Times are hard right now.
They’re hard for office workers, for families with children, for college students, for the suddenly-unemployed, and for the massive number of people still stocking shelves, still taking care of the sick, still cooking food, still collecting trash. As a country, we’re starting to understand what kinds of work are truly essential to the American way of life. One of these essential jobs: delivery.
ScriptDrop works with all manner of delivery and shipping carriers. They’re a key part of our infrastructure. For our purposes, we’ll define “delivery” as “not-shipping,” so we’ll set aside USPS, FedEx, UPS, and the like. Instead, let’s focus on the people who work for courier, ride-sharing, and food delivery companies.
Who Delivery Drivers Work For
Courier companies are different from other delivery providers. They often specialize in sensitive, hazardous, or rush deliveries, such as legal documents, medical samples, expedited auto parts, or in our case, prescriptions. Employees are usually part- or full-time, drive company vehicles, and wear a uniform. They may need to have CDL licenses with HAZMAT endorsements.
Ride-sharing and food deliveries services are less structured, but more wide-reaching. These companies usually hire drivers as contractors and focus on every-day delivery, not precious cargo. Drivers have more flexibility. They can make their own hours and work for multiple services simultaneously. Typically, they need a car, a smartphone, insurance, and a decent driving record.
Employees of all these transportation and logistics companies are still on the road, even though 22 states, 64 counties, 16 cities and one territory have instituted “shelter in place” or “safer at home” orders. Why do they keep working? Because while ridership is down, delivery demand has skyrocketed.
The Effect of “Safer at Home”
It’s simple: when people are stuck at home, they don’t stop needing to buy things. While “shelter in place” or “safer at home” orders allow people to shop for their essentials, many folks are avoiding stores whenever they can.
Consider the pharmacy. They’re busy places right now. You may have to wait in line to pick up your prescription. You’ll inevitably touch a lot of surfaces that other people have touched. You might stand within three feet of someone who sneezes unexpectedly. For high risk groups like older adults or people with weakened immune systems, it might seem safer to avoid the place altogether and forgo any refills.
But a lot of Americans take a daily medication that is key to their health. Giving up a medication or cutting doses in half can lead to a rapidly worsening condition, especially if the patient has a chronic illness like diabetes or hypertension. What should they do then? Put on a mask and gloves and risk contagion from all the people they’ll encounter along the way?
Or minimize their risk, and seek out delivery?
People have chosen the latter option. Demand for prescription delivery is higher than ever before. ScriptDrop is honored to help patients get the medications they need, but delivery drivers are key to our solution.
How ScriptDrop Is Involved
ScriptDrop has developed a nationwide network of courier and delivery partners who can offer anything from 2-day shipping to on-demand prescription delivery. We’ve worked to create a redundant system, too, meaning that if one driver isn’t available, another can take their place.
But our country is a vast one. Spread-out rural areas are more difficult to service simply due to the distances involved. People tend to live further away from their pharmacies and further away from each other. As a result, rural areas always need more drivers.
That’s why we’ve put out the call for more drivers. We plan to source at least 15,000 folks who are interested in prescription delivery – regardless of whether they currently do delivery or not – and connect them with one of our existing partners.
How ScriptDrop Deliveries Work
If you’re hired by one of our partners, you’ll have work. Pickup is easy: payment should be handled ahead of time, and the pharmacist should have the medication ready to go. Delivery should be even easier: ensure it’s the right destination, then drop off the package at the recipient’s door or with a front-desk person.
If you run into any problems or confusing situations, you can call our well-trained and incredibly friendly support team with your questions. Plus you can feel good about helping patients get the medications they need to stay healthy and out of the hospital.
In short, the coronavirus situation is complicated, strange, and unpleasant for everybody. There is no good way for every single American to completely avoid the risk of contagion – we can only minimize our exposure to each other. Here at ScriptDrop we hope we can help patients by offering no-contact delivery for patients, and low-contact work for drivers.
Want to learn more about becoming a prescription delivery driver? Check out the link here.