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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


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Spending on arts and cultural still on the rise

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said spending on arts and cultural production continues to rise. The report, released Monday, show the art sector’s gross domestic product contribution grew 3.8 percent, or $25.8 billion in 2012. As a result, the arts sector accounted for 4.3 percent of GDP, and an output of $698.7 billion, of [...]

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Former Meier & Frank stores avoid Macy’s hit list

Major retailers are coming to grips with the fallout of an apparently disappointing holiday shopping season. Online buying continued taking its toll and even the extra disposable dollars from lower gas prices didn’t seem to help expectations. Cincinnati-based Macy’s announced a string of store closures, as well as two strategic openings, Thursday. None of the [...]

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One Frenchman’s perspective on Jan. 7 attack

I met Bernard Martoia a few years back while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’ve kept in touch with Martoia, who provides a wonderful stream of images from his hikes across North America. Martoia was a member of the French staff at the United Nations and has been posted at several government offices during [...]

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Bear Creek Plaza next up on the market

While the new Medford Center ownership was checking its math and tallying up refurbishing costs, Bear Creek Plaza shopping center quietly went on the block a few months ago. Bear Creek Ventures of Malibu, Calif., which acquired the shopping center on the southeast corner of Biddle Road and East McAndrews Road in 2007, is asking [...]

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Costco closed Thanksgiving, but Nov. sales grew

Costco reported November sales of $9.43 billion, an increase of seven percent from $8.79 billion in 2013. It didn’t even take staying open Thanksgiving Day for the Issaquah, Wash.-based warehouse retailer to thrive. For the 13 weeks ending Nov. 30,  Costco reported net sales of $28.73 billion, an increase of 7 percent from $26.80 billion over a year ago. Excluding [...]

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Mobile shopping continues to make inroads

Mobile and online fraud prevention firm reported 37 percent of retail online transactions from Black Friday to Cyber Monday were made from mobile phones and tablets. A year ago, online retail purchases made from mobile devices accounted for 33 percent of sales. Last week, iovation found mobile devices were used for 38 percent of [...]

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