Amazon in talks to buy some of RadioShack’s retail stores

“ Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said,” Katie Benner, Jodi Xu Klein, and Lauren Coleman-Lochner report for Bloomberg.

“Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company’s hardware, as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are private,” Benner, Klein, and Coleman-Lochner report. “The possible move, discussed as part of RadioShack’s looming trip to bankruptcy court, would represent Amazon’s biggest push into traditional retail. Amazon joins other potential bidders, including Sprint Corp. and the investment group behind Brookstone, in evaluating RadioShack stores, people familiar with the situation said. RadioShack has more than 4,000 U.S. locations and is moving toward a deal to sell a portion and close the rest, according to some of the people. Sprint has discussed buying 1,300 to 2,000, they said.”

“Retail locations would put Amazon on more of an even footing with Apple Inc., which has hundreds of stores in choice shopping districts,” Benner, Klein, and Coleman-Lochner report. “While Amazon’s Kindle has been a breakthrough success, some of its other devices haven’t connected with consumers. Its Fire smartphone didn’t sell well and contributed to a $170 million inventory writedown in the third quarter of last year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Amazon’s Kindle has been a breakthrough success?” The fact is, Amazon doesn’t release Kindle sales figures. However, we do have this:

Amazon Kindle tablet shipments crater, down 70% in holiday quarter – February 2, 2015

Amazon is not a tech firm. It’s a warehouse with a website. Attempting to peddle badged plastic fake iPads and pretend iPhones to the unwitting does not a tech firm make.

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  1. If Amazon wants to create drop off and pickup centers, plus Kindle demo tables, it would be in their best interest to stay out of the mall. Their best chance at foot traffic are close to neighborhoods, where Radio Shack sits close to anchor stores like Safeway or Kroger’s.


  2. feels like a desperation move. Bezos is running out of ways to shave expenses and keep his meager margin. Going full 180 degrees to return to a brick-and-mortar sales model does not capitalize on the efficiencies of the regional distribution centers and the steamroller tactics to crush the small local business owner. Let’s see how Wall Street votes and how this play works in the long run.

  3. If the availability of the physical site can significantly offset the costs of shipping packages to multiple locations in the service area and serve as a store/returns site it may actually be feasible. The pickup could be as simple as installing automated storage units so no staff need be present for you to get your package.

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