ST. PAUL, Minn.

If you shop at a local Best Buy this week, the retail chain's new president and CEO might be the staffer who helps you buy a TV or refrigerator or diagnose your computer problems.

Hubert Joly, the retailer's top boss, will spend much of his first week working as a 'Blue Shirt' in several Best Buy locations in the Twin Cities.

Morningstar retail analyst R.J. Hottovy said the move is pretty standard for executives these days.


Some leaders motivate with fear. Their employees hustle to avoid wrath or pink slips. Others motivate with a near-parental love, and their employees will do anything to avoid their displeasure

Almo, a Philadelphia-based distributor, announced the following dates for its annual Electronics & Appliance Expos, which feature new products, manufacturer trainings, door buster specials, one-on-one meetings, and networking events:  May 5 – 6,  Philadelphia; August 10 – 11, Verona, N.Y.; August 13th,    St. Paul, Minn.; August 19 – 20, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sept. 14 -15,  St. Charles, Mo.

Lexmark International has added Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, InkStop, MicroCenter and Fry's to its distribution footprint. Products going to these retailers include the Professional Series line of printers and all-in-ones (AIOs) for the small office/home office (SOHO) and small and medium business (SMB) markets.

Capitol Sales Company Dispels Top 10 Myths on Front Projector Systems
As front-projector prices drop and homeowners become more aware of technology advancements, Capitol Sales, St. Paul, Minn., has developed a “Top 10 Myth List” to help dealers get started with front-projector theater systems.

How to risk it all, several times, and win-win By Janet Pinkerton For Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze, risk is life—carefully gauged and addressed head-on, always with an eye towards diversifying future options. In the mid 1960s, the head of North America's largest electronics retailer was a sales representative working for his father in the era of 30-day manufacturer contracts, a rep who wanted into retailing. "It was really driven by my own desire to take control of my own destiny," Schulze said. "Early in the game, I discovered that your individual future was not in your own hands when manufacturers had the

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