Posts Tagged ‘retail’

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Windows 8: Tepid Marketing–>Slow Sales

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 … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / November 12th, 2012
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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 … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 8th, 2012
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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 … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 13th, 2012

Observations and Opinions About Apple Retail

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 … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 22nd, 2012
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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. MAC … Continue reading

John Kirk / July 30th, 2012
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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / February 13th, 2012
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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Richard Shim / July 27th, 2011
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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 … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / June 20th, 2011
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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, … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / June 5th, 2011
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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 … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / June 2nd, 2011