Like all other retailers, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) is also working hard to remain competitive in the online market. Technological revolution and increasing online penetration has revolutionized the consumer retail industry. Best Buy has been working toward growing its share of the e-commerce market. As part of this effort, it is rebuilding its internal IT team over the course of next 12 months and plans to hire approximately 200 IT professionals. Best Buy competes with general retailers like Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) as well as specialty retailers like Radio Shack (NYSE:RSH) and GameStop (NYSE:GME).
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Best Buy has taken a series of initiatives in the recent past to attract customers and boost traffic.
Here are a few of them:
- Best Buy recently hired Stephen Gillett, former Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) CIO, who played an instrumental role in revamping Starbucks online operations. He would be in charge of Best Buy’s digital business, including its online stores. We believe this move is inspired by Best Buy’s plan to increase its share in the growing e-commerce market.
- Last November, Best Buy acquired mindSHIFT, a Massachusetts-based cloud service provider, to get access to the $40 billion managed service provider (MSP) market for small and midsize companies.  This is expected to have synergies with the Best Buy Geek Squad.
- Best Buy has also launched a third-party market place to offer online products from other sellers in exchange for a cut from the proceeds. Third-party sellers including Buy.com, Mambate, SF Planet, ANT Online, BeachAudio.com and Wayfair have signed up for the platform.
We are optimistic about Best Buy’s efforts that are aimed specifically at boosting its online sales, which has become an important revenue driver for all retailers today.Notes: