Go Cashless at Starbucks with GCash Eunice Isobel Lee July 31, 2019 Features Getting a cup of your favorite Starbucks drink is now easier with GCash. With the new Scan to Pay with GCash QR, a QR scanner integrated into the coffee shop’s point of sale scans the customer’s generated QR code and allows you to pay cashless. “Starbucks offers locally relevant digital payment options to its customers, and GCash complements the experience in every Starbucks store through the convenience and features of our mobile wallet. Further enabling Starbucks to create positive customer experience is also exactly what we envisioned for this partnership.” Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and President of Mynt, said. To use GCash’s STP via QR scanner, Starbucks customers need to generate a QR code through their GCash app when the barista completes taking their orders. The customer will scan the QR code to the QR scanner and will receive notification of payment via SMS while the barista will receive payment via the POS. There is no need for a QR key card or handset to receive a GCash reference number as proof of transaction. Furthermore, Starbucks customers do not have to input the amount due for payment in their GCash app because it will be automatically deducted from their account. As of September 2018, Starbucks had 373 licensed stores nationwide. It opened its first branch in the Philippines in 1997 at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City, making the Philippines the third overseas market for Starbucks. “As a fintech company, our goal is to promote a cashless lifestyle that will make financial transactions less complicated for more people. Just as Starbucks is committed to innovative digital experiences, we too, are committed to bringing convenience with mobile innovations like our STP via QR scanner.,” Thomas said. GCash’s partnership with Starbucks comes in the heels of the mobile wallet app’s partnership with Asia United Bank (AUB). AUB and GCash will collaborate to enable more than a million traditional and non-traditional merchants in the Philippines to accept QR payments.