Stop & Shop agreement seen as a win for workers

If a proposed contract is approved, current workers would maintain benefits, while new part-time hires would see reductions in pension benefits and premium pay on Sundays.

One official said if no deals get done, other states could pull ahead of Massachusetts in the offshore wind game.

Chesto means business

Offshore wind auction faces a new hitch

The second round of bidding for offshore wind contracts hasn’t even started yet. But the complaining sure has.

Sanofi Genzyme moved into its new headquarters at 50 Binney St. (above) in 2017 but now finds it more profitable to move out and sublease the building.

With real estate deal, drug maker boosts its bottom line

The Cambridge-based drug maker will sublease its location in Kendall Square, which commands the highest rents on the East Coast except for prime parts of Manhattan.

South Shore Health’s South Shore Hospital (above) is part of the alliance.

Community hospitals are teaming up to save money

The Massachusetts Value Alliance includes hospitals that are working together to slash costs by buying some supplies and services together.

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Kohl’s will soon accept Amazon returns at all of its stores

After the success of a pilot program in about 100 stores, the company will expand the service to all of its more than 1,150 locations.

Nonprofit floats details about new proposed Boston Harbor ferry routes

The business plans for two new Boston Harbor ferry routes are done. Now comes the hard part: Finding someone willing to run these boats, and potential subsidies to offset the costs.

Trump will not nominate Cain to Fed board

President Trump said Monday that Herman Cain, a former pizza company executive and conservative presidential candidate, has withdrawn from consideration to be nominated to the Federal Reserve Board.

Supreme Court to decide whether bias law covers gay and transgender workers

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would decide whether a federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against gay and transgender workers.

Boston biotech Gelesis aims to crack the weight-loss market with new pill

Gelesis, a 13-year-old Boston biotech, hopes it will succeed in the marketplace where other drug makers haven’t: for weight-loss drugs.


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US stock indexes end mostly lower after a listless trading day

Wall Street capped a day of mostly sideways trading Monday with a slight gain for the benchmark S&P 500 index.

Roxann Cooke


Banker Roxann Cooke is happy to be battling for turf in Roxbury

Bold Types: There’s a banking war unfolding in Roxbury.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Samsung to reportedly delay launch of folding Galaxy phone

The Galaxy Fold, priced at almost $2,000, was hit by early reviews that showed several problems with test versions of the device.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014, file photo, H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees speaks at the preview for the opening of the H.J Heinz Co. exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Kraft Heinz says CEO Bernardo Hees will step down from the post and be succeeded by Miguel Patricio in July 2019. Patricio worked in various roles at Anheuser-Busch InBev over 20 years, including serving as chief marketing officer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Kraft Heinz CEO stepping down, Miguel Patricio named successor

Patricio, who will replace CEO Bernardo Hees, worked in various roles at Anheuser-Busch InBev over 20 years, including serving as chief marketing officer.

“It just disappeared,” David Lettvin, Denise Lettvin’s husband, said of her John Hancock monthly annuity. “We had no idea why.”

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

An annuity check arrived every month for nearly 40 years. Then it ‘just disappeared’

An annuity set up decades ago by Denise Lettvin’s mother vanished last year without explanation from John Hancock, which managed the fund.

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

For some startups, there’s no buzz needed

Lost in all the buzz about big tech companies that are going public are reliable smaller operations like Poll Everywhere, whose customers include McDonald’s, Google, and Harvard.

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Start planning for your 2019 tax return now

Now is the time to start tax planning for next year, because you have time to make any changes that may be necessary to avoid a huge tax bill.

Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

The electric-car maker says the move will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently.

11/15/2015 Chestnut Hill Frank Pepe has opened a new location in Chestnut Hill . Steven Payne (cq) one of the pizza cooks at the new Frank Pepe's in Chestnut Hill. Globe/Staff Photographer Jonathan Wiggs

Frank Pepe Pizzeria will open in Burlington and in Watertown

The renowned pizza chain, already with a location in Chestnut Hill, is expanding its Boston area presence.

