A spokesperson told the site that as many as 25,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide could be offering the service by the end of 2018—a potential game-changer on the basis of market penetration alone.
A number of quick-service chains already offer order- and pay-ahead capabilities, including Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. The service has been particularly successful for Starbucks, where the mobile capability accounts for 6% of sales.
Chick-fil-A added the service as an aid to parents with children in tow. With the chicken chain’s app, a mom or dad can place an order and wait in the car for the food to be delivered by a staffer.
McDonald’s did not reveal the particulars of its service, but has cited it a number of times in discussing possible ways of speeding service.
It did not reveal a timetable with any of those prior mentions.