Luckin Tea will launch a separate app and a mini-program focused on lower-tier cities.
Users can locate the nearest coffee machine and place an order through the Luckin app.
Luckin Coffee is projected to have the largest coffee network in China by the end of 2019 at its current rate of growth.
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The news also immediately comes after a delivery partnership between Luckin and Meituan was announced in December 2018.
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This is the first time Luckin has sold branded merchandise as it evolves its marketing and branding strategy.
Luckin Coffee and Tencent have been partners since Sept. 2018.
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