In a bid to further enhance the customer experience, Starbucks is currently testing a Digital Order Status Screens at select locations across the United States. This system, which is currently in the pilot phase, offers real-time order status updates to customers using the Starbucks mobile app.
The system’s debut at a Lower Manhattan Starbucks has brought significant excitement among coffee enthusiasts. Baristas at this location now have access to a 55-inch digital screen that promptly displays customer names alongside their order statuses, making the process smoother and more efficient for both customers and staff.
The innovative setup is powered by a proprietary software system, and it relies on a barcode scanner to capture order information from stickers on beverage cups or food item bags. Once the barcode is scanned, the relevant order details are instantly transmitted to the digital screen, accompanied by the customer’s name and the status of their order, typically showing as “Ready.” along with the customer name.
While Starbucks has remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the screen and software responsible for the backend operations, this trial marks a significant step forward in utilizing digital signage technology to enhance the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) experience.
The Digital Order Status Screen prototype is currently being tested at 14 Starbucks locations nationwide, though there’s no official word yet on when or if it will be rolled out more widely. This development represents yet another instance of Starbucks’ commitment to leveraging technology to streamline operations and improve customer satisfaction.
As the pilot phase progresses, coffee aficionados and tech enthusiasts alike will be eagerly watching to see if this innovative digital system becomes a staple at Starbucks locations across the country, reshaping the future of coffee shop experiences.