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Culture, Labor, Language, Life, Memes, Retail, Starbucks, Work

‘Nobody wants to work anymore’: How a simple phrase became the oversimplified scapegoat for every problem plaguing the American labor market

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, I heard the phrase "Nobody wants to work anymore" over and over. The phrase has become common since businesses began reopening fully this past spring. Like so many other memes in 2021, this one began on TikTok and quickly spread across the US. LoadingSomething is loading. Maybe you've seen it on a sign at your ...
Afternoon tea, Fast Food, Food, Japan, Retail, Starbucks, Starbucks Reserve, starbucks roastery

Starbucks is serving a luxury $42 afternoon tea at its massive 4-story roastery in Tokyo. Here’s what you get.

Starbucks is serving a $42 afternoon tea to celebrate 25 years in Japan. The luxury afternoon tea comes with eight small sweet cakes and three savory items. It's so popular that Starbucks says it may have to hold a lottery to allocate spots. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
boba, Breakfast, Dunkin, Fast Food, oat milk, plant-based, Retail, Starbucks

Dunkin’ is embracing trends like Boba, oat milk, and plant-based meat to attract younger customers

Dunkin' just added popping bubbles to menus. Bubbles, like oat milk and Beyond Meat, are trendy foods that Dunkin' embraced early. Experts say this is a clear move to appeal to young customers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dunkin' just added popping bubbles to menus, and it's the latest entry into Dunkin's experimentation with trendy food items.Bubble tea, the Taiwanese milk tea drink with tapioca pearls, has surged in popularity in the last few years, even leading to a nationwide shortage this spring. Variations on the drink, including popping bubbles like the ones at Dunkin', are riding the wave of popularity. Th...
Coffee, Fast Food, Food, Retail, Starbucks, TikTok

A Starbucks barista says he makes 15 TikTok iced white mochas a day, as staff say they’re flooded with orders for the $7 drink

Some Starbucks baristas say they're flooded with orders for a complex iced mocha. One said he's making at least 15 of the TikTok-inspired drinks every day. It's based on Starbucks' iced white mocha, with the whipped cream substituted for vanilla sweet cream cold foam. See more stories on Insider's business page. "One iced white mocha with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and extra caramel drizzle."It may sound like a highly specific, complex coffee order — but some Starbucks workers hear it a dozen or more times a day. Starbucks workers told Insider they're inundated with orders for the same TikTok-inspired "secret-menu" drink. It's b...
drive thru, Fast Food, Retail, Starbucks

Starbucks’ embrace of viral social media drinks is infuriating some baristas

Starbucks is testing a new way for customers to order popular drinks from social media. Baristas say the drinks are nearly impossible to make with current staff and ingredient shortages. Starbucks says it chose the two initial drinks to reduce complexity. See more stories on Insider's business page. Starbucks is testing a new way for customers to order popular drinks through social media, and some baristas are not happy. The coffee chain just launched a limited test that will let some customers order the off-menu drinks through Facebook and Instagram, according to an internal memo viewed by Insider. The program spotlights a recen...
Chipotle, Economy, Fast Food, Retail, Starbucks, Subway, Wendy's

A Subway ran out of roast beef, a Chipotle ran out of carnitas, and a Wendy’s was low on lettuce, as fast-food chains grapple with supply shortages for key ingredients

Wendy's, Subway, and Chipotle are among the fast-food chains hit by supply-chain issues. Reuters reported that all three chains, along with Subway, ran out of key ingredients at some locations. A Chipotle ran out of barbacoa and carnitas, while a Subway ran out of roast beef, per the report. See more stories on Insider's business page. Restaurants and retailers around the US are grappling with a supply-chain crisis for some of their key ingredients. A recent Reuters report found that at least nine restaurants and fast-food chains, including Subway and Chipotle, were out of stock in some items at certain locations.A Wendy's franchis...
Coffee chain, Fast Food, Food, mobile order, Mobile ordering, Retail, Starbucks, Weekend BI UK

Starbucks workers say the chain’s mobile ordering is out of control — leading to in-store delays, rude customers, and the pressure to make TikTok-inspired drinks

Starbucks workers say the chain is letting too many customers place orders on its app. They say some stores don't have the capacity to keep up with demand. Starbucks also allows unlimited drink modifications via its app, which staff say they're sick of. See more stories on Insider's business page. As well as racing to bring down drive-thru times and navigating maskless customers, Starbucks workers are facing another challenge: mobile orders.Customers have turned to the Starbucks app during the pandemic because it allows them to order in advance and without any face-to-face interaction. Some baristas say this has left them swamped w...