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Starbucks in China to accept WeChat Pay mobile payments

Tuesday 13 December 2016 | 09:05 AM CET

Customers at about 2,500 Starbucks locations across mainland China can now make mobile payments using Chinese internet giant Tencent`s WeChat Pay mobile payments platform by scanning a QR code at the point-of-sale.

The two companies have also launched a social gifting platform allowing WeChat users to give Starbucks gifts to friends, who can save gifts on their WeChat accounts and redeem them at Starbucks outlets.

Jointly created by Starbucks and WeChat, the social gifting feature encourages everyday acts of kindness and appreciation among family and friends, Starbucks says. Customers will be able to select from Starbucks-branded gifts and products and add a personalised message of love, of gratitude or to simply uplift someone’s day.

Recipients can save their gifts and memories on their WeChat accounts and redeem their gift at Starbucks stores across China. As part of this partnership, Starbucks will introduce the use of WeChat Pay for purchases in its retail stores.

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