Why Is Best Buy Testing A New In-Home Consultation Service?

Best Buy‘s sales are increasingly threatened by Amazon, which is poised to overtake it in the consumer electronics segment. In response, Best Buy is testing a new in-home consultation service in three regions in the U.S. — Atlanta, San Antonio and Austin. Under this new free service, the company’s advisor will visit the consumer’s home to explain the benefits of potential upgrades to the various electronic devices they own. The advisor will then provide a customized purchase plan that will include both product availability relative to local Best Buy stores and a price breakdown for the various devices. This personalized service could help in increasing the company’s sales as the convenience of an in-house consultation with detailed information on several products can enhance a consumer’s experience. We believe that, as Best Buy tries to combat competition, especially from Amazon, these innovative techniques can enable the company to retain its consumer base.

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Here’s the best way to avoid Pope Francis traffic if you’re desperate enough

Hallelujah, there’s a way around Pope traffic, at least for Manhattanites. And as always on very expensive island, it comes at a cost

Blade, a startup that provides Uber-like on-demand rides in helicopters, is offering rides across Manhattan for $ 95 on Friday, September 25th when the pope will be in New York City.

The head of the Catholic church is in the midst of a trip through the U.S. that has caused traffic snarls everywhere he goes due to tight security. Manhattan, where Pope Francis is staying, is expected to be a complete disaster

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Blade’s flights will travel about three miles, moving between 30th street on the far west side of Manhattan and ending at 34th street on the east side. The rides will be available during rush hour from 7:45 A.M. to 10 A.M. and then again from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Blade said the trips will take between five and eight minutes. Read more…

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