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McDonald’s Honest Self-Assessment – in Public!

7 Mar

McDonald’s is revamping its global strategy in hopes of stimulating sales and profits. Some of its planned changes are substantial. And, it has offered an honest self-assessment in a very public way. [Many firms do not even acknowledge their weaknesses outside of the company itself.]

Just a few days ago, the fast-food giant issued a major press release, “McDonald’s Unveils New Global Growth Plan.” Here are some highlights:

“The growth plan focuses on enhancing digital capabilities and the use of technology to dramatically elevate the customer experience; redefining customer convenience through delivery; accelerating deployment of ‘Experience of the Future’ restaurants in the U.S.; initiating a new 3-year target for cash return to shareholders; and establishing new financial targets for sales, operating margin, earnings per share, and return on incremental invested capital.”

“The strategy connects key tenets of the brand to well-defined customer groups built around three pillars: (1) Retaining existing customers by fortifying and extending our areas of strength. Through a renewed focus on areas such as family occasions and food-led breakfast and transforming the experience in our restaurants, McDonald’s will build on the strong foothold it has and grow the core of the business. (2) Regaining customers lost to other QSR [quick-service restaurants] competitors. As customers’ expectations increased, McDonald’s simply didn’t keep pace with them. Making meaningful improvements in quality, convenience, and value will win back some of McDonald’s best customers. (3) “Converting casual customers to committed customers by being more present in underdeveloped categories and occasions and competing more aggressively given the untapped demand for McCafé coffee and other snack offerings.”

“We have fundamentally changed the trajectory of our business over the past two years. Now, we are ready to build on our momentum and transition to focus efforts on profitable, long-term growth. We are building a better McDonald’s, one that makes delicious feel good moments easy for everyone, and the moves we are making will reassert McDonald’s as the global leader in the informal eating out category.”

“To bring customers into the restaurants, McDonald’s must matter to people and be relevant in their daily lives. To do so, McDonald’s is accelerating digital capabilities and enhancing its use of technology in restaurants, in the drive-thru, and on the go. The result is a more stress-free, personalized experience, enhanced by technology and world-class hospitality that puts customers in control.”

“One of the most significant disruptions in the restaurant business today is the rapid increase in delivery . Because of our extraordinary footprint, McDonald’s is uniquely positioned to become the global leader in delivery. In McDonald’s top five markets (U.S., France, the U.K., Germany, and Canada), nearly 75% of the population lives within three miles of a McDonald’s. Currently, McDonald’s is experimenting with different delivery models including partnering with third parties for ordering and fulfillment throughout the world.”

“Experience of the Future restaurants elevate the customer experience at McDonald’s to provide a more convenient, more personalized, and more enjoyable visit. It leverages the convenience and technology of kiosk ordering and table service, increasing functionality of the mobile app to enhance the enjoyment of our food and the hospitality of the McDonald’s crew, all in a more modern, more exciting restaurant environment.”

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Study Compares U.S. Workers with Those in Other Countries

8 Apr

How do American workers compare with those in other countries?

Recently, Qualtrics (“Ask questions. Get answers. Fast.Easiest to use online survey platform, with over 250 templates to choose from.”) conducted a survey on workers in 14 countries in terms of their productivity, motivation, work/life balance, punctuality, attire, and more. Here are some highlights from the study:

Qualtrics released some surprising — and some not so surprising — findings from its 2016 Global Attitudes Toward Work Report. Some countries are clear frontrunners in productivity and work/life balance, while others are stragglers as regards issues like social media use at work, punctuality, and motivation. About 6,250 respondents in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. were asked to answer questions about themselves and about the country they live and work in.”

  • “People in the U.S. and France seem happiest and most satisfied with their professional lives, while the Germans, Polish, and Dutch rate themselves as the most productive.”
  • “Though respondents in all countries surveyed said they primarily work to support themselves and their families financially, other top motivational factors include enjoyment (which came in second for most countries); receiving healthcare benefits (U.S.); feeling like productive members of society (The Netherlands); saving for retirement (Spain); and being with other people (Sweden).”
  • “Responses from French and American people were strikingly similar in some categories. Both countries report the greatest satisfaction with their work/life balance [about two-thirds]. And both, along with Germany, report the most overall job satisfaction, with 64 percent in these countries saying they are ‘extremely’  or ‘moderately’ satisfied with their jobs.”

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