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: , , |

Canceled Sailings: Last Resort Solution to Port Congestion

U.S. port congestion has not eased. It has simply shifted.

When the pandemic eased, manufacturers and retailers ordered more than needed to offset goods shortages and delivery uncertainty. As a result, ports became congested, which slowed the flow of goods in and out of the country. Today, bottlenecks shift from one port to the other, and labor disputes continue to exacerbate the situation. In this chaotic environment, canceling sailings seem to be a viable, albeit temporary, solution.


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By |2022-09-08T23:57:26+00:00September 13, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Hyundai Plans a New EV Plant in Georgia

Hyundai Motor Group plans to build a $5.5 billion electric car plant near Savannah, GA. The plant will have a production capacity of up to 300,000 vehicles per year in 2025.

The state of Georgia would provide Hyundai with tax breaks and other incentives in exchange for at least 8,100 jobs.

A new US plant may also help boost Hyundai’s EV sales. The Inflation Reduction Act, which U.S. President Biden is expected to sign into law the week of August 15, 2022, […]

By |2022-08-14T23:45:03+00:00August 14, 2022|Tags: , , |

Problems with Free Returns

As the cost of returns continues to rise, retailers are looking for ways to reduce or recapture their costs. In 2021, the e-commerce returns rate hit an all-time high of 20.8%–up from 18.1% in 2020. The cost of online returns averaged 21% of order values.

In addition to the cost, there is the impact on the environment for returns (see “The Dark Side of Online Returns”). Many products are sent to the landfill, and there is the consumption […]

By |2022-07-27T04:57:52+00:00August 2, 2022|Tags: , , , |
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