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Tops Markets continues expansion

Executives with Tops Friendly Markets were “crazy busy” this week getting ready to switch nameplates on stores acquired in the Hudson Valley through the merger of two European supermarket giants.

How will Macy’s plan play out locally?

Get ready to hear more of this word: “overstored.” Macy’s executives used it last week to explain why they will shutter 100 stores by early next year.

Back-to-school time pivotal for retailers

Back-to-school time pivotal for retailers

Merchants must be jumping for joy with word that back-to-school shopping is in a “stock up” cycle, meaning that classroom supplies, clothes and shoes that consumers stretched to last more than one school year will need replacing by September.

Striped cards culprits in fast-food security breaches

Striped cards culprits in fast-food security breaches

In the past month, a handful of Capital Region sites appeared on lists of restaurants affected by security breaches at fast-food chains Wendy’s and Noodles & Co.

If drug stores closed, space would fill up fast

A decade ago, we bemoaned the proliferation of small-box drugstores with drive-thrus, which seemed to have designs on every vacant street corner in the region.

Phone service decision on hold for now

Raise your hand if you still have a land-line telephone. I do, although I also carry a smartphone. Having both puts me in a demographic group that skews older.

Out-of- home ads thrive in ’Net age

It’s hard to imagine a medium unaffected by the Internet, but so-called out-of-home advertising — think billboards, bus wraps and ad kiosks in malls — can make that claim.

A look at science of meetings

A look at science of meetings

By some estimates, we spend anywhere from six to 23 hours a week sitting in meetings, depending on our position in an organization. The higher up we are, the more hours we meet.

Internet changing model for buying a home

Are you ready to buy a house online, as you would a laptop or shoes? Rick Sharga sees it becoming commonplace within the next 10 years.

Dollar General gets good read on the female millennial

Dollar General gets good read on the female millennial

At Dollar General, the female millennial already represents 12 percent of shoppers and 24 percent of sales. Because she wants healthy food items and likes to try new products, the chain just introduced a new private brand, Heartland Harvest, to appeal to her “better for you” side.

Mall’s J.C. Penney focusing on home

Get ready for some changes at the J.C. Penney store at Crossgates Mall.

Effort in state Legislature to ban fee for shopping bags

Several years ago, on a job-hunting trip to Washington, D.C., I had some time to kill between arriving at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and the three-block walk to the publication where I would interview.

Shopping circular changes may be in the wind

I’m still a pen-and-paper shopper when it comes to making a list for the supermarket. But lately I’ve noticed more and more people checking smartphones as they push their cart down the aisle.

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.

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