Attention, sailors longing for a money-splurging shore leave: The Navy is trying to oblige. NCR Corp. has won a $28.5-million contract to outfit 200 U.S. naval vessels worldwide with an icon of landlubber life, the automated teller machine. The contract expands a multiyear program called "ATMs at Sea," which began in 1988 when the company contracted to put the cash-dispensing ATMs on 118 Navy ships. Unlike ATMs on solid ground, these machines aren't linked to banks and are used only to disburse pay. Shock mounts and brackets protect them from the pitch and roll of the ship.
Mean Joe, pitchman
Mean Joe Greene has traded the real thing for pain cream. In the late 1970s, the Pittsburgh Steelers star was featured in a Coca-Cola commercial in which he tossed his jersey to a child who handed him a Coke after a hard game. It won a Clio Award, the equivalent of an Oscar for commercials. Now Greene has a new role: pitchman for Chattem Inc.'s Flex-all 454. Another Football Hall of Famer, Joe Namath, has been hawking the balm since last year.
New maternity benefit
More employers are helping mothers return to work after maternity leave by making it easier for them to continue feeding their babies breast milk. Medela Inc., a McHenry, Ill., maker of breast pumps, has devised a benefit program that provides electric pumps, a lactation consultant, even a comfortable worksite lactation room and portable pumps for business trips. Employers using the "Corporate Lactation" program now range from the Burbank, Calif., Police Department to Chesapeake Hospital in Virginia. Many have found it saves money because breast-fed babies are sick less often, which means less absenteeism for working parents.
Fool me twice . . .
"You're a winner! Congratulations!" said the postcard from the National Unclaimed Sweepstakes Notification Bureau. The postcard told winners to call a toll-free number to find out about a "free prize offer." The 40,000 people who called the number did not get a prize, however. Instead, they got a recording giving them advice about recognizing sweepstakes scams. U.S. postal inspectors sent the cards to 200,000 people across the country who previously had lost money through phony offers. Apparently one in five hadn't learned to avoid them. "What surprised us was the rapidity of the response," said spokeswoman Karen Luehrs.
Shattering the glass
More women are breaking through the "glass ceiling" barrier to upper management. Professors at Indiana University and University of North Carolina report in a joint study that women's service on corporate boards of directors is rising. "Cracks in the Glass: The Silent Competence of Women," also shows female supervisors are far more able than male counterparts to resolve workplace disputes before they escalate.
Check that ad twice
Thousands of sharp-eyed consumers are enjoying one-way fares to Los Angeles from Boston this summer for $48 thanks to a typographical error in a Continental Airlines ad appearing in Boston papers. The ad should have said the fare was $148 one way.
_ Compiled from reports by the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.