Business

sign of the times
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

A Rising Tide of People `Pushes Back' Against Technology

Ricardo Gomez of the University of Washington is looking for pictures of signs like this one.

Do the little alerts from your phone make you twitch? Is Facebook leaving you more depressed than satisfied? If you’re feeling tired of being constantly connected to the Internet, you’re not alone.

University of Washington researchers say there’s a new phenomenon on the rise. Called “pushback", it refers to people who are choosing to unplug. 

Read more
It's Complicated
3:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Alaska Airlines' Alliance With Delta Evolves into 'Frenemies'

Tom Banse

It’s a phrase typically used to discuss a messy relationship: "It's complicated."

Those are the words the president of Alaska and Horizon airlines used Thursday to describe the state of the alliance between the Seattle-based carriers and Delta Air Lines. You might also call these airlines "frenemies."

Read more
Amazon earnings
1:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Amazon Narrows 3Q Loss as Sales Jump 24 Pct

AP Photo

Amazon.com says that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as revenue grew 24 percent to more than $17 billion.

The Seattle-based online retailer also said Thursday that it expects growth in its fourth-quarter revenue, indicating confidence as it enters the key holiday shopping season.

Read more
microsoft earnings
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Microsoft 1Q Profit, Sales Top Views; Shares Jump

Robert Scoble Flickr

Microsoft says its net income rose 17 percent in its fiscal first quarter despite a decline in Windows revenue from manufacturing partners as its enterprise software business grew.

Net income in the three months to Sept. 30 grew to $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, from $4.47 billion, or 53 cents per share, a year ago.

Read more
equity crowdfunding
6:08 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Selling Shares Online Soon Legal for Interested NW Entrepreneurs

Northwest entrepreneurs will soon have another way to raise money for small and new businesses. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday put out long-delayed draft rules for something called "equity crowdfunding."

So far, crowdfunding has been a vehicle mostly for artists, charities, and startups to solicit donors online. Supporters usually get a modest reward of some sort. Now, the SEC has detailed how crowdfunding could expand. Proposed new rules would allow startup companies to sell actual stock over the Internet to small-time investors. 

Read more
Boeing Dreamliner
12:18 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Boeing to Speed Up Production of 787 Dreamliner

Associated Press

Boeing says it will speed up production of its new 787 as it tries to catch up on a huge backlog of orders for the plane.

The company has orders for 890 of those planes that it has yet to build.

Read more
Business
8:17 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Grocery Workers Give 72-Hour Strike Notice

Bob B. Brown Flickr

About 21,000 grocery workers at QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway, and Albertsons in the Puget Sound region have given notice that they plan to go on strike in 72 hours. 

That shows the two sides failed to reach agreement on a new contract, in spite of renewed negotiations this past week. Union officials have said the companies want to restrict health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week or more, in addition to essentially freezing wages. 

Read more
Business
4:31 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Traditional Grocery Chains Wage a Two-Front Battle

File image
Nick Ut Associated Press

All you have to do is turn on your TV lately to see evidence of the grocery wars. 

One recent Walmart ad states: "With Fred Meyer fuel points, you could save $1.30 at the pump. At Walmart, you could have saved a total of $17.92." 

"Wow, that's awesome!" the woman shopper in the commercial exclaims. 

Read more
Business
12:05 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Costco Aims for World Domination (or at Least 36 More Stores)

Shoppers at Costco in Japan can pick up sushi along with paper towels and detergent
Danny Choo

You can already buy gigantic packages of toilet paper and toothpaste at Costco stores everywhere from Misato City, Japan, to Lidcombe, Australia. Those are just two of Costco's 634 stores worldwide. 

But now, Costco is planning a more aggressive expansion in the coming 12 months. The wholesale retailer says it aims to open as many as 36 more stores, 10 more than in the fiscal year that ended at the beginning of September. Half of those stores will be outside the U.S.

Read more
Business
6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

No Computer? Startup Lets Job Applicants Apply Via Texting

Jobaline lets people apply for jobs via text messaging from a flip phone.
yum9me

Many of us are connected to the Internet almost all the time. But there are still lots of people who have no way to get online and for them, it can be hard to find a job in this increasingly digital world. It can also be hard for employers to find those workers.

Now, one startup in Kirkland aims to help people apply for jobs using nothing more than an ordinary flip phone. 

Read more
boeing
9:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

JAL Makes First Purchase from Airbus, Not Boeing

File - A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 taxis to the runway at Logan International Airport in Boston on its inaugural, non-stop flight from Boston to Tokyo, Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Michael Dwyer AP Photo

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion) with a purchase of 31 A350 planes.

JAL's fleet has been dominated by Boeing Co. offerings, partly because of the ties between Japan and the U.S. that span decades and include security arrangements.

Read more
Business
4:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Foss Maritime to Take Over Former Pulp Mill Site in Everett

The old Kimberly-Clark pulp mill site in Everett is getting a new lease on life. Foss Maritime plans to relocate its shipbuilding facility from Seattle to the 66-acre property on the Everett waterfront.

Foss's parent company Saltchuk has signed a purchase and sales agreement with Kimberly-Clark.  

Read more
Microsoft
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ballmer Gets Less than 'A' Grade in Compensation

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the year through June as the software giant cited falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.

Read more
Amazon jobs
10:09 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.

Read more
Boeing Dreamliner
3:26 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

LOT 787 Dreamliner Diverted Due to Antenna Issue

File image
Czarek Sokolowski AP Photo

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland's LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna.

The antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT sent parts and personnel to Iceland to fix the problem, a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement. The airplane maker was ready to help if needed, he said.

Read more

Pages