The Target Market: The Case Of Starbucks

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Question 1:When Howard Schultz launched Starbucks, who was the target market and how was Starbucks positioned to appeal to this target market? When Starbucks started their target market were people who enjoyed coffee not just for the energy boost that they got from the caffeine, but people who enjoyed sitting down and drinking a well-prepared cup of coffee. Upon visiting Italy and falling in love with the coffee bars and the experience that they offered, Schultz envisioned a place between home and work where you could just sit and enjoy your coffee. Starbucks wanted to control their coffee from “raw green bean to the steaming cup” this meant that they had to talk with their farmers to make sure the quality was up to their standards. They…show more content…
With that store being there to help support new stores that would be entering the region. The goal was to have around 20 stores after two years of entering a market and have those stores expand even further into smaller cities and suburban locations. They also started to add drive-through because it made it more convenient for parents with small children. Some of the drawbacks of drive-through were that it took away from impulse buys and sometimes created bottlenecks in the line. Licensing the brand was also a great way that they expanded their business; by putting Starbucks in airports in malls they create a lot of foot traffic lead to successful stores. Starbucks carefully considered their image and the image they wanted to uphold when choosing licensees. The international market is now where Starbucks has the most potential to grow. As of right now Starbucks has plans to open 1,400 new stores in China. That’s more than half of the store it already has in China. The growth technique that I was most impressed with was that having two locations so close to each other would not saturate the market. The first store would see a drop in sales at first but would bounce back and the new store would grow. I notice we have that here, at Target in uptown you can actually see the Starbucks across the street while you are in line. Both seem pretty busy most of the time too. Question 3: It’s clear that, in general, the company’s growth initiatives were sound in terms of generating the growth expected by Wall Street. But which of Starbucks’ initiatives, in retrospect, were sound decisions for the brand and which were inconsistent with brand

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