Here's What Google (Plus Microsoft And Amazon) Will Sell At Their Stores
Apple's foray into retail was supposed to be a disaster. "I give them two years before they're turning out the lights on a very painful and expensive mistake," one critic infamously said in 2001, a comment that would prove slightly prescient considering the number of brick-and-mortar stores that would shudder in the years to come--Gateway, Circuit City, CompUSA. But not Apple. Its hundreds of stores generate billions of dollars in sales annually--more sales than any U.S. retailer by square foot.
Now Apple's competitors are hoping to repeat Apple's success in the retail space.