The Daily Perc

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Market Analysis Summary

The Daily Perc will focus on two markets:

  1. The Daily Commuter - someone traveling to or from work, out shopping, delivering goods or services, or just out for a drive.
  2. The Captive Consumer - someone who is in a restricted environment that does not allow convenient departure and return while searching for refreshments, or where refreshments stands are an integral part of the environment.

4.1 Market Segmentation

The Daily Perc will focus on two different market segments: Commuters and Captive Consumers. To access both of these markets, TDP has two different delivery systems. For the commuters, TDP has the Drive-thru coffee house. For the captive consumer, TDP has the Mobile Cafe.

Commuters are defined as any one or more individuals in a motorized vehicle traveling from point "A" to point "B." The Daily Perc's greatest concentration will be on commuters heading to or from work, or those out on their lunch break.

Captive Consumers would include those who are tethered to a campus environment, or in a restricted entry environment that does not allow free movement to and from. Examples would include high school and college campuses, where there is limited time between classes, and corporate campuses where the same time constraints are involved, but regarding meetings and project deadlines, and special events--such as carnivals, fairs or festivals--where there is an admission price to enter the gate, but exiting would mean another admission fee, or where refreshments are an integral part of the festivities.

The following chart and table reflect the potential numbers of venues available for the Mobile Cafes and what growth could be expected in those markets over the next five years. For a conservative estimate of the number of Captive Consumers this represents, multiply the total number of venues in the year by 1,000. As an example, in the first year, The Daily Perc is showing that there are a total of 2,582 venues at which we might position a Mobile Cafe. That would equate to a Captive Consumer potential of 2,582,000.

Similarly, there are well over 2,500,000 commuters in the metropolitan area, as well as visitors, vacationers, and others. It can also be assumed that these commuters do not make only one purchase in a day, but in many cases, two and even three beverage purchases.

The chart reflects college and high school campuses, special events, hospital campuses, and various charitable organizations. A segment that is not reflected in the chart (since it would skew the chart so greatly) is the number of corporate campuses in the metropolitan area. There are over 1,700 corporate facilities that house more than 500 employees, giving us an additional 1,700,000 prospective customers, or total of 2,582 locations at which we could place a Mobile Cafe.

Market Analysis
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Potential Customers Growth CAGR
Public High School Campuses 1% 80 81 82 83 84 1.23%
Private High Schools 0% 88 88 88 88 88 0.00%
College Campuses 0% 77 77 77 77 77 0.00%
Golf Courses 0% 99 99 99 99 99 0.00%
Special Events 3% 43 44 45 46 47 2.25%
Non-Profits w/$500K+ Budgets 2% 362 369 376 384 392 2.01%
Hospital Campuses 0% 100 100 100 100 100 0.00%
Total 1.10% 849 858 867 877 887 1.10%

4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy

TDP's target market is the mobile individual who has more money than time, and excellent taste in a choice of beverage, but no time to linger in a cafe. By locating the Drive-Thrus in high traffic/high visibility areas, this unique--and abundant--consumer will seek The Daily Perc out and become a regular guest.

To penetrate the target market for the Mobile Cafes, these units will do what they were designed to do. The Daily Perc will take the cafe to the customer! By using the community support program TDP is instituting, arrangements will be made to visit a high school, college campus, or a corporate campus once or twice a month (Even visit these facilities for special games, tournaments, recruiting events, or corporate open houses). And, for every cup or baked good sold, a portion is returned to the high school or college. It becomes a tremendous, painless way for the institution to gain a financial reward while providing a pleasant and fulfilling benefit to their students or employees.

Nearly twenty years ago, a trend towards more unique coffees began to develop in the U.S. There had always been specialty coffee stores, such as Gloria Jeans and others, but people began to buy espresso machines for their homes and offices, and people began to have coffee tastings. Then espresso bars began to appear and, inevitably, along came Starbucks ... the quintessential bastion of the upwardly mobile professional who wanted to take control over how their beverage would taste and smell.

