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  • Started 11 years ago by chdot
  • Latest reply from Morningsider

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  1. chdot

    "US coffee giant Starbucks plans to expand further in the UK, creating 5,000 UK jobs over the next five years.The company intends to increase the number of drive-through coffee outlets, typically found at motorway service stations, from nine to 200."

    Though as the FT points out -

    "The move, which comes after an aggressive expansion backfired badly in 2008, is at odds with other parts of the food and drink industry which are being forced to pull down the shutters as cash-strapped consumers curb spending and raw material inflation eats into their profit margins."

    So maybe 'hard-pressed-motorists' still have spare cash(?)

    Posted 11 years ago #
  2. wingpig

    "...after an aggressive expansion backfired badly in 2008..."

    Tell that to Newington.

    Perhaps hard-pressed motorists can save cash by not having to stop as long at service stations, no longer having to take relaxing but inefficient eye-resting leg-stretching walks between their car and the walk-in coffee-vendors inside service station buildings.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  3. SRD

    love it. solar panel maker serves notice on 4000+ employees while star#*cks creates mcjobs.


    Posted 11 years ago #
  4. I think it was in No Logo that the Starbuck's method was explained - whereby they target an area and saturate it with coffee stores (think about the centre of Edinburgh and the close proximity) and they know they've cornered the market when one Starbucks starts taking business from another Starbucks.

    'Aggressive' is the right word.

    Don't know how motorway service drive-thrus fit in with that (and really, how ridiculous, services on motorways I always see as the chance to stretch legs and recover a little on a long drive - the thought of simply driving through for coffee seems odd... What next? Drive-thru toilets?)

    Posted 11 years ago #
  5. chdot

    "solar panel maker serves notice on 4000+ employees"

    I think that is due to Gov reducing subsidy on installing panels with generous cashback on electricity supplied to Grid.

    Whether that is good or bad (apart from for those who may be out of work) is less clear - just highlights the complex relationships between Governments and energy production, distribution, consumption etc. plus subsidies for nuclear and renewables and the whole business of energy efficiency, building regs etc.

    Long way off from any sort of 'rational' energy policies generally and electricity ones specifically.

    Biomass no longer seems to be 'the next big thing'. Replacing agricultural land not good idea, nor is shipping bits of wood around the world for burning.

    Solar panels on house owners' existing roofs - paid for by everyone else - maybe not to good either. Solar panels on all new houses and offices might make more (financial and environmental) sense.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  6. wingpig

    My parents' neighbour recently attempted to ask my parents to cut down (another) (huge) (efficient) tree so that the (inefficient) photovoltaic panels he plans to install on his (tiny, SE-facing) roof would be slightly less completely useless.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  7. LivM

    I've been to a drive-through Starbucks in Seattle - the structure of their suburbs is such that things like this are normal - everyone drives everywhere anyway. We even went to a drive-through cash machine. Doesn't seem as though the concept would fit in UK suburbs though, and really seems like a bad idea on motorway trips.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  8. splitshift

    I went to a drive through cash machine in fort laderdale, (sister in law lives there !) put card in, punched in details, asked for 3000 dollars, machine starts whirring and then clunck ! Power cut, entire half of the city, hurricane season !what would you do ? loads of money in account, we were on hols, so i waited as sister/i/l went for gas !various large americans shouted at the machines and the on site tellers. small guy in a toyota estate car pulls up at my machine, i tell hjim as politely as poss that the machine is down, power outage !I dont care he says, i am the service engineer come to service thye machine !Great i says you can give me my card back? nope cant give you anything, look i plead, i am the only obviously scottish personm here, how many clydesdale bank cards are you expecting here ? . he looks for a minute, cant give you any money he says, no prob i just want the card cause thae emergency numbers on it !Two mins later card in my hand, no money in the chute, and turns out his relatives are from i know them ? Wasnt a touristy/disny area so i supose o was lucky.I could never live there, too hopt, you couldnt walk never moind cycle, and dogs, they would just die !great food, but need bigger portions !!!!!
    (sarcasm ) I used to be able to spell ! or have my fingers got fat n pudgy ?

    Posted 11 years ago #
  9. chdot

    The new facility is one of around 25 drive-through sites planned by the Easdale family across the UK in the coming years.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  10. Morningsider

    Odd how no-one seems to consider the continued development of the 115-minute city as some infringement of their liberties, being imposed by some shadowy elite.

    Posted 3 days ago #

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