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Costco teams up with Citi for its next credit card

After ditching AmEx as a co-branded credit card partner in February, Costco Wholesale said today it has a new partner — Citi, the largest global issuer of consumer credit cards The new deal means, Costco will now accept Visa, but not American Express, after a 15-year run. Costco said implementation of the agreements is subject [...]

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Alaska Airline, brimming with confidence, adding six extended-range Boeing 737s by 2016

Alaska Airlines’ decision to purchase six extended-range Boeing 737s won’t likely mean changes here in the Rogue Valley, but its shows the Seattle-based outfit is confident more passengers will be booking flights. Alaska said today the Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft are valued at $594 million, according to Boeing’s current list price. Chances are, however, [...]

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An empire built on a plastic-block foundation

You and your children have played with them, designed whole new worlds with them and dreamed about what might be. They are Lego blocks and components. Lego has now surpassed Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand, according to Brand Finance, as measured by its Brand Strength Index. Lego is joined by PWC, Red Bull, [...]

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Aussies send Erickson’s Elvis into retirement

Word comes from the Land Down Under that New South Wales has sent Elvis, a regional folk hero, to pasture. Elvis, of course, is the Erickson (formerly Air-Crane) S-64 helitanker that famously came to the rescue of firefighters during a little more than 13 years ago. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian state [...]

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Southern Oregon Business Conference 2014: Gross, unadulterated enthusiasm

Adam Cuppy, chief operating officer at Coding Zeal in downtown Medford,  is both an evangelist for Southern Oregon and passionate pursuer of solving problems for clients. Coding Zeal is a web and mobile applications agency. Gross, unadulterated enthusiasm is Cuppy’s catch phrase. Why set up shop in the Rogue Valley? “It  wasn’t a question of [...]

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Radio Shack mall leases could be in demand

queuing up

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Mobile ordering may become norm at Starbucks

If you aren’t already one of Starbuck’s mobile app customers, chances are you will be some time later this year. After a test run in Portland, the Seattle-based global coffee company with multiple locations in the Rogue Valley, is planning to extend the service to 600 West Coast locations. What’s more, reports Fast Company 16 percent [...]

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Alaska Air Group earnings soared in 2014

Alaska Air Group, whose Horizon Air unit handles more than half of the passenger activity at the Medford airport, said it made $148 million, or $1.11 per share, in 2014. That’s nearly a 90 percent jump over 2013′s net income of $78 million, or 56 cents per share. The Seattle-based company announced a 20-cent per share [...]

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1-800 Flowers on New York’s Best Companies to Work for list; Harry & David you’re on the clock

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Oregon in step with national foreclosure data

elinquency

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