Starbucks to Open in Italy

tumblr_ln4cgtXgr41qb0glco1_500Starbuck’s is a global chains with locations all over the world. However, one major hub that the company has difficulty entering into is Italy. However, Howard Schultz has announced its plans to expand with a franchising partnership with Antonio Percassi. Antonio Percassi is a businessman who gave Italy Victoria’s Secret and Zara. It is rumored that there will be an official Starbucks by Christmas.

Schultz has been planning his expansion into Italy, but because of Italy’s peculiar culture of coffee and cappuccinos, it has become difficult. However, Starbucks alters its menu to cater to regional tastes like Japan’s espresso-lemon lattes. Starbuck’s plans to colonize Italy by creating cafés to be high-tech meet-up spots where middle-aged bankers, lawyers, and businesspeople can sit in quasi-comfy chairs and use free WiFi.

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All Day Breakfast at McDonald’s Not So Great After All

Mcdonalds-90s-logo.svgAn all day breakfast menu has been an option that McDonald’s fans have been requesting for a long time. However, while McDonald’s did open breakfast menu’s to all day in 229 locations, results have showed that, more havoc was caused then making greater sales.

Franchisees for 229 U.S. locations participated in a survey about the breakfast menu and called all-day breakfast “erratic, distorted, disorganized” and “a non-starter.” Offering all-day breakfast slows down service considerably and creates inconvenient damages, and situations in the kitchen. “People falling over each other” and “equipment jammed in everywhere.” Franchisees also report that sales aren’t that great, and even if they were it’s damage is worse. “We are trading customers down from regular menu to lower-priced breakfast items.”

McDonald’s hoped with its extension of the breakfast menu, many locations would grow in sales. However, while customer demands were met, because of the effects of slow service and sub-par quality, many customers are tending away from the fast-food chain. All-day breakfast also creates more work, and for franchisees to hire extra labor.

Company executives in Oak Brook seem to be the only locations that insist that all-day breakfast was “successful.”

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