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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

After watching Cersei's GOT walk of shame on Sunday, I got to thinking: Wouldn't it be nice if LJ had its own rebirth of sorts, and returned to exploring productive ideas on how Barnes & Noble might rebound in the current business climate? Way back when I started posting here, I made the following predictions on how BN might stay viable:

1. Comfy chairs & couches, making the bookstore a destination to relax, read, and have coffee.
2. Expanded Cafe service, including a better menu, and wine bars at certain locations.
3. Smaller on-site book selections, focused on fast-moving titles.
4. In-house POD machines, allowing immediate printing - rather than ordering.

Now, who wants to guess why I'm bringing this up again?


Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
So, Smithback, I'd love to hear your positive spin on the announcement that we're getting a new CEO come September: one Ronald Boire, formerly of such illustrious thriving retailers as Toys R Us, Best Buy, Brookstone, the Sears & Kmart's U.S. operations, and currently the CEO of Sears Canada. With a resume like that, we should all start polishing our own.
Jul. 4th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
I don't really see my post as being all that positive. I'm happy my predictions are coming true, but I am disappointed that it's taken BN five years to embrace this new direction.

I'm glad you mentioned Ronald Boire, though. Old retailers like Toys R Us, Sears/K-Mart, and Brookstone are all still in business because they made tough choices. They closed strategic stores, streamlined staff & policies, totally retooled their remaining salesfloors...and most importantly, became competitive online. Their doors are still open. A good chunk of their core staff is still employed. Sure, lots of people lost their jobs, but a good many more...didn't. Sounds to me that a CEO with Biore's history of stabilizing and SAVING companies is exactly what BN needs.

Unless, of course, you'd rather have Borders' last CEO...


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