Grab and go: CVS to offer shoppers curbside pickup

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The determination to offer more convenient options to consumers’ busy lives seems to know no bounds.

Soon, you’ll be able to grab non-prescription goods and supplies at CVS locations without getting out of your car — faster than waiting for a carhop at a drive-in eatery, or comparable to drive-thru fast food.

CVS announced Tuesday they’re partnering with a company called Curbside to create a service called CVS Express. A customer will be able to use the existing CVS Pharmacy smartphone app to assemble a pickup order an hour ahead of their arrival time.

After the order is sent, CVS workers get notified and put your order together, awaiting your arrival. Payment is made by entering a credit or debit card into the app. When you park in the reserved CVS Express spot at the store, they bring your bags out to you.

The curbside pickup service will not carry any added cost to the consumer, CVS officials said.

“We are committed to redefining convenience and this will be one of many steps on that journey,” said Brian Tilzer, the senior vice-president and chief digital officer for CVS Health.

Curbside currently offers curbside pickup of orders at CVS stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, and will be rolling the Express service out to other stores later in the year. Curbside also offers curbside pickup at Target stores in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, Chicago and the Bay Area, and assembles in-store pickup orders for shopping mall retailers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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