Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Apple retail - some stats

It might seem hard to believe, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past of 2001 that magazines such as BusinessWeek screamed, "Sorry, Steve, Here's Why Apple Stores Won't Work." Retail consultants and online chatterers fell all over themselves to join the nay-saying chorus - some chiming in right up until the moment it was reported that Apple's 174 stores generate $4,032 in annual sales per square foot. That beats Best Buy, Saks, and even Tiffany & Co.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is a textbook example of how to do things right. Apple's retail success spoke for itself when its stores reached $1 billion in annual sales faster than any retailer in history. That was in 2004. In 2006? Sales reached $1 billion a quarter.

Crazy numbers that are often overlooked in the great Apple debates.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

The Secret of Apple Design

This is a fascinating article speculating about why Apple emphasizes design and why it does it so well.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Where Are All the Open Source Billionaires?

This article comes with a cool diagram, showing the Linux distros timeline. Interestingly, the article argues several cases. My personal view is that software's business model is transforming from product to service, and as such is more reflective of effort than materials.

The days of producing something intangible, yet selling it tangibly are numbered (that goes for media as well as software).