When it comes to selling things online, it’s no surprise that the top dog is Amazon, which movedsome $67.8 billion worth of products in 2013 and derives all of its income from digital storefronts. However, there’s a new #2 in town, and according to trade publication Internet Retailer (via The Wall Street Journal), that’s none other than Apple.
Apple's retail stores have spread like wildfire over the last few years, but we don't often get to hear about the resellers who sometimes get pushed aside in the process. Today the oldest, Minneapolis's First Tech, announced that it'll close its doors on March 30 after 73 years in business. Even more noteworthy, the closure will occur after it sold Apple's first batch of Apple IIs in 1977, effectively making it Apple's first reseller.
Looks like the age of the iBeacon may finally be upon us, or so Shopkick hopes, anyway. After an apparently successful trial with stores like Macy's, other retailers such as Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores plan to use the technology at around 200 locations, and today American Eagle Outfitters announced that it'd try it out at 100 stores throughout the country.
Samsung already has a reputation for riding Apple's coattails when it comes to design, and now The Information is claiming (via AppleInsider) that the Korean tech giant has nabbed Tim Gudgel to design its own retail stores. Gudgel had formerly worked for Apple for almost six years according to his LinkedIn page, and The Information's two sources note that Gudgel will be working with Samsung to design stores as a part of Samsung's "deeper investment in U.S. retail."
One of the sad truths of the modern age is that so many things rely on computers, but comparatively few schools offer the chance to learn the coding that powers most programs. Code.org's "Hour of Code Youth Workshops" throughout this week aimto change all that, and Apple itself will be hosting one-hour educational sessions for teens and children this Wednesday at Apple retail stores throughout the United States.
On the off chance that you were doubting that Apple would have a Black Friday event this year, it looks as though your doubts were for naught. As reported by MacRumors, a teaser page popped up on the online Apple Store for Australia, promising a one-day shopping event on November Friday, 29. With that in place, it seems as though it's only a matter of hours before we see a similar announcement for the United States.
We noted earlier this week that Apple Stores would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States partly out of Tim Cook's desire that Apple be "a force for good," but as MacRumors reports, that isn't stopping the tech giant from opening early for Black Friday sales.
Location is everything, they say, which is why it's so surprising to learn the location of the Apple Store that sells the most iPhones. Scrap any ideas about New York or San Francisco nabbing the top honor; instead, the top spot goes to a fairly nondescript Apple Store in Newark, Delaware's Christiana Mall.
Last week we reported that Personal Pickeup for the iPhone 5s would resume today, and while that's technically true, you shouldn't expect to be able to waltz into any Apple retail store and be able to leave with one if you ordered one online. The option is available, but in almost every case, the phones themselves are not.
You might recall that we reported that Apple retracted the Personal Pickup option for the iPhone 5s almost as soon as it was offered, but according to two sources who spoke with 9to5 Mac, you'll be able to use the option again on Monday, September 30. When it works, Personal Pickup allows iPhone enthusiasts to order their devices online and then pick them up at an Apple retail location, possibly even on the same day.