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Save space in the store, make it easy for customers or employees to find a CD or DVD, AND make it fun in the process. Red Box already has the basic functionality down, lets put a Best Buy spin on it and make it our own. If we make it fun enough, it might increase overall sales.
I'm picturing a touch screen interface in front of a telephone-booth style housing, the device would be stocked with DVDs and CDs. A user would then search for the DVD/CD he wants, and quickly, the device would check to see if it's housed internally. If it is in stock, it pops out vending machine style. Purchases would still happen at the front lanes.
As mentioned earlier, since everything is housed in the device, it'll clear up a lot of floor space. Also, since it's small, you could put it pretty much anywhere in the store. (Maybe in low traffic areas to drive traffic to those areas)
Best buy recently stopped caring the Insignia NS-B2111 bookshelf speaker. Right at the time the internet blogs starting exploding with what a great bargain and product this speaker was. Best buy had it priced well under a hundred a set and is truly an incredible product. This speaker is very high regarded in the audio community now ( after you stopped selling them) and is considered a " Giant Killer" Please bring these guys back as with all the " buzz" on the net you will sell them like crazy now! Nothing sounds better unless you do 6x to 10x the price!
It seems to take a while for product to get to customers. With that said maybe the warehouses should be moved to Memphis (or surrounding area) and Louisville. Both locations are major hubs one for FedEx and the other UPS. This would help get product across the country swiftly and efficiently. This could even help with competing with Amazon and help with ship to store orders.
remeber when bestbuy store all had that huge tv ( most people called it the sweet 16 because it was 16 55" tvs put toghether to make one massive tv..........that was a wow factor, i would like to see it again...i think it make a great statement to competiors and customers.........
I realize the title of my posting may be a little bit crazy, or not understandable, but one of the companies Best Buy owns, Future shop has their online forums tied into their website that allows a guest when browsing the site , to ask a question. The question then comes onto the forums, and people have a chance to answer and vote on it. The one with the most votes at the end of the "Kudoing" gets marked as a good answer and the reply is sent back to the anonymous guest.
I can see where this system can get abused by spam, and lots of people hate to use those god awful reCaptcha systems, but forums integration with the Best Buy site, would be a pretty neat next step for how BestBuy.com functions.
It's become clear confirmed by local employees at my local Best Buy Store that they won't be carrying physical game discs anymore because their research led to believe that people download games more then buy them on disc
That is fine, as I don't have anymore room for them to be honest. But Best Buy has potential in their download platform and not everyone can use a credit card online to use your services. I remember back in the day purchasing a new game along with a new computer. Don't think this is possible anymore.
Also, maybe partner up with the digital gaming service STEAM and sell Steam Wallet Vouchers people can purchase in the store and load into their wallet so they don't have to use their credit cards online.
Please continue to be my store of digital technology awesomeness and give more love to PC Gamers.
With the US "Baby Boomer" generation growing older I believe there is a need for a dedicated "Senior" branch of our Geek Squad brand. While many Boomers have grasped and grown with technological advances over the past decade there are still hold outs that need a helping hand when it comes to understanding newer technology. These are the people that have their grandkids or the kid down the street hook up their new DVD player or setup their new computer and then blindly point and click around not knowing what they are doing. Offering discounts on Geek Squad services to people 60+ will not only help drive foot traffic to the our stores due to lack of "internet savy" it will also increase in home services. The Agents responsible for "Senior Services" would preferably be older/more mature and extremely patient Agents that are specifically trained to assist this particular segment and that are willing to take their time to thuroughly explain how technology can improve a Seniors way of life. We all know that technology can be intimidating, but I believe that by offering a maticulous and caring approach to assisting our aging customers that we can make it a lot less scary and more enjoyable to this aging generation. By making technology more enjoyable we will generate sales to those Seniors with expendable income, but in the same vein by offering discounted services we will also be assisting those Seniors on a fixed income.
Norazza Blue Crane Digital DVD Camera Training Video Guide - 74 Minute
Since the change in store of not having asset protection at the doors, there is no way to identify if the product that a customer is returning came from a purchase they did prior or if they just took the item off the shelf.
