Google Glass Best Buy

Best Buy rumored to sell Google Glass next year

By on August 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM.

Best Buy rumored to sell Google Glass next year

It looks as though Google may be pushing its Glass headset out to traditional retail outlets. Rackspace startup liaison officer and noted Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble wrote on his Google+ account this week that he’s been hearing rumors that “Google is renting 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy next  year” so it can showcase and sell Google Glass to consumers. Having dedicated spaces within Best Buy stores has become very common lately as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft all have their own “stores-within-stores” at several Best Buy locations. Given where Scoble is best-known for showing off his Google Glass headset, however, a better fit for the device might be Bed, Bath & Beyond. More →

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Xbox One Sold Out

Xbox One now sold out at Best Buy

By on July 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

Xbox One now sold out at Best Buy

Take note, Xbox fans: if you haven’t already preordered your Day One Edition of Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One, you now have one less retailer to consider if you’re hoping to order a console for delivery on the first day of availability. Best Buy is now completely sold out of the “Xbox One: Day One Edition” console bundle and is no longer taking preorders. The Day One Edition is also sold out at Amazon, though the site is still taking preorders for the Standard Edition. Those looking to preorder the limited edition Xbox One online can still do so from GameStop and Walmart, though it is unclear how much longer their allotted inventories will last.

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Pebble Best Buy Partnership

Pebble kicks off smartwatch revolution with Best Buy partnership

By on July 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Pebble kicks off smartwatch revolution with Best Buy partnership

Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky on Tuesday announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy to offer his company’s popular smartwatch at the Best Buy retail stores nationwide. The Pebble got its start on crowd-funding website Kickstarter in 2012, earning more than $10.2 million from 68,000 backers to become the most successful campaign in the site’s history. Market research firm ABI Research previously said that 2013 could be a breakout year for smartwatches, with shipments of more than 1.2 million devices, and Pebble’s partnership with Best Buy will do a great deal to help that figure become a reality. More →

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Best Buy Microsoft Windows Store

Best Buy giving Windows its own ‘store-within-a-store’

By on June 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM.

Best Buy giving Windows its own ‘store-within-a-store’

When you walk into your local Best Buy store you will usually find a miniature Apple Store and a Samsung experience section, and soon you can expect to see a Windows store as well. Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has partnered with the retailer to create a store-within-a-store at 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and 100 locations in Canada. The stores will range in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, and will give consumers a chance to try a variety of Microsoft and Windows products, including tablets, PCs, phones, software and gaming systems. Each store will also contain a standalone section dedicated entirely to Microsoft’s Surface tablet. More →

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Samsung Best Buy Stores

Samsung continues on U.S. warpath as Best Buy micro-stores roll out

By on April 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM.

Samsung continues on U.S. warpath as Best Buy micro-stores roll out

U.S. consumers are used to seeing Apple micro-stores in their local Best Buys, and soon they’ll be just as accustomed to browsing the shelves of Samsung micro-stores across the room. The South Korea-based electronics giant announced earlier this month that it plans to open 1,400 micro-stores at Best Buy locations across the U.S., and the company just celebrated the grand opening of its first shop at Best Buy’s Union Square store in New York City. More →

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Best Buy Samsung Shops

Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook, plans 1,400 mini-stores with Best Buy

By on April 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook, plans 1,400 mini-stores with Best Buy

Samsung (005930) plans to follow in Apple’s (AAPL) footsteps by opening new shops inside of Best Buy (BBY) stores nationwide. The company plans to open 500 Samsung Experience Shops inside Best Buy stores on April 8th and will expand that number to 900 in May. By early summer Samsung will have 1,400 mini-stores inside Best Buy locations nationwide. The Samsung Experience Shops, which will vary in size with the largest being around 460 square feet, will give consumers access to the company’s full lineup of products including smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras and various accessories, all in one place. Samsung had briefly considered opening its own stores in the U.S., however the company decided to partner with Best Buy instead. Samsung’s press release follows below. More →

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Best Buy Samsung Store

How you know Samsung has hit it big: Best Buy is giving it its own in-location ‘store’

By on March 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM.

How you know Samsung has hit it big: Best Buy is giving it its own in-location ‘store’

Congratulations, Samsung (005930) — Best Buy (BBY) is honoring you with a distinction that it’s previously only given to Apple (AAPL). Unnamed sources have told Geek.com that some Best Buy locations are planning to cordon off separate areas in their stores to exclusively sell Samsung products. Geek.com says that “this new section will be dressed in large Samsung signage and offer custom demo stations for many of Samsung’s products” and that Best Buy “will be issuing special training sessions for employees in the mobile department, focusing heavily on how to show off Samsung-specific features.” The installation of special in-house Samsung “stores” are timed to coincide with the launch of the Galaxy S4, which is widely expected to be one of the best-selling smartphones of 2013.

