August 21, 2015
FOR DECADES, competition from China has crumpled American industries like tin cans, throwing hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work. Beating China isn't easy, but Sherrill Manufacturing has found it is possible. It has come back from the dead to be the only American manufacturer of flatware and has a blue-shaded outpost, Kitchenette, on 12th Street at Sansom. The story begins in the mid-19th century in upstate New York with the launch of Oneida Ltd., destined to become one of the premier names in silverware.
February 23, 2015 |
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
February 2, 2015 |
Philadelphia's condominium market is set to grow smartly in 2015, particularly in price. Data from Trend Multiple Listing Service show that total for-sale condo inventory in the city has risen slightly compared with 2013's levels, but that it's still well below the October 2006 peak of 1,971. In January 2014, for-sale condo inventory totaled 703 units. It climbed as high as 897 in September before settling back to 730 units by December. The last time inventory was this tight was in May 2005, according to the MLS data.
December 15, 2014 |
This has been an interesting year in the housing market. It began with one of the worst winters in memory, which set the market back for the first quarter and a bit of the second. The effects were not universally shared. Walkable markets such as Center City and adjacent neighborhoods and emerging suburban boroughs such as West Chester still saw plenty of transactions. "We all have four-wheel-drive vehicles, so it hasn't been much of a problem," Kit Anstey, who sells out of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS)
February 24, 2014 |
I'm sure it's just me, but I'm having a tough time getting my head around the fact that there's a shortage of houses that people want to buy. Here's my problem: Real estate agents here, there and elsewhere are saying that market recovery is being stymied by a lack of inventory. Yet whenever I report that, I am inundated by sellers arguing that their listings are dying on the vine for offers. Of course, "lack of inventory" means the absence of houses that buyers want - houses in move-in condition, with no major, expensive problems.
July 4, 2013 |
A sewing machine, some laptops, a snowblower, and musical instruments were among the items that City Controller Alan Butkovitz said his office could not find when it examined the Philadelphia School District's inventory practices. Butkovitz, who has criticized the district's record-keeping and oversight in the past, said a recent audit found that 67 percent of selected items could not be located. The audit, which focused on 11 schools, said the missing items also included cameras and air conditioners, and had a total combined value of $196,000.
June 5, 2013 |
IN ITS RECENT budget draft for the 2013 school year, the School District of Philadelphia proposed to implement a textbook-inventory system as a way to help save money and improve education. "The District does not currently have a comprehensive inventory system that can accurately track the use of textbooks," reads the document. "SDP plans to invest in an inventory system that will provide recurring savings. " This is curious, because the district already owns a textbook-inventory system.
May 2, 2013 |
IT WAS A SEASON to forget, one of just nine in 45 seasons in which the Flyers have not qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rather than look back on the season, here's an inventory of what the Flyers have moving forward. (Players are listed alphabetically by position. Contracts are what's remaining.) FORWARDS DANNY BRIERE Stats: 34 GP, 6 G, 10 A. Grade: C- Age: 35 Contract: 2 years, $13 million Outlook: Steep production drop, accounting for his worst career season.
April 24, 2013 |
Sales of previously owned homes fell nationwide in March but continued to be higher than the level of a year ago, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday, blaming the decline on a lack of supply. Sales fell 0.6 percent in March from February's levels, but were up 10.3 percent from March 2012. U.S. sales have been above year-ago levels for 21 consecutive months, and prices have shown 13 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors' association, said there was more demand than supply in the current market, which is boosting prices while tamping down sales.
October 30, 2012 |
High spirits reigned, if you will, at the Fresh Grocer in West Philadelphia Monday when a customer, no doubt inspired by Hurricane Sandy, started singing in the rain - or at least in the supermarket. "I've never seen that guy before," said manager John Faust, sounding a little harried as an exuberant tenor belted out something resembling a tune in the background. "We're doing pretty good now," Faust said. "We're not running out of anything," and replenishments were expected throughout the day. As usual, shoppers in the Philadelphia region made their supermarket runs over the weekend in advance of the storm, snapping up milk, bread, eggs, water and batteries, said Steve Sylven, spokesman with Acme's parent company, Supervalu Inc., based in Eden Prairie, Minn.