Teamwork! Starbucks CEO Schultz Is ‘Stunned’


‘But he asks his staff to respect the result’

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has made no secret of his disdain for Donald Trump.

In a letter to staff on Wednesday, Schultz said he was gobsmacked by the president-elect’s victory but said Americans had to respect the results.

“Like so many of our fellow Americans—both Democrats and Republicans—I am stunned,” Schultz wrote. Giant Coffee Cup“We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season.”

Echoing the conciliatory tone of Trump’s opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama in speeches Wednesday afternoon, Schultz said people needed to give Trump a chance to govern well.

In September, the politically outspoken Schultz endorsed Clinton for president, saying he remained optimistic about the country’s future, despite what he saw as an effort by politicians and the media to paint the nation with “cloudiness and despair.” Read the rest of this entry »

Howard Schultz: America Deserves a Servant President a Good Cup of Coffee!


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Starbucks: Race Discrimination to Come?


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I Actually Went to Starbucks and Asked About Racial Issues — Here’s What Happened


Nothing was solved.

Katherine Timpfpage_2014_200_timpf  writes: Since Starbucks launched its “Race Together” initiative — encouraging customers to have conversations about racial issues with its employees — there have been a slew of Internet think pieces about what’s right or wrong about it.

Some people said it was an awkward and a dumb idea. Other people said those people were racists. So — I decided to go out and see for myself what it would be like if I actually did what Starbucks was telling its customers to do. Read the rest of this entry »

CORPORATE RETREAT: Starbucks Baristas Stop Writing #RaceTogether on Cups


BRAND DAMAGE: According to a recently released internal memo, Starbucks baristas will no longer write ‘Race Together’ on customers’ cups starting Sunday

Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson says the campaign to create discussion on diversity and racial inequality will continue without the handwritten messages, which are phasing out as originally planned….(read more)



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UPDATE: Business Insider reports that a Starbucks executive has deleted his Twitter account after backlash about the campaign.

WNEW spoke with an employee at the M St. SE location who says he has not heard of the campaign.

There’s no word yet on whether any other locations in the D.C. area are participating…. (read more)

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Starbucks Wants To Talk To You About Race


Blake Neff writes: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has launched a new initiative that will encourage the company’s baristas to talk to patrons about America’s racial issues.Giant Coffee Cup

“If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to race. And we believe that we are better than this, and we believe our country is better than this.”

To trigger the conversations, in the next week baristas will be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers cups, which is intended to “facilitate a conversation between you and our customers,” according to Schultz.

“If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to race. And we believe that we are better than this, and we believe our country is better than this,” Schultz said in a video shown to Starbucks employees, according to USA Today.

The campaign is being bolstered by an 8-page supplement that will be published Friday by the coffeemaker in USA Today. The supplement will include “conversation starters,” such as the statement “In the past year, I have been to the home of someone of a different race ___ times.”


The campaign is said to be inspired by the controversy emanating from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner last year, both of them black men killed by white police officers. What the initiative hopes to accomplish in the long run is unclear, though the company will be offering more information during its annual meeting on Wednesday.


The new effort is only the latest of the company’s actions that appear designed to bolster the company’s reputation as a socially conscious corporation. Last year, the company created a new program that allows employees to take free online college classes at Arizona State University.

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When You’ve Lost Howard Schultz: Starbucks CEO Bails, says Obamacare ‘Off the Rails’

imagesStarbucks CEO Howard Schultz blasted the implementation of Obamacare on Thursday, just a month after he voiced his support for the law.

The socially-conscious CEO said “what the country needs now is real honesty and transparency and truth about what’s really going on.” He said Obamacare’s rollout was “unfortunate” for the American people because there is a lack of trust now in the law and the website.

”Unfortunately, in this kind of situation, execution trumps strategy,” Schultz said on CNBC. “It might be a great strategy, but the execution is really flawed. It’s off the rails.”

Schultz had previously said Obamacare was “a good thing for the country” in September.