Worker Safety Affects Starbucks Location Decisions

Crime, drug use, and homelessness are impacting Starbucks’ location choices.

The company is closing 16 stores in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland, citing concerns about employee and customer safety. In a crime ridden area of  Sacramento, one Starbucks stills provides only take-out, long after COVID restrictions were lifted.  Because of safety concerns, the restrooms are closed and there is no indoor seating.


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By |2022-09-25T20:59:25+00:00September 25, 2022|Tags: , , |

McDonald’s Cancels the McPlant

After a lackluster six-month test of the McPlant product in 600 U.S. restaurants, McDonald’s has pulled the item from its menu across the U.S. citing low sales.

In February 2020, OM in the News reported that Impossible Foods had bowed out of supplying plant-based burgers to McDonald’s, citing capacity concerns.  For Beyond Meat, which took on the contract to supply the McPlant patty, the loss of this lucrative contract will no doubt have serious repercussions.


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Can California’s Power Grid Support New Mandate?

The entire Western U.S. faces a heatwave over the Labor Day weekend.

During the six-to-seven-day streak of extreme temperatures, California’s 40 million person population is being asked to not charge electric vehicles from 4-9pm and to set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher. They have also been told not to use other major appliances and to turn off any “unneeded” devices.

While conservation is certainly a helpful concept, many Californians are frustrated by the ongoing capacity shortages of the power grid. […]

By |2022-09-05T19:27:16+00:00September 5, 2022|Tags: , , |

1099-K Changes Impact Small Firms and Individuals

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021, an important provision related to the 1099-K tax form affects those who receive payments through third-party networks. Just a few examples of those who may be affected: anyone paid for a side hustle through Paypal, who sells on eBay, or who contracts with companies such as Uber and Lyft.

In this post, we’ll focus on the capacity and productivity impacts of this tax law change on a variety of stakeholders.

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