Posts Tagged ‘Starbucks’

  • everyday economics at Starbucks

    Starbucks Drive-Through Economics

    May 24, 14 • 1149 Views • No Comments

    My new Starbucks has a drive-through. If you look at a high shelf near the window through which the baristas hand the coffee and food to drivers, you see a screen with little cars and numbers. Changing from green to yellow to red, the color of each car......  [read more]

  • Everyday economics and how prices differ in the U.S.

    The Benefits of “Pay-It-Forward”

    Mar 20, 14 • 1425 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps a pay-it-forward record, at a Connecticut Starbucks, more than 1,000 people each paid for the person behind them during December 2013. The store manager was on to something when he said, “”We hope that it will continue on, even if it......  [read more]

  • Everyday economics and how prices differ in the U.S.

    (Not So) Dumb Starbucks

    Feb 15, 14 • 1120 Views • No Comments

    At New York’s 2nd Ave Deli, you can order the Instant Heart Attack and/or the Triple Bypass Sandwich. Listed on the menu like this (below), the sandwiches are trademarked. When the 2nd Ave. Deli trademarked its heart attack sandwiches, they consulted a......  [read more]

  • labor productivity at Starbucks

    Does Your Barista Do a Repeatable Routine?

    Jan 18, 14 • 2416 Views • No Comments

    Starbucks calls it “transactions per hour” but from our perspective, it’s waiting in line. Researchers say that it takes only 3 minutes in a queue for us to become impatient. Hoping to show their shorter line time and higher sales, Starbucks......  [read more]

  • Coffee Conspicuous Consumption

    One Reason To Drink Coffee in China

    Dec 12, 13 • 2805 Views • No Comments

    How can you show your friends (in China) that you have ascended to your country’s middle class? Starbucks. First, some background… A 2010 BusinessWeek article on the world’s most caffeinated countries cited a connection between an......  [read more]