History of Starbucks
The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle in 1970s by three partners: Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegel and Gordon Bowker. The name of Starbucks came from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, a classic American novel about the 19th century whaling industry. The seafaring name seems appropriate for a store that imports the world’s finest coffees to the cold, thirsty people of Seattle. (Starbucks Coffee Company, 2009)
Entrepreneur Howard Schultz joined the company in 1982. While taking a business trip in Italy, he visited Milan’s famous espresso bars. He was so impressed with their culture and popularity, he thought he could bring this idea to the United States, this idea would be successful. He was right, Seattle became coffee-crazy after trying lattes and mochas. (Starbucks Coffee Company, 2009)
The development of Starbucks expanded beyond Seattle in 1990s. First, they expanded their stores to all states in the United States, and then extended to the world. The U.S. Starbucks stores around the world are based on different market conditions and different organizational structure. There are four kinds of structure which Starbucks uses to expand their stores around the world: own self-employed, joint venture, license agreement, authorized to operate. Moreover, they were the first firm which offered stock options to their part-time employees. Starbucks becomes a publicly traded company. (Starbucks Coffee Company, 2009)
The Starbucks phenomenon continues in 2000s. Starbucks has more than 15,000 locations across the global. In addition to their excellent coffee and espresso drinks, people also can enjoy Frappuccino ice blended beverages. (Starbucks Coffee Company, 2009)
Starbucks in Taiwan
President Starbucks Coffee Corporation was established on January 1, 1998 in Taiwan. The United...