May 10, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Countering columnist's critique of levy The Kenney administration would like to address several points in Joel Naroff's column about the proposed 3-cents-an-ounce sugary-beverage tax ("Pre-K quandary," May 1): The Department of Revenue looked at 13 studies of the effect of increased price on demand, or elasticity; the range was from -.8 to -1.21, so we decided on the average, -1 (a 1 percent price increase would result in a 1 percent drop in demand). Council members and reporters have been briefed on this methodology.
January 28, 2016 |
MTV was so '80s. What Verizon FiOS TV subscribers want today are crop reports, Mollie B Polka Party , and Hee Haw reruns. More than 50,000 fans have complained to Verizon Communications Inc. over its decision to ax the rural-content channel from FiOS TV as a cost-cutting measure, the Nebraska-based RFD-TV said Tuesday. The RFD-TV viewer outpouring - emailed to RFD-TV CEO Patrick Gottsch and forwarded hourly to Verizon executives - is a reaction to a broad trend playing out in the pay-TV industry: Niche-audience and low-rated channels face banishment as Verizon, Comcast Corp., and other TV distributors slim TV packages to contain monthly bills and compete with cheaper on-demand streamers.
December 29, 2015
T IMOTHY M. ANDREWS, 53, of Princeton, N.J., is president and CEO of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) in Trevose, Bucks County. ASI connects manufacturers and distributors with companies seeking to promote their brands. The Norman Cohn family has owned the company since 1962. Q: What's ASI? A: We're a media-and-marketing company helping manufacturers of promotional products connect with distributors. Someone who wants to distribute a promotional product to a customer can use us to find the right manufacturer to make and imprint the product and order it through our online platform.
March 9, 2015
YOU KNOW all those lawyer jokes? Forget 'em. Starting today, Pennsylvania beer drinkers can buy a 12-pack at a beer distributor, thanks to a loophole in state liquor code discovered by a sharp-eyed lawyer. Elsewhere in America - in New Jersey, for example - purchasing a 12-pack is no big deal. But since the end of Prohibition, Pennsylvania, distributors have been forbidden to sell anything less than a case of 24 12-ounce bottles or a "single container" (namely, a keg) holding 128 ounces.
October 9, 2013 |
The National Association of Recording Merchandizers , which counts digital-music distributors Amazon, iTunes, Microsoft , and Spotify as members alongside publishers Sony, Universal , and Warner , is based in Marlton - not the artist havens of L.A. or New York, or with other industry pressure groups in Washington - because Philadelphia was, once upon a time, the business home of rock and roll. Labels and the lawyers and industry hangers-on who served them had offices on Broad Street - "North and South," says association president Jim Donio , a Hammonton, N.J., native.
March 28, 2013 |
After years of working at a bank, Nancy Dillett of Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, lost her job in the late 1990s when her company was taken over by a rival. She spent the next decade raising her two children as a stay-at-home mom, then rejoined the workforce 18 months ago - as a retail clerk in a State Store. On Wednesday, Dillett, 55, who works at the liquor store in Jenkintown, told a panel of Democratic legislators that the state House's recent passage of a bill to phase out the State Stores left her fearful of finding herself without work once more.
December 5, 2012 |
PetroChoice Holdings Inc., a Bucks County lubricant distributor, has purchased Craft Oil Corp. of Avoca, Pa. for an undisclosed sum, said Shane O'Kelly, the chief executive of PetroChoice. It was the fourth acquisition this year by PetroChoice, which was founded in 1969 in Bedford County and has been based in Bristol since it acquired Loos & Dilworth Inc. in 2009. PetroChoice provides petroleum-based lubes and services in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Regions.
November 26, 2012
Amway, short for "American Way," was founded by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel in 1959. Friends from Grand Rapids Christian High School, the two had started out selling nutritional supplements. Based on the principles of self-reliance and financial independence, the company remains privately owned, with the founders' children all involved in the business. Under the umbrella of Alticor Corporate Enterprises, Amway now reports having three million distributors worldwide. The products are not found in malls or on retail shelves, except in the employees' company store at Amway's world headquarters in Ada, Mich.
November 8, 2012 |
WHEN TATTLE learned there were organizations unhappy with their appearances in the new Denzel Washington movie, "Flight," we assumed it was either an airline or the pilots union - Denzel plays a hero pilot who's also a drunk and drug addict. The aggrieved parties, however, are Anheuser-Busch and the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka. Anheuser-Busch said that it has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Denzel's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.
July 24, 2012 |
The calls for overhauling Pennsylvania's byzantine liquor laws have grown ever louder. But Philadelphia tavern owner Earl Martin fears what he is hearing is a last call for a big swig of his business. Like tavern owners across the state, Martin counts on take-out beer sales for a significant share of his revenue at Fibber McGee's Pub in Bridesburg. The booze business in Pennsylvania is peculiar. Beer isn't available at state liquor stores. Under current law, distributors can sell only by the case or keg; other take-out outlets are restricted to 192 ounces.