purchasing, "It's not enough to just be a buyer. Most buyers never communicate about how [a product] should be merchandised, or how it fits into the store." Blumberg defined the better buyer as one who can cover

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