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Tuesday, March 03, 2015         

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The Honolulu Chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives International has selected Dennis Francis, president and publisher of the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser, as its 2014 salesperson of the year.

At a taco shop in Southern Cali­for­nia, milkshakes are served in Mason jars, and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat.

Samsung has unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.

The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

Nearly all West Coast seaports began the workweek with crews hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months­long dispute over a new contract for dockworkers.

After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled.

Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

Costco shoppers who have been limited for years to American Express credit cards may be able to pluck a new option from their wallets or purses next year after an exclusivity deal between the companies expires.

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce have fallen unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals didn't call workers Thursday to unload ships that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and destined for U.S. consumers. Containers of U.S. exports won't get loaded, either.

Troubles on the West Coast waterfront are getting worse. Amid an increasingly damaging labor dispute, 29 West Coast seaports that handle about $1 trillion of goods annually will be mostly closed four of the next five days.

Delta topped longtime airline leader Hawaiian for on-time performance in December, as cancellations fell and on-time ratings for most airlines improved. About 88.0 percent of Delta's flights were on time, compared with 87.9 percent for Hawaiian.

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.

With low interest rates and cheaper gasoline to motivate them, and no polar vortex to keep them home, consumers went car-shopping in a big way in January.

A traveler detained for more than 20 hours after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag at an airport has sued the Transportation Security Administration and accused a TSA supervisor of lying.


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