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In recent years, Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos has been in relentless pursuit of a lag-less future in which you barely have time to utter the word “shipping” before a package hits the doorstep. In this utopia, deliveries take place within hours, not days. To make it a reality, Bezos is bringing to bear the full power of Amazon’s supply-chain resources. The company ha…

All of a sudden, the decades-long logjam on Buffalo’s waterfront has given way to a tidal wave of progress.It goes far beyond the cranes and the construction workers scurrying around the foot of Main Street, where the HarborCenter and One Canalside projects are bringing ice rinks, new hotels and office space next to the ongoing efforts to turn the terminus of the Erie Cana…

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Sales of cars and trucks to fleets, a $65 billion slice of annual U.S. auto purchases, no longer has to be viewed as the naughty side of the industry.Few aspects of the auto market capture the changes that will keep Detroit Three profits humming as well as fleet sales, the discounted deliveries to large buyers such as rental car companies, utilities and…

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Hydraulic fracturing, which taps resources like natural gas deep below the ground, is one of the most divisive issues in New York State. A recent Siena College poll found 42 percent of state residents were opposed to it, and 41 percent were in favor of it. The state for years has delayed making a final decision, and in the meantime, the practice is not allowed. Karen B. Mo…

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Some chain-store pharmacies deliver medications for free, but Mobile Pharmacy Solutions is taking it a step further.At the business in the Buffalo Medical Campus Innovation Center, pharmacists will make appointments to personally deliver medications and give in-home consultations.Some question whether the mobile pharmacy can sustain the policy, but it is an example of how …

WASHINGTON – The drop in the unemployment rate in August to a 4½-year low was hardly cause for celebration. The rate fell because more people stopped looking for work.More than 300,000 people were no longer working or looking for a job. Their exodus shrank the so-called labor force participation rate – the percentage of adult Americans with a job or seeking one – to 63.2 p…

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Who gets credit for Buffalo’s development projects?Mayor Byron W. Brown cites $1.7 billion in economic activity in Buffalo. But how much was his administration responsible for the boom? With the project amount, description and the city’s role, here’s how it breaks down: City heavily involved: • Buffalo Sabres’ HarborCenter, $172 million. A hotel, two ice rinks, and a hock…

Mayor Byron W. Brown has made economic development a centerpiece of his re-election campaign, pointing to projects totaling $1.7 billion as proof of the city’s revival in his campaign ads and debate appearances.But how much credit does the two-term mayor deserve for Buffalo’s building boom?A Buffalo News analysis found City Hall officials were heavily involved in one of e…

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Say goodbye to the Sorrento Cheese brand.The Sorrento brand, which has been part of Buffalo’s cheese-making for 66 years, is being eliminated by the French food giant that has owned the local business since the 1990s.In its place, all of Sorrento’s products – from ricotta and mozzarella to snack cheese products – will be rebranded under the Galbani brand, a worldwide brand…

Lots of consumers are saying cheese – so many that Corfu cheesemaker Yancey’s Fancy is planning a $20.7 million expansion to keep up with demand.The 66-year-old company plans to build a new $18.2 million plant in Pembroke. The 112,000-square-foot building would be situated on 12 acres in Buffalo East Technology Park at the southwest corner of Routes 5 and 77.The company al…

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New Era Cap Co. is laying off as many as 75 workers, or about 25 percent of the workforce, at its Derby plant.The Buffalo-based company, which is the exclusive provider of baseball caps for Major League Baseball and the official on-field cap supplier for the National Football League, informed unionized workers of the layoffs Friday.“I can confirm that today, in an effort t…

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The region’s housing market continued to ride a wave in July.And even if July ends up as the crest, real estate professionals say this will be remembered as a standout year.The number of closed deals in the eight-county area of Western New York increased nearly 22 percent in July, to 1,153 from 947 a year ago, the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors said. That was the …

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Developer Mark Hamister still wants to build a $25 million development project in downtown Niagara Falls, but it sure came close to not happening.Hamister said Friday that on Thursday he had been “99 percent” leaning toward withdrawing his plan for a five-story, mixed-use building with a hotel, apartments and retail space.“The events of this week have been disturbing and d…

A new national study of medical claims data from 13 markets, including Buffalo, found hospitals and specialist physicians charged private insurers a price far higher than the Medicare rate.The nonprofit Center for Studying Health System Change analyzed claims from 2011 for 590,000 active and retired, non-elderly autoworkers, and their dependants, for various medical proced…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsHamburg-based Evans Bancorp has named Nora B. Sullivan to its board of directors. Sullivan is the founder and president of Sullivan Capital Partners in Buffalo. She previously worked as a director in the Citigroup Private Bank and as executive vice president with Rand Capital Corp. Sullivan fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Nancy W. Ware e…