• Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

    Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

    Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London — just a stone’s throw from the Apple flagship store. Read More

  • Apple Turns On iBeacons In All Its 254 U.S. Stores For In-Store Notifications And More

    Apple Turns On iBeacons In All Its 254 U.S. Stores For In-Store Notifications And More

    Apple will kick off this weekend by launching iBeacons functionality in all of its 254 domestic U.S. stores, according to a new report by the AP. The location-based tech will work with the official iOS Apple Store app, and will allow Apple to do things like provide you with notifications of when your order has been assembled in the in-store stock room, to noticing that you’re in the… Read More

  • Apple’s Retail Strategy Proves That If They Build It, You Will Come (And Spend)

    Apple’s Retail Strategy Proves That If They Build It, You Will Come (And Spend)

    Apple is a unique company in that even if you break down its individual lines of business and view them as distinct from the whole, it can still be regarded as immensely successful in a number of different areas. As a hardware company, it’s a success; as a software and services provider, it’s a success; and as a retail chain, it’s a success. And Apple’s physical… Read More

  • Apple trademarks their retail stores and iDisk icon

    Watch out, Joe’s Bait and Tackle, you better not have a big, open glass door with light wooden tables along the middle and light wooden shelves lining the walls on which you will display your wares, including, but not limited to laptops and computers. Apple has that entire color scheme and layout on lockdown, so don’t even think about it. That’s right: Apple trademarked… Read More

  • UK braces itself for Best Buy invasion this spring

    Best Buy‘s move to the UK has been known for a little while now, but, to quote Jim Ross, business has just picked up. Other stores in the UK are planning how to best confront the store when it makes its debut this spring. (The first one opens in May.) Luckily for the local guys, Best Buy doesn’t exactly have the best reputation out there. Fair or not, that’s the way things are. Read More

  • RadioShack looking for a buyer, possibly Best Buy

    We could be looking at the end of RadioShack, boys and girls. The company is said to be exploring a strategic partnership, or outright sale, possibly to Best Buy. I don’t see why Best Buy would be interested: what does RadioShack sell that’s either A) not already available or B) entirely too niche for its Wal-Mart approach to selling consumer electronics? Read More

  • The ultimate tech store: B&H Photo

    If you’re ever in Manhattan, head over to B&H on 9th Avenue and 34th Street (you can shop online, as well, but you’ll get a kick out of the bricks and mortar). This store – one of the last like it in the country – is part mom and pop and part Rube Goldberg contraption with knowledgeable salespeople and everything under the sun for cheap. But the absolute best thing… Read More

  • End of an era: Circuit City to close *all* its stores

    We hardly knew you, Circuit City, but word today is that you’ll be completely liquidated. You will be missed, sorta. Read More

  • Amazon iPhone app: Take photos of items then buy them moments later

    Spending your fiat money from the comfort of your iPhone is even easier, now that Amazon has released an application (“App”) for Apple’s little wonder. The mundane functions are as you’d expect: you launch the app, then you can browse and buy goods from Amazon just as you would from your computer. What’s worth singling out is this little photo-takign feature. Read More

  • Apple now does price matching at its retail stores

    Apple retail stores will now price match any item that can be found more cheaply somewhere else. So, if Amazon is selling, say, the iPod touch for $100, you can walk into your nearest Apple store, printout in hand, and get the same price then and there. This price matching only applies to authorized sellers of Apple products—the guy on the corner of the street selling MacBooks for $200 a… Read More

  • Circuit City to announce 155 store closings tomorrow? is reporting that Circuit City may be announcing at 8 AM tomorrow morning that it’ll be closing 155 of its stores. This is still a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt, but it wouldn’t be surprising in lieu of the company’s recent financial woes. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago saying that Circuit City was… Read More

  • Walmart increased HDTV sales during July

    Walmart might lack the style and class of other electronic establishments, but the retail uber-giant realized an July increase of entertainment merchandise. This was led by flat-panel TVs along with video game and digital media. While you might not want to admit to your A/V snob friends, Walmart does offer most decent models at, well, everyday low prices. We aren’t here to debate the… Read More

  • The Apple Store perhaps has leapt over the Selachimorpha

    This is a rant. I was in Manhattan today and decided to stop by the Apple store on 5th Avenue, the Cube, as it is called, to pick up a 3G case. It was about 2:30pm, just after lunch. A simple plan: walk down the stairs, find the cases, buy one, leave. The place was mobbed. Every Italian tourist, every alterna-nerd, every financial Bluetooth headset guy, was milling about in the deep pit they… Read More

  • Radio Shack looks to Apple stores for inspirado

    Since the launch of Apple’s super-popular iPhone, competing handset manufacturers have been scrambling to produce phones that at least somewhat replicate Cupertino’s device. So it should stand to reason that the look and feel of Apple’s stores, which are quite popular with shoppers, might begin to appear in competing retailers’ stores. Case in point, it’s… Read More

  • Best Buy increases stake in Carphone Warehouse

    Looks like Best Buy’s got a pretty massive boner for Carphone Warehouse, as it’s just increased its ownership share from 2.9% to 50%, according to IDG News Service. Best Buy has agreed to invest an additional $2.1 billion in the European retailer, likely by the end of August. Carphone Warehouse will be opening stores here in the states this year and Best Buy is planning to open… Read More

  • Amazon dying thanks to us, all of us

    Henry “The Animal” Blodget is positing that Amazon is losing traction to all of the other content providers out there including, but not limited to iTunes and piracy. The giant once made its money selling books, DVDs, and CDs but with the Internet, the Internet, and the Internet, all of those things are available electronically and Amazon didn’t quite make the cut. While… Read More

  • NYT: Feel free to haggle down the price of your next HDTV

    [photopress:hagglebbcc.jpg,full,center] The economy isn’t doing so hot and Manchester United seems to be marching toward its second consecutive title. We’re all doomed, in other words. But hey, did you know that you can get $20 off a pair of speakers on Sixth Avenue? The Times has a piece today exploring the issue of haggling in the year 2008. It seems the terrible economy… Read More

  • More details about the CompUSA store closings

    So your neighborhood computer superstore is going away, huh? You know, some say that after we die a quick and tragic death, our soul lingers around if it’s not quite ready to cross over to the next plane of existence. So you may very well catch a hint of CompUSA the next time you’re in Micro Center or even Best Buy. Maybe a delicate whiff of register ink or a deeply discounted… Read More

  • An Apple grows in Brooklyn

    I never though about it before, but Apple doesn’t have a store in Brooklyn. Considering how popular Brooklyn is and the amount of Apple users you can find anywhere you look, it would be a perfect match for the company. Now, in a move that is sure to please Brooklynites, the NY Post is reporting that the Madison Retail Group is trying to get a space in a brand new condo building for an… Read More

  • Mannequins in motion

    Have you ever been shopping for clothes and spotted a killer outfit that really suits your style? I know I have, but the problem is, I want to see how I’ll look walking around in it. Sure, I can throw a t-shirt on and see how it looks, but how will others see me when I’m running from the police due to a petty vandalism charge? Enter the Moving Mannequin. For $12,000, your boutique… Read More