What's on Your Mind?
November 1, 2014

What's it REALLY like "at work" every day? We asked Dennis Hickman of the SOHO Sho

Glikes on CEDIA
June 1, 2014

(Note: Azione Unlimited founder Richard Glikes wrote this for the group's monthly newsletter, published last week. It is republished here with permission): 

Safe & Sound
March 31, 2014

If you’re looking to broaden your business services and establish a recurring-revenue stream (and who isn’t?), you may want to set your sights on a segment of the market that holds more potential than ever before: residential security.
Sure, the security market isn’t a new idea for a service supplement, but the opportunities are evolving.

Staples Connect Brings Home Automation to Mass Market
September 24, 2013

For those of us who read and write about home technology on the regular, home automation is kinda of taken for granted. Even if you don't own an automated home yourself, chances are good that you're at least familiar with most of the possibilities. 

prevailing over the big box
September 1, 2008

Years ago, there was an office supply store on every single street corner in America. Today, a few big-box stores, like Staples and Office Depot, have taken over and all the mom-and-pop stores are out of business. A few of the mom-and-pop stores moved upscale, so the very well-to-do can get personalized stationery and other specialized paper products at very high prices. The last 10 years, the custom business has done very well; new businesses have continued to open and the introduction of flat panels has created a whole new business for the middle- to upper-income families. But it might be time for the

APC, Staples Launch Recycling Program
July 7, 2008

Staples and APC have announced their cooperation on a new recycling program for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. “APC and Staples are teaming up to make it even easier for customers to properly dispose of unwanted UPS systems by allowing customers to drop off units that are out of warsranty at Staples’ service desks throughout the United States,” APC’s senior vice president of home and business works, Dave Johnson, said as part of the announcement. APC is the Critical Power and Cooling Services division of Schneider Electric. The program charges a fee of $10 per piece. In addition, between July 27 and

Samsung’s ‘Four Seasons of Hope’ Event Raises $1.1M
June 23, 2008

Samsung Electronics marked the seventh year of its sponsorship of the Four Seasons of Hope charitable initiative last night with a gala held at Cipriani Wall Street. The dinner, which raised $1.1 million, drew 600 attendees from the CE community along with a raft of high-profile celebrities and athletes whose favorite charities benefit from the company’s cause-marketing strategy. They were wined, dined and entertained by TV celebrity Regis Philbin, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and sports figures Jason Taylor, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Arnold Palmer, Michael Strahan and Wayne Gretsky, and with a special performance by Carlos Santana. Samsung Electronics

What kind of a year has it been for you?
December 1, 2005

What kind of a year has it been for you? And why do I want to know? 'Cause I'm 2005, that's why, and my 365-day run is just about history. I'd like to know how I did so I can give the next guy, 2006, a leg up, based on the benefit of my experiences. In general, I wasn't a quiet year, what with all the natural and unnatural disasters and all the troubles overseas. It seemed there was something new to worry about during every one of my weeks—and I'm not even talking about your C-tailing businesses. You know very well, without my

B&W Group Doing More with Less
September 1, 2005

Other vendor groups address a variety of distribution channels and market arenas with the goal of reducing market risk. But Joe Atkins, chairman and CEO of the B&W Group, says having multiple brands with a consistent business model allows B&W to be "a more valuable partner to the dealer." B&W Group brands—Bowers & Wilkins, Rotel, Classe Audio and iCommand—all go to market the same way, worldwide, through a select group of independent specialists, reaching international dealers through a network of distributors. The group sells to about 2,500 dealers worldwide, reaching approximately 250 in the U.S. through its distribution subsidiary Equity International. "We can