Walgreens and Postmates are collaborating to provide on-demand delivery for customers looking for over-the-counter medications, health and wellness, beauty and grocery products. Postmates will deliver hundreds of Walgreens’ most popular items from 174 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
“In the last year, orders from convenience and drugstores have increased by 68 percent. By collaborating with Walgreens, we are able to provide our customers with even more convenience when it comes to everyday items that they need now,” says Craig Whitmer, VP, merchant business development, Postmates.
Bringing together the scale of Walgreens with the on-demand delivery service of Postmates will allow both businesses to better meet the needs of their customers. Postmates found that its customers are seeking many of the everyday items found at Walgreens. For example, the top items New Yorkers order are Smart Water, Gatorade, San Pellegrino, Tylenol and Pedialyte. Further, during last flu season, from August 2018 to January 2019, the delivery service company saw a 173 percent increase in orders for cough relief items, a 111 percent increase in sinus relief aids and a 50 percent spike in soup orders.
“We share Postmates’ commitment to providing customers with convenient, differentiated shopping experiences, and together we can help ensure our customers are getting what they need, when they need it,” says Joe Hartsig, chief merchandising officer, Walgreens. “Particularly as we head into the peak season for flu, being able to bring our customers convenience items, as well as cough and cold relief, directly to their home can take the stress out of being sick.”
Postmates’ roster of restaurants and retailers, includes more than 500,000 restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, as well as traditional retailers. The company now operates in more than 3,500 cities and has added local and national restaurants, serving 75 of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S.
Those interested in ordering items from participating Walgreens stores can visit postmates.com or download Postmates on iOS or Android. Customers can pay zero delivery fees when they subscribe to the membership service, Postmates Unlimited, for $9.99 per month.