News and Updates: Android App improves// Create Jobs for USA & free wristbands on Election Day.
As usual, I’m trying to keep my readers up to date on Starbucks news. Two things recently caught my eye that I wanted to mention.
1. The Starbucks Android application:
The Starbucks rewards application for the Android phone has improved dramatically. Today, I downloaded the latest version to my phone, an HTC Evo, and finally could really see all my Starbucks reward history. In addition, the display for the number of rewards available actually worked. This part of the application has not worked for me at all, until today.
If you have a smart phone, you definitely want to download the latest version of these applications. It’s super easy to do. Just go to the Android market (it’s called “Play Store” on my phone) and search for “Starbucks.” It will be the first thing that comes up. And then install it.
I know that some people are frustrated that they can’t easily see how many rewards they have, and this is a big fix for the segment of Starbucks customers who are Android users. Now you can see how many rewards are available. Since I have never been an iPhone user, I can’t comment on what that application is like. I have to assume that if you are using the Starbucks app on an iPhone, you also want to be using the latest version.
2. Election Day and Create Jobs for USA (Free wristbands on 11/6/12):
November 2, 2012, marks the one year anniversary of the launch of the Create Jobs for USA initiative. For those who don’t know, Create Jobs for USA is a Starbucks-created initiative to help fund jobs for smaller business through a partnership with the Opportunity Finance Network. Money raised through the Create Jobs initiative is managed by the Opportunity Finance Network which then in turns provides financial assistance/ low cost loans to small businesses that otherwise would not be able to get financing from a traditional banking institution.
There is an official Starbucks blog post on the one year anniversary of Create Jobs for USA. You can read the entire Howard Schultz letter about the one year anniversary on the official blog.
One thing caught my eye: The letter states, “This achievement is, in large part, a testament to the generosity of our customers, and to honor their support the Schultz Family Foundation has recently donated $1 million to Create Jobs for USA. More than 800,000 Indivisible wristbands have already been distributed to customers and concerned citizens around the country who support this initiative. And with this donation, on Election Day, November 6, Starbucks U.S. company-operated stores will offer wristbands to those visiting our stores.”
I have to admit, I had to read that twice to make sure I understood exactly what was being said. Maybe it’s just me, but it wasn’t clear to me on the first read of it. It sounds like the letter says that Howard Schultz’s personal foundation donated $800,000 to Create Jobs for USA. Some portion of that donation will fund a big giveaway of the Indivisible wristbands, to be given away on Election Day. Nowhere does it say that you have to pay $5.00 on Election Day to receive your Indivisible wristband.
In short, it appears that Starbucks partners will be giving away wristbands to anyone who wants one on Election Day. I think it’s a nice way to show your support of the Create Jobs for USA, and so I’d encourage customers to pick one up!
Get your free Indivisible wristband on Election Day! (In the comments, it’s been confirmed that you can receive a free wristband on November 6th)
Yes, the Android app seems to have gotten an effective upgrade a week or so ago. I just got another update yesterday. It’s working very nicely, and I also get an email when a reward is put on my card.
Get a FREE “Indivisible” Wristband from Starbucks (11/6 only)
[…] November 2, 2012, marks the one year anniversary of the Create Jobs for USA initiative – an initiative created by Starbucks to provide financial assistance and low cost loans to small businesses. To celebrate this occasion, you can get a FREE “Indivisible” wristband on Tuesday, 11/6 at your nearest Starbucks location. […]
Melody – I don’t have an iphone either, but I’ve helped many of my customers figure out how to see their rewards. You are correct, they need the newest version of the ap, but it will show them how many rewards are available.
I keep hoping they’ll give me a blackberry ap, but it seems like that is not in the cards.
Hi Melody! It’s been too long since I last wrote a comment here. Love how you keep us up to date on all things Starbucks! As we don’t have a reward system here in Japan, we don’t have an app for it. But I did notice my friend using his Starbucks app to pay for a drink when I was in Chicago. Very cool 😀
I admit, it’s probably the cynic in me, but the bracelet giveaway just sounds like they had a lot left over.
@theatrenut – LOL! I can admit, that same thought went through my head. ‘Did they make too many?’ I thought. Nonetheless, free is a great price tag, and it seems likely a timely gesture to give away the Indivisible bracelets on Election Day. It’ll be fun to see if a bunch of people are wearing them tomorrow.
@Kaori – Thank you for coming by and commenting. I know I always say this but I LOVE your blog. You are my window into the world of all things Starbucks Japan! If you ever want to trade anything – I’d love a Japan icon mug or something – I will send you Via or a wristband, or one of the $1.00 special reusable cups – would love to trade goodies!
Not on topic but my local SB just opened up today Monday and I was the first one in the door. So nice!
@Purple1 – I am glad to hear from you! I heard that Sandy’s damage is estimate around 50 billion. I assume that even if you fared okay – not near the coast – you might have friends who were impacted by Sandy. I’ve thought about you often. (And also SuzanneC who once in a while comments, and is also from NJ). And your Starbucks was closed about a week! Wow. I bet many were happy to see the doors open up. Welcome back!
Thanks melody. Yes, we were lucky compared to others. My town is still a war zone and parts are still without power and numerous detours but we are okay. I was glad to hear from the partners that SB will pay them for the lost days because of the storm. Thank you SB. I also wish they would do a food drive.
The iPhone app has a couple of interesting things going on with it right now. First, it now automatically sends you the Free song of the week on iTunes (you used to have to go to the store and pick up the card). I also received a message in the app last week about donating to Sandy relief through iTunes.
Also, there seems to be a disconnect between electronic rewards redemption and what appears on your phone app. My iPhone app tells me I have a birthday reward available (but the purchase actually shows an expiration date that has since past) and several rewards I know my kid has used previously.
I’m assuming if I showed a barista that my phone app showed the rewards as available, the “just say yes” policy would allow for double dipping. Maybe this is what some of the problem with the register and rewards disconnect is about.
P.S. What’s an Android? :-p
Election Day Freebies & Cheapies
[…] Starbucks – FREE “Indivisible” wristband […]
Too bad they dropped support of the Blackberry – Yeah I’m a dinosaur 🙂
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
- DEVIN on Compostable Straws Land in Seattle Starbucks Stores
- coffeebeanz on Why do you go to Starbucks less often? (If that’s true for you)
- Willi on You can now buy a Siren statue: $6,000
- Willi on A major revamp of your drink recipe: Testing syrup extracts and cane sugar
- Skip on Why do you go to Starbucks less often? (If that’s true for you)
You’re reading it right, Melody! There will be a huge giveaway on election day in company owned stores. It should be a good time. 🙂