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A recent ad for Howard Schultz is being soundly mocked for including a statement of truth on par with "water is wet."

Schultz—who has not officially announced his candidacy as an independent in the 2020 presidential race—is still deciding whether to throw his hat into the ring.

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KRAKOW, POLAND - 2018/11/14: The Starbucks logo seen in Krakow. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As consumers begin to veer away from relaxing at a café to enjoy their coffee, Starbucks is recalibrating its purchasing options as more and more people choose to sip their java on-the-go. The company announced at its Investor Day that it will be partnering with the delivery service Uber Eats to begin delivering coffee at over 2,000 locations by Spring of 2019. The move comes after in-person barista sales fell by 10% in just two years, while mobile orders more than doubled in the same amount of time—indicating a growing preference for efficiency over the communal atmosphere long touted by Starbucks cafés.

While the move will undoubtedly be helpful for heftier orders, some are wondering if a likely price increase on delivery orders will be worth the convenience.

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As back to school shopping season gets into full swing (gulp, already!?), the cost of college is top of mind for many – and with good reason. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.

That’s why Walmart’s announcement that it will pay for associate’s or bachelor’s college degrees for its 1.5 million full- and part-time employees is kind of a big deal. The nation’s largest retail employer announced in late May that employees will be able to pursue degrees in business or supply-chain management at three non-profit schools for just one dollar a day. The program, which is available to all Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club employees, will subsidize the cost of higher education. Degrees are being offered through the University of Florida, Brandman University in Irvine, California, and Bellevue University in Nebraska – nonprofit schools selected for their focus and strong outcomes on serving working adult learners.

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It's Easter Sunday, and before we begin our daily activities, we may need some coffee to jump-start our day. But is Starbucks even open today?

Most Starbucks will be open today. Some, however, will be running on special holiday hours. So it will be important to click here and check the hours of a Starbucks near you before heading out to grab a grande dark roast.

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Craving a venti vanilla latte or soothing iced chai this Presidents' Day?

If that's the case, you're in luck. Most Starbucks will be open on Presidents' Day 2018. Starbucks is open on many holidays, including New Year's Day, MLK Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Good Friday, according to Holiday Shopping Hours. 

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The Starbucks logo hangs outside one of the company's cafes in Northwich on 3 July, 2008 in Northwich, England. Starbucks Corp in the US recently announced that it plans to close 600 company-operated stores in the country which represent about 7 percent of Starbucks' global workforce. Many UK consumers are beginning to cut back on luxuries as the global credit crunch begins to bite. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is here, but can you grab your morning cup of coffee if you're out and about?

Most Starbucks stores will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Before bundling up, be sure to double check the hours of your local Starbucks by clicking here.

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Increasingly, large corporations like Walmart and McDonald’s are buckling under pressure to better support their employees. The long overdue yet somewhat lackluster result: these companies have started to offer their low-wage workers slightly higher wages and a few basic benefits. Walmart, for example, announced in February that it would raise wages for its lowest paid employees to at least $9 an hour, and McDonald’s announced in April that, in addition to increased wages, employees may now accrue up to five days in paid time off per year. These concessions are certainly improvements for low-wage workers, but the recent financial crisis has created somewhat of a “rearview mirror effect.” In other words: Warning— victories may be smaller than they appear.

But as the economy strengthens and employers find themselves in a buyer’s market for low wage jobs, companies like Walmart will need to act more aggressively to keep their employees happy—especially with the increasingly attractive benefits, including tuition reimbursement, offered to employees of Starbucks and Chipotle.

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