When the weather is bad, you might not be able to take pictures of the beautiful scenery of the Grand Canyon or of the breathtaking mountains in Alaska, but you can find your way to the nearest Starbucks.
The US Department of Commerce’s satellite map has been used to help travelers navigate the country for years, but the agency’s use of it has sparked a new battle over its mission and how it should be used.
For the first time, a major technology company has joined the fight.
Starbucks is using the map to help customers find out what their local stores are selling.
Starbucks said the map is a vital tool for customers looking for a specific product or service.
It has more than 6 million locations in the United States and over 250 million in the world, including some in Canada.
The company uses the map’s data to inform advertising and customer experience decisions.
“Starbucks has a long history of providing a service that is truly unmatched in the grocery industry,” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement.
“Our customers love the convenience of finding out what’s on offer at our locations.”
The map was created by a group of companies in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
It uses an automated data-mining system called “Census Mapper” to identify where a given person lives and their ZIP code.
The data is then used to develop a list of stores that customers can shop at, according to the company.
“Our customer base is one of the fastest-growing segments of our business and the data we collect provides a valuable insight into what’s happening in our communities,” Starbucks said in the statement.
It said that the data is not used for commercial purposes and that it “does not track the locations of any individual.”
The company also said the data does not include customers who do not live within Starbucks stores.
It said the mapping tool does not show the location of the locations.
“We are not tracking a customer’s actual location,” a Starbucks spokesperson said.