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Thursday, May 18, 2021

So: Have you ever used a pair of chopsticks to eat a hotdog?

Until a few days ago, neither had I. But I did it: Plucked the weiner right off the barbecue grill with the same utensils that I had just used on the sushi tray. Somewhat tricky maneuver, but I managed to not drop it.

Anything for a thrill.

The only downside was that I couldn’t eat said hotdog with a bun. I guess if I ever go on an Atkins kick, I’ll have an elegant way to avoid the bread during cookouts.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 11:25:36 PM
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I had always found it odd that New York City, with its wealth of professional creatives, was home to only one Apple Store, in SoHo.

No more: Apple’s second retail outlet in the Big Apple will be of the ritzy variety, located on Fifth Avenue. It’s housed in a stunning architectural site, and will be open 24/7/365, to boot.

The location is not too far out of the way of my usual morning walk to work. If the weather’s not too crappy tomorrow (it’s supposed to be thunderstorming), I’ll have to swing by for the big grand opening. Maybe I’ll even buy an accessory for my iPod.

While there, I can marvel at how this latest Mac-stand represents the success of Apple’s grand retail strategy, blending distinctive branding with premium revenue generation.

Analysts predict the latest store will be a magnet. Others already draw more than 10,000 visitors a week, on average. Altogether, Apple’s stores pulled in $2.35 billion in sales in fiscal 2005, making it one of the fastest growing retailers in the world, according to Retail Forward, an Ohio-based consulting and market research firm.

The stores’ growth rate in revenue per store — an increase of 44% from 2004 to 2005 — eclipses industry norms. By comparison, major retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy saw growth rates of 3% to 6% in 2005.

Apple’s stores also reap more revenue per square foot than others: Its annual sales of $2,489 for every square foot of space is more than eight times that of Target and 2.5 times that of Best Buy, according to Forrester Research Inc.

The stores, along with innovative products like the iPod, helped Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple reach a record of nearly $14 billion in revenue last year.

“What the stores have done is really build the Apple brand,” said Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Co., an investment banking and asset management firm. “It’s so consistent with what Apple is that it has really added value to the entire enterprise.”

As usual, Apple shows off a core stylistic sensibility to which the rest of the computer industry is practically allergic. And it’s paying off handsomely — go figure.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 11:16:56 PM
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I imagine the Intelligent Design/creationism advocates are galvanized over the latest theory of human/primate development: That early human and chimpanzee ancestors may have interbred after their evolutionary split, raising the possibility that the modern human race is something of a hybrid species.

I guess it’s always been hard to stray from your roots.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 10:42:22 PM
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The poll numbers are in the gutter, but Karl Rove and Laura Bush are convinced that folks still like Dubya — just not his Presidential handiwork.

Which brings about an interesting contrast with the prior Administration:

[Marist Poll’s Lee] Miringoff said this spin was sort of a reverse of the line the White House gave when President Bill Clinton faced poor poll numbers at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“The notion then was, ‘You may not like him, but he’s doing a good job,’” he said. “Now it’s, ‘He’s not doing a good job, but you like him.’”

It’s always about the spin.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/18/2006 10:23:39 PM
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