Starbucks’s official online delivery store was launched on Ele.me Wednesday, 48 days after Alibaba and Starbucks’s official announcement to cooperate on new retail business.

The delivery service, for now, is only available from 10 stores in Beijing and Shanghai. However, according to Ele.me, the delivery service will cover the two cities entirely by the end of October, and by the end of the year, the service will be expanded to 30 cities in China and more than 2,000 offline stores will support the delivery.

According to the company’s press release, Ele.me set up an exclusive delivery team, dubbed Starbucks Delivery (专星送), which can fulfill an order within 30 minutes. For cold drinks, Ele.me said it also specially designed a new type of ice pack and thermally insulated box that can keep the temperature inside the delivery box under 5 degrees Celsius for 6 hours.  It is not clear if there is a special box for hot drinks.

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Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com