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Mobile payments now make up 16 percent of Starbucks purchases

The most successful smartphone transaction service is continuing to rise in popularity.

As much as Apple Pay may be holding the spotlight, at the moment, when it comes to mobile payments services, on the side of actual successes that have been proving themselves over time, Starbucks has remained at the very top of the list.

An earnings call from Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, revealed considerable data and insight.

Schultz explained that in the financial quarter that came to an end on December 28, 2014, Starbucks had more than 13 million mobile payments app users throughout the United States. This shows a rise of 1 million people from the previous quarter, when there had been just over 12 million users of that mobile application. Overall, this brought about a considerable user base for the smartphone based transactions in its store locations.

Schultz reported that 16 percent of the total transactions processed by the company were through mobile payments.

starbucks - mobile paymentsComparatively, Apple Pay had been reporting early victories in the use of that mobile wallet at Whole Foods, where 1 percent of the sales had been processed using smartphones. Clearly, Starbucks has been able to not only create a success out of its service, but it has managed to do so in a solid way that is generating a rapid, steady increase in the number of people who are actually using it. They have managed to avoid becoming a flash in the pan gimmick and have provided their customers with a transaction method that they are happy to use on a regular basis.

In his own words, Schultz stated that “We continue to see broad customer acceptance and adoption of our mobile payment technologies,” adding that “Today in the U.S. alone, over 13 million customers were actively using our mobile apps. And we are now averaging more than 7 million mobile transactions in our stores each week—representing 16% of total tender. That’s more than any other bricks-and-mortar retailer in the marketplace.”

Starbucks isn’t planning to simply stay put with the current offerings of its mobile payments app. It now intends to roll out a smartphone based ordering service, which is already underway as a part of a trial in Portland, Oregon.

Starbucks leads the way in mobile payments

Starbucks finds success on the mobile payments front

Mobile payments are becoming more common in the U.S., especially as businesses show interest in new forms of commerce and begin catering to consumers with smartphones and tablets. One company has managed to establish a powerful lead on the mobile payments front and may serve as a powerful example of what can be accomplished by engaging mobile consumers. That company is Starbucks, which has been involved in mobile commerce since teaming with mobile commerce firm Square only a few short years ago.

10% of company’s transactions come from mobile devices

Starbucks and Square have developed a mobile payments system that leverages QR codes and, in some cases, NFC technology to allow consumers to pay for products with nothing more than their smartphone or tablet. During the early stages of the company’s endeavor, Starbucks did not expect to see a great deal of support for its mobile commerce initiative. Consumers, however, proved that they were more than willing to embrace the service being offered by the company. Now, mobile payments represent 10% of the company’s total transactions in the U.S.

Mobile Payments at StarbucksConsumers flock to Starbucks’ mobile commerce service

Part of the reason consumers seem to enjoy mobile payments is due to the convenience that it represents. Consumers can pay for nearly anything by simply waving their mobile device at a payment terminal. Starbucks also offers a reward program for those that make mobile payments, further piquing the interest of consumers. The company notes that many of its consumers happen to be tech-savvy individuals that are interested in engaging in new technologies they are not necessarily familiar with. This may be yet another reason why Starbucks has managed to find success in the mobile commerce arena.

Many consumers concerned over security of financial information

While mobile payments have been growing popular in the U.S., many consumers have shown resistance to the idea of mobile commerce. Several platforms designed to cater to this sector, such as Google Wallet, have failed to win any significant support from consumers. Many people cite security concerns for their lack of interest in mobile payments, while others consider mobile commerce to be nothing more than a passing fad.