In 20 years' time,
Schultz grew the company to almost 17,000 stores in dozens of countries. From 1995 to 2005, Starbucks added U.S. stores at an annual rate of 27 percent, far faster than the 17 percent annual growth of McDonald's in its heyday. At one point, Starbucks opened over 3,300 locations in a single year--an average of 9 per day. In one stretch of crowded Manhattan, a person could get their caffeine fix at any of five Starbucks outlets in less than a block and a half. In fact, cramming so many stores so close together caused one satirical publication to run this headline: "A New Star-bucks Opens in the Restroom of Existing Starbucks."
Given the industries in which Cisco competes, what are the implications for the major types of buying situations?
Competition exists when the firm is able to deliver the same benefits as competitors but at a lower cost (cost advantage), or deliver benefits that exceed those of competing products (differentiation advantage). Thus, competition enables the firm to create superior value for its customers and superior profits for itself.
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