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Apple’s iPad dominated mobile holiday shopping this past weekend

By on November 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Apple’s iPad dominated mobile holiday shopping this past weekend

The iPad isn’t just the most popular tablet in the world right now, it’s also the most popular way to do your early holiday shopping on a mobile device as well. AllThingsD reports that new data released from IBM (IBM) shows that Apple’s (AAPL) iPad accounted for “nearly 10 percent of online shopping” traffic over the weekend, generating “more traffic than any other tablet or smartphone” among online shoppers. The iPhone came in second place with 8.7% of all online shopping traffic, followed by Android-based devices, which accounted for just 5.5% of all online shopping traffic.

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Black Friday Sales 2012

Black Friday sales top $1 billion online, Cyber Monday expected to set record

By on November 26, 2012 at 7:50 AM.

Black Friday sales top $1 billion online, Cyber Monday expected to set record

For the first time in history, online retail e-commerce spending on November 23rd — Black Friday — topped $1 billion this year, according to market research firm comScore. The company says online retail purchases totaled $13.7 billion in the United States during the first 23 days of the holiday shopping season, capped off by a $1.042 billion Black Friday binge. That figure is up 26% from the $816 million spent online on Black Friday last year, and Thanksgiving Day spending jumped 32% to $633 million from $479 million in 2011. ComScore also said that it estimates Cyber Monday online e-commerce spending to top $1.5 billion, up 20% from 2011. More →

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iPhone 5 Refurbished

iPhone 5 now starts at $99 as refurbished units hit AT&T website

By on November 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

iPhone 5 now starts at $99 as refurbished units hit AT&T website

Apple’s (AAPL) popular iPhone 5 is now available starting at just $99 from AT&T (T) as refurbished units reach the carrier’s website for the first time. Though Apple hasn’t even offered factory repaired iPhone 5 handsets for sale yet, AT&T now has refurbished models of all sizes in both black and white. Each reconditioned version of the latest iPhone is available for $100 off standard retail pricing, dropping the price of the 16GB model to just $99 while the 32GB model is $199 and the 64GB iPhone 5 costs $299. As 9to5Mac notes, it is unclear if this is a limited time promotion from AT&T or if the carrier will offer refurbished iPhone 5 units regularly moving forward. BGR reviewed the iPhone 5 in September and called it Apple’s best iPhone yet. We then revisited the sleek smartphone last month and said that in some ways, the iPhone 5 has no competition.

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Apple Stores Sales

Apple stores clobber other retail outlets, record sales of over $6,000 per square foot

By on November 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM.

Apple stores clobber other retail outlets, record sales of over $6,000 per square foot

You can see why both Microsoft (MSFT) and Samsung (005930) want to replicate the success of Apple’s (AAPL) retail operation. According to the latest numbers from research firm RetailSails, Apple stores are by far the most efficient retail outlets in the United States, posting sales of $6,050 per square foot of store space. To put that into perspective, consider that jeweler Tiffany & Co. recorded the second-highest sales per square foot at $3017, less than half of Apple’s sales. What’s more, no other retailer in the United States recorded sales per square foot of more than $2,000, meaning that Apple’s retail operation is truly a model of efficiency that other companies can only drool over.

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Some Microsoft stores now taking Surface pre-orders

By on October 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM.

Some Microsoft stores now taking Surface pre-orders

Anyone looking to pre-order a Surface can now do so the old-fashioned way: By walking into a store and talking with a human about it. WPCentral has learned that some Microsoft (MSFT) stores and pop-up kiosks are now accepting customer pre-orders for the Surface, which is due to officially launch on October 26th. Customers who pre-order the Surface at stores get a reservation card letting them know that their tablet will be held for them and that they can pick it up at the store starting at noon on October 26th.

