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Dunkin' Donuts Tests Mobile Ordering in Bid to Catch Up With Starbucks

Dunkin’ Donuts, in a bid to catch up to the technology prowess of Starbucks Corp., is testing on-the-go ordering and delivery service in some U.S. markets.

Starting Wednesday, 124 Dunkin’ restaurants in Portland, Maine, will allow customers to order ahead of time through a smartphone application. About 19 cafes in Dallas are trying out delivery, and additional locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington also will soon start bringing coffees to customers.

"The morning space and the coffee space are incredibly crowded," said Scott Hudler, vice president of global consumer engagement. "Speed is one of our brand differentiators."

Restaurant chains are...