Situational Analysis - Chick-fil-a

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Situation Analysis External environment Chick-fil-A is affected by numerous external forces which challenge upper management’s ability to make Chick-fil-A "America’s best quick-service restaurant". Through intense strategic planning, based upon the vision, mission and corporate values, Chick-fil-A has been able to establish a unique position in a very competitive industry. The corporate purpose of Chick-fil-A, "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact witch Chick-fil-A", their commitment to family and the community, and their sound business decisions, have made Chick-fil-A one of the most profitable and fastest growing quick-service restaurants in the nation. Competitors The fast food restaurant industry, which includes quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, is highly segmented with the top 50 companies accounting for only 25% of the industry’s sales. The $120 billion industry includes over 200,000 restaurants with 50% of those specializing in hamburger entrees. ( 2008) The major competitors in the industry include McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, and KFC – Chick-fil-A’s major competitor in chicken sales. Chick-fil-A’s unique position in the market, specializing in chicken-based entrées, has lead to a competitive advantage which the company has been able to capitalize on. Recently, many competitors have added chicken entrees in order to compete in the market segment. Through marketing strategies and company initiatives, Chick-fil-A has tried to stay distant from competitors, offering a fresh alternative to the ordinary fast food restaurant. Economy The effect the economy plays on the business is the la... ... middle of paper ... ...ring process which has strict standards and allows owner/operators to hire only the best candidates. Due to this fact, Chick-fil-A employees are the most respected and well trained in the industry and are a model for what other companies should strive to attain. All of these factors have lead to a very loyal customer base for Chick-fil-A. Most of Chick-fil-A’s customers have nothing but positive things to say about the company and local units. Many of Chick-fil-A’s customers want to share the great experience and regularly invite friends and family to visit a Chick-fil-A location. Chick-fil-A has created a brand and corporate image that customers have responded well to. Chick-fil-A’s smart business decisions combined with a growing and loyal customer base suggest the company has positioned itself well in the market and can expect to see continued growth in the future.

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