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Starbucks Teases Web 3 Platform in NFT Announcement

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Starbucks plans to launch a series of non-fungible token (NFT) collections, according to a blog post made by the company on Tuesday.

The popular coffee shop franchise says its NFTs will provide “unique experiences, community building and customer engagement,” serving as a compliment to its current app-based digital ecosystem, according to the post.

In addition to just NFTs, the company also alluded to a fully-fledged “Starbucks Digital Community Web3 platform” and possibly tied to mobile payments in-store.

The Starbucks app is currently the second most used form of mobile payment in the U.S., only behind Apple Pay, with over 30 million active users.

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As to which blockchains the company is looking at specifically, Starbucks said little beyond the criteria being “fast and inexpensive.”

“Our approach to blockchain technology, while ultimately likely to be multi-chain or chain agnostic, will certainly start with collections backed by blockchains and infrastructure that is consistent with our multi-decade commitment to sustainability,” the company said in the post.

Starbucks’ plans to ape into NFTs were first tipped off by the company’s CEO Howard Schultz in a company town hall meeting in early April in response to nationwide unionization efforts.