Apple Retail

New York Times slams Apple Retail. Kinda.

Apple enjoys tremendous marketing benefits from the attention they attract as one of the most popular brands, and successful companies in the world. So it's only fair they also enjoy the equal and opposite results of that attention -- a burning spotlight on their every flaw, real and imagined. Once again, The New York Times turns that burning spotlight on Apple, this time examining Apple Retail.

Unfortunately, like the rest of their iEconomy series on Apple, the packaging continuously undermines the importance of its subject matter. Let's look at the headline:

Apple’s Retail Army, Long on Loyalty but Short on Pay

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Apple Retail Stores replace iMacs with iPads for kids

Apple Retail Stores have replaced the iMacs that traditional served as their "kid's table" with iPads. The tables, which had previously been decked out with a quartet of iMacs, now sport 4 iPads instead.

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Best Buy sells almost as many iPhones as Apple store, AT&T and Verizon sell way more than both

A survey of iPhone shoppers from December last year through February, reveals that 13% had bought their iPhones from Best Buy, while 15% had purchased theirs directly from Apple. Of course, carriers brought in the lion's share of sales; AT&T sold to 32% of those surveyed, Verizon claimed 30%, and Sprint a less-than-impressive 7%. The survey, conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, also showed that online stores only accounted for 24% of sales, with regular brick-and-mortar establishments taking up the remaining 76%.

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Apple Retail Stores opening at 8am for new iPad launch on Friday, March 16

Apple has announced that the new iPad will be going on sale at Apple Retail Stores on Friday, March 16 at 8am local time in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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Does Apple’s new retail SVP, John Browett, make sense? [Stock talk]

"Is it also possible that Browett’s experience at Dixons, and before that Tesco (the world’s third largest retailer) might just be right what Apple needs as it continues on its path towards world domination?"

We, and pretty much the rest of the blogosphere were, shall we say, slightly bewildered when Apple announced its new SVP of Retail, John Browett.

Browett is, at first glance, an unusual hire because the retail organization he is leaving seems to be the exact opposite of what Apple stands for. He was the CEO of Dixons, the well known British technology retailer.

Big box retailers couldn’t be further from Apple’s model of clean, spacious, bright and minimalistic. Apple employees always want to help, knowing that when you are in their store you have already chosen their brand. They are highly service-oriented. Big box sales staff are all about making the sale. They couldn’t care less what brand of TV you jam into your SUV after you slip the cashier your credit card.

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Change in retail laws might clear the way for Apple Stores in India

According to livemint.com, a recent change in retail laws that will allow for 100% foreign ownership of single-brands may result in Apple expanding their highly successful retail chain into India.

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Apple Store 2011 holiday display

Apple Stores always have interesting displays around the holiday season and 2011 is no exception. While it might not be as fancy as the FaceTime Santa and elf chat from last year, the iPad side does show off a lot of what you can do to with your Apple tech this winter.

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Grand Central Apple Store location set to open on Dec 9

The highly anticipated Grand Central Apple Store will be opening the doors this coming Friday, Dec 9. This location will be Apple's fifth store in Manhattan and filled with 315 employees, and various different rooms for services like personal set up, and personal training customers are sure to receive nothing but the best service. Will you be heading out to the grand opening?

Source: Apple

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Apple Store policies on employee conduct

No idea how many Bothan spies died bringing him this information, but Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac managed to get his hands on Apple's guidelines for Apple Store employees covering codes of conduct for social networks like Facebook and Twitter, personal websites, and inter-personal communications.

Short version: Be honest, respectful, confidential, think of the community, and stay in compliance. Apple places a huge value on their brand and their r

Long version: Hit the link below.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Rumor: Apple Store Genius Bars replacing Mac Book Pros with iPads

9to5Mac's Marc Gurman is reporting that Apple Store Genius Bars might just be swapping out their Mac Book Pros for iPads.

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