NBC News – Just in time for pumpkin spice latte season, Starbucks is letting coffee drinkers order and pay for their coffee with a few taps on their smartphone.
The “Mobile Order & Pay” feature was first made available to users of the Starbucks mobile app in Portland, Oregon, in 2014, and then was released across the Pacific Northwest the following year.
On Tuesday, the company announced that the feature could be used nationwide by anyone with an iPhone or Android smartphone.
The app works like this: Java junkies pick a Starbucks location on their app, enter their order, pay for it, and then pick up their drink at the bar area at the estimated time. The app can now be used at 7,400 company-owned Starbucks locations across the country, and will be available next month at some cafes in the U.K. and Canada.
Starbucks is also testing out delivery service in the Empire State Building and in Seattle through Postmates, an Uber-like app that connects customers and delivery people. Chipotle also recently started delivering food via Postmates.