In the dynamic business landscape, companies rise and fall, and the giants of yesterday may struggle to stay relevant today. Here are 19 companies you might be surprised to still see in business.
Once the go-to for movie rentals, Blockbuster has faded into obscurity with the rise of streaming services. Surprisingly, a single store in Bend, Oregon, continues to operate, serving as a nostalgic reminder of Friday movie nights.
Kodak was a dominant force in film photography but has struggled with the digital transition. Despite filing for bankruptcy in 2012, the company still exists, focusing on printing and imaging services, albeit far from its former glory.
RadioShack used to be a haven for electronics enthusiasts but faced bankruptcy twice. In an unexpected turn, the brand persists, offering online sales and operating a handful of dealer-owned stores.
Sears, the former retail giant, has seen a dramatic fall from grace, with numerous store closures and bankruptcy in 2018. However, a scaled-down version of Sears continues to operate in select locations.
BlackBerry is no longer a forefront when it comes to mobile phones and lost its market dominance to Apple and Android. The company is still around, pivoting its focus towards software and security services while licensing its brand for hardware.
MySpace lost its social media crown long ago. It still operates as a music-centric platform, but it’s a mere shadow of its former self, with a significantly smaller user base.
Polaroid, iconic for instant photography, couldn’t keep up with digital trends and filed for bankruptcy twice. The brand made a comeback, however, capitalizing on nostalgia and releasing new instant cameras and printers.
AOL, was once the gateway to the internet, but lost its relevance with the advent of broadband. AOL is still in business, but focuses on digital media and marketing. The iconic “You’ve Got Mail” is a distant memory.
A pioneer in online services, CompuServe struggled to compete with newer, more user-friendly platforms. Remarkably, the brand still operates as an internet service provider, albeit with a reduced presence.
While Fujifilm faced challenges with the digital photography revolution, it adapted by diversifying into other industries such as healthcare and document solutions, ensuring its continued existence.
Pan American World Airways, known as Pan Am, ceased operations in 1991. The brand, however, was revived by a railroad company and now operates as a regional railroad in the Northeastern U.S.
Atari, a trailblazer in video gaming, faced financial struggles and faded into obscurity. The brand has been revived several times and currently focuses on mobile games and casino gaming.
Palm, known for pioneering personal digital assistants, struggled with the smartphone evolution. The brand has been resurrected by TCL and now offers a minimalist phone as a companion to larger smartphones.
Gateway, recognizable by its cow-spotted boxes, lost its luster in the competitive PC market. Acer acquired the company, and the brand is still used for select laptop models.
Sharper Image which sold innovative and quirky products, filed for bankruptcy and closed its stores in 2008. The brand was acquired and continues as an online retailer.
Trans World Airlines (TWA) ceased operations in 2001 but the brand has been revived in a nostalgic manner. The TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in New York serves as a tribute to the golden age of air travel.
Once a major player in network operating systems, Novell lost its standing to competitors. The company still exists, but as a subsidiary of Micro Focus, focusing on software and services.
Wang Laboratories, a giant in the computer industry, declared bankruptcy in 1992. The company was restructured and continues to operate as Wang Global, focusing on IT services and solutions.
WordPerfect Corporation, known for its word processing software, lost market share to Microsoft Word. WordPerfect was acquired by Corel, and WordPerfect software is still available, catering to a niche market.
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