Send Cupcakes and Cocktails from Your Phone with Treater

by | August 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM | General, Technology

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You’re swamped at work and the clock is ticking down to happy hour with your girlfriends. Or you promised your dad you would meet him for coffee, but got caught in terrible traffic. Most of the time, you’re going to feel terrible calling them up and telling them you’re running horribly late, or need to cancel.

So how about you order them a couple cocktails from your desk? Or buy your dad’s favorite vanilla latte from your car? There’s now a solution to all these missed social events that have been driving you nuts.

According to ABC News, a new website called Treater.com is making it easier for you to send your loved ones small gifts through the web to a smartphone.

Using Facebook, the site will suggest friends of yours who have recently celebrated a milestone, such as a birthday or an engagement, and can even advise on specific gifts to send to them.

Jeff Ross, Treater’s CEO, said that he wanted to create a service that did more than just letting people know “happy birthday,” or “thanks a lot.” And what if you want to send over a treat just as a friendly gesture? You can do that too, by selecting from Treater’s vast list of categories such as drinks, sweet treats, caffeine, and so on.

So, how exactly does the whole process work? Say you want to send your boyfriend a box of Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts. Select his name online, pay for it with your credit card, and it will then email or text your boyfriend a link to a one-time MasterCard or Visa payment card for the amount of the treat. Since the site is accessible via smartphone, he shows it to the retailer.

Treater is working on upgrading the application for Android and iOS in order for retailers to simply scan a bar code within the app.

One last surprise for your sweet tooth–any amount of cash you have left over from the transaction goes into your “Piggy Bank.” This is where you can collect money and put it toward a delicious delight for someone else.

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