Updated: Jan 22
Grocery delivery company Instacart will start delivering prescriptions through a partnership with Costco as demand for delivery continues to rise because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The delivery service is available for 200 Costco locations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, Washington, and Washington D.C. It was initially piloted at several locations In Southern California and Washington, Instacart plans to expand it nationwide in the coming months.
Customers that use Costco's online prescription service will receive a test message from their pharmacy when their prescription is ready. That will include an option to schedule their prescription for delivery. When the customer clicks the link, they will be redirected to Costco's site where they will confirm their prescription and continue to add groceries to their Instacart Costco delivery order. The orders will be delivered to customers in sealed, tamper-proof bags to ensure customer safety and privacy.
Instacart will also provide contactless delivery for most medications. Shoppers will be able to scan a customer's ID for verification without a signature on qualifying orders. Customers can also schedule their delivery up to one week in advance under the new service.