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Less than 400 meters separate the school where my mother teaches from a Starbucks: Worldwide Chief Executive

<p><strong>MUMBAI:</strong> The Starbucks location in Koregaon Park is located only a short distance from Laxman Narasimhan’s Pune home. Narasimhan, who took a corner office at the American coffee brand Starbucks in March, said TOI, “My mother, who now lives with me in Seattle, taught in the primary school that is less than 400 meters from that store.” “I had no idea I would even be leading Starbucks one day.”<br />
Narasimhan is overseeing the company’s expansion into India.</p>
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<p>It intends to expand its store count to 1,000 by 2028 by opening one new location every three days throughout the nation. With 390 locations nationwide, Starbucks now operates under an equal joint venture with Tata Consumer Products in India.<br />
The former executive from PepsiCo and Reckitt, who succeeded Howard Schultz, is aware of the high expectations placed on him. Starbucks was a small business in Seattle before Schultz built it into a major international brand. “As I followed an iconic founder, Howard Schultz taught me a lot.” I’m laying out a fresh course of action with my staff. The greatest difficulty we have is how to keep improving the partner and brand experiences in order to further surpass consumer expectations. The Triple Shot Reinvention Strategy, which is centered on enhancing the Starbucks brand, bolstering the company’s digital capabilities, and becoming genuinely global—customized with ‘two pumps’ unleashing efficiency and revitalizing partner culture—has a lot of things that need to be done.<br />
India has attracted the attention of several major international brands because of its youthful population, which is rapidly influencing family buying preferences and expanding disposable incomes.Being the CEO of Starbucks and going back to India has given me firsthand knowledge of the drastic changes the country has seen in the last ten years. As the third location between the home and the workplace, Starbucks cafes have a great possibility to grow because to the area’s expanding infrastructure, growing customer base, and extensive adoption of technology, according to Narasimhan.<br />
The foreign chain is undoubtedly well-liked in India, but as the market becomes more competitive, it will be difficult for companies to stay ahead of Gen Z and millennials, who often want for novel and distinctive experiences. In addition to domestic firms growing their presence in India, such Third Wave Coffee and Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, international companies Tim Hortons and Pret A Manger have also made inroads.<br />
According to Narasimhan, Starbucks is going to increase its efforts in digitisation, retail experience, and innovative products. According to the CEO, the challenge is not to compete but rather to keep improving the brand experience in order to further surpass consumers’ expectations. We respond to changing consumer requirements and preferences by launching new, locally tailored products, and we meet them where they are by providing unique experiences that suit their changing tastes. In an email interview with TOI, Narasimhan said, “We acknowledge the distinct cultural dynamics of the Indian market, where coffee is not just a beverage but a dynamic social experience that involves human connection.”<br />
The local cafe market is anticipated to reach Rs 7,800-8,200 crore by FY28 at a 19%–21% CAGR, according to estimations provided by Crisil in a research released the previous year.<br />
The key to Starbucks’ India approach will be making the most of the company’s current infrastructure to serve consumers with more purpose-defined outlets and faster renovations. “Our second reserve store introducing an intimate, multi-sensory coffee experience to customers will be opening later this year in India,” Narasimhan said. Additionally, the company plans to make a strong push into tier two and tier three cities, which are home to a diverse range of customers with the means to try new products. For example, Starbucks opened 71 new locations and expanded into 24 new cities last year. Its net sales in India exceeded Rs 1,000 crore in FY23. According to Narasimhan, Starbucks has a “long-term” plan in India, and this is only the start. “Our winning strategy is the same as everywhere else – creating moments of human connection with our customers,” he said.</p>

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