Since opening its first location in 1971 the company has grown into one of the world's leading speciality food retailers and a brand recognised the world over. With 94% of all Facebook users either a Starbucks fan or are friends with one, 7 million active users of its mobile payment system, and financial benefits that reflect this, it is now considered a digital leader.
However, it hash;t always been the case. In 2008 it faced real challenges with declining sales and a 50% drop in share price over two years. Starbucks’ recipe for success in Digital Transformation has been equal parts technology-savvy and committed leadership. Today, Starbucks continues to leverage these strengths to create value for customers and shareholders alike through digital.
This paper describes, at a high level, what and how Starbucks has realised its Digital Advantage.