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Something New Brewing at Starbucks New York

The Starbucks coffee chain has announced plans to open the first Starbucks Pickup point in Penn Station.

This coffee shop is being designed as a streamlined store experience for customers who order and pay with the Starbucks app. The process of ordering involves downloading the app, selecting Pickup-Penn Station as the location, and placing an order. At the store, the order status board will guide consumers to their caffeine. Baristas will be available to help if needed, but their primary role will be to make drinks as orders come in on the app.

The Penn Station concept is similar to Starbucks Now, the recently launched coffee system in Beijing that relies on mobile orders and serves as a pickup spot for Starbucks delivery personnel. The Starbucks brand is building a portfolio of store concepts, ranging from full-sized stores for work, meetings, and hanging out, to drive-thru only stores meant for areas with high volumes of commuter business. The new Starbucks Pickup adds another facet to the collection. Given its reliance on foot traffic, the pilot location in Penn Station will be a good indicator of its value to coffee-seeking commuters.

Global Business City of the Year: Scottsdale, Arizona

The City of Scottsdale was recognized as the Global Business City of the Year at the 2019 Global Chamber “Grow Globally Fair.” Now in its 12th year, The Fair was founded to acknowledge and applaud businesses that are leading, exceling, and pushing the boundaries in international business. The Global Chamber is networked in 195 countries and more… Continue Reading

New Technology = New International Business Opportunities

In today’s world, the old saying “money talks” is truer than ever. But sometimes it really isn’t that easy to understand. International business opportunities have long been hindered by language barriers. When people and platforms struggle to communicate, it is no surprise that they can’t do business with each other. Thankfully, this problem is being… Continue Reading

Importance of Architectural Design in Property Value

When it comes to real estate Architectural design in buildings has always been extremely important.  Resell and real estate value can really be impacted by poor/quality architectural design.  In addition, when purchasing for one’s own use, with bad design the problems are endless.  Looking for solid, aesthetically pleasing designs with the use of high quality… Continue Reading

Bitcoin: The Global Appeal

Bitcoin – that was launched anonymously in 2008 – is today widely becoming an acceptable and attractive currency.  In its early days it was used primarily for east-west trade routes, today it has established an “almost universal appeal.” Today with the increasing concern attached to cyber security and online payments, people are becoming more interested… Continue Reading

HFA Global Board of Directors

Each year the Hedge Fund Association (HFA) elects new board members.  This worldwide “not-for-profit industry trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization devoted to advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments” was created in 1996 and has representation in over 5 continents and 14 countries. Earlier this month, the HFA elected the following new individuals to its board. they… Continue Reading

Overseas Investments: The Options

Where is it best for investors to search for new opportunities worldwide?  In this article we take a look at some of the promising places for 2019 as well as some of the considerations vis-à-vis country jurisdictions and restrictions. According to a recent article in City AM: “Currency risk is a factor to be borne… Continue Reading

Hedge Funds Around the World: A Glance

Hedge funds and the credibility investors give them have fluctuated a lot historically.  In the last ten years, since the 2008 financial crisis occurred.  But until then it was hedge funds that dominated the fiscal market, featuring top money managers, investment levels and high fees. Such characteristics were what kept the hedge funds elite. Much… Continue Reading