Alipay extends reach in Starbucks stores in the Chinese mainland

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/25 13:38:39

Alipay, the Alibaba-backed mobile payment tool, announced on Monday that it can be used for payment in more than 2,800 Starbucks stores in the Chinese mainland starting from Monday, according to the official Sina Weibo account of Alipay.

Besides this, the payment tool has also extended to Starbucks stores in Macao, Malaysia and Japanese airports including Narita International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Naha Airport in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture, the company said.

Global coffee chain Starbucks and Alibaba announced on August 28 that 242 Starbucks stores in Malaysia will soon accept Alipay as a form of payment, marking Starbucks open to working with Alibaba.

Overall, there are about 3,200 Starbucks stores now accepting Alipay globally, Alipay claims, according to domestic news site on Monday.

Alipay also promotes a gift coupon for consumption in Starbucks stores in the Chinese mainland - If you spend 50 yuan ($7.6), you will get a 5 yuan token for free, which can be used next time.

Compared with its main rival WeChat Pay of Tencent Holdings, which forged a strategic alliance with Starbucks last December, Alipay is reportedly going to lag behind in winning over the coffee merchant.

"The deal has finally been nailed down after customers complained every day in the past [that they couldn't pay with the app when visiting Starbucks]," Alipay posted on the Weibo account.

According to Belinda Wong, CEO of Starbucks China, WeChat Pay accounted for 29 percent of all transactions in the first quarter of this year and it "elevated the Starbucks experience for both customers and partners through its convenience and fast transaction speed", Marketing Interactive reported in May.


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