Articles about Ron Johnson

Apple Store Fifth Avenue

Apple's former retail boss spills magic beans on store strategy

Apple doesn't just construct retail stores it brews a magical experience that transforms your very existence, or so said Ron Johnson, former retail veep at the firm. Did someone say ahem...bullshit? No of course not. The man - now CEO at loss-making J.C. Penny - gave an insight into the cerebral workings of an Apple exec during …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2012

Memo to Groupon: Best cheapo deals have a premium tag

Open ... and Shut The biggest problem with Groupon isn't its accounting. It's also not Groupon's shrinking margins on new products, concerning as they are. No, Groupon's biggest problem is that it fetishes bargains in lieu of building real customer value. Groupon's business model is simply not sustainable, which is why its stock is now on sale. …
Matt Asay, 13 Nov 2012

Apple under CEO Angela Ahrendts? Hmm ... (beard stroke)

Analysis Cloud king Marc Benioff has hailed "future Apple CEO" Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new head of retail and online sales, as "the most important hire Tim Cook has ever made". Some have interpreted the tweet by Benioff, chief executive of software-as-a-service success Salesforce.com, as more than just a bit of encouragement for his …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2013
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Apple stalks execs in the cloud

Apple is said to be shopping for senior industry execs with cloud experience as it faces up to the possibility that consumers might not want their content tied solely to its hardware platforms. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been stalking top execs with Web-based software backgrounds, targeting one entrepreneur …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2011
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Apple stores getting close to overload

A study of traffic and productivity in Apple’s retail arm makes worrying reading for Cupertino, according to a new analysis by Asymco. In an age when traditional retailers are complaining about online traders stealing their customers, Apple has a different set of problems – too many people. While Apple has some of the most …
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2011

Apple raises retail stakes against Microsoft

Apple plans to refurbish 100 of its retail stores this year, just as Microsoft prepares its first tentative moves into the bricks-and-mortar sector. Ron Johnson, Apple's senior vice president of retail, is reported to have said the Cupertino computer consumer-electronics trend-setter will buff up its retail spaces by adding room …
Rik Myslewski, 28 May 2009
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Apple eyes Bluewater, Kent for third UK retail site

Apple has confirmed its third UK retail location: the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, just outside London's M25 orbital freeway. The announcement came from the Mac maker's retail chief, Ron Johnson, in London yesterday to officially launch its Regent Street store, which will open to the public tomorrow. Apple is already …
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2004
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The life and times of Steven Paul Jobs, Part Two

Before Steve Jobs introduced the iMac on May 6, 1998, his life – as we detailed earlier – had been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. After the iMac shipped on August 15 of that same year, however, he and the company he led traded that carnival ride for a rocket. The iMac was an immediate success. "We have had a phenomenal …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Apple retail chain to open doors in April

Apple's much-rumoured High Street retail operation is inching towards a launch, with three stores set to open their doors in California next April. The first store can be found at the corner of University and Kipling in Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News revealed on Friday. The second will be located in Glendale, though the …
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2000
The Register breaking news

Apple retail chain plan back on agenda

Apple's plan to open a series of Gateway-style retail outlets appears to be nearing realisation, if the claim by Gateway supremo Jeffrey Weitzen that the Mac maker has been attempting to poach his staff is anything to go by. "Apple is serious [about opening its own stores] because they've been trying to hire our people," …
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2000