Fort Worth-based RadioShack Corporation (NYSE: RSH) is the nation's most trusted consumer electronics specialty retailer of wireless
communications, electronic parts, batteries and accessories as well as other digital technology products and services.
With nearly 7,000 stores and dealer outlets nationwide,
it is estimated that 94 percent of all Americans live or work within five minutes of a RadioShack store or dealer.
The company's knowledgeable sales associates and brand position, "You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers,"
support RadioShack's mission to demystify technology in every neighborhood in America.
David J. Edmondson, 45, president and chief operating officer since late 2000, will become CEO and a member of the board at the shareholder meeting in May, the company said. Roberts will stay as executive chairman.
The story of RadioShack begins in 1919 in Fort Worth, Texas, with a chance meeting of two friends, Norton Hinckley and Dave L. Tandy (1889-1966). During their visit, these ambitious young fellows decided to pool their resources and go into business together. Their venture, which the two gentlemen named the Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company, sold leather shoe parts (soles, heels and shoelaces) to shoe repair shops in the Fort Worth area.
Today, RadioShack offers a retail service concept that is unlike any other specialty consumer electronics retailer. This unique position allows the company to provide simple, cost-effective solutions to meet everyone's routine electronics needs and families' distinct electronics wants.
Customers need such things as batteries, A/V cables and electronic components, and RadioShack is uniquely positioned to fulfill those needs. In addition, customers want innovative, cutting-edge consumer electronics, including distinct wireless communications, digital imaging, portable computing, home entertainment products or services, or electronic toys that RadioShack is famous for offering.
I virtually grew up with Radio Shack. I followed in the steps of my father as an Electronics Hobbyist. Radio Shack was THE place to
find electronic kits, especially the "do it your self type". I bought my first soldering iron, breadboard and integrated circuits here at the age of 12.
I looked forward to receiving the monthly Radio Shack catalog in the mail to see what new electronic marvel they had on sale!
I loved the Forrest Mims books (which unfortunately are hard to find now) that made
electronics seem SO simple and fun.
Of course, Radio Shack moved on from those early days and moved into the mass market to survive. They still make one of kind electronic gadgets and mainstream stuff like phones, Audio/video and cables and connectors for telephone, audio and cable TV applications .
Even experienced Engineers and Technicians will go to Radio Shack if something breaks down on a weekend and they need it fixed RIGHT NOW! If you have lost
your charger or AC adapter for your favorite electronic gadget, THIS is the place to go!
Radio Shack's product line tends to be of Good to Very Good in quality. I've owned several Radio Shack manuafactured products including calculators,
telephones and toys including an especially nice remote controlled fire engine I bought for my son for Christmas 2004 for only $19
(the rechargable battery was extra).
The fire engine is still going strong and I used the telephone for over 5 years before I threw it out to buy a new one.
The quality of sales help at Radio shack varies widely from the highly knowledgable electronics hobbyist to the retread fast food attendant
who wouldn't know a telephone cord from an extension cord.
Email me your Radio shack stories at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add the really good ones right here :)
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