Walgreens and FedEx said Wednesday that there will be a small-scale rollout of the service this spring, with the program to become available at thousands of Walgreens locations later this calendar year.
The companies expect to offer the service chainwide at Walgreens’ nearly 8,000 stores by the fall of 2018.
“Working with FedEx to provide safe and secure delivery locations while making it easy for customers to ship returns and other packages through the FedEx networks is another way we are becoming America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer,” Reuben Slone, senior vice president of supply chain at Walgreens, said in a statement. “We look forward to providing our customers with these convenient options that will be available whenever the store is open.”
As part of the FedEx Onsite program, consumers will be able to drop off prepackaged and prelabeled shipments at Walgreens stores and pick up packages that they direct to their local Walgreens.
Walgreens and FedEx noted that the alliance brings added convenience for consumers by giving them more options for dropping off and picking up FedEx shipments and enabling them to do so while performing other tasks at Walgreens, which has locations nationwide.
“Walgreens, with its strong focus on customer care, is the perfect retailer to help us continue to meet the growing demand for convenient, secure dropoff and pickup options, and our research has shown that customers rank pharmacies as a preferred location for accessing their e-commerce shipments,” stated Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx. “The addition of Walgreens locations to the existing network of FedEx retail offerings will substantially increase customer access to staffed pickup and dropoff locations and enhance convenient access to FedEx Ground and FedEx Express package shipment and dropoff options. We look forward to offering these capabilities to customers and continuing to meet their e-commerce shipping needs with these flexible options.”