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Old 03-28-2015, 04:06 PM   #51
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lol, honestly who's even surprised? This was such an easy cost cutting measure that it should've been taken way sooner. They let the future shop brand stay there too long just to appease Canadians. Most of these locations never made any sense as future shop and best buys were literally a few min walk apart from each other.
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feel sorry for the loss for workers

don't feel sorry losing future shop though. there are enough specialty stores to cover their target market, and their sales tactics are borderline harassment.
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They actually DID do this, they had one FutureShop.ca store in North Van and another one in Ontario. Smaller store but most popular assortment was carried there.
Yeah, everytime I went there and ask for something, they would say they don't have it, but West Van does!
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The only surprise to this story is that it didn't happen sooner. I would have expected it when they started opening Best Buy stores in Canada.
That's because when Best Buy first bought FS, they were dealing with a growing Visions and A/B that's when A&B made the push for more stores and larger ones to rival FS
So Best Buy decided to give the consumer a perception of 2 options in hopes to squash A&B and Visions, and it worked (common practice, google multi-brand strategy)

I'd just rather them keep the Future Shop name and shutter the Best Buy ones, but that'd never happen I guess :/

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Today we announced that Best Buy and Future Shop are consolidating as Best Buy. This means that the products, services, and features you have come to expect from Future Shop and FutureShop.ca will now be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.ca.

If you have any questions about the transition, please read our FAQ.
If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, feel free to email us or call 1-866-BEST-BUY (1-866-237-8289).

What this means for your existing pre-order
You don’t need to do a thing. Once your item ships you’ll continue to receive all the same Future Shop notification emails and you’ll be able to access your order details through FutureShop.ca. We’ll continue to offer you the same high standards of service you rely on.

What this means after you receive your order
You’ll still receive all the same post-purchase support through Best Buy both online and in-store.
Returns – for any help with returns, please call 1-866-BEST-BUY (1-866-237-8289) or visit a Best Buy store. Find your local Best Buy store.
Price Beat Promise – Instead of the Price Beat Promise, you’ll now get all the same great coverage under Best Buy’s Lowest Price Guarantee.

We’d like to thank you for your continued business and support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at Best Buy or BestBuy.ca.

Sincerely,

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Wait, so this was just a sudden action they decided to pull on everyone without any sort of warning, even including their own staff who showed up to work this morning??

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Wait, so this was just a sudden action they decided to pull on everyone without any sort of warning, even including their own staff who showed up to work this morning??

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Unfortunately yes, this was their way if minimizing risk and loss when it comes to product. All staff received reasonable severance, but still a very sad thing to hear.

Unfortunately, in today's retail environment, unless you are able to create a unique shopping experience, you will not survive. While some shoppers (mainly the boomers and some gen x) still likes to be "sold to", the majority of the younger generation prefers doing their own research and then finding the best price. They no longer needs the sales advisors to teach them about product. And in today's fast pace technology environment, it is hard for an associate to know everything about everything... That's what Google is for.

It will be interesting to see who gobbles up these prime real-estate.... With the recent target exit, the market is flooded with prime retail space and experienced retail workers. I wonder if we will see more American retailer with deep pockets trying to make an entry when there is ample real-estate and staff.
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Unfortunately yes, this was their way if minimizing risk and loss when it comes to product. All staff received reasonable severance, but still a very sad thing to hear.

I'm not sure what you mean by minimizing risk and loss, or the reason why they dropped the news like a ninja.

Glad to hear the staff got reasonable severance, but wtf??
I'm just kind of shocked, and not understanding the business side of why this was executed (the way they delivered the news, not why they are merging with BB)
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wouldnt surprised me if they do it to prevent ppl from quitting earlier or slacking or taking stuff ?
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I'm not sure what you mean by minimizing risk and loss, or the reason why they dropped the news like a ninja.

