Best Buy Warns Profits Will Be ‘Significantly Below’ Last Year, Cuts Senior Managers

BREAKING NEWS… After the close of the market today, Best Buy warned Wall Street that its third quarter earnings and same-store sales will be significantly below the same quarter last year. The company also announced that head of U.S. business … Continue reading

Sharp Shocker: Company Will Report Interim Net Loss Almost Double Their Forecast

The Nikkei reported today that it has learned from unnamed sources that Sharp Corp. is about to report a surprising interim net loss of ¥400 billion (just over $5 billion). Covering the period of their April-through-September fiscal (interim) semester, this … Continue reading

Azione Unlimited Buying Group Adds New Vendors; Releases Details on Upcoming Meeting

Azione Unlimited announced today that it has added two new vendors to its “intentionally short list of vendor members.” The new vendors are Assurity Design Group and Triad. The organization also released additional details on its upcoming fall conference. See … Continue reading

Alpine Parent Alps Electric Reinvents the Car-to-Human Control Interface

In a new video published to the Internet on Wednesday by Diginfo TV, Alps Electric – parent company of Alpine Electronics – demonstrates a prototype of future automotive control technology that redefines the human interface with the car of the … Continue reading

How One New York Integrator Moves Customers from Low Price to High Value

Our good friends over at JD Systems – a New York-based integrator that does both commercial and residential installations – put up an excellent post on their blog on a very sensitive topic. No, not sex…not drugs…it was on PRICE! … Continue reading

In Search of Beats Replacement, Monster Turns to…Tumi?

The best briefcase I have ever owned – it has literally been around the world with me – is my Tumi leather soft-side, expandable briefcase. I still own it and whenever I go anywhere for a business meeting…it goes with … Continue reading

New Research Quantifies Impact of ‘Showrooming’

New research released today from Harris Interactive, conducted on behalf of CouponCabin.com, provides a sobering look at how prevalent the practice of showrooming is among smartphone- and tablet-owning retail shoppers. Showrooming is where retail shoppers use their smartphone or tablet … Continue reading

After Years of Free-Fall, Housing Finds a Solid Bottom It Can Build From

The U.S. Commerce Department released the latest data on new residential construction today and the results caught most off-guard as it was significantly better than expected with September overall housing starts increasing to 872,000 units – an amazing 15% over … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE> CEDIA Executives Address Issues Raised by strata-GEE.com Readers

As long time readers of strata-GEE.com (and the previous stratecongroup.com) know, for the last three years, we have conducted a survey of our readers on their attitudes of both the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the CEDIA EXPO. Last month, … Continue reading