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Is that a war rug from Afghanistan? I find those really intriguing and really disturbing.
I'm with Gomestar. Let's talk about the fucking industry now. That's got to be much more interesting than either oil or restaurants.
You are not a fan of big data, I guess.http://www.qsrmagazine.com/operations/get-grip-big-dataChatting with customers is fine as far as it goes, but it's no substitute for data gathered from dozens or hundreds of outlets, especially when correlated with other sources. In many ways, the restaurant industry is tailor-made for data analytics. Lots of big chains, including Starbucks, have Chief Data Officers or a Director of Data Analytics. Making effective use of all this...
Some places, and probably Starbucks is Exhibit A, can use their size to generate economies of scale. Coffee is their major input which makes it very profitable for them to iron out the coffee supply chain themselves. But a lot of chain restaurants are getting their ingredients from Sysco. I think the real way that big chains beat up on independents is data and advertising. A lot of successful chain restaurants are very good at collecting and managing data. Some chains...
I don't know if Starbucks exactly engages in predatory pricing. I think most of their outlets are profitable from day one. They have a pretty sophisticated model for locating stores. They know what they are doing and they are very efficient at doing it.Partly that. In some countries, the supply chain is too chaotic to properly support mega restaurant chains. They still exist in these countries but logistics are much more difficult than in the U.S.. There are cultural...
Hmm. Maybe these two are not quite as bad as I first thought.http://www.courtroomstrategy.com/2015/04/blast-lawsuit-is-desperate-plea-for-attention/Instead, half of Manhattan is Starbucks. I am a huge fan of market forces and certainly people should be allowed to vote with their wallets. Nonetheless, the "uniformity of efficiency" can be kind of depressing sometimes. One-off mom and pops aren't as efficient as national chains, but it's kind of hard to have a favorite...
No, because "mansplaining" is a sexist insult used by PC twits to shut people up with whom they disagree and this, instead, was the answer to a question.
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Now that I think about it, this discussion really belongs in the Gennaro Paone thread.
I don't think agricultural workers are a problem in California. I think it's agriculture in general. The point made above that California agriculture is effectively subsidized is correct. But the beneficiaries of that subsidy aren't so much the employers or the workers, it's consumers. By restricting urban water use while leaving agriculture untouched, Brown is throwing that subsidy into sharp relief. I just don't see why everyone in California should kill their lawns...
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