Left behind, BlackBerry licking wounds

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
BlackBerrys once ruled what became the smartphone market. From nearly 50 percent dominance in 2004, its market share today is just 2 percent, according to a graphic published over the weekend by the New York Times.

‘Safe harbor’ welcome for struggling firm

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
For sailors, a “safe harbor” might be a calm bay after choppy open waters. For public companies, a “safe harbor” also is a shelter — a legal one should their good-faith projections about the future not pan out.

Born or bred, UAlbany eyes entrepreneurs

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Last month, University at Albany officials cut the ribbon on a new $64 million, state-of-the-art School of Business building that is located adjacent to the college’s Collins Circle entry plaza off Washington Avenue.

Seeking to be source for all things ‘brew’

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
For Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, it looks as if the evolution will involve everything “brew”: hot, cold, water and tba.

Cranes in area? Things might be looking up

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
On a trip late last month, we walked over early one evening as the sun still reflected off recognizable Washington landmarks: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol dome. But there was another sight to behold that I don’t recall from our last visit two years ago: tower cranes.

Power suits back, minus shoulder pads

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
As reported earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal, the power suit was featured on the fall 2013 fashion runway and now is making its way into stores.

Kohl’s targets cosmetics

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
The so-called “prestige beauty” industry — skin care, makeup and fragrance products carried primarily in U.S. department stores — is a business juggernaut, with first-half sales of $5 billion this year, according to The NDP Group, a Long Island-based consumer market research firm.

Ackman out, drama remains at J.C. Penney

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Too bad activist investor Bill Ackman threw in the towel: His letters last week critical of the leadership at J.C. Penney Co. offered a reality-TV-like look into the inner workings of the struggling retailer.

Retailers’ newest target: Millennials

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
If I had a college-bound teen who wanted to make a dorm or apartment more home-like, I could turn to nontraditional channels such as grocers Price Chopper and ShopRite — or even drugstore chain Rite Aid — for the products.

Wal-Mart, D.C. in battle of wills over wages

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
In case you missed it this summer, an interesting game of economic chicken is playing out in Washington.

Too often in the dark on data breaches

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Lawmakers are at it again this session, with the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013 proposed last month in the Senate. In the House, a subcommittee took testimony last week from a handful of invited guests representing business and academia on how it might craft its own legislation.

Courses offer lessons in giving

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Warren Buffett led The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the country’s 50 biggest donors, with an estimated $3 billion directed to charity.

Time to tap ‘creative’ economy?

Thursday, July 11, 2013
The “creative economy” is more than just “the arts.” Yes, it’s all those painters, playwrights and musicians, but also incorporates architects and interior designers, computer gamers and caterers, ornamental manufacturers and landscapers.

Dollar stores face fight in New England

Thursday, July 4, 2013
North Carolina-based Family Dollar Stores Inc. and competitor Dollar General Corp. of Tennessee have been on a tear of late.

A growing market: online grocery sales

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Online grocery sales rose nearly 17 percent last year and likely will continue at a double-digit pace annually through 2017, according to the latest assessment of food retailing by consulting firm Willard Bishop.

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