Ken Dawson

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 Jennifer Kraft CE business-to-business Web sites are on the rise, seeking to provide a forum or outlet for businesses to purchase or purge inventory. While consumer-oriented e-commerce garners the glitzy media attention, the Internet's impact on business-to-business, or B2B, operations is growing. According to a study by the Gartner Group, Inc., in 1999, worldwide B2B e-commerce reached $145 billion, while the North American region accounted for $91 billion or 63 percent. Here's a rundown of CE-oriented B2B sites connecting manufacturers, retailers and, in some cases, consumers. Click here to view a B2B E-Commerce Directory's Web site lets businesses create their own

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