Epidemic Engulfs Emerald Expositions; Reports Massive Q1 Loss of $570.1M

CFO Admits Company Looking at Possibility of No More Shows in 2020 – and Fewer in 2021 Emerald Holding Inc., formerly Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. (NYSE:EEX), has released their fiscal 2020 first quarter results and the organization makes no bones … Continue reading

Sonos Hits Sour Note – Fiscal Q2 Sales Drop 17%, Losses Hit $52.3 Million

CEO Says Direct-to-Consumer Sales Were Big, Launching Three New Models Sonos Inc. announced Wednesday the results of their fiscal second quarter, a quarter that CEO Patrick Spence called “challenging.” The company saw a double-digit sales decline of 17% to $175.1 … Continue reading

Crestron in Triumphant Return to CEDIA Expo

Crestron Electronics announced today that it is returning to the CEDIA Expo show for the first time since Strata-gee broke the news of their surprising exit from the event four years ago in 2016. This announcement marks a triumphant return … Continue reading

Critically Needed to Protect Crews, The DaVinci Group Sets Up to Supply Dealers PPE

The DaVinci Group (TDG), a specialty supplier of custom integration gear including architectural speakers, amplifiers and more, has taken extraordinary steps to offer their dealers responsibly sourced personal protection equipment (PPE), such that their work crews can safely continue to … Continue reading

Tighten Your Harness, The Rocket Ship U.S. Economy is Coming Down Hard

You knew it was coming, but we just couldn’t see it until statistical data caught up with the rapidly changing U.S. economy. But now, we are getting a snapshot of these changes and they are breathtaking…and a little scary. Hold … Continue reading

Emerald Expositions Announces Death of Sally Shankland, Its Most Recent CEO

Emerald Expositions announced this week that Sally Shankland, it most recent CEO who had been hired in June 2019 to replace resigning CEO David Loechner, has died following her month’s long battle with cancer. The company says Shankland passed away … Continue reading

New Rep Firm Hi-Fi Representation Nabs Atlantic Technology and Seymour-Screen Excellence

Hi-Fi Representation, a new manufacturer sales representative firm covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, has signed representation agreements with Atlantic Technology and Seymour Screen Excellence. The company was launched in January 2020 and says Seymour-Screen Excellence is actually one of … Continue reading

After Nearly 18 Years, SVP & GM Doug Cole Leaves Universal Remote Control

For several days now, multiple sources have reached out to Strata-gee to report that Doug Cole, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Universal Remote Control – better known as URC – has left the company. I have confirmed his … Continue reading

Fear Factor: Consumers’ Fear Suggests a Slow Recovery from Recession

[Photo: Juan Arredondo, New York Times] COVID-19 Recession: Will Rebound be a V…U…or W? The Coronavirus pandemic has hit America big time. With a head-spinning swiftness, the epidemic swept across the country with ruthless efficiency – first impacting densely populated … Continue reading