Best Buy looks to regain tech leadership with hiring boost

Minneapolis -- Following a disappointing second quarter, Best Buy is looking to reposition itself as a tech leader with plans to hire more than 200 information technology professionals, with more than 100 new positions to be posted in the next several weeks.

Best Buy said Thursday it is looking to recruit skilled professionals from across the IT landscape, including e-commerce, business analytics, application development, engineering and project management.

"As a technology company that operates across a variety of channels, we're always looking for ways to better serve our customers and employees,” said Jody Davids, CIO and senior VP global business services at Best Buy.  "Bringing in the best and the brightest IT talent will help us to achieve our ongoing goals of providing a unique and engaging customer experience– whether in-store, online or across our mobile platforms – and creating a work environment for employees that encourages collaboration and sparks innovation."

For its second quarter, Best Buy reported a same-store sales decline of 2.8% that was mostly impacted by poor sales performance in television, gaming, digital imaging and physical media. The company reported net earnings of $177 million for its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 27, compared with $254 million for the prior-year period.

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