Business

Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

By IVAN MORENO The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It’s a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping ...

Uber nearing autonomous cars without human backup driver

By TOM KRISHER The Associated Press DETROIT — Uber plans to carry passengers in autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers in about the same time frame as competitors, which expect to be on the road at the latest sometime next year, the service’s autonomous vehicle chief said ...

Owners help employees deal with emotional problems

NEW YORK (AP) — An employee is severely depressed and unable to complete a task. Or has mood swings and outbursts, unnerving colleagues and disrupting the workplace. These are some of the hardest situations small business owners and managers can face. John Crossman has had employees at his ...

Politics weighs heavily on foreign businesses in China

By JOE McDONALD The Associated Press BEIJING — Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades. The latest flashpoint was Beijing’s fury last week at hotel keeper Marriott and other companies that labeled self-ruled Taiwan a country on ...

Apple plans to build second campus

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country’s new ...

Red Lobster’s plan: Kitchen upgrades, small-plate dishes

By JOSEPH PISANI The Associated Press NEW YORK — What’s on the menu for Red Lobster’s future? Delivery, online ordering and snack-friendly dishes, such as fries topped with cheese, fried clams and a layer of chowder. The chain, which turns 50 this year, hopes the moves will hook ...

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

By AYA BATRAWY and JON GAMBRELL The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, is throwing Airbus a lifeline for its troubled A380 jumbo jet. The carrier said Thursday it struck a deal with Airbus to buy 20 of its A380 double-decker ...

Bad gifts still hanging around? Six ways to get rid of them

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press NEW YORK — With the holidays gone, some people still have bad gifts hanging around. Time is ticking, since many retailers have 30-day return windows. But those who have waited can still find a few ways to discard weird sweaters or duplicate air ...

Snowfall has billion-dollar effect on business

PARK CITY, Utah — It’s no stretch to say that snow is the key to success for Jon Lillis. The reigning world champion in aerials skiing is also a restaurant owner in Park City, and business at his hotpot eatery increases by more than 100 percent when nearby ski resorts are open. So, when ...

Despite age and doubters, bull market looks to keep running

NEW YORK — Wall Street is forecasting another year of gains for stocks in 2018, even as worries rise that the end may be nearing for one of the market’s greatest runs in history. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has nearly quadrupled since the dark days of early 2009, and this bull ...

Florida, Texas may attract athletes after tax law change

NEW YORK — Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes. Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting Jan. 1 for married couples filing jointly. ...

As good as 2017 was, 2018 will be even better!

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce has had an astounding 2017, offering many new member benefits, while bringing on some new and exciting events. Let's start with some of our "perennials." As usual, this is the season when our Chamber Checks activity is kicked into high gear. ...

Small retailers capitalized on strengths for holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — Independent retailers who've had a successful holiday season say they took advantage of the fact that there are strengths in not being huge. Store owners report they were able to change pricing and other strategies quickly. Many offered customers more personal service and a ...

Q&A: What to expect for your personal finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. Here's a look at their forecasts: Q. What ...

Malls beef up dining, entertainment options

LOS ANGELES — Shoppers braving the mall this holiday season may notice more that’s new than the day’s discounts. Many mall owners are spending billions to add more upscale restaurants and bars, premium movie theaters with dine-in options, bowling alleys and similar amenities. Some have ...

It’s tax time for fund investors, even those doing nothing

NEW YORK — The end of the year can mean tax headaches for some mutual-fund investors, this year potentially more so than others. Companies have started to warn investors of distributions they’ll make by the end of December. For anyone with a fund outside a tax-advantaged account, these ...

A sweeping tax plan whose promises face widespread doubts

WASHINGTON — It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a tax code that stifles business investment, keeps trillions in corporate profits languishing overseas and slows the American economy. So argue Republicans in Congress, who hail their tax overhaul as an economic tonic that will ...

Open for business

Secondhand Stork, 4207 Route 30, Amsterdam celebrated its grand opening and the chamber helped promote it with a ribbon cutting. Secondhand Stork is a boutique-style consignment shop with popular brand-name items for babies in sizes from newborn to 5T. They also carry nursery must-haves, ...

Thaisz promoted to partner by WEST & Company CPAs

GLOVERSVILLE — West & Company CPAs PC is pleased to announce that Jill M. Thaisz, CPA, has been promoted to partner as of Jan. 1. Thaisz received a BS in Applied Economics and Management in 2006 from Cornell University and Masters in Accounting in 2007 from the University of Notre ...

Kinderhook Bank completes its merger with Patriot Federal Bank

JOHNSTOWN — Kinderhook Bank Corp., the parent bank holding company of The National Union Bank of Kinderhook, has announced that the merger of Patriot Federal Bank with and into Kinderhook Bank was completed Nov. 10, according to a news release. The combined organization will operate as ...