Speculation mounts that Google (GOOG +0.8%) could start to open retail stores after seeing...


Speculation mounts that Google (GOOG +0.8%) could start to open retail stores after seeing rivals Apple (300 open) and Microsoft (44 planned) push into the domain. For now, the company has only established Chrome Zones in Best Buy (BBY -0.9%) stores and other select locations, but a major investment to promote and protects its brand could be part of its future strategy. The move could also be a blow for office supply stores and electronics retailers depending on what kind of products are sold at the Google store and how distributions deals are worked out.

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  • Stone Fox Capital
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    following AAPL is a horrible idea.
    13 Jul 2012, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Anton Wahlman
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    Duh! I have written about this HOW many times over the last year? I wrote about it already in August 2011, and then more recently on multiple occasions in the last couple of weeks too.
    13 Jul 2012, 01:01 PM Reply Like
  • oesteves
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    Google is an internet search company, not a retailer. #fail

     

    Next, Facebook store?
    13 Jul 2012, 03:09 PM Reply Like
  • JaneMally
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    I think it's a great Idea for Google to think about purchasing Radio Shack. Especially if there's a way to extract the debt that RSH has. Who know's perhaps it can be a Google/Radio Shack Outlet/Store. There's no question that Google would gain from the 4500+ Retail Locations. With proper re-organization and training of the RSH personnel the move could be extravagant. Radio Shack already has the logistics in place, which is something that Google wouldn't have to worry about. There would be space in the stores for the upcoming Google tablets and other Google items. Perhaps even a forthcoming Google PC. Prior to that though, RSH should obviously do something to Increase Profits and Reduce it's Debt!
    14 Jul 2012, 03:11 AM Reply Like
  • kmetviner
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    I think retail stores are a loser in the end. AAPL is a one-off example, thanks to its commitment to highly trained and abundant staff, which is a very hard act considering its cost. Sure, they get lots of sales. But at what expense? Do we know? Why has the guy who ran the AAPL stores failed so miserably at JCPenney? BBY has failed partly due to its poor staff quality, but they can't bury that expense like AAPL can.
    14 Jul 2012, 07:31 AM Reply Like
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