Walgreens Uses Crowdsourced Delivery Service To Get Cold Medicine To Sufferers
A new partnership with TaskRabbit facilitates the home delivery of over-the-counter remedies.
Announced on January 7, 2014, Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for outsourcing simple tasks, to make it easier for customers to get cold remedies delivered to their homes.
The way it works is simple. With the new partnership in place, those who are at home sick can use the TaskRabbit mobile app and platform to order medicine directly from the nearest Walgreens location. And as with other items posted on the platform, a nearby neighbor, or “TaskRabbit,” completes the task and receives payment less a 20% service fee.
To simplify things, the TaskRabbit app has been updated with a section that’s dedicated specifically to Walgreens cold and flu relief. A user simply taps the newly added Walgreens button, enters the products needed, and indicates a preferred delivery time.
While this partnership certainly seems notable, the reality is that it is more or less promotional in nature. To be clear, TaskRabbit users have long had the ability to request a pharmacy pick-up and delivery. The official partnership with Walgreens, however, is meant to raise awareness of the capability during a particularly bad cold and flu season.
The updated Taskrabbit app is available now on iOS. It will display the dedicated Walgreens functionality until February 18th.