DoorDash announced today that delivery is now available from Walgreens drug stores in Chicago, Atlanta, and Denver, and will broaden that reach to other markets later this summer. This move marks the latest expansion beyond restaurants for the third-party delivery service.
According to a DoorDash blog post announcing the partnership:
Customers in select cities will have access to more than 2,000 convenience, health, and wellness essentials including beauty products, over-the-counter medications, and grocery and snack foods.
So if you’re hungry for a Snickers and a six-pack of soda but don’t want to leave the house — you’re in luck.
The addition of Walgreens to DoorDash’s roster isn’t too surprising given that the company has already partnered with other non-restaurant stores such as 7-Eleven, WaWa, Casey’s, and CVS Pharmacy.
This type of diversification beyond restaurants is necessary as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the restaurant industry. As my colleague, Jenn Marson recently wrote:
As of June 15, roughly 140,000 businesses were listed on Yelp as closed. While retail got hit the hardest, restaurants came in at a close second, with 23,981 businesses closed. And here’s the kicker: more than half — 53 percent — of those restaurants currently closed won’t reopen, according to Yelp.
This isn’t the first delivery partner for Walgreens either. The drug store chain has an existing partnership with Postmates, which recently expanded to 7,000 stores nationwide. For retailers like Walgreens, delivery options allow them to keep selling stuff to people who are stuck at home during these rolling lockdowns.
DoorDash said that the Walgreens deal will reach Cincinnati, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Sacramento and Seattle later this summer.