Picking up your next Amazon Prime delivery might take place at ... a drugstore?
The service was rolled out yesterday in more than 100 Rite Aid stores and will expand to over 1,500 additional locations by end of year, according to an Amazon press release. After browsing Amazon, shoppers can select which location they'd like their items shipped to and will receive a notification once their order has arrived. Picking up items is seamless — the transaction takes place by offering a barcode to the clerk for scanning — and the store delivery option is free. Currently, it works with options like same-day and two-day pickup as well. The product will stay at the chosen location for 14 days.
"Amazon is always looking for innovative and convenient ways for customers to ship and receive their orders," said Patrick Supanc, worldwide director of Hub by Amazon, in a press release. Supanc also explained that the new option could be useful to people who are traveling and can't receive a typical delivery. The company said it would consider expanding the option to other traditional brick-and-mortar retailers as well. Currently, the delivery option doesn't include third-party sellers featured on the site.
Of course, in an era where around two-thirds of Americans have purchased something on Amazon and actually going to "the store" is a rarity, the partnership seems to have some benefits for Rite Aid, too. After all, if you're anything like us, you've been meaning to stock up on paper towels and mascara for weeks now, right?