Groupon, the fast-growing online group discount service, was in the news last week, as Google announced it was pursuing a coupon service of its own.
As a result of strong holiday sales of its iPhones, iPads and even laptops, Apple announced last week record sales and profits for the last three months of 2010 that “far exceeded analysts’ bullish forecasts,” reported Miguel Helft of the New York Times (Jan. 18).
Last month, we reported that, among the big four U.S. carriers, Verizon was the most opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules (see Net Neutrality). So opposed, in fact, that the carrier announced last week it had filed a lawsuit asking federal appeals court to block the FCC’s recently approved net neutrality regulations for wireless and wired networks.
After months –- scratch that –- years of speculation, Verizon Wireless will finally begin carrying the Apple iPhone in February.
Back in March, I asked if the Apple iPad would be the hottest device of 2010 (see iPad article). Turns out it was, according to Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore. Cashmore wrote an insightful column about the iPad’s impact on CNN.com (Dec. 17), pointing out that the device was predicted by some to “fail big time,” yet it has soared to 13 million sales.
On Dec. 21, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to back Chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan for what is commonly known as “net neutrality,” or rules prohibiting Internet providers from interfering with legal web traffic, wrote Amy Schatz and Shayndi Raice of the Wall Street Journal (Dec. 22).
According to digital market research firm ComScore, online Christmas shopping is set to break records this year, as sales approach $22 billion so far, with a week to go. “Free shipping and other offers drive a 12 percent gain in e-tailers’ revenue over 2009,” wrote W. David Gardner of InformationWeek (Dec. 13).
On Dec. 6, Google launched its new Android smartphone, the Nexus S, which runs on the latest version of the Android platform, called Gingerbread. The Gingerbread SDK/NDK tools were also made available to developers on Dec. 6.
December and Android have been good to Samsung.
Disney is putting a high-tech, interactive spin on its retail stores, using mobile checkouts and massive animated screens to catch consumers’ attention.
Have you already fired up your sales team to have a high-performance holiday season? Are they prepared to answer the most frequently asked customer questions? Do they know what's expected of them?
Two weeks ago, a Samsung executive told Jun Yang of Bloomberg News (Nov. 18) that his company expects demand from businesses will boost sales of its Galaxy Tab device.
Chicago is the place to be this week as Verizon entertains its Midwest-area Premium retailers. Fifty dealers representing 1,200 retail doors converged on the Trump Hotel in downtown Chi-Town and iQmetrix is in the mix. With the acquisition of Alltel, Verizon is now the largest carrier with more than 92 million subscribers nationwide and growing.