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40 Channel Milestones Over 40 Years

Steven Burke

As CRN celebrates its 40th anniversary, here are the 40 milestones that have shaped the channel over the last four decades.

COMPUTER RETAIL NEWS LAUNCHES

CRN started as Computer Retail News—the newspaper for systems and software retailing — with the first issue published on June 7, 1982. Apple and IBM may have lit the match that created the PC revolution, but it was a slew of national retailers and computer franchisee businesses that spread the fire into every major city and hamlet across the country. From Computerland, which opened its first store in 1976 and grew to 800 stores by 1985, to MicroAge, which was founded in 1976 and grew to 1,400 stores, to Intelligent Electronics, which was founded in 1982 and grew to 710 franchisees in 1989, the franchisee model created what amounted to powerful distributors of hard-to-get PCs. The model brought huge profits during the PC boom to the national chains.

 
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