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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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Harry Mahler and his wife, Sarah, own eco-friendly mattress retailer No Badger Mattress in York. (Photo: Markell DeLoatch)

Mattress store with environmental focus opens in York

Harry Mahler has always been passionate about the environment and seeking eco-friendly solutions to existing problems. To help address the problem of discarded mattresses being thrown into landfills, he and his wife Sarah recently opened No Badger Mattress in York, which sells eco-friendly mattresses and accepts old ones for recycling.

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Sally Crowe of Shaffer’s Health Center restocks a display of CBD oil products for sale in the Allentown Farmers market shop. PHOTO/STACY WESCOE

CBD oil is hot. But will it burn out?

Cannabidiol Oil – or CBD oil as it is commonly called – is hot right now. People are buying it, selling it and investing in it. CBD oil is made from oil in the seeds of hemp plants – whose cultivation was legalized under the 2018 federal farm bill, making the development of CBD-based products easier ...

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