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The food delivery company Uber Eats is reportedly partnering with Nimble, a growing prescription delivery service in the U.S., in order to bring personal health and wellness items directly to people’s doors in Southern California. It’s reportedly a recent shift to help people during the pandemic and deliver important items contact-free.
The on-demand prescription delivery service is now available in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego via the Uber Eats app. Uber Eats users in these regions will have access to prescription delivery in as little as one hour, which the company claims is faster than any other prescription delivery service. Users will be able to transfer existing prescriptions and add new ones, as well as manage their prescriptions via the Uber Eats app and see when their delivery arrives.
According to the website, prescriptions are delivered in two hours and there’s a $0 delivery fee on every order. The service also works with most major insurance plans and personal information is kept confidential.
“Controlled substances are ineligible, as are prescriptions paid for—in whole or in part—by any government healthcare program such as Medicare, Medicaid, or TRICARE,” the company reportedly said.
More than 2,000 independently owned and operated pharmacies are in California. Nimble vets and works with these pharmacies, arming them with the technology and infrastructure needed to provide simpler, more convenient patient experiences. “Our partnership with Uber Eats allows us to both help Southern California pharmacies stay competitive, and offer millions of residents access to on-demand prescription delivery at a time when they need it most,” Nimble CEO and Founder, Talha Sattar, reportedly said in a statement.
“We are a community-focused pharmacy that’s always looking for better, more user-friendly ways to support and care for our customers,” Mary Kandaharian, founder of Complete Care Pharmacy in Glendale, told Patch. “Working with Nimble and Uber Eats will allow us to provide more convenient and accessible experiences to current and new patients who need a simple way to order prescriptions right from their phones.”
The expansion into these California markets follows a successful prescription delivery launch in New York City and Miami earlier this year, and an initial pilot program in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. The service also recently launched in Chicago and Atlanta.
The partnership with Nimble follows a slew of acquisitions from Uber in the last year. Last year, the tech giant announced it would be buying alcohol delivery service Drizly. The online delivery storefront for existing local liquor stores became the leading on-demand alcohol delivery service in the U.S, and works by partnering with local sellers and then enlisting delivery drivers to handle the delivery. The app is currently available in 29 states and over 1,400 cities across the country. In California, some of the cities the app services include Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim. Throughout the pandemic, Drizly reportedly had more than 300% growth in the past year.
Also last year, Uber acquired the food delivery service Postmates for $2.65 billion. The company announced the deal a few months into the pandemic, as Eats looked like the most secure leg of its operation. Postmates is currently the fourth major meal delivery company in the U.S., and it earned 7% of the country’s meal delivery market in October.
With Postmates’s customers, Uber Eats can pull ahead in Los Angeles. As of October 2020, Postmates is the top food delivery service in the city, according to data from Second Measure. Meanwhile, Uber Eats lags behind DoorDash and is on par with Grubhub.