Walgreens offers same-day delivery with Postmates

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NEW YORK – Getting toilet paper, cleaning supplies and cold remedies delivered to your door just got easier.

On Tuesday, Walgreens announced a formal partnership with on-demand delivery startup Postmates.

Using the Postmates’ app, customers can now shop from the drugstore’s catalog of items or order a prescription for a $4.99 flat fee. The delivery service, which launches Tuesday, will be available at 600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in 30 markets. Postmates is guaranteeing delivery within the hour but said, on average, it’ll take about 30 minutes.

Postmates, which raised $80 million in funding in June, already counts companies like Starbucks and Chipotle as partners.

And, last week, Postmates’ SVP of business Holger Luedorf told CNNMoney it’s working with Etsy on a new type of service called ASAP.

ASAP will deliver Etsy goods directly from artists to customers and will start out in New York City before expanding elsewhere. This expands on Postmates’ traditional delivery service – coordinating logistics between the buyer and the seller.

Luedorf said the Etsy and Walgreens deals are just the beginning of Postmates’ expansion into the retail goods market.

There is no shortage of competitors in the space. On Tuesday, grocery delivery startup Instacart said it was formally partnering with Target. And, earlier this year, Amazon announced a new Prime Now delivery service.

Postmates, however, isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

“Be prepared for a number of partnership announcements in the coming months,” Luedorf said.

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