Retail

CE Pro 100 in 2019: Lighting, Recurring Revenue, AI, and Efficiencies

By Arlen Schweiger · June 5, 2019 • Members of the CE Pro 100 share thoughts on which new technology categories and markets they plan on expanding into, shoring up operations efficiencies, hiring and retaining talent, customer service and RMR strategies.

Best Buy to Focus on Total Tech Support as ‘Giftable’ Holiday Item

By Jason Knott · November 21, 2018 • Best Buy reports strong Q3 revenues and ups forecasts for 2019. In-Home Advisors and Total Tech Support programs will spur growth.

Home Automation and Alarm Giant Vector Security Adds Retail Location; More Coming

By CE Pro Editors · November 14, 2018 • $300 million alarm and smart-home provider Vector Security opens second retail location with hands-on home-automation demos; plans national expansion of retail storefronts.

A/V Shop Sells Almost $280k in Samsung 8K QLEDs in 4 Hours

By Jason Knott · November 1, 2018 • CE Pro 100 integrator Just One Touch/Video & Audio Center sells $285K in Samsung 8K TVs during wine-and-cheese event to early adopter clients.

Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

By CE Pro Editors · August 8, 2018 • The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company's own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

Monster Products Files $300M Cryptocurrency Offering for ‘Monster Money’

By Julie Jacobson · May 31, 2018 • Iconic Monster Products looks to pivot to blockchain and cryptocurrency from halcyon days of premium speaker cables; files S-1 with SEC for "initial currency offering" (ICO) of 300 million Monster Money (MMNY) tokens. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Kohl’s Puts Amazon Smart-Home Hardware, Staff in Stores Ahead of Holiday Season

By Chelsea Cafiero · September 13, 2017 • Kohl's customers in 10 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will have a chance to test out and purchase Amazon Echo, Dot and Fire devices — and sign up for Amazon Smart Home Services for in-home consultations.

Inside the Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: A Huge Paradigm Shift

By Julie Jacobson · March 24, 2017 • CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson visited several Best Buy stores in San Antonio, Texas, where Vivint Smart Home is testing a new business model for selling and installing security and home automation systems. (Julie Jacobson)

UPDATE: JCPenney Plays Gender Card, Launches Home Automation Biz and Pro Installation

By Julie Jacobson · March 16, 2017 • Capitalizing on its large female customer base, JCPenney is the latest big-box brand to get into home automation with new “Home Services,” featuring Samsung SmartThings and and other smart-home systems. [UPDATE: JCP is not installing the smart-home equipment, just the other five Home Services categories.] (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Report: HHGregg to File for Bankruptcy Soon

By Jason Knott · February 24, 2017 • Indianapolis retailer HHGregg with 229 stores in 20 states is due to file bankruptcy in the coming days, according to news reports.

Target Seriously Upgrades Its IoT Retail Presence

By Jason Knott · February 17, 2017 • Target renovates its Open House store in San Francisco with more interactive displays and more smart home products. The store also collects qualitative and quantitative data on engagement levels by shoppers.

Sonos Opens First Retail Store: Upscale Shop in SoHo with 7 Soundproof Listening Rooms

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 15, 2016 • Sonos begins selling smart speakers at its first retail shop in New York City, offering customers a listening experience they can't get anywhere else.

Belkin Opens First Ever Retail Store at LAX International Airport

By Chelsea Cafiero · June 24, 2016 • Cable supplier Belkin makes its first steps into the brick and mortar retail space with a direct-to-consumer store in the Loas Angeles Internation Airport (LAX) selling cables, headphones and connectors.

Target’s New Minn. ‘Connected Living’ Space Features Smart Devices, Not Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · June 14, 2016 • IP cameras, smart thermostats, IoT basketballs line shelves of Target’s Connected Living Experience in Minneapolis area, but ‘experience’ is a misnomer and home automation is mostly absent. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Target, Sears and the Trouble with Home Automation at Retail

By Julie Jacobson · August 11, 2015 • Target and Sears build impressive showcases for home automation, but the breadth of offerings and confusion around ‘smart home hubs’ expose inherent flaws of retail IoT channel.