New Age Electronics, a leading distributor of consumer electronics and gaming products and services and a division of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), announced today that it has signed an agreement with RAYCOP, a leading consumer health product manufacturer, to distribute its top-selling allergen vacuums to the North American retail channel. The agreement expands New Age Electronics’ home appliance offering and makes the RAYCOP RS2 and RAYCOP LITE products available to its network of retail customers. In Canada, RAYCOP is available through SYNNEX Canada Limited’s consumer electronics group. In addition, the agreement has applications in the commercial channel in areas such as hospitality in both the US and Canada.
The latest installment of TWICE’s Executive Retail Roundtable, in which we gather some of the best and the brightest in tech retail to address the state of the industry, revealed an optimism about 2017 and the prospects for such categories as Ultra HD TV, connected home and virtual and augmented reality systems. Join our deep dive into the challenges facing the retail business today:
TWICE: Let’s start with the holidays, and you in particular Laura, because Amazon described it as the best holiday season in the company’s history. How much of that can you take credit for?
Laura Orvidas, CE VP, Amazon: All of it — my own holiday shopping contributed. [Laughter.]
We had a great holiday season. A lot of our success was buoyed by Echo and the other Amazon devices. We saw a lot of customers come and interact on a variety of our products.
TWICE: “Millions sold” was Amazon’s official statement, but do you have any hard numbers on the Alexa devices?
Orvidas: Nine times our previous holiday season.
Mobile shopping was also very hot. Over 72 percent of Amazon customers worldwide shopped using their mobile devices, and on Cyber Monday alone customers purchased 46 electronic items per second on a mobile device.
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It’s kinda startling how much ground can be covered in less than 90 minutes when you lock eight leading industry merchants (and one renowned CE analyst) inside a room and discourage the use of mobile phones.
By Rob Stott
Quick! What comes to mind when you hear the word eSports?
If you’re like most of the “outsiders,” you likely paint a picture of someone sitting in bed (or his parents’ basement) munching on a bag of Doritos with a funny looking headset on, lights off, sitting inches away from his computer monitor.
That image would not be entirely false, but it’s a gross underrepresentation of an industry that is booming, has broad appeal, and could come to define the future of consumer electronics retailing.
Let’s forget about the retail side of things for a second, though, and focus only on the market itself. Who (or what?) is an eSports athlete? How much money is floating around in sponsorship dollars, prize pools, and more? Is the eSports industry really big enough for you, the retailer, to care about?
A good place to start is getting a solid understanding around what eSports actually is.
“Esports (electronic sports) is professional computer gaming,” the World eSports Association (WESA) said in an interview with Dealerscope. “Athletes from around the world participate in online and offline tournaments against each other. The games are broadcast and streamed in numerous languages, allowing fans all over the globe to follow the action live on a regular basis.”
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Fred Towns, New Age Electronics president, spoke to Dealerscope about some fresh approaches that were taken at this year’s New Age Retail Summit, along with discussing new vendors, emerging technologies and the buzz he got from the 100 dealers who were represented at the event July 19 and 20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in California.
Fred Towns, New Age Electronics: In terms of challenges, there is still a lack of education around the home automation category as a whole. We are helping retailers bring their customers true plug-and-play products that are easy to understand, install and use long-term, which makes the category more approachable. Retailers have to keep it simple and demonstrate how products can enhance their customers’ lifestyles to see long-term success in home automation.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a tech revolution taking place that will make the flat-panel TV and mobile phone seem quaint by comparison.
Within the next few years, hundreds of millions of devices will be communicating with one another — and their owners — and the groundwork is being laid today.
Fred Towns interviewed on the Corner Office with Technology Integrator.
Before he was the president of New Age Electronics, the retail division of SYNNEX Corp., Fred Towns—like so many others—started at the small-scale retail level.
After growing up in Maryland and graduating from Towson State University, Towns’ first job in the industry was in the early 1980s with Stereo Discounters, a retailer in his native Maryland that was part of the Dixie High Five chain that later became Circuit City. Having bought sound and lighting equipment, he
was eventually hired as part of the pro source team, and later moved into the retail side, eventually trained as a retail sales manager at the chain’s top store.
Las Vegas — Alternative rock band Goo Goo Dolls will headline New Age Electronics’ annual CES Gala next week.
The Buffalo, N.Y., band, fronted by guitarist and lead singer John Rzeznik, is perhaps best known for its breakout ballad “Iris,” which ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs chart covering the years 1992-2012.