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July 21, 2020

On the wires

Starbucks to Update Loyalty Program and App This Fall to Offer More Ways to Pay and Earn Stars

“Today, Starbucks announced plans to update its industry-leading Starbucks® Rewards™ loyalty program by giving members more payment options and ways to earn Stars through the Starbucks app. Beginning this fall in company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Rewards members will also be able to scan their app and then pay with cash, credit/debit cards, or select mobile wallets and earn Stars toward free items. Members will also be able to save these payment methods directly in the Starbucks app to earn stars when paying. These enhancements will be in addition to the current option of earnings Stars by paying with a Starbucks Card in stores and within the app.”

February 5, 2020

On the web

Does Starbucks Want to Be Your Bank? | The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool

“A group of Korean bankers are worried that Starbucks will indeed launch into financial services in a few years, according to a recent report from The Korea Times. They cite the cash that the coffee chain has brought in as the main reason for their competitive concerns. Industry experts believe Starbucks could get involved in asset management through its prepaid cards, as well as the currency exchange, loan and insurance sectors.”

September 20, 2019

On the web

Starbucks Japan Launching Contactless Pen With Payments Technology

Mobile Payments Today

“Starbucks Coffee Japan Co. is launching a mobile payment product called Starbucks TouchThe Pen, a ballpoint pen with embedded contactless payment technology, according to a company press release.  The pen, developed in cooperation with Zebra Corp., uses dark brown water resistant gel ink, inspired by Starbucks Coffee. It’s based on FeliCa contactless payment chips from Sony Corp., which originally launched in 2015, and lead to earlier product releases, including keychains and iPhone cases.”

August 2, 2019

On the web

GCash, Starbucks Introduce New Mobile Payment Option


“Getting a cup of our favorite Starbucks handcrafted beverage is now easier with GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines. As of September 2018, Starbucks had 373 licensed stores nationwide. It opened its first branch in the Philippines in 1997 at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City, making the Philippines the third overseas market for Starbucks. “As a fintech company, our goal is to promote a cashless lifestyle that will make financial transactions less complicated for more people. Just as Starbucks is committed to innovative digital experiences, we too are committed to bringing convenience with mobile innovations like our STP via QR scanner,” Thomas said.”

June 12, 2018

On the wires

Starbucks And Chase Introduce Starbucks Rewards Visa Prepaid Card

Business Wire

“Today, Starbucks and Chase announced the availability of the Starbucks Rewards Visa Prepaid Card, the first prepaid or debit product where you can earn Stars outside of Starbucks. It is the only general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid product that allows you to earn Stars for purchases you make with the card, with no monthly, annual or reload fees. The second co-branded product introduced by the companies this year, the Starbucks Rewards Visa Prepaid Card is a unique financial solution for a growing population of customers looking for alternative tools for money management while earning Starbucks Rewards in all places Visa is accepted.”

April 6, 2018

On the wires

Starbucks Korea Debuts Voice Ordering through Samsung’s Bixby

“Bixby allows My Starbucks Rewards™ customers in South Korea to place an order and pay through voice recognition “on command.” The feature allows customers to speak just as if they were talking to a barista in-store, including modifying their beverage to meet their personal preference. Bixby users who are not registered on the My Starbucks Rewards™ program will be prompted to first enroll and then continue to place their order.”

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