4 Replies to “Historical photos from Radio Shack, 1931 to today”

  1. Ken Estes: Radio Shack used to be a electronic hobbyist store that sold consumer electronics. Within the last 20 years they’ve made some disastrous changes, the main one being switching to solely a consumer electronics store. They’ve really made some stupid decisions. And that’s coming from their wikipedia article.

    “Fix 1500” initiative
    In early 2004, RadioShack introduced Fix 1500, a sweeping program to “correct” inventory and profitability issues company-wide. The program put the 1,500 lowest-graded store managers, of over 5,000, on notice of the need to improve. Managers were graded not on tangible store and personnel data but on one-on-one interviews with district management.[
    Typically, a 90-day period was given for the manager to improve (thus causing another manager to then be selected for Fix 1500).

    A total of 1,734 store managers were reassigned as sales associates or terminated in a 6-month period. Also, during this period, RadioShack canceled the employee stock purchase plan. By the first quarter of 2005, the metrics of skill assessment used during Fix 1500 had already been discarded, and the corporate officer who created the program had resigned.

    The sad thing is that the niche they once held isn’t being filled by anyone. In the old days Radio Shack would have been all over 3D printing and the Arduino hobbies. via facebook.com

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