Best Buy Partners With Vivint On Smart Home Services

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By Leena Rao, Fortune

Best Buy is pushing deeper into the smart home through a new partnership with Vivint, a company that installs smart home devices and solar panels in homes.

The new deal, which was announced on Thursday, places Vivint experts in more than 400 of the electronics retailer’s stores so that they can give customers advice about smart home devices and installation. Vivint, which already offers these services independently through its website, has installed more than 15 million smart home devices in North American homes.”

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Best Buy Adds 4 Teen Tech Centers in Minnesota

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Best Buy is growing its network of after-school tech programs for teens by adding four new locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. That makes for 15 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the United States. The free centers are open year-round and give underserved teens hands-on access to the latest technology.”

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Best Buy’s E-commerce President and CMO Are Leaving

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“Two top Best Buy executives are leaving the company as CEO Hubert Joly reshuffles his leadership team’s responsibilities. The two departing leaders are Mary Lou Kelley, Best Buy’s president of e-commerce, and Greg Revelle, the Richfield-based retailer’s chief marketing officer, said sources familiar with the matter. Both executives were hired by Joly in 2014.”

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Best Buy Grew Web Sales Faster Than Amazon And Wal-Mart Last Year

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By Allison Enright, Internet Retailer

Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online sales grew at a faster clip than the U.S. e-retail industry average in 2016, and they outperformed online leaders Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Best Buy’s web sales grew 20.8% for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28 and totaled $4.85 billion. The average growth in U.S. e-retail was 15.6%, per estimates released by the U.S. Commerce Department last month, while Amazon’s product sales clocked 19.4% growth and Wal-Mart’s e-commerce sales grew 15.5% globally.”

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TechStars + Target Retail Alumnus Addstructure Closes $1.4m Led By Dundee

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Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 2.06.29 PM“CHICAGO — ADDSTRUCTURE, a pioneer in rapid natural language search and shopping, today announced a $1.4 million round of seed funding led by Dundee Venture Capital with participation from Techstars Ventures, Best Buy, and Matchstick Ventures.

The Chicago-based company is building a white label voice search system designed to offer major retailers functionality comparable to voice shopping with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, from any device.”

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Hundreds Of Oculus VR Demos Pulled From Best Buy Stores

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By Alex Heath, Business Insider

“Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US, Business Insider has learned.

The scaling back of Facebook’s first big retail push for VR comes after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told BI that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration. An internal memo seen by BI and sent to affected employees by a third-party contractor said the closings were because of “store performance.”

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GeekSquad Academy Seeks Tech Camp Partners In Minnesota

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Geek Squad Academy, a Best Buy signature community outreach program, is now accepting applications from nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community groups to host free two-day tech camps for youth this year.  Together, we’ll teach thousands of additional kids across the country the tech skills they need to inspire future education and career choices.”

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If A Geek Squad Agent is a Paid FBI Informant, Are Their Computer Searches Legal?

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screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-26-41-amBy Tom Jackman, Washington Post

“At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data. Over several years, a handful of those workers have notified the FBI when they see signs of child pornography, earning payments from the agency”

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Best Buy Doubles Down On Community Reinvestment

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“MINNEAPOLIS — More of the nation’s underserved teens will have access to free technology tools and training as Best Buy today announces plans to add nine new Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to its year-round support network in 2017. The announcement was made just as the company officially opens its newest Teen Tech Center in Denver, Colorado today.”

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