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Starbucks Set to Post Record Operating Profits in Korea in 2017: Sources

Starbucks Set to Post Record Operating Profits in Korea in 2017: Sources

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Operating profits of Starbucks Coffee Korea are expected to exceed 100 billion won (US$88.4 million) this year amid growing popularity of the U.S. coffeehouse chain here, industry sources said Tuesday. The 50-50 joint venture between retail conglomerate Shinsegae and the U.S. coffee giant posted 52.8 billion won in operating [...]

Chinese Tourists Can Now Use Alipay in All 242 Starbucks Across Malaysia

Chinese Tourists Can Now Use Alipay in All 242 Starbucks Across Malaysia

HANGZHOU, China, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial”, “Ant”), is now available for Mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia. Chinese tourists can find a nearest Starbucks through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their [...]

SK Telecom, Starbucks to Test AI Order

SK Telecom, Starbucks to Test AI Order

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom Co., South Korea’s No. 1 mobile carrier, said Tuesday it joined forces with Starbucks Korea to allow users of its artificial intelligence (AI) device NUGU to order drinks via voice. Under the agreement, SK Telecom plans to connect NUGU to Starbuck’s order application, allowing users to order [...]

Starbucks Korea Ordered to Compensate Customer for Changing Words on Event

Starbucks Korea Ordered to Compensate Customer for Changing Words on Event

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Starbucks Coffee Korea has been ordered to compensate a customer for providing only one free coffee after the consumer won an event that originally promised a free drink every day for a year, the plaintiff’s lawyer said Wednesday. The customer, surnamed Ko, filed the case with the Seoul Central [...]

Average S. Korean Had Some 500 Cups of Coffee in 2016: Data

Average S. Korean Had Some 500 Cups of Coffee in 2016: Data

SEOUL, Apr. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The average South Koreans drank 500 cups of coffee last year, reflecting its popularity as a favorite beverage item consumed between meals, industry data showed Sunday. The coffee consumption in Asia’s fourth-largest economy is estimated to have reached about 25.05 billion cups at the end of 2016, up 25 [...]

Why is Starbucks So Popular in South Korea?

Why is Starbucks So Popular in South Korea?

SEOUL, March 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Marking its 17th anniversary last year, Starbucks Korea’s annual revenue exceeded 1 trillion won for the first time, and much attention is being paid to what is behind the international coffee giant’s long-lived success in the country. Of the 75 countries that Starbucks currently operates in, only in five [...]