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Staples, Office Depot merger off, so rivalry resumes

Staples, Office Depot merger off, so rivalry resumes

In the end, her response was prophetic. I was trying to get a Staples spokeswoman to respond to an email I had sent, inquiring about a promotional mailer Husband had received.

Espresso drinks stirring Dunkin’ success

First came the shot of espresso, then the lattes and cappuccinos created around it, and most recently the hand-crafted macchiatos that delicately layer espresso and milk.
We’re not talking Starbucks, but Dunkin’ Donuts.

Wine trail has good chance to take hold

It was a bright Sunday morning when two dozen of us piled into a tour bus for an excursion to Finger Lakes wine country.

Swipe? Dip? New chip-enabled credit cards causing confusion

I was excited to get my new chip-enabled credit card, sure it would help cut down on the number of times I’d been mailed a replacement after a retail data breach.

Seats at boardroom table still eluding women

Another spring, another proxy season, and another call for public companies to do more to ensure women a place at the boardroom table.

CommerceHub set to go public . . . sort of

CommerceHub set to go public . . . sort of

Can it be more than a decade since we’ve seen a Capital Region company register to sell stock to the public?

Grocery chains ‘battle’ in store ads

Like the chicken-and-egg riddle, it’s hard to say who threw down the gauntlet first.

KeyBank’s deal to help poor has curious provision

KeyBank last week signed a heralded “landmark” agreement with organizations that advocate for the poor, offering $16.5 billion over five years in targeted loans and investments.

Mergers changing grocery landscape

On Monday, shareholders of two European supermarket giants approved their companies’ merger, and on Tuesday the combination got a needed OK from overseas regulators.

A new program brewing at SCCC

Come fall, you might be able to list your college major — straight-faced — by the shorthand “brew.”

'Impairment' of Sears name adds to quarterly loss

Sears Holdings, parent of the Sears and Kmart retail chains,last week said it would take a charge of $180 million in the fourth quarter to reflect “impairment” of the Sears name, boosting losses for the quarter to $5.44 per share. Does CEO Edward Lampert had something up his sleeve

Study to take new look at Lake George traffic

A new study is planned to examine summertime traffic congestion along “The Million-Dollar Half Mile” of Route 9 off Northway Exit 20.

Clothing donation bin regulations on the way

Clothing donation bin regulations on the way

One thing I learned from becoming an empty-nester is that while the kids may leave home, their “stuff” remains.

Prepared food trend heats up at stores

Prepared food trend heats up at stores

The light bulb went on over my head when I heard this number: $15 billion.

Bashing rivals not prudent practice

Bashing rivals not prudent practice

It seemed like a lesson that should have been learned in a business-basics class: Don’t talk up your product by bashing a competitor’s.

Push brewing for compostable coffee pods

Push brewing for compostable coffee pods

Last summer, a reader critiqued a column I wrote about Keurig Green Mountain, the Vermont company whose name is synonymous with coffee and coffeemakers, lamenting that I made no mention of the environmental impacts of its single-serve K-Cup brew pods.

Wal-Mart not giving up on idea of small store

Wal-Mart not giving up on idea of small store

Laura Kennedy isn’t sure why Wal-Mart wasn’t able to make a go of its smaller Express stores, a concept the retail giant said it is abandoning.

Stewart’s adding offerings for ‘fence sitters’ as it grows

Stewart’s Shops, the ubiquitous home-grown convenience store chain, anticipates “an even bigger wow number” for 2016 than the $30 million spent on capital projects last year.

Signs are positive for women business owners

For Susan Radzyminski, a telling sign is having two Albany chapters of the national Women Presidents' Organization, a select membership group for female executives at multimillion-dollar private companies.

Planned merger of two banks worries lawmaker

Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is leery of the planned merger of KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group, anticipating a loss of bank jobs and competition in the state.

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