SWOT Analysis StarbucksStrengthso Starbucks Corporation is a very profitable organisation, earning in excess of $600 million in 2004. The company generated revenue of more than $5000 million in the same year. o It is a global coffee brand built upon a reputation for fine products and services. It has almost 9000 cafes in almost 40 countries. o Starbucks was one of the Fortune Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2005. The company is a respected employer that values its workforce.
o The organisation has strong ethical values and an ethical mission statement as follows, ‘Starbucks is committed to a role of environmental leadership in all facets of our business.’ Weaknesses Starbucks has a reputation for new product development and creativity. However, they remain vulnerable to the possibility that their innovation may falter over time. o The organisation has a strong presence in the United States of America with more than three quarters of their cafes located in the home market. It is often argued that they need to look for a portfolio of countries, in order to spread business risk.
o The organisation is dependant on a main competitive advantage, the retail of coffee. This could make them slow to diversify into other sectors should the need arise. Opportunities Starbucks are very good at taking advantage of opportunities. o In 2004 the company created a CD-burning service in their Santa Monica (California USA) cafe with Hewlett Packard, where customers create their own music CD. o New products and services that can be retailed in their cafes, such as Fair Trade products. o The company has the opportunity to expand its global operations.
Starbucks is a corporation that offers specialty coffees, coffee beans, cold blended beverages, pastries, coffee related products and machines, and tea. Starbucks opened its first location in 1971 in Seattle. By the year 2000, Starbucks had over 3300 locations, and it is still growing. SWOT STRENGTHS: . 2000 marked 5 th consecutive year of sales increase... Low long-term debt to equity ratio of 0. ...
New markets for coffee such as India and the Pacific Rim nations are beginning to emerge. o Co-branding with other manufacturers of food and drink, and brand franchising to manufacturers of other goods and services both have potential. Threat so Who knows if the market for coffee will grow and stay in favour with customers, or whether another type of beverage or leisure activity will replace coffee in the future? o Starbucks are exposed to rises in the cost of coffee and dairy products. o Since its conception in Pine Place Park, Seattle in 1971, Starbucks’s uc cess has lead to the market entry of many competitors and copy cat brands that pose potential threats.