Starbucks Corporation Competitive Environmental Analysis

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Starbucks Corporation Competitive Environmental Analysis Starbucks Corporation is an American company that was founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington (Starbucks Company Profile, 2014). It operates in 62 countries around the world, serving its specialty coffee products, teas, food items, and other beverages (Starbucks Company Profile, 2014). Additionally, Starbucks Corporation has a multitude of license agreements with other locations where they sell their products, such as grocery stores and national foodservice accounts (Starbucks 2013 10-K Form for FY ended on September 29, 2013). In 2013, Starbucks reported a revenue of over 14 billion dollars (Starbucks 2013 10-K Form for FY ended on September 29, 2013). The success of Starbucks Corporation, however, comes from a carefully planned and well-executed business model. A thorough understanding of the competitive environment for Starbucks Corporation has allowed the company to flourish in an age where the intersection of convenience and quality are of utmost importance. This report will apply the 5-forces model in order to evaluate Starbucks Corporation’s competitive environment and assess its competitiveness in the near term. Force 1: Threats from New Competition According to Barney and Hesterly, “new competitors are firms that have either recently started operating in an industry or that threaten to begin operations in an industry soon.” (Barney & Hesterly, 2014). Those competitors are motivated to enter into the industry
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