Starbucks to launch contactless and mobile payment in UK in 2012


Starbucks has signed a deal with Barclaycard, in partnership with Visa Europe, to bring contactless payments to its coffee shops.

From spring 2012, customers in selected stores will be able to pay for their coffees by holding their contactless credit or debit card over a payment terminal.

Following last week’s launch of the UK’s first contactless mobile payment service by Barclaycard and Orange, customers will also be able to pay using their mobile phone.

Available to Orange customers who use a Quick Tap enabled handset, customers will just have to tap their mobile phone on a contactless reader to make purchases of £15 and under.

Subject to a successful initial pilot of contactless in Starbucks shops, the technology will roll out across the bulk of Starbucks coffeehouses in the UK and Ireland. Starbucks joins a number of high street retailers in announcing the introduction of the payment technology.

Pete Blower, Starbucks EMEA technology services manager, said: “At Starbucks we’re as committed to customer service as we are to great coffee. We’re seeing more and more people use cards for payment and contactless will allow us to serve our customers more quickly and with greater ease.”

Marc Pettican, sales director of global payment acceptance at Barclaycard, said: “It’s great to see such a well known name as Starbucks realising the benefit contactless technology can bring to their customers and their business. Coffee shops are the perfect environment for contactless payments because so many of their customers are in a rush to get their drink and go. That Starbucks has decided to introduce contactless is great news for a brand seen as technologically innovative.”