Delivery to homes or offices is free for Costco members on orders over $35, CNBC reported, though Instacart adds a five percent tip. Otherwise, the delivery price varies depending on how quickly customers need the meds, but is typically under $10. As with groceries, Instacart will provide delivery updates via text message. There’s no word as yet on how long the trial will last or if/when it’ll expand elsewhere.
There are a few differences from typical Instacart deliveries, however. Buyers will need to be over 18. Recipients will also have to show ID to the courier, who must pass HIPAA certification training to ensure they know regulations about handling people’s health information. Customers can speak with Costco pharmacists by phone, according to the report.
An Instacart spokesperson confirmed the report to Engadget. Costco didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other major retailers, such as Amazon and Walmart, have explored prescription delivery. The latter has mail-order delivery options in some locales, while Amazon bought online pharmacy PillPack last year. The pilot marks the first time Instacart has stepped into pharmacy deliveries, which it’s said to have been mulling for years.