November 30, 2010 |
From her headquarters office at online retail operator GSI Commerce Inc. , Fiona Dias can see the paved parking that makes possible the King of Prussia shopping complex. "The mall was packed Black Friday," said Dias, "but I didn't see tons of shopping bags. " The National Retail Federation , in a survey of 4,300 Americans, said the number of people shopping online has grown by a third so far this Christmas-shopping season compared with last year. Actual online sales were up a more modest 9 percent, estimated analyst Marianne R. Wolk , who covers Amazon.
October 25, 2011 |
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 like natural gas. Cofounder Kevin Johnson imagines that eventually every savvy, penny-pinching customer would go through Alphabuyer to join groups to buy anything from discounted Internet and cellphone service to gasoline, heating oil or antivirus software subscriptions.
April 19, 2012 |
Five Below Inc., the Center City-based chain of 192 kid-oriented dollar stores in 16 Eastern and Midwestern states, has hired Goldman Sachs and other brokers to lure investors for a $150 million initial public stock offering. The chain, founded in 2003 by former Zany Brainy toy-store owners David Schlessinger and Tom Vellios, has grown quickly, especially since investors led by Advent International Corp. of Boston pumped in $194 million in 2010. Five Below more than doubled its sales of cheap sports gear, snacks, party goods, and other middle-school accessories to $297 million in the year ended Jan. 11, from $125 million two years earlier, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
April 5, 2011 |
For the second time in a decade, Michael G. Rubin is selling the business he heads - and keeping some of it, too. Online-auction manager eBay has big plans for its latest proposed Philadelphia-area acquisition, GSI Commerce , which employs approximately 1,000 workers at its King of Prussia headquarters and thousands more at warehouses across North America. But Rubin isn't just selling his company, the publicly traded GSI. He's also buying back the parts he wants, with eBay's blessing, plus eBay financing for further expansion.
June 14, 2011
In the Region Saul Ewing to merge with Boston firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. , of Center City, said it planned to merge with the Boston real estate and business law firm Dionne & Gass L.L.P. , effective July 1. The merger will bring seven new lawyers to Saul Ewing, five as partners, one as special counsel, and another as an associate, and expand Saul Ewing's East Coast presence with its first office in Boston. The combined law firm will retain the Saul Ewing name and have 235 lawyers.
May 2, 2015 |
Lawrence S. Smith, 67, of Worcester Township and Jupiter, Fla., an executive who helped build Comcast Corp. from a small regional company into an industry leader in cable television, died Tuesday, April 28, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of complications from aplastic anemia. "Larry was unique and a role model for everyone on how to enjoy all that life offers," said Brian Roberts, the company's chairman and CEO. "His time on Earth seems way too short, and we are so saddened today.
March 29, 2011 |
I received some interesting reactions from readers to Friday's column about the legacy of two pioneers of the region's biotechnology sector. I'd wondered aloud who might follow in the footsteps of Frank Baldino Jr. , the founder of Cephalon Inc. who died in December, and Hubert J.P. Schoemaker , the founder of Centocor Inc. who died in 2006. Both built large enterprises that continue to employ hundreds locally. In a comment posted online, Pennsylvania Bio president Christopher P. Molineaux listed seven local life-sciences entrepreneurs whom he suggested were walking that same path, including Steven Nichtberger , CEO of East Norriton-based Tengion Inc. , and Maxine Gowen , founder and CEO of King of Prussia-based Trevena Inc. In e-mails, readers in the biotech business mentioned how difficult it is to get from the point of drug discovery to putting actual product in consumers' hands.
November 15, 2012 |
It is a problem so obvious you wonder why it hasn't already been solved: how to deliver online orders in a way that cuts the odds of missing a delivery or having a package stolen after drop-off to an apartment lobby, stoop, or an unsecured porch. One way Americans have worked around this, as their love affair with online shopping has grown in recent years, is to have deliveries sent to the office, which requires discretion and an indulgent boss. Or they suck up the status quo, unglue missed-delivery slips from the front door, and hope that, the next time, the truck comes when someone is home.
October 19, 2011 |
YOU WON'T believe this, Occupy Philly: A bunch of rich guys bought the 76ers! Oh well. Get over it. Go to a game once in a while, will ya? Here are the investors, who include four Philadelphia-area natives and two Indonesians. Six of them are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania, where they presumably took an advanced course in rejuvenating ailing NBA teams: Joshua Harris: Billionaire lead investor who will serve as the 76ers' managing owner and governor on the NBA Board of Governors.