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Project Summary

GPI provided website globalization services in Simplified Chinese, French (France), German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish for McDonald’s high profile, interactive website (
The site was developed in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and the American College of Sports Medicine. encourages and provides specific steps to help people around the world incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives.

GPI worked closely with McDonald’s Interactive Agency, Marsteller, who designed the English site. McDonalds was using a proprietary web content management system (web CMS) to publish their English content and needed to utilize the CMS to handle multiple languages. After reviewing the CMS’s functionality, GPI designed a simple 5-step custom localization workflow in order to interface with the proprietary CMS and provide website globalization services.

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“GPI’s understanding of web content management systems and their ability to work as part of a global web team contributed to the completion of our GoActive site under very tight deadlines as was needed in order to launch the site in time for the 2004 Olympic Games,” said Jonathan Tauber, McDonald’s Marketing Manager, Sports Alliances. “GPI had a very innovative, documented and comprehensive web localization process which was required on such a high-profile and high-traffic web property,” said Erin Byrne, Managing Director, Marsteller.”

About the Client

McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s leading food service retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries, serving 47 million customers each day. McDonald’s is one of the world’s most well-known and valuable brands and holds a leading share in the globally branded quick service restaurant segment of the informal dining-out market in virtually every country which it operates.