A couple of weeks ago, Best Buy announced that it was working with a company called Zoom Systems to install electronics vending machines inside airports. I blog to you this afternoon from the international terminal at San Francisco's SFO, where I'm waiting for a plane–and where I just spent some time.
That sentiment will likely not change once they slap a Best Buy logo on the vending machine. I was in Kennedy Airport in the Jet Blue terminal and they also have one of these kiosks. Why would anyone buy an iPod that needed a full-charge before being functional and which is also empty of music? Now if the iPods came fully charged with music I liked, then I’d be temped to swipe my credit card and press A+7 for an iPod drop down. It wasn’t yet branded as Best Buy yet. Honestly, I was NOT interested in buying a gizmo as I angrily paced waiting for a delayed flight.
Unless your item is defective or unopened, and within a 30-day period you cannot return it or exchange it for ANYTHING! This either has to change, or the word will get out and watch Zoom Systems have a plummet in stock!.
The Best Buy in question, as you may already have guessed, was actually a Best Buy Express vending machine. I've been intrigued by these devices — which sell travel-oriented gizmos and are operated by a company named Zoom Express — since I spotted one at San Francisco's SFO airport nearly four.
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And then, right as I was finishing with entering my address, the machine abruptly declared that it hadn’t heard from me in awhile — wrong! — and that it was going to give me a paper receipt instead, without so much as a “Do you need more time?”
I’m done being intrigued by Best Buy Express — and I own an iPhone battery case which I don’t really want. So lesson learned: buying an $80 gizmo is more complicated than buying a Diet Sprite, and you might want to be careful about where and how you do it.
I decided to buy a Mophie Juice Pack Air, a battery case for my iPhone 4s.
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ZoomSystems, based in San Francisco, developed Best Buy Express and earns a fee off every transaction at the 200 kiosks in the United States. Founded in 2002, the company also (As it turns out, the $50,000 a month kiosk is located at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.) Since Best Buy generates.
These souped up vending machines don’t dispense Cheetos and gum but rather premium Beats headphones, iPads and even video game consoles with the swipe of a credit card. You might have seen those Best Buy Express kiosks at airports and train stations around the country.
In an interview a year ago for my upcoming book Rebuilding Empires, Joly suggested that he was open to more formats like Best Buy Express. No wonder Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly would like more of them.
But when you consider that Best Buy Express machines don’t require human employees, advertising, or price discounts, you can assume that the profit margins from those blue kiosks are sky high. Since Best Buy generates more than $50 billion a year in revenue, that might seem like chump change.
(As it turns out, the $50,000 a month kiosk is located at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta.). According to a source close to Zoom, Best Buy Express generates anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 a month per kiosk. Do the math and that means the consumer electronics retailer, based in Richfield, Minn., generates roughly between $20 million and $120 million a year in sales off those machines.
Founded in 2002, the company also makes automated retail systems for Amazon and Macy’s. ZoomSystems, based in San Francisco, developed Best Buy Express and earns a fee off every transaction at the 200 kiosks in the United States.
As it turns out, quite a bit. I always wondered how much money Best Buy makes off those things.
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