Welcome to the 21st century, McDonald’s! Following in the footsteps of Starbucks, McDonald’s recently announced that by the end of this year, all 14,000 of its restaurants in the U.S. will be set up for mobile ordering and curbside pickup. This means that instead of waiting in line when you’re jonesing for McNuggets, you can order ahead on your phone and have your food brought to your car when you get to the restaurant.
Right now, McDonald’s does 70 percent of its business at the drive-thru window, which means huge lines, especially at times like rush hour and weekend nights. Mobile ordering could help cut back on that, which might help bring back some appeal to the fast-food chain, especially with millennials, who hate waiting around for no reason (and love using their smartphones, obvs).
Another perk? It could result in more jobs. McDonald’s may need to hire extra workers to run the food out to cars. Let’s just hope they figure out a way to do it safely — hungry people, cars, parking lots and pedestrians aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. Fries and burgers delivered directly to your car door? That is.