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Old 10-04-2018, 09:00 PM   #1
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B & N selling itself to stay afloat.

I wasn't sure whether to post this in News or in the B&N forum, but Axios.com is reporting in an article entitled The Last Big Bookstore this: "B&N announced yesterday that, after hearing acquisition interest from several parties, it has initiated a strategic review toward possibly selling itself to stay afloat. One bidder is founder Len Riggio, who owns 19% of the company but says he will follow the recommendation of an independent board appointed to handle the review. B&N's beleaguered shares soared as much as 21% on the news....For 14 years, B&N managed to hang on. But, after closing 90 of its 720 locations in the past seven years, often leaving areas of hundreds of thousands of people without a single major bookstore, it appears prepared to call it quits."
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Explaining that it has received “expressions of interest from multiple parties in making an offer to acquire the company,” Barnes & Noble has announced the creation of a formal review process to evaluate the retailer’s strategic alternatives. Among the parties interested in making an offer for B&N is its founder and chairman, Leonard Riggio.

The formation of the review process comes after it was disclosed, in an August lawsuit by Demos Parneros, that a bid to buy the company had fallen through in June, as well as the news in September that an investor group led by Richard Schottenfeld had upped its stake in B&N to 6.9%. Schottenfeld is pushing B&N to find ways to increase shareholder value...
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:32 PM   #3
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I wasn't sure whether to post this in News or in the B&N forum, but Axios.com is reporting in an article entitled The Last Big Bookstore this: "B&N announced yesterday that, after hearing acquisition interest from several parties, it has initiated a strategic review toward possibly selling itself to stay afloat. One bidder is founder Len Riggio, who owns 19% of the company but says he will follow the recommendation of an independent board appointed to handle the review. B&N's beleaguered shares soared as much as 21% on the news....For 14 years, B&N managed to hang on. But, after closing 90 of its 720 locations in the past seven years, often leaving areas of hundreds of thousands of people without a single major bookstore, it appears prepared to call it quits."
if you beleive B&N actually has serious buyers then I have a bridge I want to sell you
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:36 AM   #4
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if you beleive B&N actually has serious buyers then I have a bridge I want to sell you
I don't know how "serious" the buyers are, but I do believe that B&N's problems begin and end with Riggio and if B&N had the right person in true charge, B&N would be very successful. B&N's problem is incompetent management.

Consider one example. I made this suggestion to Riggio and his executive staff several times over the past few years and it is still (supposedly) under consideration. It should have been implemented in weeks. There are many members who buy books regularly and even preorder books. Conversely, there are many members who do neither. But B&N has records of every purchase made by a member. What it should do, and doesn't do, is as soon as a book is listed as being preorderable, an email should go out to a member who has previously bought a book by that author saying that the next book is coming and you can preorder it by clicking here. B&N guarantees that as a member you will get at least a 20% discount and if the book is offered for a greater discount at anytime through the day of release, you will automatically get that lower price.

It's a simple thing to code (relatively speaking) and a smart move because preorders are generally guaranteed sales. Plus if the preorders are large enough a larger discount may be negotiable from the publisher. But B&N has not done this.

I have suggested many things that could increase sales but none have gotten further than "it will be considered".

It's poor management that is killing B&N. There is a great deal of potential will a little imagination. Not everyone is enamored with Amazon and ebooks are not the majority of the marketplace.
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There is still value in B&N assets and the sum of the value of these parts exceeds the value of the company as a whole, which is trending ever lower. This is why it is attracting external interest, probably from corporate raider types.

The board has its own plan for "raiding" the company and they don't want anybody muscling in on their action. Hence the poison pill.

Since the pill is nominally for a year only, one would expect the stock to soon fall to a level where Riggio can afford to buy out the rest of the board and take it private to loot at leisure.

He'll " leave it as he found it. "
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I don't know how "serious" the buyers are, but I do believe that B&N's problems begin and end with Riggio and if B&N had the right person in true charge, B&N would be very successful. B&N's problem is incompetent management.

Consider one example. I made this suggestion to Riggio and his executive staff several times over the past few years and it is still (supposedly) under consideration. It should have been implemented in weeks. There are many members who buy books regularly and even preorder books. Conversely, there are many members who do neither. But B&N has records of every purchase made by a member. What it should do, and doesn't do, is as soon as a book is listed as being preorderable, an email should go out to a member who has previously bought a book by that author saying that the next book is coming and you can preorder it by clicking here. B&N guarantees that as a member you will get at least a 20% discount and if the book is offered for a greater discount at anytime through the day of release, you will automatically get that lower price.

