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Starbucks rewards program to change from visits to dollars

Starbucks rewards program to change from visits to dollars

If you frequent Starbucks for your morning (afternoon, and evening) cup of Joe, then you're no doubt familiar with the company's rewards program. It's pretty simple. Once you hit gold status, you'll get a free food or drink item after every 12 visits. For some, that can easily be one free item every week or two. But the program is changing, and that might upset some people.

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Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks, Spotify let users save what’s playing in stores

Starbucks is once again embracing the digital lifestyle, but this time it is dancing to a slightly different beat, almost literally. This time it won't be about ordering through mobile devices or wirelessly charging said devices. Together with Spotify, the companies will be letting customers discover and experience music in a different way, allowing them to save on Spotify the music that's currently playing in a Starbucks store or access a specially curated Starbucks playlist. Now you won't need to try to guess (or use Shazam) to find out what the catchy new tune's name is.

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Dunkin Donuts follows Starbucks’ lead with mobile ordering

Dunkin Donuts follows Starbucks’ lead with mobile ordering

Dunkin Donuts, a fast food establishment that hawks coffee and pastries not unlike Starbucks' own, has decided to take on its biggest competitor by following in its footsteps. The company will soon roll out mobile ordering through its smartphone apps for those located in Portland, Maine, and will test deliveries in a smaller number of locations in Texas.

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Apple Pay coming to Starbucks soon

Apple Pay coming to Starbucks soon

Starting at the end of this year, Starbucks will start a pilot program for Apple Pay in a number of stores inside the United States. While Apple Pay is available for use in some Starbucks in the UK now, the United States collection of Starbucks locations have yet to integrate the iPhone-based payment system. According to Apple's Jennifer Bailey, Starbucks will begin to roll out Apple Pay integration for Apple devices to most stores inside the year 2016.

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Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay app launches in the UK

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay app launches in the UK

Fans of expensive coffee in the UK have a new way to order their fix of Starbucks. The company has launched the mobile Order & Pay app in the UK that could mean much less time spent standing in line waiting to order your food and drink early in the morning. Using the app customers can pre-order their favorite items from the chain in over 150 stores in London.

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Starbucks’ mobile pay, ordering now available to all US locations

Starbucks’ mobile pay, ordering now available to all US locations

Good news for Starbucks drinkers on the go, the company has just announced that its mobile ordering and payment system in its iOS and Android apps will now support pick ups at all US locations. First launched as a beta in Portland, Oregon, Starbucks has slowly been rolling out the feature to more locations. Customers can use the mobile app to order any beverage or food item from the menu, pay for it, pick the store they want to pick it up from, and then simply walk in and have it handed to them.

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Starbucks going retro with “table sharing signs”

Starbucks going retro with “table sharing signs”

Starbucks latest innovation isn't a new way to charge your phone, nor a way to wirelessly pay for your drink. It's a set of hand-written place cards made to encourage the sharing of seats. At a Starbucks in Ohio, signs have been hung and users have been encouraged to socialize with one another with "old fashioned face-to-face interaction." No word yet on whether or not this means Starbucks will encourage selfie sharing each time a successful interaction has been made (end sarcasm).

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Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

While Uber has been busy striking up different partnerships with cities and others, Lyft has apparently been courting Starbucks, as today the two companies jointly announced a new multi-year deal that will have Starbucks customers earning stars, drivers getting gold status, and Starbucks employees having another option for getting to work -- the latter, at least, being possible, as Starbucks says it is exploring some options with Lyft. This is the latest among Starbucks' partnerships; it recently struck up a deal with Spotify.

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Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Jealous because of other Starbucks customers' ability to order their beverage from afar (the mobile app), and pay for it at the same time? You might be getting access to the same mobile feature soon. Starbucks is expanding its Mobile Order & Pay system to a bunch of new states, and as such will be expanding the number of stores where the ordering method is possible by more than three thousand. The feature, as we've previously reported, first arrived late last year in Portland.

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Starbucks taps Spotify to hawk music at loyal customers

Starbucks taps Spotify to hawk music at loyal customers

Starbucks is planning to team up with Spotify, it has announced, and the resulting deal will have benefits for those who enjoy both services (but perhaps most of all for those who are loyal Starbucks customers). Under it, workers at Starbucks stores will be given a Spotify Premium subscription and their influences will help shape the music that is played in-store. In addition, the Starbucks Mobile App will be able to direct users to playlists through the Starbucks’ mobile app. Other perks of the planned relationship between the two companies is a “Stars as Currency” option for Starbucks customers.

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Starbucks blames poor passwords for app hack

Starbucks blames poor passwords for app hack

I’ve ordered coffee via the Starbucks app — even paid for it without so much as showing the barista my phone. Some unlucky souls are buying more coffee than they bargained for, as the Starbucks app has been outed as vulnerable to hackers. Starbucks has confirmed some users of their mobile app had funds from a linked card taken without their knowledge, which were then sent to a mystery recipient in the form of a gift card. Starbucks has yet to issue a fix for the problem.

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Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

If you don't have time for a mad dash into Starbucks before work, and you're suffering caffeine withdrawals, will soon be able to delivery your drink to your door. Starbucks is launching a new "green apron" delivery service this year. We heard rumblings of the service last year. Now, things are more clear as Starbucks' chief digital officer, Adam Brotman, announced its new delivery operation plan. Starbucks is partnering with Postmates Inc. delivery service in Seattle to bring its customers fresh coffee on-demand. The delivery service will be available to select area of Manhattan as well.

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