Instacart is expanding Costco pharmacy deliveries to almost 200 locations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, Washington and Washington DC. It plans to bring the service, which it started testing in November in California and Washington, to other parts of the country in the coming months.
You can receive a text notification from a Costco pharmacy when your prescription's ready, which will include a link to schedule a delivery. After confirming your prescription, you'll be able to add household goods and groceries to your order — that could be a handy way to save on the delivery fee if your medication costs less than $35.
In eligible states, you'll be able to request contactless delivery for most medications to limit direct contact with Instacart shoppers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll scan your ID to confirm your identity, so you won't need to sign for your items (you'll need to show your ID either way). You'll also need to be over 18 to use the service.
Meanwhile, Instacart’s hiring hundreds of thousands more shoppers. The company said that, last week, order volume rose by more than 400 percent compared with the same period last year. The size of an average order is also more than 25 percent larger month-over-month as folks stock up on various items.