However, we have also become more rushed for time during that same period. Those same consumers who helped push Starbucks to $2.2 billion in global sales are now rushing kids to soccer and basketball games, running to the grocery and trying to get to work on time and back home in time for dinner ... or to get to the next soccer game. Yet, they still have the desire for that refreshing, specially blended coffee each morning.

Lately, we've seen the introduction of beverage dispensers at convenience stores that spit out overly-sweet, poorly blended cappuccinos in flavors such as french vanilla or mocha, and consumers are paying as much as $3.00 for these sub-standard beverages.

The market is primed for the introduction of a company that offers a superior quality, specially blended product in a convenient, drive-thru environment at a price that is competitive to the national coffee houses.

4.2.2 Market Growth

According to industry statistics, the consumption of coffee and flavored coffee products is growing rapidly. The largest national brand for retail coffee outlets achieved $2.2 billion in sales in 2000 with 3,000 retail outlets. They are anticipating opening 7,000 more outlets in the next five years and increasing revenues to over $6 billion.

That is the coffee consumer market. The segment of that market we are targeting is the commuter and that number is increasing. In the metropolitan area, as with many metropolitan areas in the country, there is a migration away from the cities.

It is estimated that there are well over 2.5 million commuters driving to and from work each day in our market. Statistically, at least 50% of those are coffee drinkers. That gives The Daily Perc a significant daily target for its products. Those numbers are growing by 6% per year.

4.2.3 Market Needs

The United States is a very mobile society. With the introduction of the automobile, we became a nation that thrived on the further freedom of going where we wanted when we wanted. It has only gotten worse. There are over 250 million men, women and children in America, half of whom are too old, too young, or too poor to drive an automobile. Yet, there are more licensed vehicles in the country than people. And that mobility has created a unique need in our society.

Our market is made up of consumers who have busy schedules, a desire for quality, and disposable income. As much as they would like the opportunity to sit in an upscale coffee house and sip a uniquely blended coffee beverage and read the morning paper, they don't have the time. However, they still have the desire for the uniquely blended beverage as they hurry through their busy lives.

4.3 Industry Analysis

The coffee industry has grown by tremendous amounts in the U.S. over the past five years. Starbucks, the national leader, had revenues in fiscal 2000 of $2.2 billion. That is an increase of 32% over Fiscal 1999. Starbucks plans to increase revenues to over $6.6 billion from 10,000 retail outlets by 2005.

Even general coffee sales have increased with international brands such as Folgers, Maxwell House, and Safari coffee reporting higher sales and greater profits.

America is definitely a coffee drinking country and the coffee industry is reaping the rewards.

4.3.1 Distribution Patterns

The cafe experience comes from the Italian origins of espresso. The customer comes in to a beautifully decorated facility, surrounded by wondrous aromas and finds himself involved in a sensory experience that, more often than not, masks an average product at a premium price. However, the proliferation of cafes in the United States proves the viability of the market. It is a duplication of the same delivery process as currently exists in Europe.

4.3.2 Competition and Buying Patterns

There are four general competitors in The Daily Perc's drive-thru market. They are the national specialty beverage chains, such as Starbucks and Panera, local coffee houses--or cafes--with an established clientele and a quality product, fast food restaurants, and convenience stores. There is a dramatic distinction among the patrons of each of these outlets.

Patrons to a Starbucks, or to one of the local cafes, are looking for the "experience" of the coffee house. They want the ability to "design" their coffee, smell the fresh pastry, listen to the soothing Italian music, and read the local paper or visit with an acquaintance. It is a relaxing, slow paced environment.

Patrons of the fast food restaurants or the convenience stores are just the opposite. They have no time for idle chatter and are willing to over-pay for whatever beverage the machine can spit out, as long as it's quick. They pay for their gas and they are back on the road to work. Although they have the desire and good taste to know good from bad, time is more valuable to them.

