Tag Archive: Retail

Apple hires U.K.’s Dixons CEO John Browett as SVP of Retail

Jan. 31, ‘12: “Our retail stores are all about customer service, and John shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. Dixons is basically the U.K. equivalent of Best Buy. (I’m not 100% sure, but I think … Continue reading →

Ron Johnson talks to the AP

Jan. 30, ‘12: Some interesting stuff, though nothing earth-shattering, from the JC Penney CEO, previously Apple’s retail boss. Though — attention to detail! — he did get the iPad launch year wrong: It was 2010, not 2009. Perhaps he’s not used to be … Continue reading →

Amazon is doing its real job: Squeezing retail chains

Jan. 5, ‘12: One of the dramas in tech right now is the story around Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and its potential to mess up Apple’s iPad business. I don’t think the Kindle Fire (an okay-but-not-great media tablet) is a real, long-term threat … Continue reading →

Grand Central Apple Store is open: Here’s what it’s like

Dec. 9, ‘11: I missed Apple’s new retail store opening this morning in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, but my friend Steve Weintraub files this report and these photos. Thanks! I’ve never been to an Apple Store event. Although I am certainly a … Continue reading →

Apple launches iPhone-app self checkout at retail stores

Nov. 8, ‘11: As MacRumors’ Eric Slivka explains, you can now use your iPhone (and the updated Apple Store app) to scan the barcodes of shelf-stocked items, pay with the credit card hooked into your iTunes account, and walk out of the store. … Continue reading →

The most impressive thing about the Nook Tablet is that it exists

Nov. 7, ‘11: Barnes & Noble announced its latest Nook e-readers today, including the Nook Tablet. For details, check out Peter Kafka’s liveblog at All Things D or extensive coverage at The Verge, including a handy tablet comparison chart. The Nook Tablet is basically a … Continue reading →

How much does it cost to make an Apple Store?

Oct. 14, ‘11: In a new analysis, Asymco’s Horace Dediu calculates that Apple spends around $10 million on average to create each of its retail stores. ifoAppleStore, an excellent resource on all things Apple Store-related, has a little more detail, but doesn’t show … Continue reading →

Apple’s iPhone-line drought is over

Oct. 14, ‘11: Remember when Apple launched the Verizon iPhone this past February and practically no one lined up to buy it? That’s not the case today, as the iPhone 4S started selling this morning. Both MacStories and Business Insider have “iPhone lines … Continue reading →

Commerce as content, shopping through art

Oct. 11, ‘11: While I was researching e-commerce sites for a project a couple of months ago, I signed up for a bunch of email newsletters from flash sales and group buying sites. Many of them contained lame deals or were ugly or … Continue reading →

The most amazing fake Chinese Apple Store you’ll see today

Jul. 20, ‘11: For all of Apple’s success in China, it’s still China. This is pretty incredible. (Via 9to5Mac.)