Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s to accept Apple Pay

Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s will next year roll out Apple Pay across their respective chains, reports the New York Times

Starbucks, which had integrated Apple Pay into its mobile app only, plans to test the service in stores later this year, ahead of a full-scale rollout.

These chains’ adoption of the mobile-pay system was announced by Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, during a tech conference Thursday, the NYT says.

The addition of Apple Pay and similar speedy systems such as Google Wallet may spike at restaurants in coming months, as the transition to EMV has the potential to slow down speed of service. E-wallets may particularly take off in limited-service environments, where fast service is critical, Restaurant Business’ Sara Rush noted earlier this week.

This sentiment was echoed by Bailey, who said Apple Pay is aiding QSRs, which “have a need for fast payments,” the NYT reports.

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