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Apple will attempt its quest of global domination by launching a handful of new stores in key international markets

Apple plans to open an additional 40 to 50 Apple retail locations across the world in 2010, as the company hopes to provide local services in additional foreign markets.

More than half of the new stores next year will be located outside of the United States, according to Apple, which needs to bolster its international presence.  A further international expansion will help convince consumers to visit Apple stores to see the company's various products and services in person.

Specifically, Apple will open new locations in London and Paris, with at least two stores already planned for Shanghai.  After launching its first stores in 2001, Apple has seen continued success built around its trendy stores -- analysts predict Apple had almost 46 million visitors to its stores worldwide during the month of September.

Apple currently has stores in the U.S. from San Francisco to New York City, and now must deal with increased competition from Microsoft entering the retail space.  Microsoft's California location in Mission Viejo competes directly with an Apple store in the same retail location.   

The Cupertino-based company currently has 280 stores operating in 10 different countries.  Apple's products are sold in Best Buy and other brick and mortar locations, but Apple has been able to offer customers one-on-one interaction when it comes to tech support and future product purchases.

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What a bunch of sad whiners
By Tony Swash on 11/16/2009 1:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at the comments here it would be hard to make the connection to easily the most successful retail operation of the past two decades. The Apple Stores have been a gigantic success - and they have been a success because Apple have got everything about the tech retail experience right whilst their competitors have got it mostly wrong. Thats why Microsoft is (sadly) desperately playing catch up by opening their own Apple clone stores.

The Apple stores attract tens of millions of visitors to spend their cash because they sell products that consumers enthusiastically want and they offer an unusually pleasant, supportive and helpful retail environment. Visit a mall which has, say, a Sony centre and an Apple store and compare the size the crowds in each.

Apple got retail right in a big way.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By hiscross on 11/16/2009 3:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
Nice post. I do have to wonder if all the negative comments are proof read by the senders parents? The best part of this site is DHS can capture who the whiners are and put them on the watch list.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By scrapsma54 on 11/16/2009 11:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
What a horrible waste of tax dollars it is for the Department of homeland security go after people who rather get their moneys worth.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By sebmel on 11/17/2009 6:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
They are also the world's most profitable stores per square foot by a very long way.

Apple Stores do sales of $4,300 per square foot which is 5× the $872 per square foot Best Buy does.

RE: What a bunch of sad whiners
By mosswalker on 11/19/2009 9:01:32 PM , Rating: 1
I dont understand why everyone is either proMac or ProPC. Two different machines that cater to two different groups. PC people tend to be either gamers or people used to the system in the enterprise. Mac people are artsy and upper middle class image conscious types and they dont give two shits about games.
I have had only one Mac back before Apple caved and went Intel which made boot camp possible. To be honest, I would have been better to buy two machines for the price of that G4. The Mac never crashed or gave me problems. For what I purchased it to do it was great. Other then that, it was a brick.
Both my HP elites do what that Mac used to do >Solidworks and 3dsmax-Maya< and also get used to do other fun stuff as well. Neither of my PC's have crashed nor have they been mauled buy viruses or malware.
If I was only doing media/design work I would buy a Mac again. Stuff just looked better on it. But since I need a multitude FUNctionality including gaming Mac is not for ME. Neither is best, they are just different from each other.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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