Monthly Archives: December 2008

How Good is Your Latte Recitation?

Ever try to memorize all the different lattes and crazy names of coffee served at Starbucks? Well, this customer did… to some extent. A Starbucks lover who calls himself Dragonblink, also created a comprehensive list to help customers break down … Continue reading

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Starbucks goes Red…

Anyone frequent to Starbucks website would notice that their site has been re-designed with lots of red. Also, the site display these words “We believe it’s better to give and receive. Any time you buy a Starbucks Red exclusive, we … Continue reading

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Credit Card Industry Rule Changes-Good News for Consumers?

Some good news for consumers, if not for credit card companies, may come as early as Thursday when the Federal Reserve will vote to approve 1,000 pages of new rules on the credit card industry. The rules also need approval … Continue reading

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Discover Introduces Biodegradable Card

Just in case you were holding off on throwing the credit card in the trash, because you were worried about the possible environmental impact, Discover has some news for you. Discover Financial Services announced the introduction of a biodegradable Discover … Continue reading

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What I learned about Fast Food

I’m as anti-fast food as they come. Since I moved to New York in 2003, I’ve eaten at McDonald’s once (a post-drinking Big Mac run) and Burger King once (while I was covering the company) in the city. I’ve eaten … Continue reading

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More Lawsuits for Charney

Seriously–maybe if Dov Charney would just put some freaking clothes on, he wouldn’t be getting sued every time he turned around. The latest suit comes from an ex-girlfriend of Charney’s, who was there at the start of the company waaaay … Continue reading

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Analyst: "A Lot of Restaurants Are Just Going to Go Away"

During my reporting for the corporate strategy piece, I talked to one restaurant analyst who gave a very stark assessment of the restaurant industry. “What you are going to see is that a lot of the restaurants are just going … Continue reading

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The Double-Edged Sword of Franchising

The basic model of franchising is that a company sells franchise rights to someone and that party then opens a franchise and gives a predetermined portion of revenue back to the company that issued the franchise. In simple terms, it’s … Continue reading

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News for News Companies: Railroads, Politico/Reuters, and NYT Wage Freeze

      James Surowiecki, who writes a New Yorker business and finance column, compares the newspaper industry to the railroad industry at the turn of the twentieth century in a new piece called “News You Can Lose.”  Some believe … Continue reading

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New Brews…

When Starbucks began over two decades ago, it’s primary focus was making new coffee brews. As it is well known, the coffee company over the years have diverted to adding other line of products to its list. From teddy bears, … Continue reading

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