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American Eagle, Prysm partner for display solution

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Prysm said Tuesday that American Eagle Outfitters has chosen Prysm’s freeform display solution to transform its new flagship store in the SoHo of New York City.

The American Eagle Outfitters store is the first installation of the Prysm Laser Phosphor Display solution, which incorporates high-definition stackable display building blocks.

Multiple displays, each standing 7 ft. tall, are arranged across the three-story, 24,000-sq.-ft. retail space. Three columns in the main entrance work as both window displays and in-store branding. Four columns are presented at the escalator gateways inviting customers to make the transition from each level of the store.

Prysm said its display solution is made up of four key components: One or more display building blocks, image processor, user-friendly set-up and remote-monitoring software, and flexible frame options.

At the core of the Prysm LPD display solution is a 25-inch diagonal building block. Solid-state lasers deliver brilliant image quality, which is viewable from nearly a 180-degree angle and uses up to 75% less power than traditional backlit or projection technology-based products, according to Prysm.

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GSMA announces latest speaker lineup for Mobile World Congress

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LONDON The GSMA announced that the CEOs of Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, RIM, SoftBank and Yahoo! will be making keynote speeches at Mobile World Congress, which will be held Feb. 14 to 17, 2011 in Barcelona.

“The 2011 Mobile World Congress features an unparalleled lineup of keynote speakers from companies spanning the full mobile communications ecosystem,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. “Attendees will have access to the individuals and organisations who are leading the mobile transformation, gaining important perspectives and insights on the future of communications.”

 

Recently confirmed Mobile World Congress keynote speakers are:

 

    * Paul Otellini, president and CEO, Intel     * Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft     * Stephen Elop, president and CEO, Nokia     * Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO, NTT DoCoMo     * Jim Balsillie, co-CEO, Research In Motion     * Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO, SoftBank     * Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!

 

Previously announced speakers include:

 

    * Daniel Hajj, CEO, America Movil and Telcel     * Randall Stephenson, chairman, CEO and president, AT&T     * Li Yue, president and CEO, China Mobile     * Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google     * Peter Chou, CEO, HTC     * Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm     * Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square     * Evan Williams, co-founder, Twitter     * Vittorio Colao, chief executive, Vodafone     * Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive, WPP

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One size does not fit most

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Apparel sales at Target were weak in October, registering a decline in the low single-digit range, while sales at competitors with greater exposure to apparel were mixed. For example, Macy’s registered a 2.5% comp increase, but such rivals as Dillard’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s posted declines of 1%, 1.9% and 2.5% respectively. Meanwhile, such off-price chains as Ross Stores and TJX Companies continue to show strength and exceeded their sales plans. Ross gained 4% and TJX results, although flat for the month, were at the high end of the company’s guidance that was tempered by a double digit gain the prior year. The strongest performance was turned in by retailers who appeal to more affluent shoppers. Saks reported an 8.1% increase and Nordstrom posted a 3.4% increase.

 

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