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Adapting to retail’s ‘seismic shift’

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made an interesting observation the other day: Traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing is at “an inflection point.”

Online grocery sales ramping up

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
I hate to grocery shop, but I don’t yet see myself turning to the Internet and shopping online.

Colleges look to Internet to relieve ‘stress’

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Online expansions come as many colleges nationwide look for new ways to keep enrollment — and revenue — robust.

Shedding light on new bulb laws

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Life has enough big-issue challenges — where to live, whether to marry, what career to pursue — without having to agonize over the small stuff. So I didn’t enjoy standing in the light bulb aisle trying to get my bearings among CFLs, LEDs and halogens.

Battling to be the King of Suits

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
There’s nothing like a good knock-down, drag-out fight in business. We now have front-row seats for one: the battle over who will win in the combination of men’s suits retailers Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and The Men’s Wearhouse.

Former area manufacturer expects growth

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
Since the New Year traditionally is a time to look back and ahead, let’s do just that with a manufacturer once important to the region, Albany International Corp.

A cautious approach after breach

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013
I wimped out.

More men entering nursing field

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
I’ll confess surprise at the number of male nurses who cared for Husband during a hospital stay last month.

Plug Power finally turning the corner?

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
If the trajectory of Plug Power’s closing stock price last week were replicated in an amusement park thrill ride, you’d get a nosebleed from the ascent — a near-vertical climb between Monday and Friday from 82 cents to $2.06 a share.

Hospitals work to lure, keep patients

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
A hidden medical issue reared its head in October, sending us from primary care doctor to multiple specialists, then to hospital admission and surgery.

Retailers taking their cues from you

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Annoyed that Black Friday has seeped into Thanksgiving Thursday, with more and more retailers kicking off holiday sales before the leftover turkey and trimmings have been put away? Want someone to blame? Just look in the mirror.

New York not out of woods on foreclosures

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
When the housing boom went bust and the bottom dropped out of the economy five years ago, state lawmakers became alarmed by the sharp rise in residential foreclosures in New York.

Challenges on the road to electric car use

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
When it comes to the infrastructure needed to support electric-car usage, Lara Kaye would like to be able to use her smartphone to reserve time at a charging station. She’d also like to see more charging stations rolled out at restaurants, train stations, supermarkets and college campuses.

CEO pay ratio proposal just a shame game?

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Tell me how this makes sense: Public companies soon could be required to compute a CEO-to-worker pay ratio for filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Putting too much stock in tax rankings?

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his business-recruiting trip to New York in June, he made a point to note his state’s favorable ranking in the Tax Foundation’s business tax climate index.

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