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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 ...

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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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Classes offered for spotted lanternfly permitting

The Spotted Lanternfly, the dreaded invasive species spreading through Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, is causing permitting issues for businesses operating and transporting goods within a 14-county quarantine zone, so the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is offering 31 in-person permitting classes.

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Guest view: Cannabis contains seeds of economic growth

It’s evident the cannabis industry is growing, thriving and impacting the economy in ways we have only just begun to comprehend. Last month, the York County Economic Alliance hosted our Economics Club breakfast series on the economics of the cannabis industry, featuring two industry leaders, Green Thumb Industries and Groff North America.

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Latino economic impact discussed at Small Business Expo

Norman Bristol Colon wants people to understand the buying power and entrepreneurship that exists today among the Latino community in Pennsylvania and around the country. The founder and chairman of the Pennsylvania Latino Convention and a former mayoral candidate in Lancaster led a discussion Thursday night on the economic impact on the growing Hispanic and ...

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Harrisburg Rotary aims for higher profile

When your motto is “service above self,” you may not always be comfortable touting your accomplishments. But a low profile isn’t necessarily a good thing, according to Andrew Rebuck, who just finished a year as president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Rebuck and incoming president Joyce Libby are working to promote the work that Harrisburg's Rotary Club does and increase its membership.

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