OPERATIONS

Shari’s Berries releases omni-channel shopping app

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Diego – Shari’s Berries, a national gifting brand that delivers strawberries and sweets, is launching Shari’s Berries App for iPhone and iPod touch. The Shari’s Berries App allows smartphone-based orders for delivery as early as the next day.

Designed by its subsidiary Sincerely, the Shari’s Berries App features a simplified shopping experience and quick checkouts. It also reminds users of birthdays and holidays based on an algorithm that incorporates data from their Facebook network and device contacts.

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REAL ESTATE

Dover Saddlery to open first Ohio store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Littleton, Mass. – Dover Saddlery Retail Inc. plans to open the first Dover Saddlery tack store in Ohio in summer 2014. The store will be located in Cincinnati and offer in-store services including a saddle demo program and custom boot measuring.

"We are excited to be opening our first store in Ohio and we look forward to serving the needs of the equestrian community in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas," said Ken Cavanaugh, VP of retail Dover Saddlery. "In addition to a well-stocked tack store customers will be able to experience the outstanding customer service offered by our very knowledgeable product advisors all of whom are equestrians.”

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FINANCE

Seattle mayor unveils plan to raise minimum wage to $15

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15. Although Murray said the hike has broad support across local government, business and labor communities, the City Council still has to vote on the proposal.

Under Murray’s plan, businesses with fewer than 500 employees would have seven years to comply and larger businesses would have three years. Further increases would be tied to inflation.

The state of Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage, at $9.32 an hour.

“Throughout this process, I’ve had two goals: to get Seattle’s low-wage workers to $15-per-hour while also supporting our employers, and to avoid a costly battle at the ballot box between competing initiatives,” Murray said in a statement. “We have a deal that I believe accomplishes both goals.”

In California, lawmakers are debating a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017.

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J.Stevenson says:
May-05-2014 12:23 pm

Minimum Wage
Raising the minimum wage is something that is needed now. Raising it in three to seven years is almost meaningless considering the fact that the cost of living is not going to go on hold while we wait for the increase. This is just a political maneuver to pacify the people and try to keep them from voting the opposition.

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