With the advent of the internet and the development of e-commerce infrastructure, more and more businesses are making the transition to online platforms. This could be through the development of an independent website or a page on a social media platform. Regardless, one cannot deny that almost every industry has, in some way or form, made the transition to the online world and this also applies to pharmacies.
While many businesses have made the transition, not all of them have found success. However, pharmacies continue to thrive in the online space because of three very simple reasons. Convenience, privacy, and economy.
The most obvious benefit to be derived from an online pharmacy is the convenience you would experience. No longer do you need to make a stop while on the way back home after a long day of work. Rush hour and long lines at the pharmacy counter won’t be a concern because you can place an order using your cell phone at any time and any place.
If you’re ordering prescription medication, then you’ll have to go through some form of verification procedure, but this could be as simple as uploading a snapshot of your prescription or going through a short counselling session with a trained and registered clinician. After all formalities have been sorted, your order will be dispatched and you should receive it within a few working days.
Using an online pharmacy also has a major impact on preserving one’s privacy. You won’t be dealing with a face in the entire process, which gives one significant reassurance. Also, if you’re using a reputable online pharmacy, they’ll also make sure that your medication is sent to you in discreet packaging. This ensures no one in the entire supply chain finds out what medication you’re taking and can be a real face-saver if you’re ordering medication for ailments like erectile dysfunction or hair loss.
There’s an economic factor that also heavily favors online pharmacies, for both the business owner and the consumer. Online pharmacies have very little overhead costs in comparison to retail pharmacies. First off, there are no rental payments to be made for a retail store and the online pharmacy only needs to worry about storage space.
Secondly, if you’re going to operate a retail business in a commercial area, there will be some tax and official fees, which can be quite a hefty amount. Finally, the number of employees in an online operation are also significantly fewer, meaning there’s less expenditure on salaries and benefits of employees.
With the reduced overhead costs, online pharmacies are able to offer better prices. You end up finding a 30% to 40% price difference on the same products when compared to retail pharmacy prices. Oh, and you also save money on fuel because you don’t have to drive to the pharmacy. It’s economical for everyone!