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Best Buy iPhone 5 preorders may not be fulfilled for another month

Best Buy iPhone 5 preorders may not be fulfilled for another month

By on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Best Buy iPhone 5

Those who thought they would be safe preordering an iPhone 5 from Best Buy (BBY) might be in for some bad news. 9to5Mac got its hands on an internal Best Buy memo that acknowledges the company won’t be able to fulfill its iPhone 5 preorders in a timely manner due to “current inventory allocation.” So what does that mean for customers who preordered their Apple (AAPL) smartphones through Best Buy? Apparently the company plans to have all its preorders fulfilled by mid-October, or “no later than 28 days from launch.” Maybe standing outside an Apple store all night makes a little more sense than we thought. More →

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AT&T, Verizon officially out of iPhone 5 launch stock

AT&T, Verizon officially out of iPhone 5 launch stock

By on September 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

AT&T iPhone 5

AT&T (T) customers hungry for the iPhone 5 have officially depleted its launch stock and customers will now have to an extra week or two before their device ships. Verizon (VZ) is also apparently out of its launch stock of the iPhone 5, as it has pushed back its shipment date for the iPhone 5 to September 26th. AT&T and Verizon both sold out of their iPhone 5 launch stocks hours after Apple (AAPLannounced that it had sold out of its own stock within an hour of accepting pre-orders.

[Via 9to5Mac]

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Microsoft’s massive Windows 8 push includes opening 32 ‘pop-up’ shops this year

Microsoft’s massive Windows 8 push includes opening 32 ‘pop-up’ shops this year

By on September 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

Microsoft Retail Stores

In the coming weeks Microsoft (MSFT) will make its mark with three new products: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet. In order to get the word out about its new re-imagined operating system, Steve Ballmer’s team of marketers are planning to open 32 “pop-up” shops in North America, according to Information Week. The stores probably won’t have quite the punch that Apple (AAPL) Stores do, but they should at least provide many customers with a first-hand experience of Windows 8′s tile-based user interface. A full list of the upcoming pop-up shops follows below.

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Apple’s Genius training manual shows how company herds and grooms its ‘iSheep’

Apple’s Genius training manual shows how company herds and grooms its ‘iSheep’

By on August 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM.

Apple Genius Training Manual

Forget computer science — to be an Apple (AAPL) Genius you apparently need a degree in cognitive psychology. Gizmodo on Tuesday got hold of the training manual that Apple gives to its retail employees and it’s rife with psychobabble designed to get potential customers comfortable with forking over lots of cash for Apple’s finely crafted products. More →

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Samsung opens an Apple Store in Australia

Samsung opens an Apple Store in Australia

By on August 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM.

Samsung Retail Stores Apple Similarities

Samsung (005930) may still be waiting to see whether or not a jury will find it guilty of design patent infringement, but the company isn’t doing itself many favors with the public perception that it simply copies everything Apple (AAPL) does. The latest example comes via the Sydney Morning Herald, which took a little trip down to Samsung’s newest flagship outlet in Sydney and found some striking similarities between it and Apple’s retail store just down the street. Of course, this isn’t the first time the striking similarities between Samsung’s new retail shops and Apple Stores have been observed. More →

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iPhone sales seemingly slowing more than expected – more prices slashed as iPhone 5 nears

iPhone sales seemingly slowing more than expected – more prices slashed as iPhone 5 nears

By on August 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

iPhone Price Discount

With the unveiling of Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone less than a month away, sales of the company’s currently available iPhones are seemingly slowing more than expected. Last week, Sprint (S) slashed $50 off the price of each of Apple’s iPhone 4S models, and the carrier also announced it was waiving its $36 activation fee. Now, Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) are both offering sales of their own on various versions of Apple’s iPhone, according to AllThingsD. More →

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Best Buy founder’s plan to turn things around: Shrink the ‘big box’ and be more like Apple

Best Buy founder’s plan to turn things around: Shrink the ‘big box’ and be more like Apple

By on August 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Best Buy Major Restructuring Plans

Best Buy (BBY) founder Richard Schulze sees the writing on the wall: the era of big-box consumer electronics stores is coming to an end. The Wall Street Journal reports that Schulze wants to dramatically pare down his stores’ floor space, cut prices to remain competitive with Amazon (AMZN) and to make “in-store customer-service experience is as good as” Apple’s (AAPL). WSJ reports that Schulze’s plan is dauntingly ambitious and will involve shuttering at least 50 big-box stores and cutting costs by $800 million by 2015. Such changes would could have a negative impact on Best Buy’s bottom line, which is why Schulze is considering taking the company private again so that he can focus on the big picture and make necessary changes without facing pressure from Wall Street. More →

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