Will McDonalds ever fail?

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2011/06/07 10:03:35 (permalink)

Will McDonalds ever fail?

I started thinking about this the other day while perusing some webpages about failed chains. There certainly have been a lot of chains come and go both food and non food throughout the years. Probably many places we thought would always be around but are now gone. Of course people have been eating cheap lousy hamburgers long before McDonald's came on the scene so they didn't invent them. But if you think about it they are nearly on every corner and have become very ingrained in millions of people's daily routine. So I can't see them ever failing unless there is nearly a total collapse of society as we know it. I think the previous sentence was a little to dramatic but I'll leave it in since someone already commented on it. But do any of you see McDonalds ever going under?
post edited by ces1948 - 2011/06/07 12:33:37
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    chewingthefat
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/07 11:00:35 (permalink)
    Your second to last sentence. Prescient!
    post edited by chewingthefat - 2011/06/07 11:02:25
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/08 03:28:18 (permalink)
    When i can buy five double cheeseburgers for the price of one at 5 Guys, probably not.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/08 06:44:45 (permalink)
    I think that the key to McD's success is it's consistency. You walk into one & you know exactly what you're going to get & I'm not talking just about the food. The place will be clean, service is usually quick & efficient & you won't cringe if you have to use the rest rooms. There's a lot of chains that could learn from them.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/08 07:38:00 (permalink)
    If McDonald's were to ever fail I see it due to a catastrophic food poisoning event combined with timing of a competitor fastfood chain to capitalize on the event and take their place as a leader in fast food. I don't know if McD's has ever had to deal with such an event, similar to what Jack-in-the-Box had to deal with. Global corporations can fail with enough bad publicity and I think that is the only way McD's will fail.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/09 16:54:10 (permalink)
    Mcodnalds fries with Mcdonalds ice cream. SO GOOD.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/10 08:03:52 (permalink)
    Heavily marketed twords kids.  My 4x would eat there each and every day if alllowed.  So - no.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/10 11:38:55 (permalink)
    Let's see, General Motors failed, so.....
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/10 12:30:47 (permalink)
    Even though I rarely ever eat there, I've had McD stock for years and it's done well so I hope it doesn't fail!
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/11 03:13:04 (permalink)
    Only if all the standards of operation and consistency they've engrained into the system disappear. Their menu changes although slightly behind the trends will keep them rolling. Their burgers & fries could become a small percentage of their total business in the future. Change is ineventable. The food chains that didn't change with the trends died a slow and painful death.
    It took GM & Ford decades to change and it almost destroyed them.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2011/06/11 03:17:09
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/11 13:51:18 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    Let's see, General Motors failed, so.....

    GM was destroyed from within then propped up
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/11 22:01:52 (permalink)
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    Let's see, General Motors failed, so.....

    GM did not fail. They were on the ropes, dazed  and brused badly, but they are still in business. You only fail when you quit trying. 
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/11 22:07:33 (permalink)
    Well General Motors aside. I don't think Mcdonalds could fail in the foreseeable future. However with the exception of Walmart I'm not sure I can say that about any other retail chain.  What retail chains are "failproof" in your opinion let's say for the next quarter century?
    post edited by ces1948 - 2011/06/11 22:09:14
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/11 23:12:59 (permalink)
    ces1948

    Well General Motors aside. I don't think McDonalds could fail in the foreseeable future. However with the exception of WalMart I'm not sure I can say that about any other retail chain.  What retail chains are "failproof" in your opinion let's say for the next quarter century?

    I worked for Sears in Middle & Upper Management positions from 1964 to 1979. Senior Managemnt thought we were invincible. They thought K-Mart & WalMart's cinder block buildings would crumble in 15-20 years.
    In the mid-70's, Sears tried being something they weren't product-wise, they downgraded the employee profit sharing program, started restructuring the line managers positions which were the life-line of the company and refused to take bank credit cards. After all, Sears Easy Payment and Revolving Charge cards dominated the retail world! What else did you need?
    That was the begininng of the loss of retail dominance along with the rise of speciality stores in malls and increased competition along with the growth of Bank Cards. Sears wasn't the only place you could get credit..
     
