Coffee and Starbucks

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1. What factors accounted for the extraordinary success of Starbucks in the early 1990s? What was so compelling about Starbucks value proposition? What brand image did Starbucks develop during this period?
According to the case study, the three factors that accounted for the extraordinary success of Starbucks in the early 1990 are as follows:
a. The first factor was “the coffee itself “– Starbucks believed that they offered their consumers with the highest quality coffee which was sourced from Africa, Central and South America, and Asia-Pacific regions. Starbucks tactic was to corner the market by controlling as much of the supply chain as possible and also controlling the distribution of retail stores around the world. Starbucks
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Nonetheless, Starbucks is big enough that they have created an oligopoly. But like any other company they face the increasingly large task of not only serve their clientele, but be able to still make a profit. In order to stay competitive and still be profitable they need to reconsider their current business plan and focus on the demand for the quality instead of the quantity. The basis of this rationale would be to modify its business plan in order to respond to the needs of it clientele and be able to deliver on their wants. There is no such thing as an ideal profitability methodology, but if the product keeps its value and it is able to withhold its product differentiation as well as brand identification, the profit margin and its ROI would speak for itself.

Starbucks has been a brand that consumers have been able to identify with for quiet some time. By doing so, Starbucks would be able to ensure that their clientele is satisfied and forget about the barriers in which the company has had to face but still manage to continuously expand in the marketplace. With that being said, all customers are valuable, but those customers that meet specific criteria within an organization; such as, placing large orders and or buying products that are at a high profit margin, these are the customers that are not only profitable but are also the ones that are the highly satisfied with the product and its brand recognition. If

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