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Richard Schulze  (Source: nypost.com)
Schulze has been mulling over several options including going private and selling his 20 percent stake in the company

Best Buy has been in hot water for awhile now due to its inability to compete with Internet retailers, and the company's founder is looking to take Best Buy private with the help of former executives. 
 
Richard Schulze, founder of Best Buy, is currently looking to bring former Best Buy executives onboard to help him take the company private. He hasn't reached any agreements with anyone so far, but he is in talks with two people in particular: former Chief Executive Officer Brad Anderson and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Capabilities J.D. Wilson, whose position is being eliminated. 
 
Schulze has been considering taking the company private after stepping down as chairman of the board back in June. Schulze resigned after an internal investigation discovered that he had withheld information about former CEO Brian Dunn's relationship with a female employee from the board. 
 
Ever since, Schulze has been mulling over several options including going private and selling his 20 percent stake in the company. 
 
However, analysts say going private won't be so easy. About $1-$2 billion would need to be raised from a private-equity firm and another $7-$8 billion in debt would need to be raised. It would be difficult to get investors to sell when a takeover would cost about $30 per share, giving it a value of $11 billion.
 
Best Buy has has problems ever since Internet retailers like Amazon hit the scene, offering cheaper prices for the same items and low shipping costs. Amazon, at the time, wasn't collecting taxes in very many states either (however, the company recently agreed to collect sales tax in more states in exchange for more distribution centers -- ultimately allowing same-day shipping rates for customers, which could potentially hurt Best Buy even more). 
 
Best Buy was forced to close 50 of its stores back in March/April. With store closings came lay-offs of 400 corporate and support jobs at that time, and then another 2,400 jobs were axed earlier this month. Things aren't looking so hot for the brick-and-mortar retailer, and Schulze is looking to act fast. 
 

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg



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RE: Doesn't Add Up
By integr8d on 7/31/2012 9:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
Local pickup reminds me of Service Merchandise. That store kept little stock up-front. Instead, you'd take a ticket, from the item on display, then pay and receive your item. IMO, it would be more efficient to use more floorspace for stock than display. Let people shop online and then pick up at the store or have local, same-day delivery.

Right now, BB is just the place to go to look at something, before you go home and order it online.


RE: Doesn't Add Up
By Solandri on 7/31/2012 9:27:08 PM , Rating: 2
Ha. Best Products used to do that too. Lots of display items, write down the product number on a piece of paper (paper and pencils scattered throughout the store), and when you bought it they'd cart it out of their warehouse to the pickup area. I agree with you that this business model seems to make sense. But Best went bankrupt, and Service Merchandise closed their retail stores, which would seem to indicate it doesn't work that well in practice.


RE: Doesn't Add Up
By HOOfan 1 on 8/1/2012 10:06:14 AM , Rating: 2
Best Products went bankrupt for one of the same reasons Circuit City did, they got out of markets like Appliances which they were making a killing in and specialized in dead end markets.


RE: Doesn't Add Up
By PitViper007 on 8/1/2012 9:26:23 AM , Rating: 2
I thought of Service Merchandise as well when I thought of the local pickup. Was a great model I thought. Go into the store, browse around for what you want, take the ticket of what you want to the register, pay for it then go to the receiving area to collect your purchase. That type of model should be EASILY converted to a web-based system as the browsing and paying can all be done online. Then you either go to the store with your receipt or have it delivered to you.


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