Defense was key in 1961 Amsterdam softball match — Focus on History

Defense was key in 1961 Amsterdam softball match — Focus on History

By Bob Cudmore/For The Leader-Herald “Will it be a Highland Fling or an Hawaiian Hula that is danced tonight,” wondered Recorder sportswriter Bob Wischmeyer. Amsterdam’s attention that August was focused on competition for the city men’s softball league title between the Hawaiian Klub on Church Street on Reid Hill and Burza’s Highland House on upper Locust Avenue. Nationally in 1961, Roger Maris hit 61 home runs. Mickey Mantle was the highest-paid baseball player, making $75,000 that season. The Yankees went on to win the World Series. Sports teams based at the Hawaiian Klub had been covered on local sports pages…
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Survey says: Supermarket in-store pharmacies score big with consumers — Down to Business

Survey says: Supermarket in-store pharmacies score big with consumers — Down to Business

By Marlene Kennedy/For The Leader-Herald Supermarket in-store pharmacies score well with consumers on customer service, according to the latest survey from J.D. Power, which gauged sentiment on a 1,000-point scale across brick-and-mortar and mail-order formats. The company, which uses big data and artificial intelligence to understand buyer behavior, regularly takes the pulse on industries and brands. For its 15th annual pharmacy study, more than 12,000 consumers who had filled a prescription in the previous 12 months were surveyed between August 2022 and May 2023. The results? A segment average of 704 points for supermarket pharmacies in overall customer satisfaction, the…
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Toy icon Barbie tasked with reviving Mattel’s doll line — Down to Business

Toy icon Barbie tasked with reviving Mattel’s doll line — Down to Business

By Marlene Kennedy/For The Leader-Herald DOWN TO BUSINESS — Toy icon Barbie, who since her debut in 1959 has worked as a fashion model, chef, farmer, teacher, veterinarian, and on and on and on, has an immediate new career challenge: reviving Mattel’s doll line. Make no mistake that Mattel is doing fine. The company, which identifies Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price as its toy “power brands,” raked in $5.4 billion in sales last year, on par with 2021 and up 20% from pre-pandemic 2019. But in the first quarter this year, Barbie got a call-out for the dip in sales…
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Down to Business: Survey shows Christmas shoppers will be more price conscious

Down to Business: Survey shows Christmas shoppers will be more price conscious

By Marlene Kennedy/For The Leader-Herald In the throes of midsummer’s blistering heat, what better time to think of Christmas sales. Or, more precisely, how consumers may behave during the 2023 winter holidays. That was the topic of a webinar this week, hosted by the trade publication Chain Store Age, sharing results of a shopper survey conducted by San Antonio-based marketing consultant Vericast. Rather than offering spending projections, which groups like the National Retail Federation do in late fall, the webinar was geared to advising retailers on how consumers are feeling, given still-high inflation and attempts to tame it that have…
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Down to Business: Managing the physical toll of work-from-home

Down to Business: Managing the physical toll of work-from-home

By Marlene Kennedy/For The Leader-Herald I’ve been channeling Goldilocks of late, trying to find the combination of desk, chair and room that will be just right in my ongoing work-from-home life. Like many others these days — the Pew Research Center says 35% of workers with jobs that can be done remotely worked solely from home this spring — my “office” is wherever I want it to be in my house (or elsewhere, for that matter). Two laptops and WiFi are my only must-haves — or so I thought. Early in the year I noticed a worsening stiffness, bordering on…
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Down to Business: Albany International acquiring German papermaking machine firm

Down to Business: Albany International acquiring German papermaking machine firm

When Albany International Corp. exited its long-time headquarters and plant on Broadway in Menands in 2011, it felt like a slight. The company, founded locally in 1895 to serve the many paper mills then along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, saw a brighter future not with its legacy business of engineered belts and fabrics essential to papermaking machines, but in new composite materials that had military and aviation applications. Focusing on that meant relocating to where the segment was based: New Hampshire. Now, Albany Engineered Composites, as it’s known, provides materials for fan blades for engines that power commercial airlines…
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