ADDINGMULTIMEDIAStarbucks Introduces Innovative Cross-Channel, Multi-Brand
Loyalty Program and Announces Global Social Impact Initiatives at Annual
Meeting of Shareholders
Company Recognizes the Contributions of its 200,000 Global Partners
(Employees) in Delivering Record Financial Performance and a 38% Total Return
to Shareholders in Fiscal 2012, Reaffirms Long-Term Growth Targets
SEATTLE -- March 20, 2013
Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company
(NASDAQ:SBUX), opened the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders by
recognizing company partners (employees) and highlighting the company’s
continuing robust operating performance. Schultz and other company executives
announced a breakthrough innovation in Starbucks loyalty and rewards program,
shared progress and future plans for its recent La Boulange, Evolution Fresh
and Teavana acquisitions and offered a comprehensive overview of how Starbucks
is using its global scale to create positive, local impact in the communities
where it operates and where its partners and customers live and work.
Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo, acknowledges the more than
200,000 Starbucks partners ( ...
Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo, acknowledges the more than
200,000 Starbucks partners (employees) worldwide for their contributions to
the company's ongoing success. (Photo: Business Wire)
Annual meeting highlights included:
*Thanks and appreciation from company shareholders via webcast to the
200,000 Starbucks partners around the world who deliver the Starbucks
Experience to over 70 million customers in 62 countries each week.
*The announcement by Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, of an expansion
of the company’s loyalty and rewards program, and an industry-first
innovation that will enable customers to earn rewards for grocery channel
purchases that can be redeemed in Starbucks retail stores and is expected
to double the number of customers enrolled in the company’s programs in
*Brotman also announced that Starbucks mobile payment platform is now
generating over three million U.S. mobile payment transactions per week.
*Blair Taylor, Starbucks chief community officer, announced the launch of a
new nonprofit corporation with a $1 million seed grant to introduce job
skills, leadership and apprenticeship programs to young people across the
company’s multi-billion-dollar supply chain, and further expansion of the
company’s support for U.S. manufacturing through an order for 100,000
ceramic mugs from a supplier in Ohio whose operations Starbucks helped
expand through previous purchasing commitments.
*A discussion by Troy Alstead, chief financial officer, of region-by-region
and individual segment performance for fiscal 2012 and a reaffirmation of
the company’s fiscal 2013 revenue and EPS growth targets.
*Schultz’s recognition of Starbucks 15-year business partnership with
Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, M.H. Alshaya Co., including comments
about how bringing specialty coffee to the Middle East serves as a model
for the company’s future expansion initiatives.
“The opportunity we have to create value for our shareholders is exceeded only
by our unique ability to contribute meaningfully to the communities we serve
around the world,” said Schultz. “From leveraging and expanding our strong
global business partnerships, to bringing innovation to our customers and each
of the markets and channels in which we operate, to expanding our broad array
of digital customer touch points and deepening our ethical sourcing model,
Starbucks is continuing to grow with passion and intent to become one of the
world’s most relevant, admired and trusted brands.”
Starbucks Continues its Robust Trajectory of Growth and Profitability
Schultz opened the annual meeting by asking Starbucks shareholders to stand
and recognize the company’s 200,000 partners around the world who deliver the
Starbucks Experience to customers each day, then highlighted key
accomplishments since last year’s meeting:
*Record revenues of $13.3 billion and record earnings per share of $1.79 in
*38% total shareholder return in 2012, following a 46% return in 2011 and a
32% return in 2010,
*14% revenue growth in 2012, capping off the eleventh consecutive quarter
of 5%+ global comp store sales growth,
*18% earnings per share growth in 2012 despite significant commodity
*Continued outperformance of key industry financial performance metrics,
record cash flow of $1.8 billion, record returns on invested capital of
22.4% and over $1.1 billion returned to shareholders through dividends and
share repurchases in 2012.
