Just In Case You Had Any Doubts, Dell Has No Plans To Buy Radio Shack
from the baby-steps dept
A couple of weeks ago, a writer at BusinessWeek suggested that Dell should consider buying out Radio Shack as a way to quickly rectify its lack of retail presence. There's no doubt that Dell's once-vaunted direct sales model has come to be viewed as a handicap, but this suggestion seemed overly drastic. In an interview, Michael Dell spoke about the company's plans to overcome the limitations (via News.com) of its existing business model by expanding its use of channel partners and finding its way onto more retail shelves. There's nothing particularly radical here (except the fact that he's actually doing an interview with a magazine devoted to channel news), but radical isn't necessarily what the company needs. HP has seen a major turnaround in its fortunes without doing anything desperate. The PC industry isn't the most exciting space to be in right now, but there's no reason that a company with Dell's presence and prowess can't continue to profit in it.