Walgreens continues to grow its same-day delivery options for consumers with its latest partnership. The retailer has partnered with online grocery delivery platform Instacart to allow for same-day delivery, beginning in Illinois with plans to expand availability to more than 8,000 stores in the coming weeks.
With Instacart, Walgreens is offering its OTC medications, health-and-wellness products, beauty and personal care products, household essentials and convenience products for delivery in as little as an hour. Instacart joins Postmates as a partner with Walgreens, with Postmates available at more than 7,000 Walgreens stores as of last March.
“Convenience is at the core of what we do and Walgreens is thrilled to be partnering with Instacart to bring customers a simple and trusted same-day delivery option for the products they need right to their door,” said Stefanie Kruse, Vice President, Digital Commerce and Omnichannel at Walgreens. “This collaboration builds upon several other recent steps in our digital transformation to deliver health expertise to customers in new channels, which is timely given shifts in customer needs during the pandemic.”
Walgreens said the Instacart expansion would begin with such markets as southeast Florida, Dallas, Atlanta and New York City, as well as Washington, D.C. The availability will expand throughout the spring to all 50 states, with plans to expand the product offering over time.
“At Instacart, we’re dedicated to giving customers same-day access to the essentials they need from the retailers they know and love. We’re proud to expand on that commitment and welcome Walgreens to the Instacart marketplace, offering customers nationwide an unmatched online assortment of Walgreens items available for same-day delivery,” said Chris Rogers, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. “As one of the largest drugstore chains in the U.S., Walgreens is a trusted household brand that people have relied on for more than 100 years. We’re excited to provide a seamless, safe and reliable experience to Walgreens customers across the country, giving them a new way to have the over-the-counter medications and health products they depend on delivered from the store to their door in as fast as an hour. ”
To order via Instacart, consumers can select the Walgreens storefront in the Instacart mobile app or visit Instacart.com/Walgreens. Users can chat directly with their Instacart shopper while their order is being picked and receive real-time updates as it is shopped for and delivered.