Seattle’s Best – epicenter of global marketplace?

I’m working on a longish essay on China, globalization, World Is Flat themes. But it occurred to me that Seattle’s Best might provide a shorter lesson but equally important insight on ‘butterflies in China.’

See, Seattle’s Best is not just a place that sells coffee. The store contains things that were purchased from all kinds of industries and markets, especially considering the customer traffic and all their accompanying possessions.

This thought, of course, dawned on me while sitting at Seattle’s Best, so it was easy to simply look around and take in a random sample:

Furniture
Chemicals
Coffee Beans
Packaging
Juices
Water
Holiday retail
Leather
POS systems
Payment processing
Credit card issuers
Commercial printers
Lighting
HVAC
Electricity
Architecture
Real estate
granite
marble
copper
media
garbage collection
paper
textile
semiconductors
education
publishing
cell phones
telecommunications
eyewear
makeup
watches
jewelry
tea
paint
labor
security
delivery
music
music players
hair care
denim

After a few minutes, I just quit listing because I realized the list would be endless. In fact, I propose that Seattle’s Best can be substituted for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and any kind of enterprise (even cottage industry) can be connected back to Seattle’s Best within six degrees. Try it in your head. I am working on a better way to illustrate.

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