Author Archives: Becca Oken-Tatum

Opioid distributors propose $10B to end state claims

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic -- the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations.

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Double-edged sword: Digital technology can help businesses – except when it doesn’t

A pair of chainwide cash register crashes at Target Corp. in June, right around the heavy-sales Father’s Day weekend, may have cost the national retailer $50 million to $100 million in lost sales, according to some analysts. The problems — one of which the company blamed on a “technology glitch,” while another was traced to a tech center run by NCR Corp. — were quickly corrected, but they also point to a deeper issue, said some local experts: Technology has helped to boost business productivity, but it’s also exposed companies to a host of challenges.

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Shipping out: After court ruling, Pa. distillers debate laws on interstate shipping

A recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision regarding residency requirements for liquor sales in Tennessee is giving hope to some Pennsylvania distillers, who see direct shipping of vodka, rum and gin as the future of their industry. Others, however, are more circumspect. Robert Cassell, president of the Pennsylvania Distillers Guild, said shipping spirits directly to consumers in other states isn’t illegal. ...

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A Conversation With: Vijay Varadarajan

Vijay Varadarajan, 41, is a senior project manager at the infrastructure firm HNTB, working in its Harrisburg office and focusing on emerging mobility technologies. He is also part of the team planning the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennSTART).

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