Angela Ahrendts began her new job as Apples Senior Vice President of retail and online stores in May and has been well received by her coworkers and Apple customers as well. She was the former Buberry CEO with an impressive resume. She is described as “warm and genuine,” “honest,” and “passionate.” She seems to be fitting in quite well with the Apple culture.
Apple cut down on vacation time for its AppleCare employees last year for the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Apple may do the same this year to its German retail employees and employees in other countries as well for the launch of the iPhone 6 this year.
Apple has welcomed its new SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts with 113,334 restricted stock units that are worth $68M beased on yesterdays closing share price, which crossed the $600 mark for the first time since 2012. The stocks will fully vest in 2018, so Ahrendts will have to wait till then to get the full payout.
It may look like nothing more than a glorified chip clip, but that dongle at the bottom of this guy’s iPad is actually ERPLY’s new credit card reader — the latest addition to a growing field of NFC and mobile payment devices designed for small and large businesses. Once attached to an iPad’s charging port, the peripheral will send a user’s encrypted credit card information to ERPLY’s point-of-sale and inventory management software, allowing customers to purchase products on the store room floor and giving retailers the ability to monitor transactions and stock flows in real time. Available for $50 (with a transaction fee of 1.9 percent), the reader is also equipped to handle both NFC and traditional card payments and, after processing a purchase, will automatically send a receipt to consumers via text or e-mail. At the moment, it’s only available for the iPad, though iPhone users should be able to get their own version within the next three months.
If you’ve never been to a Sam’s Club, well you’re missing out on a seriously authentic American experience. The sheer quantity of goods should — and most likely will — overwhelm you as you cram the largest box of cereal you’ve ever seen into your shopping cart. Well, the cornucopia of products on offer has apparently been increased by one lately. That’s right, it looks like Sam’s Club is now selling the Apple iPad, according to several tips sent into 9 to 5 Mac. The pricing doesn’t look bad: $488 for a 16GB WiFi-only model and $609 for the 3G model. Hey, you had to pick up a mega pack of tinsel this weekend anyway, right?
There was a bit of confusion with Apple’s online store update yesterday as to when the 3G version of its iPad will actually make its retail debut. Let that fog of ignorance be no more, as Cupertino has today named April 30th, a Friday, as the day the WiFi + 3G slate will arrive in stores. In American stores, that is, don’t get all excited if you live outside the 50 states. That’s also the date when early (read: before yesterday) pre-orders will be fulfilled. Deliveries for those were promised for “late April,” though clearly this date has more of the late and less of the April to it.
It turns out that “select” Apple Specialist locations — independently-owned stores authorized by Apple to sell and service its products — will be getting iPad stock to sell on Saturday. In our experience it’s hit-or-miss; we’ve called a few locations around the country this morning and have been given answers ranging from “no” to “we’ll have display units, not retail units” to a straight-up “yes,” so we recommend that you call the Specialist near you if you’re looking for a stealth way to avoid the bedlam that’s likely going to be brewing at proper Apple Stores. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that we’re also being told these Specialists are currently under NDA, which means you might not be able to get a straight answer out of ’em today — but hey, at least be on notice that you’ve got a Plan B (or C) if neither Apple nor Best Buy are able to hook you up in about 48 hours’ time.