Walgreens, FedEx launch next-day prescription delivery
Walgreens is launching a next-day prescription delivery service with FedEx as pharmacies brace for the possibility of Amazon’s entry into their world.
The drugstore chain announced Thursday that it is partnering with Memphis logistics giant FedEx to offer drug delivery throughout the nation.
“FedEx and Walgreens are empowering consumers to choose when and where they receive their orders,” said Randy Scarborough, vice president of retail marketing, FedEx Services, in a statement. “Just as FedEx package pickup and drop-off services at Walgreens locations provide customers with much-needed convenience, the ability to ship prescription medication directly from Walgreens to their homes offers valuable flexibility to best meet individual needs and schedules.”
Walgreens’ move comes after archrival CVS Health recently launched a very similar delivery service.
Both retailers and the rest of the drug industry are preparing for the potential entry of Amazon into the pharmacy space after the digital giant recently acquired online drug delivery firm PillPack.
Walgreens will charge $4.99 for the next-day delivery service. Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on business days.
The chain is also offering same-day delivery in certain markets, which it plans to expand in 2019.
“Walgreens is driven by a desire to make health care accessible to all across the thousands of communities we serve,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations, in a statement. “This expansion of our alliance with FedEx illustrates our commitment to making filling prescriptions as fast and easy as possible.”
The next-day prescription delivery service is the latest partnership between FedEx and Walgreens. FedEx packages are able to be picked up or dropped off at nearly 8,000 Walgreens locations across the country through the program FedEx Onsite, which was announced in 2017.
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The Commercial Appeal reporter Max Garland contributed to this report.