With over 600 stores in the United States and more than 100,000 employees, Best Buy has become one of the largest retailers of consumer electronics, major appliances and entertainment software in the nation. In addition to opening up 70 new stores this year, Best Buy has expanded both domestically and internationally through the acquisition of Magnolia Audio Video, a retailer of consumer electronics and home office equipment, and Geek Squad, which provides computer support to customers. Best Buy also operates 19 Best Buy stores in Canada along with over 100 Future Shops, which specializes in the same type of products.
Best Buy is currently ranked first in its industry with a market cap of over $17 billion. Its two main competitors, Radioshack and Circuit City, lag behind with market caps of $4.5 billion and $3.0 billion, respectively. Its revenue earnings for fiscal year 2003 was around $24.5 billion with net income of about $705 million.
Total current assets at the end of 2003 came out to $8.7 billion and shareholders' equity roughly equaled $3.4 billion. As of February 2004, Best Buy has had revenue growth of about 17.2% which was not unexpected as they have regularly outperformed analyst expectations and their own estimates over the past couple of years.
Best Buy recently launched a customer loyalty program, the "Reward Zone," which has helped to boost sales. As a result, Best Buy has begun to focus more on customer service and employee training in order to maintain their revenue growth over the upcoming years. Their "customer centricity" model places more emphasis on satisfying customer demands. They are also in the process of opening up 70 new stores that will cater to specific customer segments and their unmet needs. Their other strategic initiatives include controlling operating expenses along with better management of...