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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.

Food retailers take note as Millennials flex buying power

Food retailers take note as Millennials flex buying power

I dodged a bullet by not getting a cookbook for Daughter No. 2 for Christmas.

Tapping thirst for 'sustainable' products

Tapping thirst for 'sustainable' products

It wasn't hard to spot the new player in bottled water on the Whole Foods shelf in Colonie, standing out in all of its baby-blue glory.

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