If you are surprised by the different look of this week’s Barron’s, well, so were we. A severed fiber optic cable Friday afternoon caused a network outage in our Princeton, N.J., operations center and a scramble in our New York newsroom. With an untrustworthy connection to the servers that host our usual weekend homepage, we made the decision to deliver the digital edition in the format you see here, which is designed for our weekday story lineup.
For a more familiar look, please go to the magazine page. You will find all of our feature stories, columnists, and other departments there.
We regret causing you the extra clicks, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. While Wall Street is down on Starbucks at the moment, Senior Editor Alex Eule explains how the java giant has succeeded where so many others have stumbled -getting customers to pay with their phones. This achievement is more than just good news for Starbucks shares, it also may offer a roadmap for brick-and-mortar retailers struggling against e-commerce competition.
Henry Ellenbogen, meanwhile, is searching for the next Starbucks. In a wide-ranging and insightful interview with Deputy Managing Editor Lauren Rublin, the T. Rowe Price fund manager explains how his small cap fund has left the indexes in the dust.
Senior Editor Bill Alpert, who frequently sounds an early warning alarm on overvalued stocks, sees trouble ahead for Motorola Systems. Sixteen years after 9/11, a sweeping upgrade of the nation’s emergency-communications network could imperil the company’s two-way radio business.
As always, columnists Randall W. Forsyth, Kopin Tan, and Ben Levisohn will not only help you understand what has just happened in the market, but, more importantly, what is likely to happen next. That, after all, is what sets Barron’s apart, even if the occasional severed fiber-optic cable sets us back.
Jack Otter Interim Editor