Starbucks China has introduced Alipay, Alibaba’s third-party online mobile payment platform, to more than 2800 of its coffee shops.
Alipay also covers some Starbucks outlets in Japan, Macau and Malaysia, adding up to more than 3200 stores worldwide. Its coverage outnumbers that of WeChat Pay, Tencent’s digital wallet, which covers about 2500 Starbuck shops in China, reports Caixin media group.
Starbucks China also supports all mainstream digital payment methods, including Apple Pay and Quick Pass. Previously, the coffee company has promoted its digital VIP card, Starbucks Rewards, which is embedded in its app, as well as a prepaid card.