August 2, 2016 |
First in an occasional series on recruiting In retailing, "e-commerce is driving the bus," said Ann Burton, founder of Wolfgang Harbor, a boutique Philadelphia-based company that recruits upper management in fashion, beauty, design, e-commerce, and retailing. When it comes to employment trends, specialty recruiters such as Burton are on the front lines of what is in demand in their sectors. In the United States., nearly 16 million people work in retailing and, Burton said, what is developing are twin career tracks - online and in-store - that used to be separate but are now increasingly intertwined.
April 24, 2016 |
Newly formed e-commerce technology company Radial is vacating 100,000 square feet of King of Prussia office space owned by Radnor-based Brandywine Realty Trust. Radial, recently formed through the merger of a former eBay unit and global e-commerce company Innotrac, is consolidating staff at 935 First Ave., King of Prussia, which it owns, spokeswoman Amy Christie said Friday. One of the office buildings it will vacate as a result is Brandywine Realty's 630 Allendale Rd., Christie said.
March 20, 2016 |
Name: Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. What: Nonprofit partnership between City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to assist in economic development. How: Through financing tools, business relationships, access to an industrial land bank. Runs federal program to attract foreign investors. Revenues: $11 million from fees, government grants. Employees: 60.
February 7, 2016 |
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce said Friday that John A. Fry, president of Drexel University, will succeed Denis O'Brien, chief executive of Exelon Utilities, as chairman of the business group in October. Fry has been on the Chamber's board of directors since 2010, when he became president of Drexel after eight years as president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Before that he had been a top executive at the University of Pennsylvania. Since arriving at Drexel, Fry has been working to make the school, prized for its cooperative-education model, a catalyst for technology start-ups and economic growth in the city.
December 22, 2015
E DMUND KLIMEK, 52, of Plainsboro, Middlesex County, N.J., is managing partner of KSS Architects in Center City. The full-service architecture, planning and interior-design firm - which also has offices in Princeton - was founded in 1983. It has since broadened its scope, with notable projects in the startup community, higher education, corporate headquarters and charter schools. The firm focuses on collaborative and innovative work spaces and projects with social impact. Q: Tell me about your recent projects.
July 24, 2015 |
The Commerce Building in the heart of downtown Camden is set to be demolished starting Saturday, a process expected to take about two weeks. The city's Parking Authority, which owns the one-acre parcel, is turning it into a parking garage. The vacant, eight-story building at the corner of Broadway and Federal Street was built in the 1960s to replace a department store, and sits near City Hall, municipal court, the county court, the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and two PATCO stops.
January 30, 2015 |
AS MAYOR NUTTER strode onstage and took to the podium, the song "Run This Town" by Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye West echoed through the hotel ballroom speakers: Got a problem, tell me now. Only thing that's on my mind. Is who's gonna run this town tonight . . . We gonna run this town . Although the intro music elicited a laugh from Nutter, the mayor's speech at yesterday's annual Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce luncheon seemed crafted to leave little doubt about who has run this town - steering the city through one of the worst economic downturns in the nation's history and installing a chief integrity officer to weed out government waste and corruption.
January 9, 2015
ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner. Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
October 21, 2014 |
As more shoppers stay home and buy by phone, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has killed plans to keep opening new U.S. stores at the rate of more than one a day, and is instead building high-tech warehouses that ship straight to consumers, including one with help from a Pennsylvania tax break. Wal-Mart boss Carl Douglas McMillon , who took over management of the largest U.S. retail chain (and Pennsylvania's biggest private employer) earlier this year, told investors last week he will cut $850 million from his new-stores budget in 2015 - and spend $350 million more on "e-commerce" facilities, including a second giant warehouse in Bethlehem.
September 27, 2014 |
Following on the recommendations of a task force created to examine the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mayor Nutter on Thursday moved the department under the public-safety umbrella and away from commerce. To add to the message that L&I's main priority and focus should be public safety, Nutter created a new position, chief safety officer. The mayor, however, did not address the panel's foremost recommendation: to split the agency in two, an act that would require changing the City Charter.