I am a loyal customer to Macy's, and they have an easy way of identifying just such thing. When an item is rung up through the POS system, there is a tracking purchase SKU sticker ( its very small and its yellow) and that SKU is scanned and placed on the product. This helps when the item is returned without a receipt. For Best Buy, this would help us reduce shrink, by us identifying if it was bought previously, if someone just took the item off the shelf, and if an item comes into the store without a receipt, and there was no reward zone attached. This would also help with after Christmas returns. Even though many associates will offer gift receipts, we all know that the day after Christmas, there are many many items brought in without a receipt. Im sure the cost of doing this will benefit not only best buy, but the customers who bring in items that were gifts.
With not having Asset protection at the door, there is no way to identify a legitimate return.
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PDF Copies of Product Manuals
I looked at the refrigerator I purchased and there is NO
on line product manual available.
Harbor Freight and lots of other retailers have manuals and
parts list available on line.
Why NOT Best Buy?
One innovation that BB has implemented in the past few years is it's Best Buy Mobile stores, which are smaller stores in various malls dedicated only to cellphones and other mobile devices and accessories. This idea is great; it safes tons of costs electric, rent and other sunk costs buy reducing the store size from a gigantic department store to a small boutique-type shop. I think BestBuy should implement this for another department, one they deem their most successful after Mobile. A Best Buy Gaming store would be great, or maybe one for all the other media platforms (games, movies, music). They are losing money buy only having large department stores, and i think using the best buy mobile store idea and running with it is a good way to improve business and increase sales
What do you experience when shopping in Best Buy vs. What you experience when you shop at BestBuy.com?
I come into this having worked for Best Buy for almost 6 years throughout college. I enjoyed working in the store, made a lot of friends, and met some wonderful people. I believe that with these certain times, the webpage should reproduce what is it like inside of a store.
I know a lot of people shopping online "already know" what they are looking for, but I also know that there are many who have no idea what they are buying/ purchasing, or how to use it, etc.
The experience when you go to a store is friendly, unbiased, and knowledgeable information on the3 subject, product, or service that Best Buy provides to the consumer - this is not matched with the BestBuy.com experience.
I feel as though the website is secondary to the brick and mortar store, which it used to be like that, but with the changes in the economy, adding a feature to the webpage to become more useable, as well as unique. And being unique is not only what Best Buy prides itself on, but it would also help pull itself away from competitors online.
The way i could see this being incorporated into the webpage is providing an image of a salesperson on the side of the page saying "Anything I can help you with?" or "What can I help you find?" or another attention grabber that states "I am here to help you with whatever yo uare doing on the webpage"
This image is then linked to a system that provides a sales representative, by messaging system/ phone system/ email system/ video system. Bringing the knowledgeable consultant to the webpage.
These Online Sales Consultants will ask the same questions they would to the consumer if said consumer was in store, unbiased information provided, with links to items, or if you want to go crazy, even provide external links as sources.
The consultants could work from home, or from a new office, and could be moved from store positions into these new roles.
Only thing is, Best Buy must ensure that they are knowledgeable on all types of products, or have it departmentalized as it is in-store.
I am not saying to give up on your brick and mortar stores, i believe they do have promise in the future and some roles may change in that, but this online update would bring that same friendly, knowledgeable service to web users.
People looking for help can get the help they need, those not looking for help do not have to click the link/ image to speak with a representative, and also don't feel like they are being forced to use a representative.
What does the internet/ Best Buy think of this? Let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I don't know about other employees, but I certainly would like mytlc.bestbuy.com to be updated visually and consistantly. It does lack some key features that the regular TLC has on it. Same thing with the MTK on App stores/markets. Its a great app, when it works. But it is not the most consistant. With third party tools that are regulated and upkept by Best Buy, the simplicity can continue!
Best buy has so many products and the search capabilities are so limited... i couldnt find the perfect android tablet for myself so i just gave up.
If you are looking for what a true power search capable website is, look at newegg.com's power search function. i wanted to desperately find an ice cream sandwhich android tablet that operated with 2gb of ram. there is no such way of trying to find that on the best buy website. that was the only feature i cared about when looking for tablets.
I have always thought for years, why doesnt best buy step up their game to power users since best buy is pretty much the only electronics brick and mortar game in town now... why not cater to the avid uber power users who are gonna be the most loyal to you???
