Posts Tagged ‘retail’


Windows 8: Tepid Marketing–>Slow Sales

Kind of sad, isn’t it? This sorry attempt at a festive display of new PCs at a Micro Center store in Rockville, MD, says a lot about the thud with which Windows 8 seems to have landed.

Windows guru Paul Thurrott …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 21st, 2012

Microsoft’s Retail Gamble

Over the weekend, I went to Microsoft’s large store that is in the Westfield Shopping Center in San Jose. Like a few similar Microsoft stores, it is across from an Apple store and I suspect that Microsoft is hoping to …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 12th, 2012

Convince Me Not to Buy an iPad

We at Creative Strategies, as a part of our study of consumer markets, frequently interview consumers in order to get a pulse of the market needs, wants, and desires. To do this we have conversations with groups of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2012

Why NFC is Irrelevant To the Mass Market

NFC technologies have been around for quite some time. Many years back my firm did some market analysis on NFC for Philips Semiconductor about the time it was spun off to become NXP. In doing this …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 13th, 2012

Observations and Opinions About Apple Retail

Credit: Apple

As Tim pointed out earlier in the week, Apple competitors have many things to be worried about. Strategically, however, Apple’s retail presence would be one of the biggest things keeping me up at night if I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2012

The New Mac Ads: If Tech Companies Were Cruise Lines

There has been a real kerfuffle caused by the new Mac Ads.

Some people dislike them. Others hate, hate, hate them.

On the other hand, some people like them…or, at least, they tolerate them.


by John Kirk   |   July 30th, 2012

Why We Need More Specialty Tech Retail

Big box tech retail had its time but for certain types of technology I am convinced there is a better way to sell. I am convinced this is the case because big box retail simply offers too much choice. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 8th, 2012
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Best Buy: With Lots of Unbiased Advice

Best Buy has been running a commercial for the past few weeks where they are positioning themselves as THE place to buy a mobile phone. The commercial was very well done.

The commercial included many who invented …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 13th, 2012

Why Amazon Will Create Brick and Mortar Retail Stores

Over the years, in my various discussions with Steve Jobs about Apple and their products, there was one theme that always came out when we discussed any of his product designs; they had to be easy to use. In …

by Tim Bajarin   |   February 13th, 2012
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Tablet Price Promotions to Boost Demand

Staples is the latest retailer in the tablet market to offer a price promotion on tablets. The company is offering a coupon for $100 off tablet purchases (excluding the HP TouchPad) through July 30.

The coupon is the latest price move …

by Richard Shim   |   July 27th, 2011

Why Apple’s Loss of Retail Chief to JC Penney is Apple’s Gain

I have written in various columns over the last few months, that once Apple moved the center of our digital life from the Mac and to the cloud, they could be freed up to offer many more devices that are …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 20th, 2011

Apple Retail is Key to Their Competitive Advantage

Apple has several things I consider to be keys to their competitive advantage. Fundamental advantages that when you study become clear differentiators as well as roadblocks for Apple competitors. However if I were to prioritize, their retail …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 5th, 2011

Why Apple Has a Strong Competitive Advantage

One of the primary things about being an effective technology industry analyst is that I have to clearly communicate our perspectives about the technology industry as a whole to my firms clients. This requires more than just the regurgitation of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 2nd, 2011