Argos fights Amazon with 150 tech posts
Argos is taking the fight to Amazon by hiring 150 tech specialists as the British retailer's boss plans to go "head-to-head" with the online giant.
The Sainsbury's-owned group, which operates six Argos stores in Northern Ireland, is creating the roles as part of a major push that will take its tech team to 800 workers.
Argos chief executive John Rogers said that the hiring spree is aimed at staying competitive with rivals.
"We have to compete with the likes of Amazon to keep ahead of the competition," he said.
"The new recruits will be looking at voice technology, augmented reality and bringing together the Argos catalogue with the digital world.
"We are a tech-led business - Argos develops its own technology - and we believe we can compete head-to-head with Amazon."
Among the roles to be recruited for are software development engineers, machine learning engineers, big data engineers and product managers.
Working out of Argos' technology hub in Victoria and at its head office in Milton Keynes, the new hires will look at innovations such as voice-enabled ordering and how to create a link between the catalogue and digital.
Traditional retailers have been hammered by the rise of Amazon, which has grown at pace and eaten into their market share, over the past decade.
But Mr Rogers insisted that Argos already holds its own against the online giant, pointing to its fast track delivery service, which is "something Amazon is yet to achieve".