Digital and Loyalty Momentum Around the World
Starbucks world-class My Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program continues to
resonate with customers, driving increased revenue, traffic and purchases and
further differentiating Starbucks from competitors. Adam Brotman, chief
digital officer, announced the exciting evolution of the My Starbucks Rewards™
loyalty program into the world’s first cross-channel, multi-brand loyalty
program, reflecting further successful execution against the company’s
Blueprint for Profitable Growth strategy. Key highlights of the new program:
*Beginning in May, customers will earn My Starbucks Rewards™ Stars for
purchases of Starbucks packaged coffee in grocery channels. These Stars
can then be redeemed for free food or beverages in Starbucks retail
stores. The program is expected to be expanded to include other Starbucks
products sold through grocery channels this fall.
*Integration of the Starbucks Card and My Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty
program across several of its emerging brands, including Teavana.
Beginning next month, registered customers who make purchases with a
Starbucks Card or through the Starbucks mobile app at any of over 300
Teavana retail stores will be able to earn Stars for their purchases.
Together, Brotman reported, these new program innovations are expected to
contribute towards a rapid and substantial increase in My Starbucks Rewards™
membership, from 4.5 million active members at the end of October 2012 to
approximately 9 million members by the end of fiscal 2013.
In January 2011, Starbucks became the first national retailer to offer its own
mobile payment technology combined with a world-class loyalty program, and the
company now generates over three million mobile transactions each week in the
U.S. alone – accounting for approximately 10% of total U.S. tender (Starbucks
card, broadly, represents 1 in 3 transactions in the U.S.). New mobile users
report that they are embracing the Starbucks mobile payment experience because
of the benefits they receive and because it enables them to track their
loyalty status in an interactive and engaging way directly on their mobile
Also highlighted at the meeting was the five-year anniversary of My Starbucks
Idea, the company’s online community that encourages customers to share their
ideas, engage in conversation and have a voice in shaping the Starbucks of the
future. Found on the web at www.MyStarbucksIdea.com, over the last five years
My Starbucks Idea has received over 150,000 submissions from customers around
the world that have helped launch 275 ideas into Starbucks stores.
Leveraging Global Scale for Local Good
With more than 200,000 partners in more than 18,000 stores in 62 countries
around the world, Starbucks growth has also enabled the company to leverage
its global operational scale for good in a variety of different ways across
Blair Taylor, chief community officer, affirmed Starbucks commitment to U.S.
manufacturing and announced a first-of-its-kind supply chain initiative that
will leverage Starbucks multi-billion-dollar network to create leadership and
job skills training for disengaged youth. Highlights of Taylor’s discussion
*Made in the U.S.A.: Starting in the fall, American Pioneer Manufacturing
will begin producing a Starbucks siren mug that represents a core product
in the company’s overall drinkware lineup. Based in New Waterford, Ohio,
this automated facility is the first of its kind in an historic potting
community. To help build capacity for the new facility, Starbucks has
placed an initial order for 100,000 units for delivery in the fall and is
making the mug available for purchase in U.S. stores starting in winter.
As a result, American Pioneer Manufacturing expects to hire as many as 20
U.S. workers by the end of the year.
*Supply Chain Coalition: Building on the learnings and success of the
Starbucks Youth Grants initiative, Starbucks also announced an initial $1
million grant for the development of a nonprofit corporation – LeadersUp –
that will tap into Starbucks supply chain to bring new job and leadership
skills training to young people with the eventual linking of trainees to
job experiences within our collective companies and beyond. In the first
year, this organization has the goal to raise $10 million to support this
work over the next year, with a long-term strategy of establishing up to a
$100 million annual fund.
Earlier this week, Starbucks also announced the purchase of a 240-hectare
coffee farm as part of its ongoing commitment to ethically source 100 percent
of its coffee by 2015:
*Sustainable Farming Investment: To help farming communities around the
world mitigate climate change impact and ensure long-term crop stability,
Starbucks will expand its existing $70 million comprehensive ethical
sourcing program with a new coffee farming research and development center
in Costa Rica. The company will adapt this 240-hectare working coffee farm
into a global agronomy center, expanding its Coffee and Farming Equity
practices (C.A.F.E.) program that seeks to ensure coffee quality while
promoting social, environmental and economic standards.
About Starbucks Corporation:
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing
and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe,
the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the
world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding
principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every
customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our
stores or online at www.starbucks.com.
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