April 30, 2022

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by the International Business Times in a business article—by Panos Mourdoukoutas PhD, “Starbucks Is Turning From A ‘Third Place’ To A Fast Food ‘Driving Place’”—regarding changes in their business strategy and customer relations.

Below is the excerpted quote:

“Starbucks’ biggest problem is that it has lost its charm,” Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, Partner / Chief Investment Officer Running Point Capital Advisors told International Business Times. “Starbucks used to not only sell coffee but also used to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere and gift shop with sodas, coffee bags, tumblers, cups, and decorations to browse while waiting in line. It used to compete with a few other companies. Now, it is all about the drinks, food, drive-through, and pickup rush like any fast-food establishment.”

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