09 Oct: Best Buy volunteers help Phoenix students build laptops

As groups of students entered a Phoenix Convention Center meeting hall on Monday afternoon, 260 Best Buy volunteers cheered and gave high-fives.

The Best Buy employees were on hand to help the students build their own Kano laptop computers. The volunteer event helped kick off the company’s annual Holiday Leadership Meeting, where company leaders from across the U.S. come together to get ready for the holiday season.

Working with the kids “just makes you feel good, and it’s fun for us because we’re learning too,” said Jennifer Dieckhoff, general manager of a store in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

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23 Jun: David Simpson Saves his Best Buy Store Money, Simplifies Smartphones for Seniors

Dave Simpson saw a problem at the Best Buy store where he worked in asset protection.

“I noticed we really didn’t have the best shrink culture,” he said.

That means his store in Collegeville, Pa., wasn’t doing well when it came to reducing losses to shoplifting, employee theft, cashier errors or merchandise mistakes.

So he decided to do something about it by educating his co-workers. Simpson created a series of development classes, called “Seal Team Six,” to teach the importance of shrink and safety while empowering employees to create their own shrink-stomping practices.