Food Fight: Mcdonalds Essay examples

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| Food Fight: The Day McDonald's BlinkedCase Study Analysis | Sullivan UniversityMGT 510 | | Kris Lutgring |

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Executive Summary

While McDonald’s and Burger King have fought over a percentage of the same market share, each company has a unique strategy with which they’ve approached the market. McDonald’s aims to deliver an inexpensive, standard, quality meal with high level of uniformity both in burger structure and in delivery times. Burger King also strives for an inexpensive, quality meal, but focuses on allowing the customer a degree of flexibility in the menu – a goal reflected in their long-time slogan, “Have it your way.” This difference results in distinct objectives for each restaurant that resonate
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By producing a regular number of identical sandwiches, this batch system helps ensure standard and predictable cycle times, consistent quality, greater predictability (less loss to error) and limits the amount of overlap activity; all of which align with McDonald’s objectives. To make a custom burger, the McDonald’s process ensures a level of freshness (relative to industry standards), but creates a delay for the customer. A “grill” sandwich is not processed until the next batch of that particular meat is cooked, and delivered to the customer as quickly as possible, with no opportunity to wait in a warming box. While this leads to fresher sandwiches, it also presents several logistical setbacks. Lead times for grill sandwiches are longer, which means that customers must wait longer, inconsistent with McDonald’s process objectives. This is particularly problematic with drive through customers, who must pull up to a parking space to wait, and may cause bottlenecks. Customers inside are asked to step aside and wait, which can be unnerving for a customer on a short lunch break. Notably, though, the cycle time during rush periods is increased, so the customer will not have to wait as long as during slow times. The grill sandwiches also present problems for the cashiers/servers who must deviate from their standard operation to accommodate