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RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

With yesterday’s news that RadioShack was filing for bankruptcy, we also learned there would be a ‘store within a store’ concept that would allow RadioShack to live on, at least in name. The media at large assumed RadioShack would exist within Sprint stores, as the carrier was in talks to snap up roughly 1,800 RadioShack stores. Now we’re getting details from Sprint themselves, and we learn the ‘store within a store’ thing isn’t what we thought. It’s actually the complete opposite.

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Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon has a lot of projects up its sleeve, and just as students have settled into their spring semester the company has shifted its focus to colleges and universities. The company revealed yesterday that it has partnered with a trio of colleges under its Amazon Campus initiative, and not long after we heard rumbles that the Internet retailer is eyeing those RadioShack stores that'll soon be up for grabs. Among it all, Amazon has unveiled its first-ever staffed location for order pick-ups and drop-offs, representing a big milestone for the company.

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Amazon may get retail stores via Radio Shack bankruptcy

Amazon may get retail stores via Radio Shack bankruptcy

At this point, we understand RadioShack is throttling down for a massive shift. There’s too much evidence that Radio Shack as we know it has to go away, making room for something else. It could be a partnership with a carrier like Sprint, wherein RadioShack would essentially become the gadgets section of the store while Sprint employees hocked handsets. Another more compelling answer comes in the form of Amazon, who are reportedly interested in acquiring RadioShack locations for use as lockers or easy ship/receive way-stations.

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Apple’s 5th Ave NYC store taken over by Eric Garner protestors

Apple’s 5th Ave NYC store taken over by Eric Garner protestors

Amid the third day of public protests in New York City following a controversial grand jury decision not to indict a local police officer for killing unarmed black resident Eric Garner, Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube store was overrun with nonviolent demonstrators on Friday night. Dozens of images quickly spread on Twitter, showing activists participating in a "die in" by lying on the floor, subsequently preventing store operations from continuing.

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Apple retail store Genius Bar appointments now available in online support

Apple retail store Genius Bar appointments now available in online support

Yesterday Apple updated its online product and services support page to directly allow users to view the schedule and make appointments at their local Apple Store's Genius Bar. This aims to make it much easier for users seeking help for hardware or software troubles, for while Genius Bar reservations could be booked online before, it was completely separated from the company's Support websites.

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Apple Watch now leaked to land in Spring 2015

Apple Watch now leaked to land in Spring 2015

Holding on to Apple's every word about the coming of the Apple Watch? You might want to hold on just a bit longer and a bit tighter then. Company Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores Angel Ahrendts was said to have given a video message to retail employees, which isn't exactly something out of the ordinary. What isn't ordinary, however, is that her message hinted that Apple's launch of its first ever and much awaited smartwatch might happen much later than expected, all the way into spring.

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Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the store, gathering feedback from shoppers and then giving them feedback about what other browsers thought. While it may sound like a social gimmick, it's actually rolling out in select locations from November.

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Amazon looking to open retail store in Manhattan

Amazon looking to open retail store in Manhattan

A lot of talk has been circulating about Google taking a page from the Apple book and creating their own retail space. With so many products in their arsenal, it makes sense to have an actual retail space for fans to try and buy. Their pop-up shops last year were half a step, but it seems Amazon may be going all-in on retail, picking up where Google left off. Sources now say Amazon will have an actual brick-and-mortar store this year.

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Ex-Apple Retail boss launching gadget delivery business

Ex-Apple Retail boss launching gadget delivery business

As much as we tire of the old “Internet of Things” adage lately, a more subversive handle is being assigned to things. whenever a service is launched, someone calls it the “Uber of” whatever it is. The latest is a service designed to bring you gadgets quickly, and is founded by a guy who knows a thing or two about standing in line for tech.

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