Starbucks Hires Its First Chief Technology Officer

Starbuckscard_heroStarbucks has been moving quickly to adopt new technology in their restaurant. It invested in Square, installed Clover coffee machines, which makes more individual cups of brewed coffee, and recently introduced “Mobile Order and Pay.” This focus in technology has inevitably proposed a new position at Starbucks- Chief Technology Officer. The company has announced that Gerri Martin-Flickinger will serve as the company’s first-ever chief technology officer. She served as the senior vice-president and chief information officer recently at Adobe, where she got major praise for shifting the company’s software to a cloud-based system.

This new position is replacing the title of chief information officer. This swap in title reflects the mobile focus that Starbucks is shifting to in the future. Starbucks has announced that “We needed leadership talent with deep experience in cloud, big analytics, mobile and security to take us to the next level…Gerri stood out as someone who has years of experience in Silicon Valley and brings deep management and technical expertise to help us navigate the future.”

Starbucks hopes that with Martin-Flickinger, the company will enter “its next phase” in technology. Martin-Flickinger will take up the role officially on November 2.

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World’s Two Biggest Beer Makers Agree to Be A Single Beer Brewer

ABInBevAnheuser-Busch inBev, one of the largest brewing companies that make different beers including Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Michelob Ultra, Beck’s, Goose Island, Bud Lite Lime-a-Rita, has recently proposed a merger with SABMiller, another major brewing company that produces beers like Coors, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Miller. SABMiller has agreed with AB InBev’s terms to pay $104 billion in the deal. This merger will result in annual revenues of $64 billion that is potentially 30 percent of beer sales around the world.

While the terms to the deal has been agreed by both companies, the “mega-company” will inevitably face regulations that will change the logistics of the ‘new’ company. However, independent craft brewers will not be facing greater issues to stand as a competing brewer in the industry.

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