Starbucks Case Study

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Starbucks is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Since 1971 Starbucks has become synonymous with coffee which they used to embody the brand and create a lifestyle behind it. Starbucks wants the world to know they have more to offer than coffee and are committed to meeting the needs of society. “We’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes along with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work” (Starbucks). In addition to coffee Starbucks locations keep a customer base by offering free Wi-Fi, music, and partnerships with Barnes and Nobles throughout the country. Starbucks is aware that competition is gaining ground since many fast-food chains have upgraded their coffee menus trying to mimic their style. Also coffee-houses/shops are opening who have adopted the idea of community and become just as popular and profitable. The company realized it reached a plateau and needed to develop new marketing and strategies to be competitive, retain, and gain customers. In order to remain competitive companies must stay innovative and reinvent their brand according to changes in society. A company that focuses on one advantage can limit their profit potential. Starbucks has recently decided to broaden its potential and enter the market by adding wine, beer, and small entrees to the evening menus at its independent locations. This move is one of its riskiest ventures to date, to make it possible Starbucks marketing executives want to use its most intangible asset “the brand”. The brand name may be intangible (literally, it cannot be touched), but it is a durable asset whose value increases as consumers associate it with... ... middle of paper ... ...rs on an international level is what Starbucks wants to maintain. The need to meet all their customer needs will give Starbucks staying power with any new venture. Works Cited (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.starbucks.com/about-us/company-information Michaeals, R. (2011). Transactions and strategies economics for management. (1 ed.). Mason: Cengage Learning. Hororvitz, B. (2010, October 22). Starbucks remakes its future with an eye on beer and wine. USA TODAY. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-10-18-starbucks18_CV_N.htm (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation (n.d.). Retrieved from http://.ehow.com/info_7793849_b2b-vertical-relationships.html Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., & Hoskisson, R. E. (2011). Strategic management concepts & cases. (9th ed., p. 14). Ohio: Cengage Learning

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