The concept of a general purpose electronics store isn't bad, it's Radio Shack's interpretation that's bad. It works well for Fry's. Fry's is successful, although their parts department is usually quite a mess.I hate to say they need to close all of them. There concept is bad.
It's worse than that. They not only don't know their name, they don't know the meaning of the name, or it's history.They don't even know there name "Radio Shack" or "The Shack" . The good old days are gone.
What Radio Shack, Fry's, and radio hobbyists in general need to to is rediscover the fun of building things. Radio Shack would do wonders for their bottom line to formalize a relationship with the Maker movement, advertise in Make Magazine, and start carrying items that Makers need for their projects. Out here in California, there are several ham clubs that are attending and exhibiting at Maker fairs and generating a lot of interest.Just look at how much everything has changed...
...As Bob Groove once said our hobby is shrinking away.
The problem is stockholders don't see the "Maker movement" as increasing their dividend checks. "Makers" don't buy things like cellphones and "value added services" that bring in residual income.Radio Shack could turn their fortunes around and help revive several hobbies, but I don't think their management has the vision to go beyond cellphones and talking stuffed toys.
If they don't embrace the Maker movement, then the company deserves to die, and I'd say good riddance.
This is absolutely true... Most everything in your post is true. But...The problem is stockholders don't see the "Maker movement" as increasing their dividend checks. "Makers" don't buy things like cellphones and "value added services" that bring in residual income.
I agree. Aside from the fact that they have way too many stores, they would need to come up with a business model of their own, not a copy of Fry's.there is NO WAY the Fry's model would be profitable at that level that RS operates at.
I'm not ready to give in and agree with that. The Maker movement is growing. There are Makerspaces springing up all over the place. There are maker fairs taking place that are drawing a quarter of a million visitors in a single weekend. There is a LOT of buzz, at least in the circles I run around in.I'm sorry but Maker fairs just don't fit in that model at the scale of the operation they have.
Yes, but in order to do that, they need customers. A whole segment of customers, people like us, has been alienated. I haven't spent a dime in a Radio Shack store in 15 years, because they don't carry what I want anymore. I can easily spend $1000 a year on parts for projects on my own, and not a penny of that goes to Radio Shack anymore. How would the shareholders feel to hear a few hundred thousand or a million stories like that?RS has to do what it can to be profitable and keep it's stockholders happy.
Not by themselves, they aren't. But as part of a collectively larger customer base, they could be. if the Maker movement can show kids that building stuff is fun, schools could catch on and start teaching some of the things people are learning on their own. The idea isn't far fetched, and the movement IS growing, unlike cell phone sales.Maker fairs, ham radio operators, and scanner enthusiasts are not known for big bucks.
I will admit to having fairy-tale ambitions for things like the Makers, Makerspaces, community workspaces, and similar activities. I see those things as the saviors of the general electronics oriented hobbies. I think it would be foolish for a company as widely known throughout society as Radio Shack to ignore these organizations, and the growth potential it has.If that were so, Best Buy would be carrying Baofengs and Wal Mart would carry Yaesu, and have a section of their stadium sized stores dedicated to Arduinos.
Sounds like you were pushed out because you did not make the company money. That is called a sound business decision. Welcome to capitalism.It's not just the fact that they don't carry radios anymore. It is also the pushy commissioned salesmen. I know because I used to work there. It was all about the numbers and the cell phones. They did not care about the customer. They cared about the customers money. I was pushed out because I did not like being the pushy salesman.
Yes, it would be nice if we all could just do what we wanted to and get paid for it. Problem is, when a business answers to stockholders and board of directors, they are the ones who call the shots. Again, capitalism. Radio Shack is not a cooperative, or a non-profit corporation. They are in business to make as much profit as they can.I would work there again if they dropped commissions and let me do my thing.
No offense, but you would not do a very good job. If you were CEO, you would want your stockholders to be happy. You would want a big salary, and the biggest bonus you can get, and the way that happens is when the company turns record profits.Maybe I should be CEO.
Not hardly. The wireless market is the single most growing industry. Consumers cannot get enough of the cellphones/tablets and connected devices. Proof of this is in the fact that people camp out and line up outside of Apple stores when the next iPhone or iPad is released.In Radio Shack's case, the cellphone (etc.) markets have flattened out, so sales and profits are down. Otherwise, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Wow! And here they have that new commercial about going back to the way they were in the 80's.The struggling U.S. electronics retailer RadioShack is set to close 500 stores as part of its restructuring effort.
RadioShack set to close 500 stores nationwide : BIZ TECH : Tech Times
This is a common misunderstanding, although OT. No one "has" to go digital. Keeping it simple, anyone above 55 MHz and below 700 MHz has to narrowband. Narrowband and digital are not the same thing.Being the time is changing for ALL Law Enforcement & Fire Departments have to change to the new Digital Frequency sooner or later, because Police Scanners going to P25 Digital System , it don't surprise me any that RS is closing stores all over. All the Conventional Scanners will be OPSOLEATE be for long. These new Scanners are over priced . They need to lower the price so people can afford them. jbxfire
Before you go ahead and say what they're going to carry and what they aren't, go into a concept store because obviously you haven't been in one yet. Call your local shack and ask where the nearest concept store is, they areWell I think they are going to become basically computer stores now. They will stop selling parts. Say goodbye to radios at radio shack. This means no more parts such as connectors, coax etc. I think if anything they will just move as far away from radio as possible and focus on the latest electronic gizmos like computers, cell phones, tablets etc. This is my opinion on the direction they are headed. Radio stuff is no longer profitable.
Agreed. I have 2 frys with 15 miles radius. Why buy an HDMI cable from RS for $29.99 when frys has them for under $4.99 and even at $1.99I have a Fry's two miles away so I don't need RS for anything. Last time I went into Radio Shack it was a tomb. RS was pretty good back in the 70s when I was a teenager. They should change their name to Cell Phone Shack and have competitive pricing. RIP.