Walgreens to ship online orders to stores

(Author : Deena M. Amato-Mccoy)
Walgreens has joined the ranks of retailers working to get merchandise ordered online into customers’ hands faster. 

The drugstore chain has launched a ship-to-store program that offers free shipping to a Walgreens or Duane Reade store for orders made on the chain’s website and mobile app. No minimum purchase is required.
“Our new ‘Ship to Store’ program provides value to our customers by giving them access to a wide range of products that are typically not found in-store,” said Joe Hartsig, Walgreens’ senior VP, merchandising. “With Ship to Store, customers have the ability to ship orders to their preferred Walgreens store if their residence or workplace isn’t a secure option.”
Orders typically arrive within one to three business days, and customers will be notified via e-mail once their order is ready for pickup. Walgreens paperless coupons, Balance Rewards benefits and other digital promotions can applied to online orders before checking out.
“We’re continually looking for innovative ways to provide anytime, anywhere convenience,” added Hartsig. “With Walgreens stores [operating] within five miles of 75% of the U.S. population, this service is another way we can offer convenience and more choices to improve the shopping experience.” The drug chain will continue to offer free shipping to a customer’s home for orders over $35.