Red tiles, neon lights and yellow sign boards. Big juicy burgers and sweet milkshakes. An ice cream cone oozing deliciousness and sprinkled with a flavour like never before. A bad work day instantly made better with a Big Happy Meal or a craving satiated with a Maharaja Mac on a broke wallet. Today, all these things are widely synonymous with McDonald’s as a brand and while the food chain may have had a rocky start, it has an inspiring journey.
The beginning of McDonald’s
Raymond Kroc, a salesman with 34 years of experience to his name, saw how the McDonald brothers were changing the burger game one milkshake at a time. As a milkshake salesman, one of Ray’s routine involved visiting the people to whom he sold Multi Mixers. When he met two of his biggest clients, Richard and Maurice McDonald, life as he knew it was never the same. Realising he had the opportunity of turning something as homely and delicious as a hamburger into a phenomenon, Ray knew he had to capitalize on the idea.
While most of Ray’s regular customers bought only one or two Multi Mixers at a time, the McDonald brothers bought 8! Why? To make 40 milkshakes at a time so they could give their customers a regular supply of milkshakes and burgers. Looking at people lining up in queues outside the golden arches way into the dusky evenings, Ray realised the McDonald brothers had a booming business on their hands. Watching the many workers in crisp white hats and ironed uniforms scurrying around and serving burgers and fries with perfect precision, Kroc instantly saw why McDonald’s as a franchise was an idea into which he just had to tap.
By 1954, a 52 year old Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers embarked on the journey of shaping and revolutionizing the way the fast food industry in itself worked. Using consistency and discipline as the key ingredients, Ray created a recipe for success, the likes of which we haven’t seen replicated. The first McDonald’s restaurant Ray saw was like a perfectly tuned factory, with all the workers and chefs humming around in sync.
By investing all his savings and more money than he could put into the business, Kroc joined hands with the McDonald brothers and set about creating history. Despite the resistance he received from the brothers as well as the rest of his friends and family, Kroc started working at putting his sales experience to good use! The brothers finally agreed to Ray’s deal. The brothers sold Ray the franchises for the low price of $ 950. In exchange, he would keep 1.4 % of all sales and give 0.5 % back to the brothers. With the existing franchisees only giving such a meager percentage of total sales, the corporate parent made very little money.
The growth of McDonald’s as a business
Once the deal was struck and written in stone, Kroc set about working on how to turn this food chain into a brand. The first McDonald’s franchise opened in 1955 as an experimental model, just outside Chicago in Des Plaines, Illinois. Although this first store started churning out more than enough profit in the beginning, Ray knew that in order to start making an impact, he had to enforce more order than there already was. Everything in making and delivering burgers had a certain sense of science to it and using this formula, Kroc grew McDonald’s to greater heights. However, the speed with which Kroc was growing was quite different from what the partners had agreed to when they signed the deal. Realising Kroc was changing the way the business was running, the McDonald brothers had no choice but to bow out and leave Ray alone.
Although the move came as a disruptive thought process for Kroc, the end goal was always in sight. With dedication and an eye on perfection, Kroc built his business up so much that by 1960, there were more than 200 stores across the Midwest, the central parts of the United States. Squashing all his customers one delicious burger and tempting meal at a time, Kroc quite literally perfected the way the fast food industry worked not just in the United States, but all over the world as well!
The largest food chain in the world
With all the different advertising and marketing tactics McDonald’s used, the brand started growing to phenomenal heights. By the year 1970, it was the single largest food chain in all of the United States. Picking up speed not just in the United States, McDonald’s as a brand first started spreading to Europe and then to other parts of the world.
While the taste of the food is the same in all the branches, the menu has been tweaked to suit the tastes of the people in places outside the United States. For example, in India, the menu reflects dishes which have been curated for the Indian palate and in Germany, McDonald’s started serving beer in the 1970s!
Today, with over 36,000 restaurants, McDonald’s serves 69 billion orders on a regular basis. Easily one of the most popular food chains the world over, there is no meal that is a Happier Meal happier meal than a McDonald’s one!
The Rise Of Gig Economy In India
India is notorious for churning out graduates from colleges at a very high rate and the education system in India is always under fire for not focusing on all round development but on marks and grades, instead. This is a growing concern as there are not enough jobs available to accommodate all the graduates passing out from college. However, the Indian millennial is a smart individual and when put under pressure, a millennial is capable of coming out of it better. So, what did the Indian millennial do when there were less opportunities and did not want to be part of the rat race? They turned to taking up gigs and that spawned an entire economy and industries to flourish.
Gig economy can be defined as a work engagement where on one side, there is a service seeker that is a consumer with a demand for a specific task, and on the other side, there is a service provider that is. a gig worker who can perform that specific task. The gig economy was able to flourish solely because of the advent of digital platforms which were able to connect a service seeker with a provider. More and more Indians are looking to escape from the monotony of a 9 to 5 desk job and instead take up freelance gigs which complement their skills.
