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Best Buy Shows Surprising Strength

Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer, beat back Amazon.com’s challenge in the latest quarter. The Minneapolis-based company reported a 21% increase in profit, including a 24% jump in online sales, resulting in its shares rising 19%.

That stock surge was the largest daily percentage increase since mid-December 2008.

Best Buy improved its online shopping process by shipping goods from all of its stores, which translates into quicker deliveries.

The company is revamping its stores, forging deeper partnerships with electronics companies like Samsung, and deploying better-trained sales staff in stores to convert browsers into buyers. It’s expected that Best Buy will make a big push into virtual reality gadgets this holiday season, including equipment demonstrations at stores.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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