Ok. As I was reading thru some of the ideas and coments on the forum I got inspired, and I come to this uniqe idea, I think the idea has great potential and its very uniqe, but weather its profitable, I am not sure.
What if, BBY creates a few showrooms (to start), that offers product that is very NEW, the product that is not available to buy just yet. I think the way to do this would be creating some sort of contract with TOP TECH coorporations, kinda what Blockbuster did with the the Movie buisness.
For example if BBY can sell the product one month earlier than everyone else, you see where I am going with this?????
The experience in the stores need to be improved. Dispaly the products in such a manner that they sell themselves. I notice in one strore a big name product had its display far away from where the full line of products that were being sold. It seems that the customer could not compare pricing and quality of products.It is like you are only trying to sell the big name items and extended warranties.Thus the sales rep tend to linger around the big name displays.
Let the products sell themselves.Let your sales rep be an extension of the products not them trying to sell you all the hoopla.If for instant there is a hot product on the market you may have some online shoppers, who may want to order online (from compettiors) and come to view the product in your store ( a common complaint ). This to me is a plus instead of negative. The fact is you are getting them in the store.Display other products alongside the hot item which may be priced better ,better quality or both. Which the customer won't know if he/she can't interact with the product.
For example in one of your stores' digital camera section I see a line of cameras but no kind of interaction with the camera.Not even similar shots taken by the various cameras with similar settings.The electronic industry has become so interface interchangeable that things like comparing products is a cinch (the way I see it). Display industry standards for products.This may be a hamper to the manufacters of lesser products but this gives the customer the feeling that you are on their side.Get people enthused about electronics and appliances after all that's your bread and butter not service warranties and extended services.
Get back to basics.
I would like to see a pair of glasses capable of viewing rf frequncies. You would dial the glasses into a certain frequency like a radio and the rf would be converted to video to see radiating patterns which could also be displayed in various colors per the frequency.
I strongly suggest you begin to take the idea of web commerce seriously. Your web site needs a lot (!) of work with respect to searching. The only effective (?!) way to use the BestBuy web site is to search using Google, Dogpile, etc and then drill for the exact product within the Best Buy site. Often that fails as well. At the moment you have a web site with a bunch of stuff. You need, (badly in my opinion) some semblance of organization. I would add that once you get organized you will also need a method to stay that way. Product changes must be a challange, but whatever algorithm you are using for search is not effective.
There is a trend going around where people on various sites are ordering games now and waiting for the day of the sale,they kiow that bestbuy will adjust the price the day of the sale.This is another way stock to get ate up for online orders.
There are people they make it thier job too purchase multiple copies of games not to give as presents but too resale for profit,bestbuy could possible limit purchases of each game thats on sale to one per customer.
Best Buy needs to find a way to allow second-party pick up of items at stores purchased through their web site.
I live in Hawaii, and my sons, and grandsons, all live in the eastern US. Like their dad/granddad all are techie/gamers. I like being able to purchase something and then tell them, "It's waiting for you at Best Buy. Go pick it up." The immediacy is great. However, many of the products I'd most like to purchase are restricted from this convenience.
My middle son recently graduated from college. He had been wanting a new tablet, and I told him that I'd get him one as a graduation present. However, tablet computers are not available for pick up by second parties. The only way to purchase it and get it to him was to order on line and have it sent to his address.
To be blunt, as an Amazon Prime member, for on line purchases and delivery Best Buy cannot compete. When forced to purchase for delivery, I switch to Amazon, which I did for this purchase.
Best Buy's strength and market edge is that it's a click-and-mortar store with a physical presence. I will gladly pay a little extra for an item in order to have it available for immediate pick-up by my sons. But if I have to have it delivered, Best Buy is not my first thought.
As a Best Buy Silver member, why not allow me to register certain people through my account, with name and address. Then, when I make a purchase, I can designate a second-party to pick up the item from my pre-verified list. (Amazon does something similar with deliveries where I can keep a list of names and addresses of people I regularly send to and just select them as a recipient when I order an item.)
I fully understand the need for security when it comes to fungible items such as tablets and laptops, but there needs to be a way to fulfill the security requirement and still service the customer.