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(Corrects paragraph 5 to point out Walgreens has over 9,000 shops not 1,000)
CHICAGO (Reuters) -Drugstore firm Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:) mentioned on Tuesday that it’ll companion with DoorDash Inc, Uber Applied sciences (NYSE:) Inc and others to launch same-day supply – in underneath two hours – for retail merchandise in america.
Rivals, together with Walmart (NYSE:) and CVS Well being (NYSE:), have for the reason that begin of the pandemic doubled-down on getting merchandise to doorsteps inside hours as consumers grow to be more and more accustomed to quick-turn supply. Walmart in February mentioned it’s elevating wages for stocking and digital staff, who fulfill native on-line and curbside pick-up orders.
Walgreens same-day purchases made on-line or by way of its app might be packaged by retailer staff after which picked up by supply drivers. There might be no minimal order quantity and prospects in most markets pays a supply price of $7.99 that can go to Walgreens.
“Our purpose is admittedly to get it as low for the client as potential. Over the subsequent couple of months we are going to clearly be refining the worth level and technique behind that primarily based on what we see,” Walgreens’ vp of digital commerce, Stefanie Kruse, mentioned in an interview.
Kruse declined to supply monetary particulars concerning the firm’s contracts with DoorDash, Uber and different supply companies, however mentioned they’d been chosen as a result of they’ve the geographic attain to satisfy the wants of Walgreens’ greater than 9,000 shops.
Tipping and motivating drivers has been a significant sticking level for a lot of retailers attempting to ramp up same-day supply operations and Kruse mentioned Walgreens this summer time plans to start out encouraging prospects to tip upfront on its app. Some drivers keep away from taking supply orders for retailers whose prospects are unlikely to tip.
Final yr, Walgreens started letting consumers choose up retail merchandise in-store, on curbsides and by way of drive-thru.
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