With intense domestic and intentional competition in the Filipino fast-food market, McDonald's needs accurate demographic and geographic data in order to understand the current market situation.
McDonald's Philippines is a subsidiary of the Filipino-owned Golden Arches Development Corporation. The first Filipino McDonald's to open for business was in the Morayta university districts in Manila during 1981. These days McDonald's is operating over 150 restaurants throughout the islands of the Philippines. Being a 100% Filipino-owned franchise allows McDonald's Philippines to be more agile and take quicker actions, making them an even more competitive force in the Filipino fast-food market.
Accurate and timely demographic data is difficult to obtain in
western economies; the ability to collect this precise data is
even further strained when the survey is of a developing
country. With a land area of 300,000 km2 spread over 7000
islands and a domestic population of nearly 100 million people,
timely and accurate demographic data requires in-depth,
thorough, but quick market surveying.
McDonald’s Philippines has been operating in an incredibly
competitive market for over 25 years. Domestic competition
from the leading local fast-food provider Jollibee and common
international rival KFC have created an environment in which
McDonald’s must move swiftly and efficiently in order to gain
market share and increase profitability. In order to expand
effectively, McDonald’s needs to better understand where there
are market gaps that can be filled. Additionally, McDonald’s
needs to have the most up to date data to determine if current
stores are cannibalizing each other’s trade area. To achieve this
McDonald’s management will need detailed, segmented demographic data of the Philippines overlaid with both theirs
and competitors’ restaurant locations.
Summary: With intense domestic and intentional
competition in the Filipino fast-food market,
McDonald’s needs accurate demographic and
geographic data in order to understand the
current market situation.
Within only one month, a team of getchee analysts surveyed the
Philippines fast-food market and located every McDonald’s,
Jollibee, and KFC restaurant. The next step was then to geo-code
and upload each restaurant location to the online getchee
software platform. With this accurate and recently updated data
made easily accessible on getchee, the McDonald’s team is able
to privately analyze the Filipino market using proprietary in-house methods. Due to their customer dedication and because
of the flexible nature of the online platform, getchee analysts
continue to update each additional McDonald’s store opening and
The value in getchee stems not only from the raw customerspecific
data collected but also from its overlay with getchee
demographic analysis tools and detailed city maps. Population,
business intensity, lifestyle intensity, and much more is made
readily accessible not only on a district-wide scale but on an
even more precise 1km x 1km segmentation within the central
business districts (CBD). With this data and these tools
McDonald’s management is able to dissect and analyze the local
market of each store.
The value in getchee stems not only from the raw customer-specific data collected but also from its overlay with getchee demographic analysis tools...
Important to McDonald’s expansion plans is the local population
surrounding each existing and potential store location. Using the
multifaceted getchee “Trade Area” tool, McDonald’s is able to
specify a potential restaurant’s trade area by either radius or
population size, making it easier for McDonald’s management to
efficiently plan future store expansion.
Solution: A comprehensive getchee market survey of
both McDonald’s and competitor store
locations in the Philippines combined with
demographic data will help McDonald’s
management discover market gaps, improving
overall efficiency and profitability.