Starbucks vs. Competition
Organizational environment is defined as all elements that exist outside the boundary of the organization and have the potential to affect all or part of the organization (Daft, 2009). One organization that has faced environmental factors which required them to change their current organizational strategy, is the Starbucks Corporation.
Starbucks Corporation is considered the top provider of premier coffee products in the world (St. Johns, 2007). Their coffee buyers travel to coffee farms in Latin America, Africa and Asia to select the highest quality Arabica beans (Starbucks Coffee Company, 2011).
Circumstances that brought changes in Starbucks
Starbucks have been struggling amidst a faltering economy, its own rapid growth (international expansion and growing presence in other countries) and increased competition from rivals, both inside and outside, of the coffee market sector.
For many years, Starbucks’ most challenging competition came from other coffee house companies such as Caribou Coffee, Tim Hortons, Panera Bread and smaller single proprietary establishments. However, recently fast food chains have latched on to the consumer trend in premium coffee products, and are aiming to gain market share in the market for coffee and coffee-products such as espresso and cappuccino, and with substantial financial, marketing and management resources, they could be very successful (Dockett, 2007).
The two main rivals to Starbucks right now are undoubtedly McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts. McDonalds currently announced that it would be implementing cappuccino and espresso machines in its stores. McDonald’s also offers a new Premium Roast coffee, which it claims, i...
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Seattle-based Starbucks recently announced another price increase for all milk-based beverages at the largest coffeehouse/coffee bar chain in the world. With its trendy appeal and shop on every block personality, Starbucks built itself into one of the premiere brands in the world alongside Google, McDonalds, and Coke. With growth comes competition from all directions. Along with longtime Starbucks enemy Dunkin Doughnuts, a new contender for the java king title has emerged as new java joint, High Point Coffee pushes its way into the fray. Based in Mississippi, the newbie java spot has only been in business for less than five years. However, with its surge in revenues and customer retention, executives recently decided to push the brand nationally, going into direct competition with what they call
The local cafes are indirect competitors as they do not offer as wide range of beverages, as high quality of products as Second Cup. Considering these differences, the local cafes are not considered to be a threat to Second Cup. The specialty coffee retailer, Starbucks, on the other hand, is a direct competitor because it offers a similar selection of products. The strength of Starbucks is that it is acknowledged all over the world. But the weakness is that Starbucks is always overcrowded. Consequently, Starbucks is a close substitute to Second Cup and pose a significant threat of rivalry. However, Second Cup has a better quality of products, wide range of beverages and offers a friendly and pleasant atmosphere, that may work to the advantage of Second Cup in attracting and retaining consumers. Moreover, the prices of Second Cup products are cheaper. Although Second Cup has a number of competitors including Starbucks and local coffee houses, Second Cup has a competitive advantage in terms of differentiations and brand
“Coffee has become more than just a shot of caffeine. It 's a $30 billion-a-year national industry, a foodie fixation, an affordable luxury, a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, a versatile ingredient, an intoxicating aroma and a beverage that brings people together.” Because of all these factors, Starbucks has a very diverse audience and numerous competitors in the industry. As of 2011, coffee shops have maintained an average growth rate of 7% a year, and Starbucks alone is the third most recognized restaurant chain in America. The specialty coffee industry will continue to grow because of the variety of drinks and the appeal of specialty coffee
Starbucks is one of the largest coffee franchises in the world. With over 26,000 stores in 64 countries, the company has the right to brag about this. One of the problems which Starbucks is currently being faced with is the brand being watered down by over expansion and a too diverse product mix. With McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts entering into the specialty coffee market, Starbucks needs to alter the path which it is going in order to remain competitive in this industry.
Starbucks portray a number of issues that may affect the company’s’ growth in the near future. To clearly understand these issues, they will be analysed in order to understand and create recommendations to assist in the growth of a successfully company.
Starbucks is the world’s largest coffee roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. We have enjoyed great dividend returns over the past 5 years, and our growth has been on the rise. We are currently saturating the US market, while the emerging markets of developing countries offer many possibilities for growth and increased revenues. In our US market we should look at offering more items on the menu that complement our long-standing tradition of pleasing our customers. Exotic Juices, and snacks served with the same service could add a nice margin to the bottom line. In addition, the ability to offer a drive through service for the consumer that loves fine coffee but does not have the time to stop and visit should be on our “trial” market plan for the next few years.
There are many topics that arise throughout the case with Starbucks Corporation. Starbucks Coffee is located worldwide and there are many different ways to look at this situation. The company offers a unique range of coffee, lattes, espressos, and café style drinks. The company intended to reach a specific target audience, but has ended up in many different markets and has been growing rapidly. Starbucks has greatly used the “youth appeal” strategy to gain entrance into new markets. However, such enthusiasm cannot be counted on indefinitely; other strategies are always in the works. Over time Starbucks has been able to acquire a solid brand reputation and has a world renowned company logo.
Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spice opened its first store in April 1971 in the Pike Place Market in Seattle, by owners who had a passion for dark-roasted coffee that was popular in Europe, but hard to find in the U.S. (Harrison et al., 2005; Venkatraman & Nelson, 2008). The company’s mission was to provide Seattle with the best access to dark-roasted coffee, and sought to educated customers about the product. As a matter of customer education and acceptance of the product, Starbucks grew and expanded into the successful domestic market it is today. Much of this success can be attributed to a focus on the total customer experience and s...
Koehn, N.F., Besharov, M.A., & Miller, K. (2008). Starbucks Coffee Company in the 21st Century. [Case study]. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing.
Bruss (2001) argues that the company hopes as well to make new investments in new coffee types. Starbucks has recently developed a new type of coffee called green-coffee. These strategies are created with the objective of support Starbucks’ commitment to buy coffee that has grown and processed by suppliers. They meet certain conditions of social, economic and quality standards. In addition to that, the company is paying additional premiums to those vendors who meet the specific requirements that the company wants.
The improvements to coffee brewers and the innovation of Keurig has allowed for Starbucks to repackage their products and distribute it as a home product. Many of the flavors consumers could only get from the Starbucks espresso machine in the store can now be duplicated in the home. The opportunity for continued expansion is present. Coffee is quickly being consumed in almost every country in the world, Starbucks has a legitimate opportunity to influence those countries without the Starbucks brand to open their doors.
When I saw this discussion, I couldn’t help but think of Starbucks and the impact they’ve made throughout their 45 years of establishment. I worked with them for about 7 years and saw how unique they were from your everyday coffee and latte spots. A retail company with thousands of coffee shops in the US as well as in other countries, this particular retailer has been able to catch the eyes of all ages as well as locations throughout the world. For example, today college students utilize Starbucks locations to study rather than go to a nearby library. Starbucks is also known for its best coffee and espresso drinks (Latte or Frappuccino) and with one of its delicious espresso 's any student or just a person stopping in to enjoy its lounge area where there is free Wi-Fi is awesome! Starbucks lifecycle has made a 360 turn around and been revamped twice to accommodated the growing market. Customizing their brand to fit more in with everything and not just one thing. By doing this they’ve created multiple product lifecycles within their own lifecycle as a corporate company.