All the Tea in China and Starbucks

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All the Tea in China and Starbucks
Starbucks is a globalized organization that began by selling coffee, tea, and spices. The first store opened in 1971 in Seattle, Washington’s Pikes Peak Plaza. Howard Schultz joined as a marketing director in 1983 and during a trip to Italy was impressed with the coffeehouse and wanted to try this concept in Seattle. The concept and business flourished, and by 1996 Starbucks opened the first international coffeehouse in Japan. Since 1983 Starbucks has expanded globally with 18,000 retail stores in 60 countries. The first Chinese Starbucks was built in China in 1999 and is currently operating in more than 500 locations in China and plans to expand to 1500 locations by 2015. Starbuck’s mission statement: “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time” (Starbucks, 2013, p. 1).
Starbucks not only sells premium coffee and teas, Starbucks sell a culture of excellence in customer service, and brand with the expertise of the partners (employees). Starbucks sells a lifestyle, an ambiance of the tranquil coffeehouse environment for the busy professional, student, or coffee connoisseur. So how has Starbucks, mainly known for the premium coffee sales by the cup been such a success in China where the more than one billion people drink and export tea? Starbucks success in China is a testimony to understanding the importance of globalized intercultural communication, marketing, and branding strategies. Starbucks’ corporate managers recognizes how to assimilate into the Chinese culture, and convince the Chinese people that they too want to be a part of the Starbucks culture just like a Westerner.
According to Varner and Beamer,” It may be in the national interest to promote trade to improve employment and living standards at home” (Varner & Beamer, 2010, p. 381). Starbucks has improved the…...

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