A former tech executive who drinks three to five cups of coffee each day — perhaps at least two of them from Starbucks — Jenny Zhiya Qian must have asked herself: Why do people want coffees? People from Italy — where drinking coffee is considered a national lifestyle — might have a different answer from […]
Guo Jinyi, co-founder and senior vice president at Luckin, responded to the Alibaba-Starbucks deal by saying that traditional retail, even with the increased takeaway and mobile payments, is not necessarily new retail since the fundamental business model had not changed.
John and Matt discuss the significance of the Starbucks, Alibaba deal.
The rumor about a possible tie-up between Starbucks and Alibaba-backed delivery service Ele.me has been around for a while. But it turns out that the partnership is much larger in scale than previously thought. The partnership will cover nearly every key business within the Alibaba ecosystem, including Ele.me, Hema, Tmall, Taobao, and Alipay.