Your A List for CES 2017

PARIS — Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive. Currently off the hot list are IoT, wearables and Ultra High Definition TV. The pervasiveness…

Examining the Risky Business of E-Commerce

More and more, consumers are flocking to online retailers to buy the newest electronic gadgets and gizmos. This retail boon, though, also intensifies the supply chain risk that retailers and electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are taking on. Online sales in 2016 accounted for 8.4% of retail sales, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.…

Google’s Mobile VR Still a Wild West

SAN JOSE, Calif. — I took an extended stroll through Daydream, Google’s low cost, consumer version of virtual reality, and found it by turns exhilarating, inspiring, disorienting and downright painful. What I saw told me VR is a digital Wild West still being settled. The new headset first announced in May presents both dangers and…

The Ebbing Appeal of Black Friday

In decades past, retailers counted on the day after Thanksgiving to bring in a surge of sales that would push their businesses into profitability. More recently, however, consumers and sellers alike have more options, which has allowed the Black Friday phenomenon to wane. In the recent past, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage support…