The coffee machine knows you probably don’t want whipped cream on your venti non-fat latte.
Starbucks refrigerators and coffeemakers are about to get a whole lot smarter. Starbucks reportedly plans to connect its devices to the Internet of Things within the next year. Fridges will now tell employees when a carton of milk has gone bad, and cloud-based Clover coffeemakers will track what recipes customers prefer, and alert workers to the machine’s performance. The move is an attempt to improve productivity as well as customer service.
Would you like a beer with your whopper meal?
Fast food restaurants like Burger King and Sonic and coffee powerhouse Starbucks are trying to boost sales during slow business hours by experimenting with sales of alcohol along with their standard offering.
Starbucks is now offering the trenta size, which is just one ounce short of a full quart. Sadly, it will not be available for straight coffee — just icy drinks. In this infographic, Andrew Barr of Canada’s National Post points out that this size is larger than the average adult stomach capacity…
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Winter to visit every Starbucks in the world
A software engineer from California is on a mission to visit every single Starbucks coffee shop on the planet.
Winter, 37, has spent 12 years drinking coffee in 9,100 chain stores. He estimates he has 3,000 left.
Herb Rubenstein, Brent Green, Arjun Sen and Mike Cote at the Startup Junkie Underground
Monday’s Startup Junkie Underground featured ZenMango President Arjun Sen on “Winning Big in a Down Economy.” Sen, bringing experience from retailers including Einstein Bagels and Papa John’s Pizza, began by highlighting the core mantra of his consulting firm: “Guest experience enhancement.” Sen’s overall thesis was that through considering and optimizing every aspect of the customer’s experience businesses can maximize their returns. While the talk was focused on a down economy when consumers are tightening belts, the general lessens seem equally applicable across the economic spectrum.
Like so many groggy morning commuters, Debra Moss likes to begin her day at a Starbucks. Got to get that energy boost for the slog into work, after all.