It is going to be a very happy 2019 for Starbucks fans. The coffee chain has announced it will be rolling out delivery service next year.
The company is expected to make delivery available in over 2000 of their coffee shops across the United States beginning in early 2019. Starbucks has around 8000 stores in the U.S., which means to start only a quarter of their coffee shops will offer the delivery service. Uber Eats has been chosen as the delivery service for the company. A rest run of the partnership was launched last summer in Miami and has been hugely successful for both Uber Eats and Starbucks.
Although Starbucks delivery will be new to Uber Eats, in some areas, it is already available through Postmates service. It is excellent news, but consumers need to be aware of the hidden fees when using a service likes Uber Eats or Postmates. Prices per item tend to be slightly different but which can be appealing. However, there is a delivery fee for both Uber Eats and Postmates. Those fees are not only different per service but sometimes within the same function. Therefore, watch out for costs that can make your $6 drink a $12 drink.
In the past few years, the company has witnessed a trend where customers prefer convivence to the once traditional coffee shop experience. The company has seen a rise in drive-thru sales, as well as mobile app sales as opposed to customers order from the barista. According to Bustle, only 51% of Starbucks sales came from the café, means nontraditional orders make up almost half of their total sales.
The move to offer delivery is another way Starbucks can give its customers another level of convenience. It comes hot on the heels of a majority of new stores the company opened this being drive-thru only.
Starbucks has not shared precisely where the delivery will be offered, but it will likely be anywhere that Uber Eats is available. The company has also not shared an official launch date for the new partnership. 2019 is right around the corner though, so customers should expect for information to be released soon.