1. Analyze Starbucks using the competitive forces and value chain models.
2. What is Starbucks’ business strategy? Assess the role played by technology in this business strategy.
3. How much has technology helped Starbucks compete? Explain your answer.

Starbucks is the world’s largest specialty coffee retailer, with over 1,700 coffee shops in 55 countries. For years, Starbucks grew throughout the United States and internationally, opening franchises at an impressive rate. From 2002 to 2007 alone, the company tripled the number of stores it operated worldwide. Starbucks offers a unique experience: high-end specialty coffees and beverages, friendly and knowledgeable servers, and customer-friendly coffee shops. This was a winning formula for many years and enabled Starbucks to charge premium prices. During the economic downturn beginning in 2008, profits plunged. Customers complained that the com-pany had lost its hip, local feel and had become more like a fast- food chain. Many coffee drinkers went in search of cheaper alternatives from McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts for their coffee fixes. Starbucks stock lost over 50 percent of its value by the end of 2008. Major changes were in order.

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