About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

Sandy Thrashes Thunderball Marketing

Thunderball Marketing, Inc., an Avenel, NJ-based distributor of consumer electronics and pro-DJ equipment was hit hard by hurricane Sandy last week, with facilities losing power and two co-located warehouses subjected to a shocking level of water damage. Thunderball’s Alan Henslovitz … Continue reading

Consumer Reports Picks Top Ten Electronics of 2012; Their Choices May Surprise You

Consumer Reports, that venerable organization known for torture testing products, ranking their results, and offering advice to consumers on how to pick the right product for them, announced on Thursday their picks for the Top Ten Electronics products for 2012. … Continue reading

Consumer Confidence Rises Again; Now at 4-Year High

Looking for more “green shoots” of economic recovery? The Conference Board released the latest data from their Consumer Confidence Index showing another monthly increase (it increased in September as well) in the overall level of confidence that consumers have in … Continue reading

Can Sharp Survive? Company’s Performance ‘Raises Serious Doubts About [Our Ability] to Continue’

Last week, we reported on a rumor out of Japan that Sharp Corp. was about to report a dismal interim net loss that was much worse than anticipated. This Wednesday, Sharp confirmed those rumors announcing an interim (Apr-Sept) operating loss … Continue reading

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