Big Retail Push Planned for iPad 2 Next Week
The biggest names in retail will be in lockstep with Apple next Friday as the iPad 2 becomes available nationwide (March 11th). From the looks of ads that have turned up just 24-hours after Steve Jobs debuted the second generation Apple tablet at his company's media event yesterday in San Francisco, retail heavyweights like Best Buy and Walmart are believed to be planning to carry the iPad 2 from its first day of availability,
No stranger to Apple products, Best Buy began carrying the first-generation iPad (though not nationwide at all stores) right out of the gate, while Walmart similarly came on board several months later, first selling iPads in October 2010. Although Best Buy is confirmed to begin selling the iPad 2 on March 11th, Walmart has not yet corroborated reports of iPad 2 availability on launch day.
Unlike the Apple product launches of yesteryear, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant has grown close with no shortage of large retailers, all of which have cumulatively contributed greatly to the monstrous sales record of the first-generation iPad - 15 million and counting as of this writing. For Apple, releasing the iPad 2 at its retail stores alone will clearly not take place. Once again, Apple has made the launch of its newest product a retail team effort.
Source: Best Buy