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Dunkin' Donuts Has Plans To Start Offering Delivery

SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: A general view of atmosphere during the Dunkin' Donuts Santa Monica Grand Opening on September 2, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Dunkin' Donuts)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: A general view of atmosphere during the Dunkin' Donuts Santa Monica Grand Opening on September 2, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Dunkin' Donuts)

A scene from a morning in the not-so-distant future: Your alarm jolts you awake right in the middle of a glorious dream. You want to keep sleeping, but you have to get to the office. You have no food in the house, as usual. So you open up your eyes a tiny bit, tap the Dunkin' Donuts app, and order a glazed donut and a large iced coffee. You fall back asleep for 20 minutes. Then you're awoken once again -- by the doorbell. You zombie-walk to the door, and a delivery person hands you your order. You sip the coffee, you take a bite of the donut, and you are suddenly ready for the day.

It's not yet clear when exactly you'll be able to enact this scene in real life, but it won't be long. In an interview with CNBC this weekend, Dunkin' brands chairman and CEO Nigel Travis said that the chain is working on a new mobile app that will allow customers to order Dunkin' Donuts delivery to their front doors.

"We're now developing mobile ordering. We're doing a private test. We'll move to a more public test later this year. We'll probably launch mobile ordering sometime next year," he said.

Assuming the test does pan out, Dunkin' Donuts will become the latest in a series of fast food chains to move into the ever-growing home delivery space. Chipotle and Starbucks both recently announced that they have partnered with Postmates to offer delivery in a number of markets, while Taco Bell and Burger King are offering their own services.

Pretty soon, there'll be no reason ever to leave your house again.

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