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FEBRUARY Hueberger Leaves PRO, Workman Moves in PRO Group President/COO/Executive Director Roger Hueberger announces that he will be leaving the buying group after serving for 11 years. According to the PRO Group and Hueberger, a failure to come to agreeable terms on a new contract was cited as the reason for his departure. “I loved my 11 years at PRO, but both parties couldn’t agree on terms,” says Hueberger, noting that talks over his contract have been rocky for several months. “This wasn’t a big surprise; this started last summer.” Hueberger was made director of PRO Group in 1994, and in 1996 was

Hueberger Leaves PRO, Workman Moves in PRO Group President/COO/Executive Director Roger Hueberger announces that he will be leaving the buying group after serving for 11 years. According to the PRO Group and Hueberger, a failure to come to agreeable terms on a new contract was cited as the reason for his departure. “I loved my 11 years at PRO, but both parties couldn’t agree on terms,” says Hueberger, noting that talks over his contract have been rocky for several months. “This wasn’t a big surprise; this started last summer.” Hueberger was made director of PRO Group in 1994, and in 1996 was promoted to chief operating officer.

Don’t roll the closing credits for “the neighborhood electronics store” yet. Plenty of small-in-size but rich-in-history retail operations are still going strong in 2006. Case in point: Cuba TV, run by Miguel Alfonso and the Alfonso family on Summit Avenue in Union City, N.J. Though they are surrounded by fierce competitors like P.C. Richards and Circuit City, the Anfonso’s have held fast as a community institution for nearly 35 years. “We are almost like a barber shop,” says Alfonso. “One guy comes in for a battery and stands there and starts talking and then some other customers come in and join the conversation.

It’s no surprise to any retailer that the hey day of DVD is over. With $30 DVD players selling in aisle five of the grocery store, DVD has fast become a low-margin, commodity product. So it makes sense for retailers to hail the coming of high definition DVD—HD DVD or Blu-ray—as a boost to better margins. But the sale of these players may not be so easy. Incompatible formats, digital copy protection limitations and consumer unawareness all contribute to this category’s status as a hard sell. But with HD DVD now ready to ship, retailers will have to develop a strategy. Dealerscope interviewed some

LG Invests and Invents to Capture Domestic and International Markets It's only been a short time since consumers in the U.S. started seeing the LG brand in products like mobile phones and large appliances. The response has been very positive, and now LG is positioned to make major pushes not only into the product categories in where already participates, but also into a broader range of consumer electronics, including plasma and LCD displays and HDTV set-top boxes. This fall, to demonstrate its commitment to the U.S. market, LG hosted several tours of its South Korea manufacturing and administration headquarters. On two separate tours,

Last month Dealerscope had the opportunity to speak about E-Commerce and the U.S. retailing industry before a group of Spanish retailers who were on a business tour of the U.S., sponsored by Samsung Spain. The NYC hotel conference room filled with tension, ambition and cigarette smoke, as the Spanish retailers were briefed by various speakers about the U.S. CE industry, e-commerce and store-front retailing. In the days following the briefing, the group was slated to meet with Circuit City, Best Buy, P.C. Richards and 6th Avenue Electronics. The Spanish retailers face new market dynamics--driven in part by the Euro and the Internet--and increased competition. Wal-Mart's leap in

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