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Retailers getting to work on staffing for holidays

Come Friday, you could walk into a Macy’s store, interview, and get hired on the spot as part of the company’s National Hiring Day. At Target, Oct. 14 and 15 are on the calendar as “dedicated hiring events.”

Area code overlay on a tight schedule

Area code overlay on a tight schedule

John Manning doesn’t know why telecommunications carriers serving northeastern New York believe they need so many phone numbers.

Berkshire Bank becoming a force in small business lending

A confluence of events led Berkshire Bank to set its sights on increased small-business lending. So in Year 1, the bank beefed up the lending staff; in Year 2, they were “ready to rock.”

'Trend' sales spark Trans World success

Don’t tell Trans World Entertainment Corp. that brick-and-mortar retail is dying.

Northern New York counties pursue ‘food trail’

Jay White envisions a time when tourists come to northern New York not only for the skiing and leaf-peeping, but also for the food.

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.

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