Starbucks to test ‘pay ahead’ option in Portland


Customers will be able to place orders ahead of time on their smartphones.

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Customers will be able to place orders ahead of time on their smartphones.

The Seattle-based chain said Thursday it will introduce the option in Portland later this year before the national rollout in 2015.

The company has been working on improving the speed of its service, which can be slowed down when customers order more complicated drinks or food items that have to be warmed up. The “pay ahead” option is intended to help win over customers who might otherwise be discouraged by the lines and waits at Starbucks, particularly during the morning rush.

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