CVS Pharmacy has partnered with on-demand delivery provider DoorDash for same day delivery of food, grocery, non-food and non-prescription products.
CVS announced on Monday that more than 3,000 products will be available for purchase through the DoorDash website or mobile app. Items that can be ordered include non-perishable and perishable items such as milk, breakfast bars, mixed nuts, cereals and packaged cookies; health and beauty products such as shampoo, hair accessories, makeup and nail care; household products such as batteries, cleaning wipes and paper towels; and over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, cold and flu treatments and children’s remedies.
Currently, CVS deliveries via DoorDash are available in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and New York, said the chain of pharmacies based in Woonsocket, RI. It is expected to expand service in the boroughs of New York, the Bronx and in Brooklyn, as well as in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Boston. CVS has stated that it expects a national launch of DoorDash in July.
DoorDash marks the third on-demand delivery partnership for CVS. The pharmacy retailer already offers same-day delivery of over-the-counter items via Instacart and Shipt. CVS operates more than 1,600 CVS pharmacies in discount stores of Target Corp., the parent company of Shipt.
“We are committed to providing our customers with convenient delivery methods that suit their lifestyle,” said George Coleman, executive vice president of merchandising at CVS Health, in a statement. “This partnership allows customers to get the daily essentials without prescription they need, while continuing to practice social distancing.”
San Francisco-based DoorDash said CVS represents the premier pharmacy retailer for its on-demand delivery platform, which does not require a time slot or pre-order planning. All CVS orders via DoorDash will default to contactless delivery, allowing “Dashers” – the nickname for DoorDash delivery personnel – to leave the order in a safe and secure location designated by the customer.
In support of the partnership, DoorDash offers a 20% discount (up to $ 5) on CVS items via the app on the first order of a customer of $ 15 or more. Meanwhile, CVS said it also waived the cost of delivering prescriptions via USPS until June 30, allowing customers to receive prescriptions and essentials for free while practicing social distancing.
DoorDash noted that the new partnership will give 100 million Americans access to same-day delivery from a CVS store via the DoorDash app or website. Overall, CVS – part of CVS Health – has approximately 9,900 outlets in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Mostly known for its food and restaurant deliveries, DoorDash expanded its reach into the retail sector in April with the launch of same-day delivery service in the convenience store channel, including more than 1,800 stores chains such as 7-Eleven, Circle K, Wawa General Store and Casey.
“Delivery has become a lifeline for local communities during this unprecedented period, which is why DoorDash accelerated its efforts in the wake of its practical launch to bring vital household necessities to customers’ doors,” said declared DoorDash.