At age 36, Doug Putman has become the world’s pre-eminent pre-recorded music retailer, with almost 5,000 employees and 350 stores spread across Canada, the US and the UK operating under the Sunrise, For Your Entertainment (FYE) and HMV brand names. Here he discusses what it's like in the hot seat during the lockdown.
Although Doug Putman is expanding his Sunrise empire by other 200-plus stores with the purchase of the US For Your Entertainment (FYE) chain for US$10M, he will continue to operate those stores under the FYE banner.
Doug Putman has found a successful niche in the digital world selling CDs, LPs and videos to a customer base that enjoys having so-called hard copi
Doug Putman is too busy selling albums in the UK and Canada to waste his breath on myth makers spinning stories about the death of the CD and music
Canadian music retail chain maverick Doug Putman has purchased the assets and name of HMV UK in a deal worth more than $10-million that also saves as many as 1,500 company jobs there.
Canada’s Sunrise Records chain store owner Doug Putman has made a bid to seize control of troubled retailer HMV from under the nose of Newcastle Un
Sunrise Records’ president Doug Putman doesn’t buy the popular mantra that music sales are cooked. Proof of this is the fact that his chain of nationwide stores sold close to a half-million vinyl albums last year.
Business is booming out of the gate for the Sunrise Records chain and one of the big surprises is that millennials are packing the store to pick up vinyl and compact discs.