The Girl Scouts are officially going digital: Soon, you'll be able to order an embarrassing amount of Thin Mints and Samoas from your couch. According to the Boston Globe, for the first time in its nearly 100 year history, the troops will have the option to sell their famed cookies either via a mobile app or a personalized website.
Unfortunately, as the New York Times notes, there will not be one general website from which customers can purchase the cookies. Instead, each scout may customize their own e-commerce site or mobile app, and "[c]ustomers can gain access [to the website] only if the scout sends them an emailed invitation." The program, called "Digital Cookie," launches this month in a few areas around the country. It will be released nationwide in January 2015. Word to the wise: Get on your local scout's mailing list now.
Gizmodo notes that the digital initiative is not intended to make "the conventional sales of cookies redundant," but instead aims to increase the sales of boxes, which cost $3.50 to $5 each. The organization estimates that around 1 million of its members will sign up to sell boxes through the digital platforms, which become available this month. The Girl Scouts hopes that this move will teach their members about digital entrepreneurship and how to build "customer relations in new ways."
So the situation is a win-win: Girl Scouts learn new skills and you can order cookies without any human interaction.