US-based chemist chain Rite Aid has partnered with Uber Technologies to expand its on-demand delivery service nationwide.

Rite Aid will use the Uber Eats online food delivery platform to deliver essential healthcare and grocery items to customers across the US.

The on-demand delivery service will be available from 2,185 Rite Aid locations across 17 US states.

Customers can navigate the pharmacy icons on the Uber Eats app and select Rite Aid, then choose their items for delivery.

The partnership offers free delivery and 5% off all orders more than $15 for Uber Pass and Eats Pass customers.

Rite Aid chief operating officer Jim Peters said: “Consumer shopping preferences are changing, so we are continuing to evolve our retail business to ensure customers are able to conveniently get what they need to keep their family happy and healthy – whether they visit us in-store or buy online.

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“By adding Uber as a delivery option, we are doubling down on an omnichannel approach that complements the busy lives of our customers.

“Ensuring convenient access to whole health essentials enables us to live our purpose of helping people achieve whole health for life.”

Uber grocery and new verticals global head Raj Beri said: “Convenience is a key component of Uber’s delivery strategy, allowing us to create a seamless delivery experience by ensuring we have the essential stores and products customers need.

“With our partners at Rite Aid, we’re thrilled to make shopping for everything from cold medication to cosmetics more ‘convenient’ than ever.”

The partnership is in line with Uber’s goal to provide customers everywhere with what they need, including groceries, convenience items, alcohol and other ‘must-haves’.

Last month, Uber Eats partnered with Australian supermarket chain Woolworths Group to offer same-hour grocery deliveries across Australia.

As part of the initiative, Woolworths’s convenience store brand Metro was made available via the Uber Eats app.