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Best Buy Buyout Talks

Best Buy founder drops plans for buyout

By on March 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM.

Best Buy founder drops plans for buyout

Best Buy (BBY) on Friday announced that it did not receive an offer from founder Richard Schulze for a proposed buyout. Schulze originally planned to take Best Buy private for $24 to $26 a share last August, however he failed to secure financing and make a bid for the retail giant prior to the February 28th deadline. Talks between the two parties reportedly ended after Schulze and his private-equity investors sought three board seats in exchange for acquiring a minority stake in the company, according to Bloomberg. Best Buy will now continue to focus “on its transformation for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.”

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Best Buy Online Price-matching Policy

Best Buy makes online price-matching policy permanent

By on February 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM.

Best Buy makes online price-matching policy permanent

Tired of losing sales to the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Best Buy (BBY) has made its online price-matching policy permanent. “Showrooming” — or, the practice of going to a store like Best Buy to look at products but then making an actual purchase online — has been a problem for brick and mortar retailers like Best Buy in recent years. The nationwide electronics seller has decided to combat the issue by revamping its price-matching policy. Instead of matching just brick and mortar retail stores, Best Buy will now also match the advertised prices of 19 major online competitors including Amazon. The retailer’s press release follows below. More →

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Best Buy Holiday Sales 2012

Best Buy holiday sales slide despite online boost

By on January 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM.

Best Buy holiday sales slide despite online boost

Best Buy (BBY) on Friday reported sales results for the nine-week period ending on January 5th, 2013. The nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer said total revenue slid 1.4% year-over-year to $12.8 billion between October and January, but domestic comparable sales rose slightly and online sales grew by 10%. “One of the first priorities of our Renew Blue strategy is to stabilize and then begin improving our comparable store sales,” Best Buy President and CEO Hubert Joly said. “During the most important period in the retail calendar – the holiday sales season – we were able to improve our Domestic comparable store sales trends compared to the performance of the last several quarters and continue our strong traffic growth in our online business. Our holiday selling strategy, backed by a compelling assortment, increased employee training and price match policy, allowed us to deliver these results.” Best Buy shares closed up 16.38%‎ at $14.21 on the news.

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Best Buy Board Directors Resign

Two directors resign from Best Buy board

By on January 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM.

Two directors resign from Best Buy board

One of the more interesting companies to watch in 2013 is Best Buy (BBY), and the show started right from the get-go in 2013. As most people were getting ready to enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations, this struggling retailer was busy confirming that two key board members were resigning, Reuters reported. Among those leaving Best Buy’s board of directors is G. Mike Mikan, who served as interim CEO between April and September this year after former CEO Brian Dunn resigned amid scandal. Director Matthew Paull is the second departure, and he is leaving in April following his retirement from the role of chief financial officer at McDonald’s in April 2008. Best Buy’s corporate policy indicates that directors must relinquish their board seats within five years of retiring from their primary careers. The struggling nationwide retailer now has four vacant seats on its board.

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Best Buy

Best Buy extends deadline for founder’s takeover bid to February

By on December 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM.

Best Buy extends deadline for founder’s takeover bid to February

Reports surfaced last month that Best Buy (BBY) founder and former CEO Richard Schulze, who is trying to buy his former company, had asked the retailer for an extra 30 days to conduct due diligence before decided whether to make a bid. Schulze was said to be working with three private-equity firms to offer a more appealing proposal to the company and had also been interested to see how Best Buy performed over the holiday season. The retailer announced on Friday, however, that it has agreed to extend the founder’s deadline to February 28th. More →

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Best Buy TechForward Ruling

Best Buy hit with $27 million in damages for stealing trade secrets

By on December 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

Best Buy hit with $27 million in damages for stealing trade secrets

A jury in California has determined that Best Buy (BBY) must pay $22 million in damages for improper use of another company’s trade secrets, and another $5 million in punitive damages. In a lawsuit filed by start-up TechForward in the United States District Court for the Central District of California last year, the company alleged that Best Buy and two of its subsidiaries misappropriated its trade secrets relating to the Guaranteed Buyback Program, which allows customers to pay for the right to exchange products for store credit to be used on future purchases at a set price. A jury decided on Wednesday that Best Buy is guilty of making illegal use of TechForward’s trade secrets after working for months with the company and then deciding to cancel the deal and implement its own buyback program. More →

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