A quick peek at Starbucks Thailand reveals how using getchee's data and tools have helped grow their business in an emerging economy where accurate data and location intelligence tools are hard to come by.
Starbucks Coffee Thailand, a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Starbucks Corporation, with its first store open in July, 1998, is
a relatively young presence in Thailand, nevertheless has seen
rapid expansion throughout the nation in the past decade. Of
the total 131 stores in Thailand, 94 are located in Bangkok.
The core Store Development team, made up of 3 people, has
their vision to continue expanding within Bangkok, a market that
looks saturated at first glance, but is still believed to have great
potential. The strategy is to unearth hidden pockets in the city
where a primary target audience of 16-44 year olds can be
found in high concentrations. A single store generally serves an
average of 200-300 customers a day. Malls with a rounded
tenant mix are attractors and popular streets with heavy footfall
seem like strong locations. Careful store planning is necessary
to justify a minimum investment of 250k USD per store.
Neighborhood demographic data in emerging markets, including
Thailand, retain at a macro level and surveys carried out to
increase granularity bear high costs. Traditionally, Starbucks
Coffee Thailand had deployed information from paper and
digital maps, and assembled data with further support from site
surveys to make siting decisions. With added local knowledge
and gut feeling, short-listed locations are pretty much set for
With escalating capacity and competition, time and speed to
market in untapped territories increase Starbucks’s effort to remain a leader in the Thai marketplace. Manual labor, a
“Instead of augmenting our best practices,
getchee gives me a quick glance of an area
so I have a good sense of the kind of trade
area the potential store is in.”
concerted effort, sees a new light as location intelligence with
enhanced data and mapping capabilities added a new
dimension to the development process. As a regional effort,
getchee, Asia’s only location intelligence mapping tool
recommended to the local team by the Asia Pacific head office
located in Hong Kong, increased efficiency mainly by saving time on data collection and enhancing siting capabilities by
validation of target demographics and location dynamics.
“Instead of augmenting our best practices, getchee gives me a
quick glance of an area so I have a good sense of the kind of
trade area the potential store is in”, says Supoj, Development
Manager of Starbucks Thailand. Demographics distilled to a trade
area size as small as 200m are made available via quick reports,
easily printable or shared through getchee’s Enterprise tool.
Summary: With escalating capacity and competition,
time and speed to market in untapped
territories increase Starbucks’s effort to
remain a leader in the Thai marketplace.
Based on Starbucks’ specific target audiences, getchee is able to
segment the different demographics of the population and
estimate the sales potential for a given area based on customer
visit frequency and expenditure per ticket. Furthermore, enriched
“We can’t cut and paste U.S. standards of
siting in these regions, but with getchee, a
pattern can begin to form.”
proprietary data such as day-time and working population gives
the team an even more accurate estimation of transactions
during the day compared to night-time. Starbucks Thailand
gained answers through hard numbers found conveniently via a
few clicks on getchee through the Web.
Other advantages the team found were the heat maps which they
deemed unprecedented in the market. The maps are customized
to the relevance of the coffee business and help visually focus on
areas that matter. “These intensity or heat maps save me a lot of
time when I’m making a search”, Supoj says.
Even in the early stages Starbucks Thailand found getchee
uncomplicated to use. With the suggestions and tweaks the team
freely shares in the process not only reflect on the output, but
improves future product enhancements. Overall, the Asia Pacific
head office says that the benefits getchee brings are beyond data
and numbers. It is in a standardized process they inculcate
through the use of getchee that the regional managers can
increase expansion and siting methods in the long term via the
same platform. “We can’t cut and paste U.S. standards of siting
in these regions, but with getchee, a pattern can begin to form,”
Solution: A getchee system to segment different
demographics and estimate sales potential of
a given area, based on customer visits
and expenditure per ticket.
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