Wendy's Chili Case

1. Wendy's was able to achieve its initial success and grow so rapidly at a time when the quick service hamburger business appeared to be saturated because Wendy's went after a different segment of the hamburger market- young adults and adults.  Wendy's differentiated itself from its competitors by creating a unique and "old fashioned" hamburger. This hamburger was made from fresh beef that was cooked to order and served directly from the grill to the customer, which allowed the customers to see what they were eating, making them feel much more overall comfortable with what they were ordering.  Another unique feature of the Wendy's hamburger was that it was square in shape to allow it to extend beyond the round buns on which they were served. From the mid sixties to the late seventies, Wendy's greatest competitors were McDonald's, Burger King and Hardee's, all of which were competing to become the best and most profitable fast food establishment. Each company offered their own refinements to heighten their competitive advantage. Wendy's took on its then-larger competitors with its square burgers to become the consumer poll based best-tasting hamburgers of the four.

2.  Mr. Thomas made the decision to limit the number of menu items because he felt it would allow Wendy's to remain price competitive and still serve a better quality product. The benefits that might have resulted from this "limited menu" concept are that having this "core menu" of four individual products would save the time that would be spent cooking all of the other products that could potentially be sold.  Having a limited number of items for sale allowed the cooks to continuously prepare the food, knowing that those products would be ordered. Another benefit to this concept w ...
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