7 big changes coming to McDonald’s in 2017

7 big changes coming to McDonald’s in 2017
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According to 24/7 Wall Street, almost half of America eats McDonald’s in a given month.

But there are big changes coming to how you order food, the kind of food and beverages you can order and even how that food gets to you!

Read more: Use this secret McDonald’s hack when ordering a Filet-O-Fish …

Here is what’s new at McDonald’s…

McCafe offerings will be expanded

McDonald’s sees coffee as a big growth area for the future.

Restaurant News reports that three new McCafé drinks are being tested in Northern California.

They include the hot and iced versions of Caramel Macchiato, French Vanilla Cappuccino and Americano.

If they’re successful in the test, look for them to be introduced across the country soon.

Self-ordering kiosks will be introduced

McDonald’s plans to roll out self-ordering kiosks to all of its more than 14,000 stores across the country, according to a Bloomberg report.

Cheaper beverages are coming next month

$1 any size sodas and $2 small McCafe specialty drinks will roll out as part of a new promotion in April.

And while we’re on the topic of sodas, have you ever wondered why McDonald’s soft drinks taste so much better than anywhere else? Here’s your explanation!

Lucky customers will get to sample new slushies

The Golden Arches has a new line of Minute Maid slushies available in some 6,000 stores throughout the Midwest and South.

The Chicago Tribune reports the flavor assortment includes fruit punch, orangeade and cherry limeade. That last one is an attempt to tread on rival Sonic’s territory by aping their signature flavor.

Mickey Ds will deliver!

‘In McDonald’s top five markets (U.S., France, the U.K., Germany and Canada) nearly 75% of the population lives within three miles of a McDonald’s,’ the company notes in an official press release.

‘No other food company in the world has this reach and ability to be this convenient to so many customers through delivery. Currently, McDonald’s is experimenting with different delivery models including partnering with third parties for ordering and fulfillment throughout the world.’

Mobile ordering will be a priority

The restaurant is modernizing the ordering process with the introduction of a mobile order and pay system.

‘Customers will be able to place orders directly on the mobile app for pickup or have a kiosk recognize their app profile, which holds customized favorites and preferred payment methods,’ a company press release notes.

Look for mobile order and pay to launch in 20,000 restaurants both domestically and internationally by the end of the fourth quarter of 2017.

McDonald’s is reinventing the drive-thru

This is the company that practically invented the drive-thru in the 1970s! But a new age demands a new approach — the introduction of curbside pickup.

‘By enabling mobile order and pay through the McDonald’s app, customers can personalize their order while skipping the drive-thru line and instead choosing curbside delivery,’ according to a company press release.

‘If customers choose the drive-thru, they will simply read the already placed order code to the crew and their mobile order will be ready for pickup at the window. These more efficient enhancements will speed up the process and allow more customers to pass through our drive-thrus.’

Read more: This chart shows the actual cost of McDonald’s menu items

7 big changes coming to McDonald’s in 2017

Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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