With Starbucks stores continuing to implement precautionary measures to limit customers’ contact with others during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you might be wondering if you can buy Starbucks cups and tumblers online. While the Seattle-based retailer shuttered its online store a few years ago, making it a little more difficult to get a hold of the rotating cold cups, tumblers, mugs, and more without physically visiting a brick and mortar location, it’s recently added a new option for purchasing merchandise.
Starbucks fans might remember the chain closed its online store back in October 2017 in an attempt to "simplify" the sales process while improving the in-store experience for customers. Until this summer, customers had to visit licensed Starbucks locations or storefronts located inside of grocery stores, airports, and more to get a hold of the company's increasingly 'Gram-worthy products — or opt to pay the oftentimes significant mark-up to purchase the goods online from a reseller.
Thankfully, Starbucks quietly introduced a very convenient new method in summer 2020. Customers can now order select merchandise on the Starbucks app to pick up in-store through the pick-up methods available at your local Starbucks. To order using the new app method, go to your Order tab, then go to the Menu, scroll down to Merchandise, and then tap on Drinkware at the bottom to scroll through the available offerings from your closest Starbucks location. You can add any of the available cups and tumblers to your order just like you would a drink or food item, and then pick it up from your local Starbucks.
In addition to the new app ordering option, you’ll still be able to buy merchandise when you visit a Starbucks location, be it a stand-alone store or a location in a grocery store, hospital, or airport. As of publication on Sept. 29, the company doesn’t have an option for customers to get merchandise delivered with their Starbucks order on Uber Eats, or with other delivery apps like Postmates and DoorDash.
You can find which pick-up and service options are available at your Starbucks location during the coronavirus pandemic by checking your Starbucks app, which is updated in real time. It's important to also follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which as of Sept. 11, recommends only going out for essential goods and avoiding unnecessary trips. You should also wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth, and you should not go out if you're sick.
If you think you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call your doctor before going to get tested. If you’re anxious about the virus’s spread in your community, visit the CDC for up-to-date information and resources, or seek out mental health support. You can find all Elite Daily's coverage of coronavirus here.
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