Competitors to the Mobile Cafes on campuses would include fast food restaurants--assuming they are close enough to the consumer that they can get there and back in the minimal allotted time, vending machines, and company or school cafeterias. The consumers in this environment are looking for a quick, convenient, fairly priced, quality refreshment that will allow them to purchase the product and return to work, class, or other activity.

Competitors to the Mobile Cafes at events such as festivals and fairs would include all the other vendors who are licensed to sell refreshments. Attendees to such events expect to pay a premium price for a quality product.

4.3.3 Main Competitors

When measuring head-to-head, direct competitors, we have found that there are none in the metropolitan area. The Daily Perc will be the first double-sided, drive-thru coffee house in the metropolitan area. However, there is still significant competition from traditional coffee houses and other retailers.

National Chains:
Starbucks, the national leader, had revenues in fiscal year 2000 of $2.2 billion. That is an increase of 32% over fiscal year 1999. Starbucks plans to increase revenues to over $6.6 billion from 10,000 retail outlets by 2005.

Panera had revenues of $151 million from corporate owned stores and $350 million from franchised locations in fiscal year 2000. This fiscal year revenue was an increase in 28.9% on a per store basis versus fiscal year 1999.

The Daily Perc believes it has a significant competitive advantage over these chains because of the following benefits:

  • Drive-thru Service
  • More Substantial Customer Service
  • Community Benefit
  • Mobile Cafes
  • Selection
  • Higher Product Quality

Local Cafes:
The toughest competitor for The Daily Perc is the established locally owned cafe. TDP knows the quality and pride that the local cafe has in the product purchase by their customers. Any local cafe has a customer base that is dedicated and highly educated. The quality of beverages served at an established cafe will surpass any of the regional or national chains.

The competitive edge The Daily Perc has on the local cafes is based on the attributes of:

  • Drive-thru Service
  • Supply Discounts
  • Mobile Cafe
  • Consistent Menu
  • Community Benefit
  • Quality Product

Drive-thru Coffee Houses:
There is not a drive-thru specialty beverage retailer with significant market presence in the central United States. The only company with similar depth to that of The Daily Perc is Quikava, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chock Full 'o Nuts. However, Quikava has limited its corporate footprint to the East Coast and the Great Lakes Region.

In the drive-thru specialty beverage market, The Daily Perc has a competitive edge over the smaller retailers, and even Quikava, due to:

  • Mobile Cafes
  • Consistent Menu
  • Community Benefit
  • Quality Product
  • Supply Discounts
  • Valued Image
  • Greater Product Selection

Fast Food and Convenience Stores:
These are two industries where The Daily Perc will experience a certain level of competition. The national fast food chains and national convenience store chains already serve coffee, soda, and some breakfast foods. The national fast food chains obviously know the benefits and value to customers of drive-thru. TDP knows that within the specialty coffee and tea market, the quality of the products sold will be much greater than what can currently be purchased at fast food and convenience stores. The addition of domestic soda sales for these stores is a large part of revenue. TDP knows the quality of our products, along with the addition of domestic soda and the ease of drive-thru, gives it a competitive edge over fast food and convenience stores.

Other competition:
The Daily Perc knows that once it has entered the market and established a presence, others will try to follow. However, TDP believes that the corporate missions and even the organizational design will be imitated, but never duplicated. TDP will constantly evaluate its products, locations, service, and corporate missions to ensure that it remains a leader in the specialty beverage industry.

4.3.4 Industry Participants

There is only one national Drive-thru coffee franchise operation in the U.S. with any legs, and that is a subsidiary of Chock Full 'o Nuts called Quikava. Quikava operates predominantly on the East Coast and in the Upper Great Lakes. The East and West coasts, and even some Mountain and Midwest states, have smaller local drive-thru chains such as Caffino, Java Espress, Crane Coffee, Java Drive, Sunrise Coffee, and Caffe Diva. However, other players in the premium coffee service industry would include Starbucks, Gloria Jean's, Caribou Coffee, Panera and locally owned and operated coffee shops or "cafes."