Dell is tapping into emerging markets with its new in-store retailing experience. The computer maker hopes the traditional brick-and-mortar locations in Russia and Hungary will help the brand gain in popularity. "In Hungary, Internet shopping is not as widespread as in the U.S. or Western Europe, so it is very important that people can come to the brand store," said Tams Damjn, country manager for Dell Hungary.
Electronics retailer HHGregg has announced plans to expand its store footprint with five new Florida locations starting next year. Company officials hope to draw customers away from other big CE retailers, such as Best Buy, with its same-day delivery promise and a knowledgeable sales staff.
Digital camera makers have shifted much of their focus away from megapixels in lieu of adding new features and shooting modes to their products. For amateur and professional photogs, this switch translates into better pictures and easier usage -- if one knows how to choose the right mode.
The shift to digital TV continues at an almost breakneck pace for European consumers, with new research predicting that Western European households will break the 50% barrier by year's end. The public is "increasingly demanding full-service products that can offer traditional broadcast TV plus a range of other services, such as pay TV, HDTV, VOD, broadband and telephony services. TV companies and telcos are jostling for position to fulfill this growing demand," said the forecast's co-author, Ted Hall.