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How Apple's stores turned into a retail juggernaut
May 19, 2011

Apple's flagship retail store in downtown San Francisco the morning the iPad 2 launched. (Credit: James Martin/CNET) The Apple retail store we know today nearly began as a place where you could grab coffee and a danish and do a little Web browsing on Mac. Today, on the 10th anniversary of Apple first retail store, it's time to take stock on just how successful Apple's retail push has turned out to be, despite skepticism from tech pundits and--true story--a near false start selling tasty baked things. Dial back to 1996, several years before the first retail store would ever

Has hhgregg Grown Too Fast?
May 3, 2011

As a gadget geek who loves electronics stores, I want to like hhgregg (NYSE: HGG It sounds nice on paper...hhgregg offers shoppers a wide selection of the newest, and often most expensive, electronics and appliances. The store does offer entry-level products, but a well-trained sales staff stands at the ready to steer customers toward the shinier, more profitable goods. By focusing on selling big-ticket items and ignoring lower-margin products like DVDs, hhgregg can boost its gross margin. I find this technique as impressive as the company's strategy for expansion. Rather than slowly moving into a market one store at

Why Best Buy Might Be the Wal-Mart of Consumer Electronics
March 24, 2011

Is it time for Best Buy to rethink the superstore? A least one analyst thinks so. "Best Buy is becoming in some ways, the Wal-Mart of (consumer electronics)," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. Just as Wal-Mart is having to rethink the size of its stores as its customer has changed, so too must Best Buy. The electronics retailer's latest earnings offered more proof, according to Johnson. Best Buy's productivity is shrinking at its US stores

DBL Names Vendor Business Manager
December 22, 2010

Ingram Micro's CE division, DBL, has named Jamie Friedman its new vendor business manager. Friedman will handle the satellite radio, home automation, 12 volt and cable zone categories.

Round Two: Is Google a Monopoly?
December 21, 2010

Now that Google is reportedly on the prowl for the next Groupon, it’s time to revisit the debate of whether Google should be allowed to add to its empire. Last week, we spoke to Gary Reback, the lawyer that led the antitrust crusade against Microsoft in the late 1990s. Drawing parallels to the Microsoft case, Mr. Reback  accused Google of abusing its dominance in search to suppress the content of competitors and elevate its own. “Microsoft bundled the browser with the operating system and gave preference to their own, a lot of people worked very hard to break that