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Minnov8 Gang 163 – Is Retail Dead?

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(http://minnov8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/retail.jpg)The announcement by Best Buy on cutting $800M by FY 2015, closing 50 stores and corporate layoffs of 400 people (http://pr.bby.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=244152&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1678082&highlight=) sparked a lot of conversation on this show about retail and its disruption. Online commerce, mobile devices, easy price-checking, big-box competitors cherry-picking hot product categories to sell and more is causing Best Buy no end of headaches. Hosts: Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott and Phil Wilson (Graeme Thickins is off this week) Music: "Universal Domain" by Dreamline (http://music.podshow.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=9f408bf5345e100c68c3da5426851bfa) from the podsafe Music Alley (http://musicalley.com) Discussed during the show: * Overnight Website Challenge: huge lineup of news here (http://tc2012.overnightwebsitechallenge.com/media) * The Nerdery releases JSON Accelerator (http://nerdery.com/releases/77) * Best Buy reorg stories: Forbes here (http://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2012/03/29/death-of-best-buys-big-box-store-company-will-shift-to-new-model-close-50-existing-stores/) and here (http://www.forbes.com/sites/lauraheller/2012/03/29/best-buy-cost-cutting-to-profitability/); Marketwatch (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/best-buy-swings-to-loss-to-shut-50-stores-2012-03-29); CNET (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-57406595-64/is-best-buy-following-compusa-circuit-city-to-certain-doom/); CNBC (http://www.cnbc.com/id/46856351); and Inside Best Buy (http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/30/inside-best-buy-an-anonymous-store-manager-speaks-about-recent-changes/), an anonymous store manager's take on the Best Buy announcement * Is Google stoking up the tablet wars? (http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702303404704577312043639469540-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwOTEyNDkyWj.html) and Why Google's Tablet Store Isn't the Nexus One All Over Again (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402409,00.asp) * JAMF Software's "Everything Apple...managed (http://jamfsoftware.com/events/everything-apple-managed)" Upcoming Events: * April 7th: MinneBar (http://minnebar.org/minnebar/), Best Buy headquarters * April 10th: enStratus Cloud Meetup (http://enstratusapr10meetup.eventbrite.com/) - 5:00-8:00 PM, The Local, Minneapolis * April 16-17: MinneWebCon (http://www.minnewebcon.umn.edu/) at the U of MN * April 21st: SaaS Class: Software-as-a-Service Smarts (SaaS Camp 2012) (http://www.saasclass.com/events) at CoCo Mpls * April 25: MHTA Spring Conference (http://www.mhta.org/event/spring-conference-at-minneapolis-convention-center/), Minneapolis Convention Center * May 21st: Predictive Analytics Forum (http://www.tcasug.org/paf), Medtronic's Mounds View Campus * June 5-8: eyeo Festival (http://eyeofestival.com/), Walker Art Center * Weekly: TechMasters (http://www.techmasters-tc.com/) is a new Toastmasters chapter in Twin Cities for tech professionals (http://minnov8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/spacer-gray.jpg) Press to Play Podcast: Direct Link to Podcast MP3 (http://media.blubrry.com/minnov8/p/minnov8.com/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/20120331_M8_Gang_163.mp3) (http://minnov8.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/spacer-gray.jpg)

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