If you still like going to actually test out your gadgets before you buy them at Best Buy, you may not be able to for much longer, if you are near one of the 50 that are closing in the US in 2013. Best Buy's Q4 earnings report has action items that have it trimming $800 million in costs by 2015. ”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,” said Best Buy CEO Brian J. Dunn
The closings are part of this, but some staff could be moved to the 100 Best Buy Mobile (small format stand-alone stores) set to launch next year. These moves do show the growing trend of online purchasing and mobile devices and how these trends are now influencing Best Buy's thinking. The costs to maintain the smaller store fronts will certainly help their cause.
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