COVID-19

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18 May: Update on Best Buy’s face coverings policy

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have relied on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control in making all COVID-19 safety decisions and have closely followed their guidelines even as some states and cities relaxed their policies. Last week’s CDC announcement about face coverings, of course, caused us to look at how we might now refine our safety policies.

Beginning immediately, fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear face coverings in our stores, except where otherwise mandated by state or local order.

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03 May: Best Buy ranked No. 1 big-box retailer for COVID-19 safety

Best Buy has ranked as the top big-box retailer in a national assessment of brands’ safety response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ipsos, a leading market research firm, compiled its Consumer Health & Safety Index based on results from shoppers at 3,500 individual locations and a survey of 2,000 people. It evaluated which health and safety attributes are most important to customers and how brands are performing compared to consumer expectations.

Best Buy led big-box retailers in several categories, including social distancing measures, sanitizer offerings and employees wearing masks and gloves.

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30 Apr: Best Buy extends support for COVID-19 relief in India

We have been devastated as we’ve watched the rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in India. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone in the country, including many of our colleagues, friends and partners.

“The growing human impact of the COVID-19 crisis in India is very much on my mind, the minds of our leadership team and, I know, the minds of our employees — especially those who have friends and family in the region,” said Brian Tilzer, Best Buy’s chief digital and technology officer.

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18 Mar: Best Buy continues focus on safety with enhanced COVID-19 testing program for frontline employees

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our teams have shown great flexibility and perseverance while delivering an exceptional customer experience in a safe environment. And although the country continues to make significant progress in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, we recognize that the next few months are critical. We also know that as testing is more readily available in many parts across the country, it plays a key role in defeating COVID-19.

That’s one reason why we’re rolling out a nationwide COVID-19 testing program for all Best Buy employees who aren’t usually working from home.

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11 Mar: Best Buy Celebrates An Award-Winning Culture of Ethics

The way we work, shop and communicate has significantly changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What hasn’t changed, however, is our approach to how we do business at Best Buy.

We strive to be at our best in every decision, every day, and we’re proud to be recognized by Ethisphere as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies for the seventh time. We are one of only three retailers on this year’s list, which looked at issues such as COVID response, diversity initiatives and environmental practices.

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02 Mar: Clear Face Coverings Make Big Impact For Hard-Of-Hearing Manager

When Dennis Parry learned that Best Buy would require face coverings for employees as a safety measure during COVID-19, he grew concerned.

Dennis is hard of hearing, and as a general manager, he relies on reading lips to communicate with employees and customers at his store in Easton, Pennsylvania. Face coverings would make that impossible.

“When I first heard about the change, I felt like I was going to be a hindrance to the team,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I’d be able to communicate with my staff.”

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23 Feb: Best Buy Tops Barron’s List of 100 Most Sustainable Companies

Best Buy is proud to rank No. 1 on Barron’s prestigious list of 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the second time.

We previously achieved this honor in 2019 and have now placed in the top five for four straight years. We ranked No. 5 last year.

This recognizes our company’s leadership across a comprehensive range of areas, from workplace diversity to carbon reduction. We aim to be a good corporate citizen in our interactions with all stakeholders, including employees, customers, vendors, our communities and the environment.

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29 Jan: How to Host the Ultimate (Virtual) Big Game Party

The Big Game is one of the most anticipated events of the year, but this time around we won’t see a packed stadium or the usual parties and events with cheering fans.  

However, there are still ways for football fans across the county to come together around the chips, dips and TV. Hosting a virtual Big Game party via video calls or smart displays makes it possible to be in the same room even if you are football fields — or states — apart. 

Whether you’re hanging on every play or just tuning in for the commercials and halftime show, here are a few tips to enjoy a fun online gathering for the Big Game.  

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12 Jan: Best Buy CEO talks pandemic, importance of diversity at CES

No one could have imagined that webcams would be among the hottest tech products of 2020, but that’s exactly what happened in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic — and Best Buy had to act quickly to serve consumers’ shifting needs.

“Our hypothesis around enriching lives through technology became instantly the reality for every single person,” CEO Corie Barry said. “All of a sudden, we were stuck at home. Kids were learning from home, and employees were working from home.

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12 Jan: Best Buy CEO talks pandemic, importance of diversity at CES

No one could have imagined that webcams would be among the hottest tech products of 2020, but that’s exactly what happened in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic — and Best Buy had to act quickly to serve consumers’ shifting needs.

“Our hypothesis around enriching lives through technology became instantly the reality for every single person,” CEO Corie Barry said. “All of a sudden, we were stuck at home. Kids were learning from home, and employees were working from home.

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17 Nov: Tech Helps Keep Holiday Traditions Going This Year

With the holiday season upon us, many families will be finding ways to make new traditions — and continue old ones — this year.

The pandemic has changed how many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. But whether you live across the country or down the block, there are still ways to come together and enjoy the holidays with loved ones.

Some creative thinking and innovative devices can help close the distance between family and friends while staying safely apart.

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06 Nov: In pandemic, partners help get tech to teens

From access to software to learning the latest tech, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are helping address the opportunity gap for teens in disinvested communities.

We know we can’t do it alone, so we work with a range of partners across the country — including a number of our vendor partners — to empower youth with the technology and tools they need to thrive now and in the future.  

“What we’re trying to do with our Teen Tech Centers and Career Pathways programs is really to help build brighter futures for teens,” said Andrea Wood, vice president of social impact.