SWOT Analysis Starbucks
• Starbucks Corporation is a very profitable organization, earning in excess of $600 million in 2004.The company generated revenue of more than $5000 million in the same year.
• It is a global coffee brand built upon a reputation for fine products and services. It has almost 9000 cafes in almost 40 countries.
• Starbucks was one of the Fortune Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2005. The company is a respected employer that values its workforce.
• The organization has strong ethical values and an ethical mission statement as follows, 'Starbucks ...view middle of the document...
It is often argued that they need to look for a portfolio of countries, in order to spread business risk.
• The organization 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.
• Starbucks are very good at taking advantage of opportunties. 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.
• New products and services that can be retailed in their cafes, such as Fair Trade products.
• The company has the opportunity to expand its global operations. New markets for coffee such as India and the Pacific Rim nations are beginning to emerge.
• Co-branding with other manufacturers of food and drink, and brand franchising to manufacturers of other goods and services both have potential.
• 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?
• Starbucks are exposed to rises in the cost of coffee and dairy products.
• Since its conception in Pike Place Market, Seattle in 1971, Starbucks' success has lead to the market entry of many competitors and copy cat brands that pose potential threats.