Business Development - Competition Details

The Future of Best Buy
Idea Marketplace
Mar 10, 2014
Market Price
Best Buy's business model may be dying. After the fall of Circuit City, the future of the entire retail electronics category is in jeopardy. Best Buy needs to re-innovate. Can you help?
Best Buy is a big consumer electronics retailer. As such, they have serious exposure to the product innovation cycle. People tend to want to buy new products, and Best Buy is there is help them do that. But how many more flat screen televisions can one retailer sell? It's hard to remain profitable in an environment that relies on continuously selling new electronics.

It's especially difficult when Best Buy faces serious competition from other big retailers like Walmart, Costco, and Target, and even more so from big online retailers like Amazon. Best Buy's business model is under attack. Since they can't compete on price (because competitors like Costco sell electronics at deep discounts, i.e. loss leaders, so that customers will buy other higher margin products along with the loss leading electronics they buy), they must come up with another strategy to compete in the long term.

One such strategy is offering a service like the Geek Squad to bundle with their product sales. But technology is getting easier and easier to use, so even that service faces some long term challenges.

Best Buy needs a new sustainable business model for the future. How can Best Buy leverage their existing assets/capabilities to drive value into the future? How can they stay competitive and profitable? They have great assets like real estate, a well trained workforce, good retail expertise (vendor/merchant relations, etc), the Geek Squad, tons of cash, and a very strong brand. But what to do with these assets in order to stay competitive in the future?

We are looking for great, actionable ideas for Best Buy. How can Best Buy take their current assets and re-innovate? What opportunities are out there for Best Buy? One example would be for Best Buy to sell electric cars in their retail space (which they are experimenting with). Another example would be for Best Buy to improve their online experience. But how?

Bring us your best ideas for Best Buy and we will make sure to get them in front of our friends at Best Buy.

Best of luck!

The IM team.

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