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In Mexico, a Starbucks is staffed entirely by seniors

And by the end of 2019, the company hopes to increase the number of senior workers to 120.

Starbucks has opened its first café with a staff comprised entirely of seniors between the ages of 55 to 60 years old.

The initiative is the result of a partnership signed in 2011 between the coffee chain and the Mexican National Institute for Seniors (INAPAM) in an attempt to mitigate the limited access to jobs for individuals over 40.

The new senior staff will not have a traditional contract though. They will work 6.5-hour shifts and will have two days off per week. Plus, they’ll receive additional benefits like total coverage on their medical insurance.

As mentioned, Starbucks said it will employ 120 senior workers by the end of next year.

“One of the primary challenges facing Mexico is a growing older population,” a study reads. “The demographic transition in Mexico combined with the lack of formal sources of income in retirement place many older persons in a state of financial insecurity.”

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Además de generar experiencias únicas por medio del café, también buscamos brindar oportunidades que nos acerquen a nuestras comunidades, como la generación de empleos de valor para cada partner. Hoy nos sentimos muy orgullosos de anunciar la apertura de nuestra primera tienda, operada al 100% por adultos mayores. Ve todos los detalles en el link de nuestra biografía.

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Starbucks is not the only one seeking to incorporate seniors into the workforce though.

Recently, other big companies like UPS have made it their policy to actively tap into their base of retirees for help during the holiday season rush. The corporate practice saves them millions of dollars per year as company veterans already know the workflow, don’t require much training and are already trusted by management.

Target and Macy’s also have made it their business to recruit applicants in their retirement years.

Major retailers like Williams & Sonoma and JC Penney recently started the experiment of hiring seniors for jobs that mainly involve work at home instead of in stores, like customer service.

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Meet Avery Clark, a UPS porter in our San Diego facility. He helps keep our facility clean and neat, especially during the busy holiday season so we can get your #WishesDelivered. Avery has been with us for nearly 40 years. He started out unloading package cars and trailers part time. With his strong work ethic, he eventually moved into his full-time job as porter.

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Greater longevity summed to low birthrates are resulting in an increasing elderly population in most of the world, and Mexico is no exception. Citizens over 60 already make up almost 10 percent of the country’s population (that’s 12 million people) and the UN projects that number will rise to 25 percent by 2050.

In Australia, things are not much different. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, (AIHW) in 2017, there were 3.8 million Australians aged 65 and over. That amounts to almost 15 percent of the population, and projections say the number will grow to 22 percent by 2057.

Even more worryingly, only 1 out of 8 senior Australians are currently engaged in employment, education or training.

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