Starbucks Union Expansion Slows a Year Into Labor Drive

Starbucks Union Expansion Slows a Year Into Labor Drive

Twelve Starbucks stores petitioned for representation by the Starbucks Workers United union in September, down from a peak of 71 in March, National Labor Relations Board records show. The eight petitions filed in August marked the smallest number since December, when the first Starbucks cafe voting to unionize led to a wave of other locations … Read more

Pfizer, Uber and Starbucks Highlight Another Busy Earnings Week

Pfizer, Uber and Starbucks Highlight Another Busy Earnings Week

Pfizer Inc., PFE 3.69% Uber UBER -1.15% Technologies Inc. and Starbucks Corp. SBUX 2.13% are among the heavyweights headlining another busy earnings week as investors search for insight into the state of the broader economy. Nearly a third of the S&P 500, or about 160 component companies, is slated to report earnings in the coming week, according to … Read more

Apple, Amazon, McDonald’s Headline Busy Earnings Week

Apple, Amazon, McDonald’s Headline Busy Earnings Week

Amazon. com Inc., Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc. are among the tech heavyweights featured in a packed week of earnings that investors will probe for indicators about the broader economy. Other tech companies scheduled to report their latest quarterly reports include Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Investors also will hear from … Read more

Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

Sen. Patty Murray in Washington, Sept. 14. Photo: Tom Williams/Zuma Press How worried are Democrats about Washington Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election? Bothered enough that Seattle’s corporate heavyweights are playing dirty pool on her behalf. After coasting for five terms, the progressive Ms. Murray is facing a surprisingly spirited challenge from Tiffany Smiley, a nurse and … Read more

Service Is Slow. Luggage Is AWOL. Companies Struggle With an Influx of New Hires.

Service Is Slow. Luggage Is AWOL. Companies Struggle With an Influx of New Hires.

A United Airlines jet’s wingtip clipped another jet earlier this summer after inexperienced ramp workers misjudged the distance between the aircraft. Some nurses are starting hospital jobs after graduating from school having never touched a live patient. Chipotle said sales at its restaurants are lower than they would be with more experienced staff. On paper, … Read more

Starbucks Is Rethinking Almost Everything, Including How to Make Frappuccinos

Starbucks Is Rethinking Almost Everything, Including How to Make Frappuccinos

SEATTLE—Behind a secure door at Starbucks Corp. SBUX 0.53% headquarters lies a technology lab where the chain is plotting its renewal. That includes rethinking the onerous path its baristas must take to make a Frappuccino. Inside the 20,000-square-foot space called the Tryer Center, baristas working in a mock-up of a Starbucks cafe walked back and … Read more

Disney’s New Pricing Magic: More Profit From Fewer Park Visitors

Disney’s New Pricing Magic: More Profit From Fewer Park Visitors

Walt Disney DIS -2.89% used to call Disneyland his “magic kingdom.” These days, Walt Disney Co. has a new magic trick: wringing every last dollar out of each visitor to its profitable theme parks. Over the past two years, as Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort and Southern California’s Disneyland Resort have emerged from the shadow … Read more

Private Equity Wants to Wash Your Car

Private Equity Wants to Wash Your Car

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—On a warm summer day, a gray sedan approaches the express tunnel at Ultra Car Wash in this Atlanta suburb. The vehicle, recognized by a scanner, passes through a gate and automatically gets treated with brushes, scrubbers and air blasters programmed to the specifications of a prepaid membership. It emerges minutes later, sparkling in … Read more

Starbucks Replacement Opens in Russia With Similar Look

Starbucks Replacement Opens in Russia With Similar Look

Starbucks Corp.’s SBUX 0.23% former flagship store in Moscow reopened under new ownership but with similar branding, months after the Seattle-based coffee giant pulled out of Russia. On Friday, Russians lined up for drinks at Stars Coffee, operating under a new logo similar to Starbucks’s. Instead of Starbucks’s siren with a star-topped crown, the new … Read more