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April 21, 1999 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
West Chester University is launching the region's first master's program in business administration with a focus on the red-hot field of electronic commerce. Chris Fiorentino, dean of West Chester's School of Business & Public Affairs, said that corporate executives who reviewed the proposed curriculum all had the same response: "This is good. Hurry up and get it out there because it is needed now. " Other area MBA programs, including those at the Wharton School, cover aspects of electronic commerce.
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April 20, 2000 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Once you know James Sloan's former career, it is easy to understand why the Gloucester County College teacher uses baseball analogies when talking about the e-commerce program he developed for the college. Sloan was a Phillies pitcher in the minors in the mid-1970s, before shoulder problems ended his major-league hopes and he switched to academia. Perhaps that is why he believes the success of the college's e-commerce program, which helps students learn how to conduct business on the Internet, rests on the Field of Dreams theme: If you build it, they will come.
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December 15, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven J. Greenwood, 44, an e-commerce executive and Bruce Springsteen fan who boasted of having seen the Boss in concert almost 100 times, died Saturday, Dec. 8, of congestive heart failure at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C. Mr. Greenwood made his home in Royersford for about a decade before moving this year to Fort Mill, S.C., for a job. He had not been feeling well recently and went into the hospital; doctors were unable to...
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February 20, 2000 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While President Clinton was meeting last week with e-commerce executives and online-security experts trying to figure out ways to stave off more of the attacks that crippled at least eight major Internet sites this month, John Vranesevich was piecing together his own theory about who staged the assaults and why. "We believe there are three to six individuals involved, that they are in their late teens, early 20s, and that the majority of them...
BUSINESS
July 3, 2000 | by Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
Before jumping into the world of e-commerce, shouldn't a state, region or city make sure it's ready? Several new tools have emerged recently that measure how well a region or state is prepared to compete for businesses that sell their wares on the Web. One of the new tools is backed by industry bigwigs, including Michael Dell and Hewlett Packard's Carly Fiorina. But these new measurements aren't being used much by city officials, though state officials say they are "intrigued.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1999 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forget the lavish dinners and old-fashioned signing bonuses. Mirronex Technologies Inc. is so desperate to hire technology professionals with sophisticated e-commerce skills that the young Princeton company yesterday said it had joined the online employment service HotJobs.com in a promotion to offer certain new employees BMW Z3 roadsters. The offer made its debut on the HotJobs' site - http://www.hotjobs.com - yesterday and will be featured for two weeks as an advertising banner on the Yahoo Web site, at http://www.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2004 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you shop much online, it's possible you've shopped with GSI Commerce Inc. It's also likely you didn't know it at the time. Doing e-commerce work behind the scenes for dozens of well-known retailers and sports organizations has allowed the King of Prussia company not only to survive the tech downturn, but to grow. Today, GSI - which creates and manages e-commerce Web sites and also handles the shipping of merchandise to consumers - has expanded well beyond its original niche, sporting goods, to include retailers Ace Hardware Corp.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1999 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is the story of a buttoned-down insurance company with 110 years of gray-flannel history that packed up for a move into cyberspace. That's what health-coverage provider Provident American Corp. of East Norriton did this year after it sold the bulk of its traditional underwriting business, severed ties with 20,000 shoe-leather agents and reinvented itself online as HealthAxis.com. HealthAxis.com Inc. has begun to sell policies directly from the Web in what it believes is a $73 billion annual market in health insurance for individual consumers and small businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2001 | By Claire Furia Smith FOR THE INQUIRER
Actor Pauly Shore, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, and National Football League draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. all maintain e-commerce Web sites that depend on technology provided by GoEmerchant.com for just under $50 a month. They are three of the more than 4,000 businesses that have tried GoEmerchant.com, which enables people to launch online storefronts, said A. James Battista, president and cofounder of EVS Holding Co. Inc., the company behind the service. EVS has 70 employees in Cherry Hill and Haverford Township, and is on track to see revenues of $4 million this year, up from $1.2 million last year, Battista said.
