3. Another restructuring for Best Buy.
After another disappointing Christmas, and some initial hype of renewed interest in TVs as Apple shakes up the industry with a revitalized Apple TV, reality hits: Consumers continue to shift TV buying to the lowest-cost provider — resulting in further pressure on operating margins. For Best Buy that means yet another restructuring, as the company shuts its largest stores and rolls the dice with an almost all-out bet on mobile at the expense of appliances, computers and, yes, a whittled down TV department. To top it off, the company becomes the focus of private equity/going private rumors.
4. K-Cups KOs Green Mountain.
The SEC’s investigation into allegations of questionable accounting at Green Mountain will intensify in the first quarter. By mid-year, margins start to slide and K-Cup knockoffs proliferate as patents on Green Mountain’s K-Cups start expiring, making it obvious that licensing partners like Starbuckswere the real winners in the deals struck with Green Mountain.
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