In the midst of shifting customers shopping patterns to e-commerce. Starbucks closed its online store on Sunday (1/10).
The company posted a notice at the end of August at its online store, saying the site would soon be closed. This digital store serves the purchase of Starbucks products such as coffee, mugs and glasses, a wide selection of espresso machines, brewery and other products.
“You can buy your favorite Starbucks coffee and Starbucks merchandise at your local Starbucks,” he wrote in a New York Times report.
However, Starbucks does not guarantee the availability of such products in stores. But the customers will be served many choices that can be enjoyed.
Company spokeswoman Maggie Jantzen said the decision to close an online store was part of the effort to ‘simplify’ Starbucks sales channels. “We continue to invest in strengthening Starbucks as a destination to visit,” he said.
The company’s chief executive Kevin Johnson talked about Starbucks’s latest revenue on seismic shifts in retail. To survive, he said, traders need to create a unique and deep in-store experience. As is known, Starbucks closed nearly 400 outlets in the mall which, according to Johnson, performs poorly.
Starbucks says it will continue to sell their products like coffee through stores and some online sites managed by sales partners. However, some fans are disappointed because they can not get a perisa syrup.
The syrup is a mixture used to make a drink such as Pumpkin Spice Latte. These syrups are generally not sold in stores, but Starbucks sells them on their website.
“Just found out @Starbucks closes its online store and I will not be able to order your favorite coffee & vanilla syrup again #ahahahhati,” Elisa wrote via her Twitter account. 
Retail Sluggish, Mitra Adi Perkasa Instead Returns Income Rises Double-fold
In the midst of the sluggish national retail industry, PT Mitra Adiperkasa Tbk (MAP) listed a positive performance by posting a net profit increase of RP 248.49 billion in the third quarter of 2017.
Previously, MAP announced the closure of its modern retail outlets, Debenhams and Lotus Department Stores.
Quoting the information disclosure published by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (1/11/2017), the company posted a net profit of Rp 248.49 billion or doubled from the same period in 2016 which was only Rp120.29 billion.
Operating profit increased 35.9 percent to Rp 785 billion compared to the same period in 2016 at Rp 577 billion.
Meanwhile, the company’s revenue rose 13.5 percent to Rp 11.68 trillion from Rp10.29 trillion.
Retail and wholesale sales stood at Rp 10.77 trillion. In the same period in 2016, the figure reached Rp 9.41 trillion. Retail and wholesale sales accounted for 92 percent of MAPI’s total revenue.
“The 9-month performance demonstrates rapid growth by cost efficiency and operational management,” said Fetty Kwartati, Head of Corporate Communications at MAP in an official statement on the company’s website.
Furthermore, Fetty added that as of September 2017, MAPI has added an area of 22,200 square meters for the entire retail area. This is done to encourage the company’s business growth.
As known, MAP is Indonesia’s leading lifestyle retailer with thousands of outlets and diverse portfolios that include sports, fashion, department stores, kids, food & beverage and lifestyle products. In addition, MAP also has dozens of subsidiaries engaged in various fields, such as retail, department stores, cafes and restaurants, bookstores, and manufacturing.