Is the largest Electronic Store of the Country in Trouble? Let’s find out..
Today, we are going to talk about one of the largest electronic stores of United States of America. Best buy has been one of the leading electronic suppliers for many years not only in United States but many other countries. After Circuit City going out of business, many of us thought that there is no looking back for this company. However, after Amazon coming into the industry it gave Best buy a tough competition and many people are turning towards online shopping in search better deals and lower prices.
After facing tough losses and losing its market share against many retailers like Amazon, Wal-mart and Apple Best buy has reported 1.7 billion dollar losses for its fourth quarter in March. In order to recover from these loses Best buy came up with a new plan to eliminate about 400 stores out of its 1100 stores in United States. “In order to help make technology work for every one of our customers and transform our business as the consumer electronics industry continues to evolve, we are taking major actions to improve our operating performance,” Best Buy CEO Brian J. Dunn said in a statement. The company is expecting to achieve $800 million in cost reductions by its fiscal year 2015. Besides cutting down its locations and laying off many employees best buy is also planning to change the architecture of its existing and new stores.
Best buy has also announced that they are going to take out most of their displays and not have any source of internet connections in their stores to avoid customers going online to compare prices with its competitors. Best buy is also planning to invest more in Best Buy Mobile, and open 100 more locations. As part of the company’s new strategy, Best Buy will remodel some of its big box stores with what it calls a “Connected Store” format. These stores will “focus on connections, services and multi-channel experience through a total transformation of both the store and the operating environment.” They are planning to move their tablets and best buy mobile departments in front of the store and move all the other departments in the back of the store.
Although I feel the approach best buy is taking might help them for short period of time, However it is about time for Best buy to focus more on e-business. What do you guys think? With the booming e-business industries and many customers trying to compare prices and looking for a best deal possible, can best buy ever get on the top position ? Does best buy needs to work more on their store and operations management or do they need to focus more towards e-business?