Trouble Brewing for Square at Starbucks

This is a problem the folks at Square may want to discuss over a cup of coffee. Starbucks, we have learned, will no longer accept Square’s mobile payments, a move that has stunned many in the electronic payments world while satisfying countless consumers who say the mobile payment tech never work as well as it …   Read More

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Trouble Brewing for Square at StarbucksThis is a problem the folks at Square may want to discuss over a cup of coffee.

Starbucks, we have learned, will no longer accept Square’s mobile payments, a move that has stunned many in the electronic payments world while satisfying countless consumers who say the mobile payment tech never work as well as it should have.

As Business Insider first reported, Square is “retiring” its Wallet app. “It’s now rolling a key feature of Wallet—one that let users check into a store and pay by announcing their name to a cashier—into its newer Square Order app. The new feature is called Tabs, but it works similarly to Wallet,” the report reads, noting that Starbucks isn’t coming along for the new journey.

“Starbucks is not adopting Square Order in our stores,” Maggie Jantzen, a spokesperson for Starbucks, is quoted. “We opted to build our own mobile ordering solution, leveraging our own mobile app and world-class loyalty program.”

The company’s mobile ordering solution is already being tested in a few select stores, indicating that while Starbucks is moving away from Square, it’s not moving away from the convenience of mobile ordering and payments.

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