You Can Renew the Founder’s Mentality, Says Author Chris Zook

“Once your company is no longer small it tends to accumulate bureaucracy and you begin to lose the founder’s mentality,” says Chris Zook, author of “The Founders Mentality.” “That is the paradox of growth. Growth creates complexity and complexity is the silent killer of profitable growth.”

Starbucks Dramatically Increased Used of AI-Powered Customer Insights to Drive Growth, Says CEO

Starbucks has dramatically increased the use of AI-powered customer insights to drive growth, says Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. During the most recent holiday season, Starbucks made data-driven decisions on a variety of items from the type of holiday cups they were offering to how they promoted gift cards, all designed to increase sales.

Starbucks Coming Out on Top in China, Says CEO

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson isn’t worried about competitors in the fast-growing coffee market in China. Starbucks has nearly 3,700 stores in China already and is generating double-digit transaction growth. For Starbucks, their growth in China continues to be driven by providing a unique customer experience that is like no other in their industry.

Cannabis Triple Venti at Starbucks?

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says that cannabis-infused beverages are not on the roadmap. However, he seems open to that possibility in the future. “You can’t get a cannabis triple venti today. There are a lot of issues that we would have to think through on that. Right now that’s not on the roadmap. But we are mindful of the trends.”

Starbucks Delivery via Uber Eats Goes National After Seeing Higher Average Sales

Based on a successful delivery trial in China via Alibaba and Uber Eats in Miami, Starbucks has announced that they are adding delivery nationwide.

Thandie Newton Calls Out Starbucks over Distasteful Statue

Actress Thandie Newton slammed coffee giant Starbucks this week over a figurine she saw in one of their stores. The figure, which Newtown posted on Twitter, is of a black figure in a loin cloth and safari hat holding coffee…

Starbucks Offers Rewards Points to Lyft Riders and Drivers

Starbucks and Lyft have just announced a partnership that will see both riders and drivers earning rewards points for using Lyft. There are basically four major aspects of the partnership. First, My Starbucks Rewards members will earn stars (reward points)…

Starbucks’ Music Experience Is Now Powered by Baristas with Spotify

Coffee kingpin Starbucks and bane of Jay-Z’s existence Spotify have just announced a huge partnership to create a “first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.” What that means is that soon, the Starbucks music experience will be powered by Spotify – and more specifically,…

Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app…

Neil Young Calls for Starbucks Boycott Over GMO Lawsuit

Neil Young is protesting Starbucks. And when Neil Young protests something, people notice — for better or for worse. When the National Guard rolled in to Kent State back in the 60s and left four students dead in their wake,…

Stout-Flavored Coffee And Other Beer-Flavored Products You MUST Try

Everyone is buzzing with the news that Starbucks might be putting out stout-flavored coffee. The beer-flavored beverage is reportedly being tested out in Ohio and Florida. Referred to as the Dark Barrel Latte, the product is supposed to be named…

Stout-Flavored Coffee: The New Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Stout-flavored coffee could be coming to a Starbucks near you. The coffee giant is testing a new beer-flavored coffee in Ohio and Florida. If you like beer and you love coffee, this could be the greatest thing ever, or it…

Starbucks Stout Flavored Latte Hits Test Markets

Pumpkin spice and salted caramel-flavored coffee sure says fall to many people – but what about a coffee that tastes like cold weather’s favorite beer? I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who could definitely get into…

Caffeine Powder Blamed for Teen’s Death

The sudden death of a high school wrestler due to a massive caffeine overdose prompted federal health authorities to warn consumers to avoid the substance. Keystone High School prom king Logan Stiner, 18, had a lethal amount of caffeine in…

Coffee Prices At Starbucks Rising

Coffee may be America’s favorite drink, but prices are rising at one of the most popular coffee chains in the world, Starbucks. On Thursday, prices rose between 5 and 20 cents. That may not seem very high, but the cost…

Starbucks’ Wireless Charging Initiative Sounds Cool, Will Likely Disappoint Many

Starbucks has just announced a new initiative to bring wireless charging stations to many of its stores. Awesome, right? The only problem is that not all wireless charging is the same, and Starbucks has gone with a technology that many…

Chai Tea: Oprah and Starbucks Team Up for a Cause

Take Oprah, add in over-priced tea at Starbucks and pour it over a good cause. This will be the formula for Starbucks’ newest addition to their menu: Oprah’s Chai tea. The tea will be sold at Starbucks and Teavana locations…

Starbucks Expands to Include Alcohol Sales

First an Oprah-branded chai … now this. Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffeehouse chain, recently announced that they will rolling out alcohol sales, as well as a “light bites” menu, to more of their 11,500 U.S. stores in the next few years.…

Oprah Winfrey Partners With Starbucks

Oprah Winfrey is partnering with Starbucks where she will launch her own blend of tea called Oprah Chai Tea. The tea will debut on Mother’s Day–Sunday, May 11th–in Starbucks and Teavana stores in both the United States and Canada. The…

Oprah Winfrey Partners With Starbucks For Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

Oprah Winfrey has yet another business venture! This time, the famed media proprietor and former talk show host has partnered with Starbucks to create a new product – Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. On Wednesday, Mar. 19, Winfrey and Howard Schultz, chairman, president and…