RadioShack recently filed for bankruptcy as it struggles to keep the brand alive. There is much speculation of how much of the current retail electronics chain will survive and what will remain in the future.
It gets a bit confusing referring to the company name as RadioShack as it is now, rather than Radio Shack, as it was back in the world I remember. The current one word version of RadioShack came in 2000, when the brain trust decided to go with a one word logo for the company name. As I tell the story from my memory, I recall Radio Shack.
Like many of the baby boomer generation, what was then know as Radio Shack, introduced me to electronics and citizens band radios. When we were old enough to drive, a common stop on a Saturday afternoon was the neighborhood Radio Shack, where we looked at what cool gadgets we could buy, and picked up one of those electronics kits where we could build a radio with resistors and capacitors clipped to a small cardboard frame.
As baby boomers we grew up in a generation where Tandy was a likely name to be seen in the label of your home computer. The the self proclaimed "America's Technology Store" was a leading retail outlet for cords, adapters, and blank tapes for our eight-track players and VCRs.
Radio Shack's annual catalog was something we made sure to pick up each fall when it came out, and we used it as our reference through out the year.
The decline of Radio Shack
It amuses me to see all the theories for the decline of Radio Shack. Many core customers of the boomer generation blame the decline of Radio Shack on incompetent management that lost sight of their customers.
Was it really poor management, or was Radio Shack the victim of business evolution that made them obsolete?
When I hear someone blatantly bashing Windows 8, I smile. I take it with the same grain of salt as someone passionately hating a sports team, or famous athlete. The hate is more emotional than logical.
I am still seeing articles and blog posts explaining why Windows 8 is horrible and why it should be avoided.
I received a Google news alert for an article titled, "Windows 8 fails in bid to satisfy everyone." In the article the author states, "Whether you were a home tablet user or a business PC user, Windows 8 tried to be all things to all people, and wound up being nothing to anybody."
The Windows 8 bashing sounded so familiar that I decided to do some research.