Starbucks sales reach a $4.9 billion record high in Q3 FY2015
It’s a good time to be Starbucks: its Q3 fiscal year 2015 financial results were released to the public last week, for a time period ending on June 28, and those results are impressive. With reported quarterly revenue of $4.9 billion, an 18 percent increase in net revenue over Q3 FY2014, it’s a record high for the Seattle-based global coffee chain.
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Some other highlights of the quarter include a global comparable store sales increase of 7 percent, driven by a 4 percent increase in traffic. Broken down by region, the numbers overall get even better—the Americas saw an 8 percent comparable store sales increase, while Starbucks China and Asia Pacific locations saw a hefty 11 percent comp sales increase driven by a 10 percent increase in traffic. Meanwhile Starbucks EMEA saw a less robust—but nonetheless welcome—3 percent comp sales increase.
“Starbucks Q3 fiscal 2015 stands as among the strongest and most remarkable quarters in our over 23 years as a public company,” said Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz in a press release to investors. “The 4 percent increase in global transactions we reported equates to our having served an additional 23 million customer occasions in Q3 of this year over last year, clearly evidencing a continuation of the strong momentum we have seen across our business and around the world this fiscal year.”
Schultz attributes this strong quarter to an array of investments that the business has made in its own growth—from opening 431 new stores within the quarter and improving existing locations to enhancing customer service through the deployment of new technology like the expansion of its mobile order and pay feature, first throughout the Pacific Northwest and then to more than 4,000 company-operated stores. As Starbucks proceeds with plans to take mobile order and pay fully nationwide by the holiday season, sales could boom even further. According to Starbucks CFO Scott Maw, striking a balance between the investments that Starbucks makes in itself is key to sustaining and promoting this kind of record growth.
“Starbucks very strong year over year financial performance in Q3 demonstrates our commitment to delivering best in class financial and operating results while at the same time investing in our future growth,” he added to the Starbucks press release. “We believe that by getting this balance right, we will be able to continue delivering exceptional growth, profitability and increased returns to our shareholders.”
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”