Planet Starbucks Case Study

Planet Starbucks (B): Caffeinating the World

written by Thunderbird Global School of Management (Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Global School of Management, 2003, originally published 2003), 15 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
The case discusses the international expansion efforts of the global coffee retailer, Starbucks. Starbucks had proliferated in several regions of the world, many of which had historical ties to a coffee heritage such as Western Europe. It had also challenged traditionally tea drinking countries such as Japan and China. In implementing its globalization strategy, the company relies on a set of sound principles that call for astute partner selection, real estate management, and managing the brands. While the company had witnessed critical success in most of its major markets overseas, it appeared to be facing significant challenges in every region. For example, in Japan, revenues had declined and so too profitability. New copycat competitors had emerged and many had started questoning the validity of Starbucks' market saturation strategies. In emerging countries such as Mexico, China and India the company saw very good potential but this rosy picture was somewhat dampened by the ability of the consumer to pay close to $3 for a cup of coffee when local versions retailed at $.50. The case with several questions related to the future of Starbucks in the global arena, whether it should alter its new store growth strategy, whether it should rethink its uniform pricing policy in emerging markets where affordability was of paramount importance, and where the next major thrust ought to be.
Field of Interest
Business & Economics
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2003 by the Thunderbird Global School of Management. All Rights Reserved.
Corporate Author
Thunderbird Global School of Management
Content Type
Case study
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Thunderbird Global School of Management
Place Published / Released
Glendale, AZ
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Negócios Internacionais, Negocios Internacionales

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