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The problem I see is how to improve customer flow and product layout if the issue is really just related to too many people coming through the doors.  It's not like Apple has new products to showcase in another section of the store.  It just comes down to how many tables of iPads, iPhones, MacBook's, etc each store can hold.  The back-end of the store, where the 3rd party products are always seems to be the place where customers who couldn't get to a table of product go,...
Sounds almost like one of the people I knew.  I sat in a board meeting with Bill grilling my then boss (and majority owner of the business) wearing an old undershirt and work jeans.  He clearly dressed how he wanted because he had the money and power to do so.  And in most non-business situations, he was as approachable as a farm hand (which is how he often dressed), but in tense business dealings, he was sharper than a razor blade and used his appearance to his advantage.
A comment like that suggests what?   I've known some pretty powerful and RICH people who wouldn't be caught dead in a Ferrari, let alone a Porsche, Lambo, Merc, BMW, etc., and they have no issue shopping Wal-Mart.  One thing some wealthy (not all) learn, especially those that have earned their money working from the ground up, is that you want to keep as much of your money as you can.  Shopping at Wal-Mart for something they can and do sell for less than the store down...
Believe it or not, yes, there are people who don't REALLY know what Apple has.  They might think about the iPod because the kids or grandkids have one or talk about it, but without a presence in a much broader offering of retailers, some people just don't know or understand fully who Apple is.   The piece that gets the Apple faithful up in arms about "selling out" when they hear Apple is expanding at Walmart and Target is that they saw the brand as something exclusive to...
It's not an issue of being a discount store brand.  Apple is a mass brand and as such needs to keep expanding its presence.  I used to work for a small manufacturer/retail chain that had a huge opportunity at Target doing a shop in shop (for the stationery aisle).  The then owners of the company, who were not Target shoppers (or any mass retailers for that matter) thought the exact same thing - that going into Target would damage their brand.  They just couldn't get...
I'm sure this decision is based around several factors, including Target's connection to Apple, sell-thru for the Amazon products and the fact that Amazon's eco-system based around the Fire gives Target absolutely zero ability to cash in on any of it.   Getting more Kindles into the hands of more shoppers is not going to be a successful long term strategy for any bricks and mortar retailer.  At least Target can make some profit from Apple's eco-system by selling...
Getting noticed used to get you points in marketing, but that just isn't the case anymore.  When your brand has been damaged, to the point where RIM is now, getting noticed for stunts like this will not help.  In fact, it's going to be more fodder for those mocking RIM - which at this point it seems most people have a hard time not mocking them.   I do understand that they need to do something so as not to become completely irrelevant, but I can tell you I'd have...
Maybe it could be a successful campaign if RIM is talking about themselves - that they are the one in need of waking up (from the nightmare that has been the past 5 years since the iPhone was launched).   In this already thinning marketplace, where Apple and Android rule, while even MS fights to remain viable, RIM has what I suspect is an insurmountable challenge in front of it.  They'd need to have the perfect storm of great OS with no issues, big uptake by...
I won't say all analysts are useless when it comes to guidance, but certainly a good deal of them have consistently been SO wrong about Apple that I'm surprised they still have jobs.  But that reminds me that being right when it comes to the stock market has nothing to do with anything.  When you hear an analyst say they think Apple will miss projections, they're manipulating the market (or trying to) for their and their customers benefit.   I get that, but their...
Financial analysts will use whatever numbers they want to promote in order to get the whatever desired effect they are seeking.  The news could be good - given the iPhone represented the majority of smartphone activations or bad given quarterly sales numbers are down quarter to quarter (which doesn't make sense given it's not year over year quarter).   Others have said it - you've got institutions shorting Apple now in order to buy low - knowing full well that the...
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