Starbucks to your door
Want to avoid the morning rush at the local Starbucks?
No problem, Chief Executive Howard Schultz said. Starbucks will deliver. Schultz announced that, starting in the second half of 2015, Starbucks will bring its food and drinks directly to customers in select markets.
“Imagine the ability to create a standing order at Starbucks, delivered hot or iced to your desk daily,” Schultz said in a conference call with analysts Thursday. “That’s our version of e-commerce on steroids.”
The delivery service will be available through Starbucks Corp.’s mobile app, which currently lets customers pay at the store through their phone, Schultz said.
Saving Rosie’s plant
Rosie the Riveter’s old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball.
Yankee Air Museum board chairman Ray Hunter signed papers Thursday making the aviation museum the owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II.
The signing ceremony represented the culmination of efforts to raise the $8 million needed to save part of the factory for the nearby Yankee Air Museum’s new home.
Hunter, Montgomery and others associated with the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign want to convert the factory and dedicate it to aviation and all the other Rosies who toiled at similar U.S. plants to aid the war effort.
WEIGHT AND WORK
Heavier women earn less
The American workforce is particularly unkind to heavier women.
The more overweight a woman, the more likely she is to work a low-paying job, according to a new study by the Vanderbilt Law School. And that contrasts with overweight men, for whom the correlation isn’t nearly as strong.
“For women there’s this really clear pattern,” said Jennifer Shinall, the study’s author. “Starting when a woman is overweight, she’s less likely to work in what’s known as a personal interaction job, which tends to pay better. And it only gets worse from there – morbidly obese women are the least likely to work those jobs.”
Keeping track of your fitness
Microsoft is looking to challenge Apple and Google with its own system for consolidating health and fitness data from various fitness gadgets and mobile apps. Microsoft is also releasing a $199 fitness band to work with this system.
As more athletes and recreationalists track their fitness, a chief frustration has been the inability to bring data from one gadget into an app made by a rival. As a result, nutrition information might reside in one place, while data on calories burned might be in another. Consolidating data gives users and health professionals a bigger picture on health.
Microsoft Health follows the launch of Apple’s HealthKit in September and Google Fit earlier this week. Unlike rival systems, Microsoft Health will work with competing phones, not just those running Windows.
Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press
and The Washington Post contributed.