It’s no secret that Amazon has a deep and loyal following, especially among the young.
And while Amazon may be getting its claws into a number of specialty categories, its overall health and wellness efforts have been lackluster.
The online retailer’s recent moves into pharmacy services have been mostly a blip, though its biggest acquisition so far has been the acquisition of Pharmacy Depot, a private label pharmacy chain.
The pharmacy has been a popular destination for drugstores, which are increasingly offering online shopping options.
With that acquisition, Amazon now has the third-largest pharmacy business in the country, according to pharmacy consulting firm Pharmacy World.
But the company has yet to get to grips with the logistics of selling prescription drugs online.
That’s not to say Amazon isn’t working hard on that front.
According to pharmacy sales analyst David Wieden, Amazon has already taken steps to get into the prescription drug business.
“Amazon has been investing heavily in prescription drug sales through the pharmacy, and we expect this to continue to grow as the company invests in its pharmacy business,” he said.
Amazon, which is known for its emphasis on its Kindle e-reader devices, has been acquiring companies with complementary technologies.
Amazon has also invested in pharmacy startups.
Earlier this year, the online retailer purchased a health care delivery service called Pharmakill, which uses a smartphone app to deliver prescriptions from pharmacies across the country.
Pharmakills, which have a focus on patient care, have been able to offer much lower prices than traditional pharmacies.
And Amazon’s acquisition of Medtronic, which has been one of the largest drugmakers in the U.S., may help Medtec’s efforts.
“We think that Amazon will be able to leverage its acquired companies and leverage its existing distribution network to help drive down prescription drug prices,” Dr. Chris Miller, vice president of health care policy at the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said.
While Amazon is currently focused on its prescription drug offerings, the company is also trying to expand into other categories, including groceries.
Pharmacy giant Walgreens, which offers a large number of grocery stores, has started experimenting with online ordering.
Pharmacies in the United States are struggling to compete against grocery chains that are offering more personalized shopping experiences.
Walmart’s new pharmacy site is one of several initiatives the company announced in December.
The new website includes a variety of products, including online ordering, loyalty cards, and a pharmacy loyalty program.
It’s a step in the right direction, but it still has a long way to go.
“I’m very confident that the Walmart pharmacy will be a winner,” Dr: Miller said.
“They are not only trying to drive down prices, but they are trying to help the patients in their community.”
The Walmart Pharmacy is available to purchase through Walgreen.com.
The company plans to release a new pharmacy app that will let consumers shop for prescription drugs and make purchases directly from their devices.
But as Walgros customers continue to shop online and purchase prescriptions, they’ll have to navigate through Amazon’s system and interact with other Walgorns customers to access the service.
The Walgown pharmacy will still be accessible through Amazon.com and Amazon Prime members.
The Walmart pharmacy also has an app that is available for download on the Apple app store and Google Play.
But Amazon’s foray into pharmacy is not without controversy.
Earlier in the year, Amazon acquired the pharmacy chain Pharmakilly, which had a history of selling drugs online and also had a drug inventory.
The purchase prompted some to call for a boycott of Amazon.
The move has also angered pharmacists who felt that Walgos pharmacy had been overly aggressive in seeking out drugs.
“It’s disappointing that Amazon is acquiring this chain and will now be a dominant force in pharmacy sales,” Dr Miller said of Amazon’s Pharmakilling.
“Pharmakill is a great, popular, and innovative pharmacy chain in the Northeast, and Amazon has been taking steps to expand its presence in the area.”