    Believe it or not, WalMart is now showing some chinks in their armor. On-line retailing is the wave of the future of retailing. Look at Amazon.com and others. Buy UPS & FedEX Stock! Barnes & Noble Bookstores and others like them will be gone in 5-10 years, or sooner. They're already in trouble. Electronics has and will continue to replace paper. Sell your International Paper and other paper company stocks! Try to buy a typewriter lately? 
    The Retailing Mantra is "Change or Die!"
    Excuse me; it should be "Change QUICKLY or Die!"" />" />
    post edited by Foodbme - 2011/06/11 23:15:34
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/12 10:20:23 (permalink)
    The great fast food chains of the past will still be here in the future. The ones I see not making it are, Arby's, A&W (If there are any of them left) DQ has been reinventing themselves with success.
      Fast food used to be fast and cheap, this isn't going to be true in the future. The quality will be better, people will demand quicker, quality food, and the price really isn't a factor. The fast food burger places will always cater to the kids, the sucker parents will always drive by the Roadfood restaurants to pacify the kids." I did it Friday"..............McD's is here to stay...................pnwc
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/12 11:13:50 (permalink)
    Personally I think certain concepts are in trouble and will fall by the wayside. The office supply chains like Staples, Office Depot and Office Max I think are on borrowed time. I also do some contract work in the Toy R Us and Babies R Us chain and based on the large amount of products vs the small amount of customers I also think this concept is in trouble.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/12 13:52:06 (permalink)
    ever see that stallone movie, cant remember the name but snipes and sandra bullock are in it.......
     
    taco bell won out in the corporate world and now controls everything......lmao, fine dining was going to an upscale taco bell.... talk about apocalyptic horror !! 
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/12 14:04:29 (permalink)
    You are thinking of Demolition Man.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/12 14:16:54 (permalink)
    They'll be around for a long time for a number of reasons, including:
     
    1)  Though calling it "quality control" probably overstates it, their food is the same everywhere:  no "surprises"; wherever you are in the world - Rio, Paris, NYC, or McKinney, TX - you always get what you expected.
     
    2)  And you get it quickly.  McDonald's puts the "fast" into "fast food" and is daily concocting new means to make it faster and (relatively) "idiot proof".
     
    3)  They are constantly introducing new menu items, some of which like the steak, egg, & cheese bagel are actually good.
     
    4)  Over the years they have been assiduously acquiring their own real estate.  Even when they aren't successful in acquisition they sign very long term leases with very few adjustments for inflation.  As a result, as the years go by their realty cost as a % of sales constantly declines.  And, most every location I have ever seen them take is truly "prime" with excellent visibility and ingress/egress.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/14 19:45:58 (permalink)
    Have any of you seen the hoax that is circulating?  It seems this was an OLD hoax, but has resurfaced.  Still, it IS worth taking a look at if you haven't seen it.  Something like this could seriously damage McD's and start them on the quick slide downward.
     
    A picture of message posted in the window of a McD that states a surcharge for African-Americans due to insurance costs after a string of robberies.
     
    Please, be aware, this is a HOAX, but sheesh, what it must have cost McD's to squelch this and the after thoughts of having it start circulating again.
     
    http://gizmodo.com/581126...ers-internet-mcdonalds
     
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/14 21:19:14 (permalink)
    I hadn't seen it before and it was not worth taking a look at because any intelligent person would know it was a hoax. The perpetrators rely on people like you to spread it around. You've been duped to re-post that here.
     
    The best way to squelch any hoax or falsehood is to ignore it and not spread it.
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/15 09:14:37 (permalink)
    @Davydd, I really think you should re-read my first two lines.  I stated it is a hoax.  But suppose someone without your education, some one NOT as smart as you should read this.  Ugly as it is, it could start one of those wildfires, and no matter how often we see and hear things like this, it still is something to BE AWARE OF so history doesn't repeat itself.
     
    I wasn't 'duped' into reposting this, I wanted people to be aware of how stupid this was and hope to squash it (again) as it was the first time around.  It was the first time I had seen this, and as I understand it, it has re-surfaced.
     
    I'm not going to get personal here, but are we not allowed to post things that may be irritating to some while being informative to others?
     
    Aren't we supposed to learn from the past so it doesn't happen again?
     
    Rumors are hard to control once started, that's why I mentioned this one, and potentially it could be very damaging to McD's. 
     
    Ahhh, I'm sitting here defending myself, and that doesn't feel good, but I had to respond.
     
    "The best way to squelch any hoax or falsehood is to ignore it and not spread it."
     
    Ignorance is bliss, but very dangerous.  If we don't KNOW about a hoax, how can we defend ourselves against it?

     
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/15 10:02:06 (permalink)
    I stand by what I said. It is the old parlor game trick of whispering something in one's ear and having it passed around the room and seeing what comes out at the end. The internet is the same way as stuff gets passed on. Now your comments might get passed on to another forum or put in an e-mail. Sooner or later the hoax warning may drop out and/or the rumor may get uglier. You have contributed to spreading the rumor.
     
     
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    Re:Will McDonalds ever fail? 2011/06/18 10:32:55 (permalink)
    McDonalds failed me every time I went there..
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