Glad to hear the staff got reasonable severance, but wtf??
I'm just kind of shocked, and not understanding the business side of why this was executed (the way they delivered the news, not why they are merging with BB)
he meant warehouse/retail theft by employees
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LOL that's why I always tell cashier no one help me if they ask. I know what I want to buy, go in store and just pick what I need and leave.
im surprised the cashier didnt just put in his/her own rep number and kept the commission.

years ago a camera store was selling a canon flash for 50% of what futureshop is selling. i went into futureshop lansdown to try n price match, the sales rep gave me the run around on how they dont have stock and they'll order it and it'll be here the next day while honoring the price for me. next day i went in looking for the same rep n he wont sell it to me at that price, said he can do 10% off their own retail price, im like go fuck urself n peaced it outta there
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I'm not sure what you mean by minimizing risk and loss, or the reason why they dropped the news like a ninja.

Glad to hear the staff got reasonable severance, but wtf??
I'm just kind of shocked, and not understanding the business side of why this was executed (the way they delivered the news, not why they are merging with BB)
Yup this is what I mean, when you tell a team of staff that their job is coming to an end, but they still have to work, you run the risk of either the staff not caring which results in increased external theft, or employees stealing themselves.

When sportchek announced the closedown of sport mart, a full team of sport chek managers went into sport mark and took control to minimize risk.
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So, an American company (Best Buy) Buys a Canadian company (Future Shop) and within 15 years, Future Shop has been swallowed up and consolidated in the parent company? Didnt an American company (Burger King) just buy a Canadian Company (Tim Hortons) recently?

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i think the source is actually doing fairly decent?
that's what BB/FS should've done in the first place, open a regular sized store in the mall and only stock what's popular and let everything else be special order/online. There's no need for massive retail space like Circuit City/Fry's
Amazing. Radio Shack Canada is actually doing better than Future Shop.

They need to get rid of their commission-based sales. They keep trying to sell batteries to me. All I wanted was Wind Waker HD
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I wonder what will happen to Lansdowne... 2 anchor tenants gone!

Not a good year for companies with RED in their logo....will KFC be next
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Not a good year for companies with RED in their logo....will KFC be next
Taco Luis is the only reason I go to Lansdowne
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I'm not sure what you mean by minimizing risk and loss, or the reason why they dropped the news like a ninja.

Glad to hear the staff got reasonable severance, but wtf??
I'm just kind of shocked, and not understanding the business side of why this was executed (the way they delivered the news, not why they are merging with BB)
To prevent workers from stealing or just slacking off. If you know you are going to loss your job would you still work hard?
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im surprised the cashier didnt just put in his/her own rep number and kept the commission.

years ago a camera store was selling a canon flash for 50% of what futureshop is selling. i went into futureshop lansdown to try n price match, the sales rep gave me the run around on how they dont have stock and they'll order it and it'll be here the next day while honoring the price for me. next day i went in looking for the same rep n he wont sell it to me at that price, said he can do 10% off their own retail price, im like go fuck urself n peaced it outta there
i guess i was one of the lucky few. last december they had the microsoft sale for the surface pro 3 and i walked into the store at central city (i work in the office tower) saying i only wanted to just look at the demo unit before heading to staples later to use their store coupon for additional discount. sales manager overheard what i said and told me would honor the staples store coupon i showed him on my phone, so i bought it from them instead.
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Unfortunately yes, this was their way if minimizing risk and loss when it comes to product. All staff received reasonable severance, but still a very sad thing to hear.

Unfortunately, in today's retail environment, unless you are able to create a unique shopping experience, you will not survive. While some shoppers (mainly the boomers and some gen x) still likes to be "sold to", the majority of the younger generation prefers doing their own research and then finding the best price. They no longer needs the sales advisors to teach them about product. And in today's fast pace technology environment, it is hard for an associate to know everything about everything... That's what Google is for.

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I'm anticipating more specialized stores like we're seeing with Samsung and Windows. We no longer want to be sold to but theres definitely a larger push to consumers wishing to speak directly with "the brand" (if you will). This absolutely pisses Apple off.
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I wonder what will happen to Lansdowne... 2 anchor tenants gone!

Not a good year for companies with RED in their logo....will KFC be next
Lansdowne need to be demolished.
that is saddest mall I ever been to, now with target/FS gone

just put it out of its misery and build more condos lol
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that is saddest mall I ever been to, now with target/FS gone

just put it out of its misery and build more condos lol
I'm surprised the Toys R Us has still survived.
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