Cape Air officials said they were happy with their first Boston Harbor test flight for a seaplane service they want to bring to the South Boston waterfront.

Chesto Means Business

Cape Air on course for seaplane takeoff in Boston

The Hyannis-based airline has acquired the assets of Shoreline Aviation, a Conn. company that billed itself as the East Coast’s biggest seaplane operator.

Joe Biden spoke at a rally in Dorchester organized to support striking Stop & Shop employees.

Larry Edelman | Analysis

What the Stop & Shop picket line says about 2020

The parade of pols backing the striking workers underscores the pivotal role the issue of economic security will play in the coming campaign.

Report: FTC considers oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking the action amid the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information.

The Boeing 737 Max fleet has been grounded since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people.

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the FAA.

Some shelves at a Stop & Shop in Malden were empty on Friday.

Visits by loyal Stop & Shop customers decline 75 percent during strike

An analysis of mobile phone location data found that most weekly shoppers are going to other stores — and many may never return.

Fiat Chrysler recalls over 300,000 vehicles due to rollaway risk

The company is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in North America because a transmission problem could cause them to roll away unexpectedly.

Boeing tests 737 Max software updates, says it’s making ‘progress’ on certification

Boeing tests 737 Max software updates, says it’s making ‘progress’ on certification

Boston Medical Center has received an $89 million federal grant to participate in a nationwide research study addressing the opioid crisis.

Boston Medical Center receives $89m federal grant for opioid study

The funding will allow Boston Medical Center to better tailor treatment options to 16 communities across the state.

The drone that appeared over Fenway Park last week was benign, but the drone filled with explosives that attacked Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro (above) last August show the potential for more malevolent purposes.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

At Fenway, a prank and a warning

The remote-controlled aerial drone that soared over the ballpark during a game was probably just a bored teenager’s idea of a prank, but it could have been much worse.

Employees of the online image board Pinterest, including CEO Ben Silbermann (center), rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning as the company made its initial public offering.

Pinterest and Zoom surge in early trading after IPO

Pinterest and Zoom surge in early trading after IPO

Rabbis say it’s ‘not kosher’ to patronize Stop & Shop during strike

Some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region’s largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community.

The publisher of the National Enquirer is selling the embattled tabloid.

Trump-friendly National Enquirer sold to newsstand magnate

American Media Inc. is ditching the tabloid after being accused of trying to blackmail the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos.

Farmers in eastern China checked ginkgo leaves used to make ginkgo biloba tea. Chinese data show a strenthening economy, which could give China leverage in US trade talks.

China’s strengthening economy bolsters its hand in trade talks

New data show a sharp reversal from as recently as January when key readings were pointing to a pronounced downturn — a factor US officials have touted as leverage in their push for a pact.

4-16-19: Woburn, MA: A large green

Loved and loathed, iconic Helvetica font enters a new era

Woburn-based Monotype’s reboot opens up a familiar design debate. Is Helvetica perfect, or is it boring?

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said he didn’t try to curry favor with President Trump by staying at the Trump International Hotel.

T-Mobile CEO defends Sprint merger as opposition mounts

As fears grow that regulators will quash T-Mobile US Inc.’s Sprint Corp. merger, chief executive John Legere is leading a personal crusade to rescue the deal.

Bodyarmor’s decision to transfer distribution rights for it’s sports drinks to Coca-Cola left a sour taste in the mouths of Keurig-Dr Pepper executives.


Things go bitter with Coke distribution deal

Bodyarmor’s decision to transfer distribution rights for its sports drinks to Coca-Cola left a sour taste in the mouths of Keurig-Dr Pepper executives.

Rubidia Escobar (right) and Ofelia Duarte carried groceries at the Hyannis Ferry Terminal bought at Market Basket in Bourne.

On Nantucket, residents are facing a Stop & Shop strike dilemma

With only one supermarket chain on the island, residents who don’t want to cross the picket line don’t have a lot of options. Shopping on the mainland isn’t easy, and small grocers and boutique fish markets can be expensive.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Governor Evers said the plan ‘‘deals with a situation that no longer exists.’’

