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The Yonhap news service reports that Starbucks will convert 350 of its stores in South Korea to a cash-free format, bringing to 759 the total of its units in that country that only take credit cards and mobile payments.

The stores there are operated in a joint venture between Starbucks Coffee International Inc. and South Korean retail giant Shinsegae.

According to the story, “Starbucks said the decision is part of its broader digital innovation drive, as the number of cash payments has been declining at its stores in South Korea. The daily average for electronic financial transactions came to a record 126.1 billion won (US$111.1 million) in 2018, up 86.2 percent from a year earlier, according to government data.”
KC's View:
Seems to me that there is a lot of evidence that there are a lot of countries like South Korea where they embrace the future and develop technologies that move them forward, while in the US we have communities that attempt to create barriers to the future.