NEWS
March 6, 2000 | By Miriam Hill, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's a new "E" in education. It stands for electronic commerce, and it's the hottest thing in business schools since hand-held calculators made the slide rule obsolete. Responding to student demand, more business schools, especially master's programs, are offering e-commerce courses and majors so that students can study how to use technology to improve business. "The Internet revolution is affecting both the content of what we deliver and the method," said Pamela Lewis, dean of Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, where 150 of the 900 students in the master's of business administration program have signed up for the e-commerce concentration.
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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]
BUSINESS
October 21, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can any password ever be strong enough? About 233 million people - somewhere between the populations of Brazil and Indonesia - may well be asking that question right now. That's the number who have accounts on eBay, the world-beating DIY auction site. Their question tells much about this fascinating moment in the history of e-commerce. This week, it emerged that hackers had compromised a big cache of eBay accounts. eBay said no financial information had been compromised - but it strongly suggested everybody change his or her passwords anyway.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2013
World Wide Stereo , an independent Hatfield retailer of consumer electronics, home-automation and custom-installation services, promoted Bill Hettinger to vice president of e-commerce and director of purchasing, from director of e-commerce. Bill Buch has been promoted to vice president of purchasing, from director of purchasing. Winnie's LeBus Inc., Manayunk, named veteran food executive Joseph J. Giannetti as vice president of operations. He was vice president of franchise operations/research and development at Saladworks.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013
Retailers, who closed the books on their fiscal years in January, are just beginning to release their financial results for 2012. Struggling J.C. Penney Co. Inc. saw its shares plunge 17 percent one day after announcing a net loss of $985 million, or $4.49 per share, and a 25 percent decline in sales for 2012. Urban Outfitters Inc., the Philadelphia-based chain that has been a favorite on Wall Street, won't release complete financial results until March 11. But last month it reported a 17 percent increase in fourth-quarter sales and a 13 percent increase in full-year sales.
NEWS
December 15, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven J. Greenwood, 44, an e-commerce executive and Bruce Springsteen fan who boasted of having seen the Boss in concert almost 100 times, died Saturday, Dec. 8, of congestive heart failure at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C. Mr. Greenwood made his home in Royersford for about a decade before moving this year to Fort Mill, S.C., for a job. He had not been feeling well recently and went into the hospital; doctors were unable to...
BUSINESS
July 3, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
How cool is it to be two brothers in your 20s, running a thriving Web business out of hip industrial loft space while employing 40 college buddies and childhood friends? Very cool — until you have to fire most of them. "It was a big deal. We lost it all in three months," said Darren Hill, now 36, one of the brothers who founded WebLinc L.L.C. Started as a Web-design e-commerce business in the mid-1990s, WebLinc, now housed in Old City, caught the e-wave, expanding in the excitement surrounding the Internet's then-untapped potential for marketing and sales.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alphabuyer Inc., a year-old Paoli e-commerce company that enlists customers for "group buying for your bills," probably could have picked something a little sexier to start with than the humble electric bill. But since launching last year with discount offers for Peco Energy Co. electricity customers, the group-buying service has expanded into three other states, including New Jersey, and other commodities, such as natural gas. Cofounder Kevin Johnson imagines that eventually every savvy, penny-pinching customer will go through Alphabuyer to join groups to buy products and services ranging from discounted Internet and cellphone service to gasoline, heating oil, or antivirus-software subscriptions.
NEWS
September 23, 2011
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for an incubator designed to help foster new digital media businesses. Companies and entrepreneurs working on products related to the news media, e-commerce and mobile applications for smart phones and tablets are encouraged to visit www.sep.benfranklin.org to apply for participation in Project Liberty Digital Incubator. The incubator is a joint initiative of Ben Franklin, Drexel University, DreamIt Ventures and Philadelphia Media Network - owner of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.
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