Buying Groups: Why – And Why Not – To Join One

Groucho Marx refused to join any club that would have him as a member. For stubbornly independent-minded consumer tech retailers and dealers now facing troubling times as lone wolves, is joining a buyers group a good idea?

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Inflation’s impact on CE, Google LaMDA, Twitter’s new Note feature

Host Mark Vena, John Quain and I discuss inflation’s potential impact on consumer electronics sales this year, Google’s scary LaMDA sentiment and Twitter’s new Note feature that allows 2,500-word blogs.

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Buying Groups 2022: Overview And Outlook

How did buying groups and their members fare during, how are they managing post-Covid, and how will they provide for the always uncertain consumer tech selling future?

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: CarPlay, Apple deal wit MLS, laws aimed at Facebook/Amazon/Google/Apple

Host Mark Vena and and I opine on the new version of CarPlay announced at WWDC, Apple’s streaming deal with MLS and potential Federal legislation aimed at curbing anti-competitive practices by Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple WWDC22, Netflix/Roku merge, January 6th hearings, NESN DTC offering

Host Mark Vena, John Quain, Rob Pegoraro and I recap Apple WWDC22 and opine on the rumored Roku/Netflix merger, the upcoming January 6th hearings and NESN’s new regional sports offering.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple WWDC22 rumors, smart tech and school shootings, China shutdowns

Host Mark Veno, John Quain, and I discuss Apple WWDC22 rumors, how smart tech could. mitigate future school shootings, the impact that recent China factory shutdowns will have on new smartphone shipments and the recent Supreme Court decision striking down legislation aimed at allowing social media companies to be sued.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Hybrid cars losing appeal, social media lawsuit legislation, and bots

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, John Quain, and I discuss how hybrid cars are losing their appeal, legislation that permits social media lawsuits when harm is caused and how “bots” are wreaking consumer havoc with hard-to-fine products.

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Top 5 Ways To Deal With The New Workforce Reality

To state the painfully obvious, the pandemic initiated – some would say accelerated – a cascade of workplace consequences, precipitating a revolution in how, where, why, and for how much workers wanted to work, or if they wanted to work at all.

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Help Your Employees Stay Engaged, And Stay!

Employers are wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth trying to grok the Great Resignation.

“If you are thinking, ‘Oh good, the pandemic is over and now things can return to normal,’ you had better think again,” advises Ted Green, president of The Stratecon Group, a tech business consulting company. “Employees cited low pay, unappreciative/disrespectful management, and dead-end jobs with no reasonable path for advancement,” Green continued. “And the continuing labor shortage puts business owners/managers in competition for candidates – and candidates are more demanding than ever before.”

So how do you keep the Great Resignation from consuming your consumer tech company? To paraphrase that great political truth: it’s the training, stupid.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Netflix, Disney Plus subscriber gains, iPod, passwordless sign-ons

Host Mark Vena and I opine on a tale of two streaming companies (Netflix and Disney Plus), the iPod is “retired,” and the promise of a “passwordless” future.

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