John Flanner

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

The locally owned Milwaukee-based four-store home furnishings/appliances/CE retailer Colder’s announced Friday that it has acquired locally-based CE specialty retailer Flanner’s Home Entertainment.

The industry has suffered some product constraints during the last year, as vendors take a cautious approach to sales during the recession.

What product trends and new technologies intrigued attendees at the Denver convention this year – and how do they expect those products to help them better their businesses, with the dreaded Black Friday/fourth quarter just around the bend? Here, a couple of opinions from those we bumped into on the show floor on Day Two… John Flanner, Flanner’s Home Entertainment, Brookfield, Wisc.: “It’s been a really good CEDIA Expo. From what I’ve seen here, the industry is clearly trying to provide more complete customer solutions. The focus in the last couple of years has been on TV technology, but that’s less

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

On June 1 The Professional Audio/Vide Retailers Association (PARA) will finalize a merger with the Consume Electronics Association (CEA), according to a recent CEA announcement. The move is indicative of CEA's goal to obtain higher-end A/V dealer and specialty retail members, bringing them closer into their organization. According to CEA, it will create a new PARA Division that represents specialty audio-video, custom installation, and home theater companies. The division will promote the value of the specialty audio-video retail channel of distribution to the CE industry as a whole and grow the professionalism of specialty retailers within that channel. CEA will continue PARA's existing programs including

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