Starbucks announced on Monday that it has introduced Alipay, Alibaba’s third-party online mobile payment platform, to more than 2,800 of its stores in mainland China, Caixin reported.
Alipay also covers some Starbucks in Macau, Malaysia and Japan, adding up to more than 3,200 stores worldwide. Its coverage outnumbers that of WeChat Pay, another digital wallet attached to Tencent, which covers about 2,500 Starbuck shops in China.
So far, Chinese Starbucks support all mainstream digital payment methods, including not only Alipay and WeChat Pay, but also Quick Pass and Apple Pay, though it has been trying to establish its own payment system for a long time.
Previously, Starbucks has promoted its digital VIP card, Starbucks Rewards, which is embedded in its app, as well as a prepaid card which can be charged and used for payment by scanning.
However, the company has never released any data about their promotions in the Chinese market. It seems the American coffee shop giant has easily adapted to popular third-party payment methods in China.