In order to put the gig economy into simpler terms, here are some examples. An individual who likes to drive cars would consider working with Uber as a driver partner to earn some extra bucks. An individual who is good at playing the guitar would consider performing in live shows with a band to earn extra money. A person who is good at painting would consider selling their art for extra money. The gig ecosystem offers the millennial an outlet to escape monotony and pursue their passion instead.
The gig economy could only thrive when there are digital platforms which are able to connect the supply with the demand. The digital gig economy generated a gross volume of approximately $ 204 billion from worldwide customers in 2018. India has emerged as the 5th largest country for flexible staffing after the United States of America, China, Brazil and Japan. Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Telangana have the most opportunities in terms of growth for the flexible workers.
Gig economy allows task ownership, convenience and flexibility. Based on tastes and preferences, an individual can determine the number and type of projects they can work on, the quantum of their earnings, and thus, their work-life balance. For example, an individual who took on five gigs in one month could take only three gigs the next month to balance life at their regular job.
The gig economy has a disruptive model to connect sellers and buyers for almost all kinds of skills and services. While the size of the gig economy may seem marginal when compared to the traditional economy, it is recognized for its enormous potential with the desire of workers, specially millennials to have a flexible work schedule and the rise in the on demand consumer services. Of In India, almost 70% corporates have already used gig workers for at least one task in 2018.
In India, a platform called Lemonop, is setting an example in the gig economy by providing a platform for students and working professionals to look for gigs of their liking. There are plenty of other platforms like Lemonop which are slowly bridging the gap between talent and job demand.
Mukesh Ambani Enters Top Ten Billionaires List
Mukesh Ambani is the head of India’s biggest Petrochemical and Telecommunications giant Reliance Industries Limited. Mukesh Ambani also achieved a new milestone in his splendid career as he broke out into the World’s Top Ten Richest Billionaires list for the first time in his career.
Mukesh Ambani entered the high profile and exclusive club of billionaires as his net worth jumped to $ 64.5 billion which catapulted him to the exclusive list of the richest billionaires in the world. Mukesh Ambani is now the ninth richest billionaire in the world as he beats Google co founder Larry Page. Mukesh Ambani also holds the distinction of the only Asian tycoon in the exclusive list of World’s Top Ten Billionaires.
Mukesh Ambani is riding on the back of a series of investments into the company’s digital unit, Jio Platforms Ltd., which Reliance claimed made the company net debt free and also proved the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the fortunes of Reliance Industries.
While a crash in oil prices caused uncertainty in a stake sale of Reliance’s oil and chemicals division, in just two months Jio managed to attract some $ 15 billion which is more than half the investment into telecom companies worldwide this year. A report by popular equity and brokerage firm Sanford C. Bernstein predicted Jio is likely to capture 48% of India’s mobile subscriber market share by 2025.
Mukesh Ambani has an unmatched drive to become the biggest and the best industry leader in India as well as the world. In India, Reliance officially became the biggest petrochemical company last year, when it surpassed government owned Indian Oil Corporation to become the country’s largest company by revenue. Mukesh Ambani said “No power on Earth can stop India from rising higher (sic.)” during Reliance Industries latest Annual General Meeting (AGM.)
Amazon To Deliver Liquor Online In West Bengal
In what could be considered as a game changing move, e-commerce giant Amazon secured clearance to deliver liquor in the Eastern state of West Bengal. The news comes according to a notice put out by the West Bengal State Beverages Corp, the state’s authorized agency to carry out online retail of liquor, on Friday. The notice also said Amazon was one of the companies found to be eligible for registration with the authorities.
This move is significant as Indians consume a huge amount of alcohol but online deliveries have been prohibited, until now. West Bengal is India’s fourth populous state and has a population of more than 90 million people. Amazon was invited to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the West Bengal state. According to the estimates by IWSR Drinks Market analysis, the market Amazon is looking to make inroads into, is worth $27.2 billion dollars.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached India, the Government declared a complete lockdown and sale of alcohol was completely prohibited. When the lockdown rules were relaxed and the alcohol shops were allowed to happen, India witnessed a rush to the liquor stores like never before. Following the reopening of wine stores, some States have allowed Swiggy and Zomato to deliver alcohol and the food delivery giants cashed in on the heavy demand.
Each state sets its own alcohol sales policy. West Bengal last month invited companies to express interest in “handling electronic ordering, purchase, sale and home delivery of alcoholic liquors from licensed retail outlets” to eligible legal-age consumers in the state. Grocery delivery major, Big Basket also won approval to deliver alcohol in West Bengal state.
Let us know if you think India will allow online alcohol delivery in the future.
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