Wal­greens, FedEx launch next-day pre­scrip­tion de­liv­ery

The Commercial Appeal - - Business - Nathan Bomey USA TO­DAY USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

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.

Fol­low USA TO­DAY re­porter Nathan Bomey on Twit­ter @NathanBomey.

The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal re­porter Max Gar­land con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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