It's a simple thing to code (relatively speaking) and a smart move because preorders are generally guaranteed sales. Plus if the preorders are large enough a larger discount may be negotiable from the publisher. But B&N has not done this.

I have suggested many things that could increase sales but none have gotten further than "it will be considered".

It's poor management that is killing B&N. There is a great deal of potential will a little imagination. Not everyone is enamored with Amazon and ebooks are not the majority of the marketplace.
Yes, there is a brilliant business who could turn B&N around. (For example, Jeff Bezos could do it.)

But I can also tell you at least two things about this person. The first is that they can make a lot more money in just about any other company (where they don't have to deal with B&N's board). The second is that this person already approached B&N about becoming CEO, and was rejected.

No, the only people interested in buying B&N at this point are corporate raiders like this guy:
https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/...s-taxidermist/
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:06 PM   #7
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There are so many things wrong with B&N's business model and I don't quite understand why they don't seem to have any common sense when it comes to a lot of their business practices. I remember one time I wanted to get a book and they had a better price online than in-store. They would not price match THEIR OWN WEBSITE. I found this to be highly amusing and self-destructive. I told the salesperson "Fine, I'll just buy it elsewhere" and I did. Little things like this are what made me move away from B&N as a regular stop.
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I wonder how many people like B&N enough to send them suggestions? I'm certainly one. As a homeschool dad, I can't calculate the massive benefits of having good bookstores nearby, that become a part of family life. A couple years ago I sent about seven well thought out suggestions to B&N (addressed to whoever was in charge at the time), like rhadin did. I didn't even get a reply.
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I wonder how many people like B&N enough to send them suggestions? I'm certainly one. As a homeschool dad, I can't calculate the massive benefits of having good bookstores nearby, that become a part of family life. A couple years ago I sent about seven well thought out suggestions to B&N (addressed to whoever was in charge at the time), like rhadin did. I didn't even get a reply.
I use to work at BellSouth.com a number of years ago. I would read the suggestions and complaints every so often for curiosity sake. It was hooked up to a database, but as far as I know, I was the only person who read it. Odds are pretty good that any suggestions you may have sent to anyone in charge where never read by that person. More likely they were tossed by the secretary who opened the envelop to see if was anything important.
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Well it is what it is. They will be gone within the next few years as well as Kmart/Sears. Time to move on. Retail was getting overcrowded even before Amazon and all this was predicted about 20-25 years ago. So this is just a process. The strong retailers will survive though.
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Man, if kmart goes away I’ll have to drive almost 20 miles to buy some of my things. We have a Fred Meyer (Kroger) but it’s so small it qualifies as a “Fred”.
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I don't know how "serious" the buyers are, but I do believe that B&N's problems begin and end with Riggio and if B&N had the right person in true charge, B&N would be very successful. B&N's problem is incompetent management.

Consider one example. I made this suggestion to Riggio and his executive staff several times over the past few years and it is still (supposedly) under consideration. It should have been implemented in weeks. There are many members who buy books regularly and even preorder books. Conversely, there are many members who do neither. But B&N has records of every purchase made by a member. What it should do, and doesn't do, is as soon as a book is listed as being preorderable, an email should go out to a member who has previously bought a book by that author saying that the next book is coming and you can preorder it by clicking here. B&N guarantees that as a member you will get at least a 20% discount and if the book is offered for a greater discount at anytime through the day of release, you will automatically get that lower price.

It's a simple thing to code (relatively speaking) and a smart move because preorders are generally guaranteed sales. Plus if the preorders are large enough a larger discount may be negotiable from the publisher. But B&N has not done this.

I have suggested many things that could increase sales but none have gotten further than "it will be considered".

It's poor management that is killing B&N. There is a great deal of potential will a little imagination. Not everyone is enamored with Amazon and ebooks are not the majority of the marketplace.
Doesn't Amazon do something of the same sort with it's suggestions? And I know Smashwords sends out emails about a new release from author x as well. Doesn't makes sense that B&N wouldn't follow suit with something similar.
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Well it is what it is. They will be gone within the next few years as well as Kmart/Sears. Time to move on. Retail was getting overcrowded even before Amazon and all this was predicted about 20-25 years ago. So this is just a process. The strong retailers will survive though.
K-Mart was a big store when I was a child. They used to have one around here (Monroe Wisconsin) but that went out yrs ago. Now it's Wal-Mart and Shopko that are the big stores in my area. One of the problems with fewer choices is that it's harder to find a better deal than price x on a given item. Of course there is also online shopping but at least with shopping in the actual store you get some exercise while walking the aisles.
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