Best Buy Co. notified store workers this week that the retailer was cutting some jobs and cutting hours, according to people familiar with the situation, as the department store chain adjusts to a world where more purchases are made in line.
The company has reported that sales have soared in recent quarters as pandemic-weary shoppers stock up on home appliances, video game systems and other electronic devices. Comparable sales, those of websites or stores that operated for at least 12 months, increased 23% in the quarter ended October 31. Much of the profit came from online ordering, which nearly tripled in the United States in the last quarter.
A company spokesman declined to comment on the details of the job cuts. “As we have said before, the buying behavior of customers will permanently change in an even more digital way,” said the spokesperson. “Our workforce will need to evolve to meet the changing needs of customers while providing more flexible opportunities for our people.”
Jordan Diaz, 27, left Best Buy on Wednesday. “They told me they would limit me to 28 hours, which is not full time and therefore I will lose my insurance,” he said. The Denver resident previously worked 30 to 40 hours a week, obtaining health insurance for himself and his wife, he said. Some of his co-workers were fired on Wednesday, he said.
The company had 125,000 full-time and part-time workers as of January 2020. Best Buy laid off about 51,000 of its workers in early April, including nearly all of its part-time employees, as it closed most of its stores in early April. the pandemic for everything but the truck on the sidewalk. In June, Best Buy began bringing back workers without permission and in August increased their starting wage to $ 15 an hour.