Selling Direct? Update Supplier Strategy

The initial results for Black Friday and Cyber Monday show impressive gains in both online and brick-and-mortar holiday sales. But these increases are having different effects on each channel, even when the sales are by two different divisions of the same retailer. The traditional supply chain has become a well-known quantity for most retailers that…

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Is Hardware’s Loss Retail’s Gain?

So far, it looks like the strategy of selling hardware at a loss is working for {complink 11480|Amazon.com}. (See: IHS iSuppli: Amazon Kindle Fire Costs $201.70 to Manufacture.) According to the market research firm IHS iSuppli, the $199 Kindle Fire's global marketshare will move from zero in the third quarter to about 13.8 percent by…

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WD Updates Its Outlook

IRVINE, Calif. — Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today is updating its financial outlook for the December quarter and the progress to date of its operations recovery effort in Thailand. The company is also providing its view of the industry conditions for the December 2011 quarter and beyond. Company Fiscal Q2 Outlook: For the December…

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Tracking Calif. Consumer Products Proposal

On Halloween, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) issued its long-awaited informal draft revision of the Safer Consumer Products regulation. After reading it and discussing it with the DTSC, representatives of the chemical industry at the 2011 Statewide Environmental Summit in San Diego on November 9, and fellow members of the Green Ribbon…

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Outlook 2012: Mobility & Platform War Begins

Monumental changes are occurring and accelerating in the IT industry, and events over the next years will determine winners and losers in what could be a nearly $2 trillion market by 2012, according to {complink 7014|IDC}. All indications are that established companies across various segments of high-tech in Western nations (IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle) will…

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Element14 Offers ’14 Days’ Campaign

LONDON — Premier Farnellplc (LSE:pfl), the global electronics distributor, today launches a two week campaign to celebrate the 14 days of its element14 community, the industry-first portal for electronic design engineers and like-minded professionals launched in June 2009. Whether it is the popular Ben Heck Show, the unmatched legislation portal, “Roadtesting” new products, our Innovation…

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Intel Tightens Grip on Semi Market

Stop writing off {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} either as an investment or a dominant force in the semiconductor market. The company hasn't cracked rival {complink 444|ARM Ltd.}'s domination of the mobile communications IC market, but without a doubt the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is still king of the semiconductor market. Someday, a faster-growing semiconductor company might…

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