Clipping and saving coupons is a way of life for many — so it shouldn’t be any surprise that Internet technology giant Google wants a cut.
Google has announced that it will offer local discount coupons to people who use its Google Maps service. Other companies that have been distributing online coupons include ValPak and CoolSavings, and Silicon Valley start-ups like Coupons Inc. and Zixxo.
About six months ago, local entrepreneur Rick Young came up with a concept for a pizzeria called Delish Pizza. He then sold two of his Copy It copy centers, keeping one location downtown, in order to open two shops in the Springs.
And while he may not have a background in the restaurant business, he said he does eat pizza.
Walk into a trendy boutique and you might find a shirt made from corn, pants sewn from bamboo or a dress made from wood pulp.
It’s out with the drab organic cotton and hemp fashion and in with the seaweed and soy fabrics.
It is estimated that there are about 500 ecodesigners worldwide. Five years ago there were only 10 or 20.
In an age of personalized Web sites, iPods and a focus on the individual, it should come as no surprise that more companies are letting consumers personalize their purchases.
For a price, buyers can get customized Hershey bars, M&Ms, Wheaties boxes with their pictures and even their pets’ mugs on a Jones Soda bottle. And now Ketchup kingpin H.J. Heinz, the giant of a $500 billion packaged food industry, wants a piece of the action.
Home Depot is quietly growing its wholesale unit. The company will still be available for the homeowner and the everyday handyman, but it’s also going heavy duty.
Under the direction of General Electric veteran Bob Nardelli, HD Supply is more like Industrial Depot.
The wholesale division — selling and distributing everything from fire hydrants for neighborhood development to bolts for bridge construction — is Nardelli’s way of taking Home Depot straight to the source of the action in the construction supply chain.
At the Institute of Food Technologists show, Harry Balzer, vice president of market research firm NPD Group, offered several insights about American eating habits.
Whatever consumers say they are doing when it comes to making food choices, their actual eating habits reveal something very different, Balzer said.
Americans’ eating habits are slow to change, and for the most part any changes are simply extensions of previous trends, he said.
More big-name online retailers, including Dell Inc. and Office Max, are saying goodbye to the hassle of mail-in rebates.
Dell plans to move to an online rebate program next month. The company is eliminating paper rebates to improve customer service and sales. The changes, which will mainly affect consumers and small businesses, will take 12 to 18 months. Dell expects a 70 percent reduction in the number of promotions per product line and an 80 percent reduction in the number of promotions tied to a single product.
Mark Kirkland has moved his photography studio to Palmer Lake, to allow him to better serve his clients in surrounding communities.
Built from the ground up as a photography studio, the new location includes space for Kirkland’s wildlife photography and for photography lessons and Photoshop classes. “Teaching and mentoring are among my favorite things to do,” Kirkland said. “I love being able to give back.”
After years of testing, research scientists in Illinois have created a new fabric from corn. Tate & Lyle, the food-ingredient company behind the breakthrough, is building a plant in Tennessee, and should have the fabric in commercial production this fall.
The corn-based fiber will be used by DuPont Co. to make Sorona, a supersoft, stain-resistant fabric that executives say “could be the next nylon.”
Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain based on revenue, posted an increase in prescription drug sales during the third quarter, citing the Medicare drug benefit program as the source.
The company reported a 14 percent increase in third-quarter earnings with a steady expansion program. New stores are on record pace, with 475 opened during fiscal 2006, and plans for 500 more in fiscal 2007.