1-800-Flowers

Orbit degrades, but CEO says boosters will right ship

  ORBIT INTERNATIONAL CORP. Headquarters: Hauppauge Industry: Capital goods OTC: ORBT Reporting Date: June 12, 2020 Reporting Quarter: 1Q FY2020 Quarter Ended: March 31, 2020 Numbers: Reported first-quarter net sales were $5.85 million, a 9.8-percent drop from the $6.49 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. Quarterly net income nosedived year-over-year – down more than 71 percent, to $20,000 – and earnings followed: First-quarter EBITDA was reported as $86,000 (2 cents per diluted…


No. 509: On peanut butter cookies, LaGuardia Airport and kelp – plus baseball (remember that?)

  Phase 2 Friday: You’ve done it again, dear readers! Another tough workweek conquered – and, as your reward, Long Island’s first weekend under Phase 2 reopening protocols. Well played! It’s June 12 out there, and while you’re probably itching for your teenager to find a summer job after a half-year of home learning, it is indeed the U.N.’s World Day Against Child Labour, which is a very different matter and no joke. That’s, like,…


As 1-800-Flowers leaves, IDA fertilizes wilted site

By GREGORY ZELLER // With iconic 1-800-Flowers.com transplanting to Jericho Plaza, its current/soon-to-be former Carle Place home is being reseeded by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday announced preliminary approval of an application for economic-development benefits by DBD Realty Group, the Garden City-based LLC that purchased One Old Country Road – 1-800-Flowers.com’s home for the past 15 years – for $26.5 million in February. With the international e-retailer announcing its relocation…


No. 500: Voices from the past, eyes on the future

That’s, like, half-a-thousand: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and a special edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. It’s May 13 out there, midpoint of another busy workweek, and this is our official 500th newsletter. Reaching this milestone years after losing Publisher John Kominicki – entrepreneurial founder, tireless promotor, driving engine – was highly unlikely. Doing it without you would have been literally impossible. So thank you, newsletter subscribers and website visitors, inventors and investors,…


No. 499: In which Vasco da Gama resurfaces – and moms, PPE and coconut pies have a day

  The mother of all weekends: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up another work-from-home workweek and kick off a bittersweet, locked-down Mother’s Day weekend. Freedom (to choose): It’s May 8 out there, and if states aren’t being liberated as quickly as you’d like, perhaps you’ll find solace in the Czech Republic’s Liberation Day. If not, try Parents Day in South Korea, Veterans Day in Norway or World Red Cross Day. Cream of…


Incentives abound as Nassau IDA, LEAC plug away

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s full steam ahead in Nassau County’s economic-development wing, where the coronavirus can’t slow the works. The Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corp. and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency have pressed forward with a number of jobs-creating, economy-sustaining bond sales and incentives packages, helping top international franchisers, regional schools and others keep on keeping on during and after the great pandemic of 2020. Right at the top: The IDA’s preliminary…


No. 435: Kicking off, sinking vs. swimming and justice for all (fraud victims, that is)

  End run: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the last leg of this busy late-summer workweek. It’s Sept. 6 out there, and if you had the Mayflower departing Plymouth, England, and setting a course for history on this date in 1620, well done! A half-crown and two shillings for you; please contact our Awards Department for more information. Are you ready for some football? It’s Unification Day in Bulgaria and Armed Forces Day in…


No. 403: On Truman, workforce development and Adelphi diversity – plus, casting a new Spellman

  Fair to middling: A pleasant Wednesday to you, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of our latest busy workweek. Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Donna, Sammy, Eric, Pearlene, Luke, Shaun, Hamlet, Catherine, Andre and Marshall. If any of you had the house of Zhao beating the house of Zhi (ending the Battle of Jinyang in the State of Jin on this date in 453 B.C.), collect your 100 bronze Yibi…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


No. 278: NASA in Melville, economic impact in Farmingdale, bottom-line battles and 25 years of ‘Groundhog Day’

TGIF: Welcome, friends old and new, to the end of a cold and snowy workweek. It’s Feb. 2, and it was 78 years ago today when a famous bandleader invited an unknown singer from Hoboken, NJ, to perform on stage at a bobbysoxer gig in Indianapolis. It would not be the last time Frank Sinatra would perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Déjà vu: It’s also Groundhog Day, again, and in case you were wondering,…


1-800-Flowers in Facebook bot deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Special delivery from 1-800-Flowers: The national retailer has launched an automated “chatbot” that can answer questions, make gift suggestions and process orders through Facebook Messenger. The latest floral first from the Carle Place-based gifting giant was among the big announcements at F8, Facebook’s global developer conference, held this week in San Francisco. 1-800-Flowers is one of two online-shopping stalwarts earning Facebook chatbots; Faceboook Messenger users can also access an automated personal…