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It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has boosted restaurants’ drive-thru options while forcing dining rooms to close. Starbucks, however, is looking to capitalize on the increasing popularity of its own drive-thrus well beyond the pandemic.
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Outgoing Starbucks COO Roz Brewer discussed the chain’s “future drive-thru” plans during a conference call with investors this week, QSR Magazine reported. The idea is to make the process faster and more efficient, and some major changes may be on the way.
The Seattle-based coffee chain’s drive-thru sales have increased by more than 10% since the pandemic began, according to the report. And CEO Kevin Johnson told investors that Starbucks' U.S. drive-thrus have already seen a “slight” improvement in service time in the past few months.
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“These results give us confidence that our targeted initiatives to unlock capacity and enhance the customer experience at our drive-thru locations are boosting our business recovery while strengthening our foundation for future growth,” he said.
There are three main ways Starbucks is looking to boost its drive-thrus, according to the report. The first is to optimize existing drive-thrus and operations to speed up service.