May 2020 Friday’s e-links: Business Wars and Disaster Tradeoffs

My May 2020 e-links include the “Business Wars” podcast series on competitors like Starbucks and Dunkin’ and a book rec on Katrina’s emergency tradeoffs.

The Surprising Reason That We Love Our Pumpkin Spice Lattes

An economist can explain the surprising reason that we eagerly anticipate the yearly launch of Pumpkin Spice Latte from Dunkin’ and Starbucks.

When Less Is More at Dunkin’ Donuts

When a firm like Dunkin’ Donuts does some rebranding with a name change, it is trying to send a new message to its customers

How a Behavioral Economist Explains a Frappuccino Problem

Since 1995, many of us have been consuming shamelessly decadent Frappuccinos. Just one Ultra Caramel Frappuccino with dark caramel coffee, layers of whipped cream (each topped with a dollop of caramel sauce), and white chocolate tops the 400 calorie threshold.…

Why We Want a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

The reason that we cannot resist limited edition drinks like a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is diminishing marginal utility.

Gender Equity for Saudi Women at Starbucks and Beyond

While today is the first day that Saudi women can drive legally, they still experience gender inequity at Starbucks and beyond.

Why Starbucks Has a Multi-Billion Dollar Name

Valued at billions of dollars, Starbucks has developed a global brand that added to what the Starbucks name was worth to Nestlé.

Why the Retail Apocalypse Could Be a Renaissance

Even with mall traffic declining and stores closing, retail restructuring might lead to a renaissance fueled by creative destruction rather than an apocalypse.

Using Time to Choose Your Coffee Shop

In 2015, Norway’s Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen won the World Brewers Cup competition. The rules are simple. You just need to use a non-mechanical coffee brewing method and have won qualifying regional competitions. Essentially, we are talking about pouring water (by hand)…

Imagining a Marijuana Starbucks

With eight states having legalized recreational marijuana, new businesses are multiplying. One ad person even asked if there could be “a Starbucks equivalent in the world of weed.” So today, let’s see the possibilities. A Starbucks Equivalent Surface Magazine shared five…