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☕️ Situational awareness: Starbucks strikes a partnership with Alibaba, the Amazon of China, for a bigger digital and physical presence in the world's most populous country.
- Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson tells CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer: "We're going to integrate a Starbucks virtual store into all of the Alibaba Group properties."
- "This means that a customer that uses Alipay or Taobao or Tmall or Hema has an integrated Starbucks virtual store similar to the mobile app embedded right into that experience. ... That opens up 500 million or more active users of those apps that will have access to Starbucks."