As Instacart builds on its pandemic gains, the delivery company is striking new deals to expand beyond grocery. The latest is a partnership with Walgreens for same-day delivery of over-the-counter medications, beauty products, and more from the drugstore chain. Instacart will begin delivering orders from Walgreens stores in Illinois before expanding its service to nearly 8,000 Walgreens stores across the country.
With the shift to online shopping accelerated by the pandemic, Instacart has found itself in higher demand than ever. Accordingly, the delivery company has added hundreds of thousands of new workers, continued to add retail partners, and diversified its service to offer delivery of more than just groceries.
Instacart is competing against Amazon and other delivery platforms like Postmates, DoorDash and Shipt, which is owned by Target. Teaming up with Walgreens helps Instacart continue to try to become an alternative to Amazon.