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Best Buy to give iPads to all sales associates?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Mar 2011 21:27 User comments (4)

Best Buy to give iPads to all sales associates? According to multiple reports, large retailer Best Buy may be ready to give iPads to all on-floor sales associates.
Best Buy has about 1100 stores in the United States.

Forbes, via AI says:

A source with knowledge of corporate mobile device deployments has told Forbes that one of the 10 largest retailers in the U.S. will soon distribute iPads to all its sales staff. The source noted that the retailer in question operates 1,100 U.S. stores, making Best Buy, which had 1093 U.S. stores as of September 2010, the most likely candidate.


Best Buy and Apple have a long retail history and the retailer is set to begin selling the iPad 2 on March 11th.

The retailer has 180,000 employees, although it is unclear how many are on-floor sales staff.

Associates will likely use the iPad for a new point-of-sale and inventory management system.

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4 user comments

16.3.2011 22:25

I was wondering what apple was going to do with the old i-pad 1's and the returns they have laying about.


jimmurray1946

27.3.2011 0:35

"Associates will likely use the iPad for a new point-of-sale and inventory management system."

More likely, they will use it to lookup the basic facts that they should already know..."According to my iPad, this clothes dryer doesn't plug into a normal outlet like the TV does"

...Or when they are pissed at the boss, they will use them to show customers that Amazon has the same stuff for 1/2 the cost in many cases.



312.3.2011 10:57

Well let's see..... Best Buy has 180,000 employees, so we know apple can at least claim 180,000 ipad sales the first day!!!

412.3.2011 16:01

"Associates will likely use the iPad for a new point-of-sale and inventory management system."

It doesn't sound to me like they are "giving" their employees anything. It sounds more like another tool owned by the store that the employee uses in the course of their job. Not unlike a cash register.

Poor choice of words unless the goal was to mess with Best Buy employees...lol


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

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