Retail Observer

July 2024

The Retail Observer is an industry leading magazine for INDEPENDENT RETAILERS in Major Appliances, Consumer Electronics and Home Furnishings

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JULY 2024 6 Moe Lastfogel moe@retailobserver.com Moe's Musings Views Happy Retailing, We proudly support the following trade associations and buying groups throughout North America whose news and information greatly contribute to the quality of The Retail Observer and the education of our readers. www.asid.org www.cedia.net www.dpha.net www.feigroup.net www.htsa.com www.cta.tech www.cantrex.com www.unitedservicers.com www.NKBA.org www.necoalliance.com www.psaworld.org www.prosourceinfo.com THE RETAIL www.nahb.org www.natmcorp.com Follow us on: Join us at: Become a Fan: www.NARI.org nationwidegroup.org www.aham.org www.rtohq.org www.joinbrandsource.com T his issue marks 17 years of our team producing The Retail Observer for our loyal clientele and readers. As economies have boomed and busted throughout the years, many manufacturers, dealers, distributors, as well as periodicals have been bought out or faded away into the sunset. We'd like to give a big shout out to the Mom-and-Pop shops, independent dealers and the manufacturers and distributors that support them as this magazine continues to roll on down the road in good times and bad, with education and support for our retailers. Chuck Edmonds and Lee Boucher had worked side by side for 17½ years in the early days of growing this magazine from its original inception as The Northen California Retailer in April of 1970, back in the day when this old "rag" of a magazine was put together via typed page and printed photos, using scissors and glue sticks. We are still plugging along after 54 years! Quite an accomplishment in this day and age when very few publications can say that. This magazine was built on handshakes, hard work and integrity. These are the things that make the magazine what it is today. It's no surprise that the most important ingredient was then, and still is now, our dedication to nurturing great relationships within the retail appliance, electronics and plumbing industries.w As we carry on the tradition of keeping our "Eye on the Industry" for all our readers, we understand this is your magazine, your industry, and your time staying up on news and product support for your growing business and bottom line. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions. Just drop me a line to: moe@retailobserver.com. All of us here at The Retail Observer thank you for your many years of support as you've travelled alongside us and will continue together on this journey for many more years into the future. We are proud to contribute, serve, and pour our hearts into such an iconic piece of retail history. tribgroup.com 17 YEARS RUNNING THE RETAIL OBSERVER

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