Next for Starbucks: Delivery

Coming in the second half of next year
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2014 4:01 AM CDT
Next for Starbucks: Delivery
Starbucks baristas, wearing their distinctive green aprons, wait to hand out gift bags to departing shareholders at the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting on March 21, 2012, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Want Starbucks but don't want to get out of bed? There's an app for that—or there will be soon. In an earnings call yesterday, the company shared a lower-than-expected forecast for the quarter ending in December, but it also shared this tidbit: Members of its loyalty program will be able to use a planned mobile ordering and payment app to request delivery in select cities in late 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Our version of e-commerce on steroids" will give "the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said during the call. The app, which allows customers to order a drink for pickup and pay with their phones, will debut in Portland, Ore., next month, with the delivery feature coming later, NBC News reports. (More Starbucks stories.)

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