Interns of the world rejoice! (Or maybe cower in fear, depending upon how much importance you place on your coffee-running abilities.) Starbucks has announced that they are teaming up with Uber Eats to offer delivery coffee from nearly a quarter of their company-owned US stores.
According to Forbes, the Seattle coffee chain will roll out delivery at nearly 2,000 stores during the first quarter of 2019. After a successful expansion into China that was bolstered by a delivery partnership with Alibaba, Starbucks is leaning more heavily on delivery, which is already showing signs of profitability domestically. From Forbes:
In the past two years, U.S. mobile orders for delivery and pay at Starbucks’ U.S. company-owned stores have more than doubled to 12% of those stores’ total sales, from 5%. That outpaced the growth in drive-through sales, which increased to 37% of the total, from 34%, during the same period, Starbucks said Thursday. Meanwhile, orders made at brick-and-mortar cafés declined to 51% of the business, from 61%.