Starbucks turns 50 after year of pandemic challenges

Mar 30, 2021
Starbucks has become a place to meet, work or grab a cup of coffee. But that became a harder sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starbucks' last report of quarterly results showed same-store sales down about 5% in the U.S.
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Starbucks sees grounds for optimism as sales in China rebound

Jan 27, 2021
The coffee giant has been able to weather the pandemic by expanding its drive-thru and online ordering.
Starbucks has the resources to weather the COVID-19 slowdown, one analyst says. Above, a woman wearing a face mask walks past a Starbucks in Beijing on Jan. 30, 2020.
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Corporations offer to help with vaccine rollout

Jan 22, 2021
Some of these companies have expertise, resources or logistical capacity that the federal government may lack.
Vaccine distribution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Some major sports venues are joining the effort to prevent infections.
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Starbucks and Home Depot permanently raising wages

Nov 19, 2020
A growing number of people across the country and the political spectrum support raising the minimum wage. Is this a sign of a bigger shift?
Starbucks is boosting starting salaries to help attract and retain new employees.
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Starbucks is closing stores and shifting operations amid COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020
The coffee chain giant said it’s lost $3.2 billion in revenue since the onset of the pandemic.
A Starbucks in Maryland with curbside pickup and ordering. Starbucks announced it will add more options like this to accommodate social distancing.
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Starbucks is winning afternoon customers with cold brew

Jan 29, 2020
It's typically a sleepy time of day for restaurants but snacking is on the rise.
Offering something customers typically don't want in the morning hours, like iced coffee, is one way to draw in customers.
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Starbucks wants to avoid national political campaigns. Can it?

Jan 29, 2019
Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, has been dominating the 2020 presidential chatter for a few days now. And while the spotlight’s focused on whether Schultz will run as an independent candidate, it’s also casting a big shadow on his former company. In an email, Starbucks’ current CEO Kevin Johnson told employees the company doesn’t […]

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At a Starbucks located near a college for the deaf, all the baristas know ASL

Nov 29, 2018
Starbucks designed a store specifically for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Sign language interpretation major student Nikolas Carapellatti (L) signs with deaf Gallaudet University student Rebecca Witzofsky outside the first Starbucks café staffed by employees who are partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in American Sign Language in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2018.
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Dunkin' aims at Starbucks with revamped espresso drinks

Oct 24, 2018
Dunkin’ recently dropped “Donuts” from its name, and now we know one reason why. It wants people to think more about fancy coffee drinks. The chain says it’ll be brewing lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos at its 9,200 stores by the holidays. That’s a pretty big pivot to coffee. Click the audio player above to hear […]
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Dunkin' aims at Starbucks with revamped espresso drinks

Oct 24, 2018
Dunkin’ recently dropped “Donuts” from its name, and now we know one reason why. It wants people to think more about fancy coffee drinks. The chain says it’ll be brewing lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos at its 9,200 stores by the holidays. That’s a pretty big pivot to coffee. Click the audio player above to hear […]
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