RAY KROC:MCDONALD’ RESTAURANTS BUILDER
BY JOANNE MATTERN
Ray Kroc is the man who turned McDonald’s from a single restaurant into the fast-food
giant it is today.
His family did not have much money growing up but Kroc had a happy childhood.
He liked playing baseball and learnt playing piano at the age of 6.
He was also good at selling things, even at a young age.
身为创业家 他作出的努力包括 与朋友合作经营柠檬汁摊位
His entrepreneurial endeavours included running a lemonade stand and starting a music store
with his friends.
This early work set Kroc on the path to becoming a successful businessman.
In 1917, the United States entered World War I.
15岁时 克拉克谎报年龄以加入红十字会 为战争出力
At 15, he lied about his age to join the Red Cross and help the war effort.
他参加了救护车司机的培训 但在他可以出国之前 战争结束了
He trained to be an ambulance driver but the war was over before he could go abroad.
After the war, Kroc got married and had a daughter.
To support his young family he took a job selling paper cups to restaurants.
It did not take him long to become one of the best salesmen in the company.
He experimented with other jobs such as selling real estate and playing the piano but it was
clear selling was what he did best.
He returned to the Lily-Tulip Cup Company
One of his customers was a businessman who owned several ice cream shops in Chicago.
He had invented a machine that could make five milk shakes at once called the Multimixer.
Kroc tried to get his company to sell the Multimixer as he knew it was a great product
but they were not interested.
所以1939年 他做了一个重大的决定 辞职然后开办自己的公司
So in 1939, he made the huge decision to quit his job and start his own company selling
the Multimixer to other restaurants and ice cream stands.
As he was an excellent salesman, Kroc developed his company into a very successful outfit.
He employed tactics such as inventing new drinks to make with his machine and a decade
later he was selling over 9,000 Multimixers a year in cities all around the country.
By the 50s, Kroc began losing customers.
People were moving from the cities into suburbs and drove to large restaurants instead of
going to independent ice cream stands.
结果 冰淇淋摊位逐渐倒闭 再没有克拉克的顾客了
As a result, the ice cream stands went out of business and were no longer Kroc’s customers.
Kroc was still getting plenty of business from one small restaurant.
It was called McDonald’s in San Bernardino, California and they had eight Multimixers.
1954年 克拉克拜访了拥有这个餐厅的兄弟俩 莫里斯和理查德•麦克唐纳
Kroc went to visit the brothers who owned the restaurant, Maurice and Richard McDonald
in 1954 and discovered it was a very small restaurant with people queuing up outside,
ordering food from a window.
而且这里的食物种类很少 他们只卖汉堡 炸薯条 软饮料以及奶昔
The food was very limited as they only sold burgers, fries, soft drinks and milk shakes
but the food was served extremely quickly.
Kroc thought the restaurant was a brilliant idea and suggested to the brothers that they
expand their business.
The brothers refused as they didn’t want the added responsibility.
Instead, Kroc offered to start a restaurant franchise.
The three of them agreed that Kroc could use the McDonald’s name and the brothers would
get a percentage of the sales.
1955年 克拉克开了第一家特许经营公司 麦当劳系统公司
In 1955, Kroc started his franchise company, McDonald’s System Inc. and opened his first
McDonald’s in Des Plaines in April that year.
The McDonald brothers taught him how to run the restaurant like they did, including how
on the restaurant’s first day, Kroc made $366.
Thanks to an efficient setup in the kitchen,
on the restaurant’s first day, Kroc made $366.
He worked extremely hard at his restaurant to ensure it was a success,
from picking up rubbish outside to make the restaurant look attractive and clean,
到训练他的员工牢记 质量 整洁和服务都非常重要
to training his workers to remember quality, cleanliness and service were all important.
Kroc also helped other people set up new McDonald’s restaurants as franchises.
第一年 他开了18家分店 到1957年已有40家麦当劳
In the first year, he sold 18 franchises and by 1957 there were 40 McDonald’s.
Consistency was important to Kroc.
As well as each restaurant being called the same, he wanted every customer to have the
same experience so there were many rules to follow for each franchise owner.
The menu had to be the same and each item on the menu had to be prepared the same way
regardless of which restaurant a customer was eating in.
This strategy worked and some franchise owners were making more money than Kroc was.
Kroc’s next step toward success was to set up a real estate company.
The company would buy the land that franchisees could then rent to run a McDonald’s restaurant on.
There were two major benefits of this system.
One it let Kroc choose the location for each new McDonald’s
and two, it made him a lot of money.
By 1960, Kroc sold his Malt-A-Mixer Company
and McDonald’s System Inc. became McDonald’s Corporation.
Kroc was sharing the profits from the 228 restaurants he now had with the McDonald’s brothers
and in 1961 he agreed to buy the McDonald’s name from them for $2.7million
to take sole control of the company.
Throughout the rest of the 60s, Kroc entered a period of vast expansion opening restaurants
all over the US and into Canada and Puerto Rico.
He enforced his strict rules at each restaurant to ensure consistency and conformity
but did allow franchisees to suggest new ideas.
1962年 在辛辛那提市 菜单中新增了麦香鱼汉堡
In 1962 in Cincinnati the Filet-O-Fish was added to the menu.
In 1968 in Pittsburgh the Big Mac was introduced.
Kroc was also quick to acknowledge when he was wrong.
The Hulaburger was introduced as a slice of grilled pineapple
and two slices of cheese on a bun with no meat.
事实证明 它并不受欢迎 很快它就被移出了菜单
It did not prove popular and was quickly taken off the menu.
Kroc pitched McDonald’s as family-friendly restaurants,
promoting the fact that they were clean and affordable places to eat on TV and in magazines.
In 1963, Ronald McDonald was introduced as a playful clown,
soon becoming one of the most recognizing children’s characters in the world
and a very successful marketing mascot.
Many of his restaurants also introduced play areas where children could have fun
to maintain the family-friendly theme.
1979 saw the rollout of Happy Meals to each McDonald’s.
Each meal included a small toy and proved extremely popular with children.
Therefore it was also an extremely powerful marketing tool,
allowing tie-ins with films, TV shows or toy brands.
Kroc became extremely wealthy from McDonald’s and donated part of his fortune to charity
through donations and other charitable activities.
He started the Kroc Foundation in 1969 to raise money to help fight diseases such as
diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Kroc retired as CEO from the McDonald’s Corporation in 1973
but still stayed active on the board of directors
and carried on working for McDonald’s until he died in 1984.
他的遗产流传至今 麦当劳已经在119个国家里 拥有了超过36000家餐厅
His legacy continues to this day and the company has over 36,000 restaurants in 119 countries.
雷•克拉克使制作食物快速 便捷 一致的简单想法
Ray Kroc’s simple idea of making food fast, convenient and consistent
has changed the way many people eat forever.
他的努力 销售技巧和对创新的兴趣 帮助麦当劳成为了
His hard work, skill as a salesman and interest in innovation has helped McDonald’s become
one of the greatest business success stories in the world.