Walgreens just announced a new partnership with an on-demand delivery startup to further position itself as a major player in the tech sphere.
The official deal with Postmates, a San Francisco-based delivery app, enables consumers to quickly order and receive any of the items Walgreens has in its catalogue, 24/7.
The on-demand service will be available at 600 Walgreens and Duane Reades — its moniker in some areas of the US — in all major markets.
To order any of the most popular beauty, household, or health and wellness items in stock, users need only login to Postmates and select the closest Walgreens to start browsing. For a limited time, there’s a flat delivery fee of $4.99.
Prior to the official partnership, Postmates also offered delivery of Walgreens items, but the deal broadens the variety of products available.
"Walgreens designs its offerings to provide customers with ultimate access, choice and convenience,” said Joe Rago, director of Walgreen’s Mobile Innovation Program in a statement. “We’re a customer-led company that aims to help remove friction and make the experience as simple as possible.”
"For us, on-demand delivery services are another way we’re supporting customers’ ability to engage with us in a way that’s most convenient for them,” he added. “We’re pleased to begin this relationship with Postmates, as we believe the convenience aspect is of value to our customers. As this space evolves, we’ll continually stay abreast of trends to help identify opportunities for Walgreens to best service our customers’ needs."
Walgreens joins a number of companies that are exploring on-demand delivery ventures, like Uber (whose UberEATS delivers food) and Target (who recently announced a pilot program for grocery delivery with Instacart).
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