By The Numbers

Starbucks costs more bucks

Marketplace Staff Jul 7, 2015
5 to 20 cents

You may have noticed if you stopped by Starbucks for coffee this morning that it cost a little more than usual — 5 to 20 cents, to be exact. Starbucks announced that on Tuesday, most of its stores would be raising prices on hot drinks. As CNN Money reports, the company has consistently raised its prices over the last three years, but this is the most comprehensive raising of prices on several items at once.

$6,842

That’s how little a professional women’s soccer player sometimes makes as an annual salary for her time on the field. Compare that with the U.S. men’s soccer team, whose players have a minimum annual salary of $60,000. And as Quartz points out, if any of the returning champions decided to live on her wages from soccer alone, she’d be well below the poverty line.

700 pointe shoes

That’s how many pointe shoes are made by Freed of London craftsmen every day. And Sarah Wroth, Corps de Ballet dancer at the Boston Ballet, swears by them. She says a dancer can spend an entire career looking for the perfect pair of shoes. Hear more about Wroth as part of our series on professionals and their must-have tools.

50 percent

Making glass bottles out of recycled material creates 50 percent less pollution than making glass from scratch. It also uses 30 percent less energy. We take a closer look at the economics behind recycling as part of our “I’ve Always Wondered” series. You asked, so we answered.

Unlimited

We know, it’s not a number, but you’ll want to hear about it anyway: some U.S. companies have started experimenting with offering employees unlimited vacation daysZocDoc, a healthcare technology company in New York, has adopted the policy already. Netta Samroengraja, CFO and chief people officer, says ZocDoc has seen increased motivation in its workforce.

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