Wisconsin governor says 13,000 Foxconn jobs is ‘unrealistic’

The governor said he wants to renegotiate the contract with the global electronics leader.


The pigs were dead. Four hours later, scientists restored cellular functions in their brains

Beyond raising such philosophical and ethical concerns, the results could complicate the already-fraught debate over brain death and organ donation, experts said.

FILE - This photo combo of images shows the Amazon, Google and Facebook logos. A review into competition in the U.K.'s digital market says the country needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The independent review published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 says global tech giants don't face enough competition and that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up. (AP Photo, file)

Chesto Means Business

New York-Boston rivalry endures in tech sector, too

Even if the Red Sox languish in the American League for now, the state’s tech sector will remain a championship contender.

Drivers have experienced longer wait times at Logan Airport’s taxi pool. Massport said its plan was also aimed at easing congestion.

Uber and Lyft may be forced from the curb at Logan Airport. But not taxis

The beleaguered taxi industry may benefit from a potential policy change at Logan International Airport.

Watertown-04/16/2019 Stop & Shop workers are on strike. At the Stop & Shop Pleasant Street location shopping carts and empty registers. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

As strike goes on, effect on Stop & Shop is increasing

The nearly week-old strike by 31,000 unionized Stop & Shop workers is resulting in barren shelves, stores without customers, and even locations that are closed altogether.

At the Stop & Shop on Watertown’s Pleasant Street, the store was mostly empty Tuesday except for one employee walking near the Easter display.

Stop & Shop president apologizes directly to customers in e-mail

The company’s president sent an e-mail to customers in which he apologized “for the inconvenience that the strike has caused our loyal customers.”

Boston Scientific was ordered by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to halt sales of controversial vaginal mesh products used in surgeries, saying the company had not proved they were safe to use.

FDA orders Boston Scientific to withdraw surgical mesh product

Thousands of women had sued the company alleging the surgical mesh caused extreme discomfort.

US health regulators ordered Boston Scientific Corp. and a second company to stop selling a surgical mesh used in pelvic repair surgeries, after thousands of claims by women that they were injured by the products.

Boston Scientific ordered to halt sale of mesh targeted in suits

US health regulators ordered two companies to stop sales after saying there isn’t enough evidence that the product — which is embroiled in thousands of lawsuits — is safe or effective.

CVS fined $535,000 for filling forged Percocet prescriptions

The drugstore chain will pay to resolve federal allegations that it filled dozens of Percocet prescriptions its pharmacists should have known were forged.

Greg Shell on evening economic disparities

As managing director of the Bain Capital Double Impact Fund, Greg Shell works to identify and fund companies that offer profitable models for addressing critical social problems.

Brian Brusseau (left), member of the Roofers Union Local 33, and Senator Edward Markey spoke in support of the United Council of Food Workers who have been picketing outside of Stop & Shop in Quincy for the past four days. Union powerhouses that used to reign over swaths of the New England grocery industry have either consolidated or have fallen into disarray.

Stop & Shop, among the last union grocery chains, faces pressure inside and out 

One by one, union powerhouses that used to reign over swaths of the New England grocery industry, including A&P, Pathmark, and Grand Union, fell into disarray.

Emily Fink


Liberty Mutual’s ‘LiMu Emu’ is already a hit

Finding a spokesanimal can be easier for some insurance companies than it is for others.

Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti argued Monday for the Supreme Court to allow a trademark registration for his fashion brand ‘‘FUCT.’’

Edgy fashion brand name has justices tight lipped

None on the Supreme Court wanted to say the four-letter word.

CEO John Legere, his hair colored T-Mobile’s magenta, presented a $4.5 million check to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last month.

Dana-Farber comes away from Marathon a big winner

It’s a tale about a renowned researcher, a prominent CEO, and magenta hair. It’s also a story about how the Marathon brings together strangers, sometimes bonding them in unlikely ways.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.