ON THE MOVE

Davey Tree Expert Co.

names general counsel

• The Davey Tree Expert Co. appointed Erika Schoenberger to the role of general counsel, vice president and assistant secretary. She joined the company from the Oneida Group, where she also served as general counsel.

• Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics added Dr. Kimberly Shookman to its Barberton office.

EVENTS

Two Akron judges to talk

at Oct. 5 women's forum

Akron Municipal Judges Kathryn Michael and Annalisa Williams will present "Specialized Dockets: Family Intervention Court, Mental Health Court and OVI Court" at the ATHENA Akron women's leadership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron.

Cost is $35 members ($25 for their accompanied guests), $45 for nonmembers and $20 for students. For reservations, go to www.athenaakron.org.

RETAIL

Amazon tries new concept

for brick-and-mortar shop

Amazon is expanding its physical presence again, this time opening a 4,000-square-foot store that sells a wide range of products, including shower curtains, Hallmark cards and baby bottles.

The store, called Amazon 4-star, opened Thursday in New York’s SoHo neighborhood and will only offer Amazon.com’s best-selling items or those that get four or more star ratings on its website. The products it sells can be changed out weekly, based on changing customer reviews or what is or isn’t selling well, said Cameron Janes, who oversees Amazon’s physical stores.

The new store is another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its brick-and-mortar presence. It already has more than a dozen bookstores around the country, recently opened four cashier-less convenience stores and bought the Whole Foods grocery chain a year ago.

REAL ESTATE

U.S. pending home sales

fall 1.8 percent in August

Pending home sales slipped in August as fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase a house, the fourth decline in the past five months.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 1.8 percent last month to 104.2. This measure of contract signings has tumbled 2.3 percent in the past year, with the sharpest annual decline of 11.2 percent in the West where homes generally cost more.

The recent setbacks suggest that the combination of rising prices, higher mortgage rates and a limited number of sales listings are hurting affordability.

 

Compiled from staff and wire reports.