Best Buy's Latest Grasp at Survival

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) has been struggling for some time to revitalize its business and return to relevance as it fights the increasing shift toward online retailers. To this end, the company has looked at various strategic partnerships as a creative way to drive business -- not long ago, Best Buy piloted offering Geek Squad services inside other retailers. With the increasing importance of personal electronics, Best Buy is now looking to Samsung.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses an important new alliance that Best Buy hopes will allow it to fight another day. Find out his views on how successful this move might be for the retailer and its new partner.

The brick-and-mortar versus e-commerce battle wages on, with Best Buy caught in the middle. After what might have been its most tumultuous year in history, there are now even more unanswered questions about the future for the big-box electronics retailer. To help answer them, The Motley Fool has released a premium research report detailing the opportunities -- and the risks -- in store for Best Buy. Simply click here now to claim your comprehensive report today.


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  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2013, at 6:51 PM, makelvin wrote:

    "...The brick-and-mortar versus e-commerce battle wages on, with Best Buy caught in the middle..."

    Huh!?? Best Buy is a brick-and-mortar retail business. I don't think Best Buy can be consider to be caught in the middle; they are right at the front line of the battle. For someone to be caught in the middle, the company should be neither a brick-and-mortar nor an e-commerce but yet is still somehow financially influenced by the battle between the two.

  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2013, at 7:25 PM, tigerhempshaw wrote:

    Grasping for survival? OK - right! BBY's sales are a meager $50 billion, and have been flat (not declining) for 2-years. On a per/share basis they've been growing (buybacks). Reasonable debt, plenty of cash, etc.

    To think that Amazon and the like is the death knell for BBY just doesn't make sense considering the stores are typically jammed, and a high percentage of those people (shockingly) aren't showrooming.

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