Luckin Coffee Doesn’t Have to Beat Starbucks to Win Big in China (Pt 3 of 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2, I described my visit to several Luckin Coffee outlets and a couple strategies for how they can beat Starbucks in China – which is their stated goal. However, this isn’t really necessary. As their CEO Qian Zhiya has said, coffee consumption per capita in China is about 4-5 cups […]

How Luckin Coffee Can Beat Starbucks in China (Pt 2 of 3)

In Part 1, I detailed my visits to several Luckin Coffee outlets. This is an aggressive start-up that is opening striving to beat Starbucks in retail coffee in China. So my question for Part 2 is: can they do it? Let me rephrase that: Could Luckin Coffee take 20% of Starbucks’s current China business? And […]

My Visit to Luckin Coffee: Starbucks’ First Serious Challenger in China. (Pt 1 of 3)

There is a lot of buzz around “new retail” coffee chain Luckin Coffee in China now. They are opening at a blistering rate – about 800 outlets since their launch earlier this year. That’s 2-3 locations per day (including weekends). They are focusing strongly on digital and delivery – a “new retail” version of retail […]

Why Doesn’t Starbucks Have a Serious Competitor in China? (Video)

I’ve been asking this question for like two years. And until recently, nobody seems to have an answer. Starbucks is doing fantastic in China. They have tons of stores and are apparently very profitable. And for some reason, they don’t have a major competitor. They have somehow avoided the brutal competitive knife fight we see […]