John Tuohy, co-founder and former chief executive of courier company Parcel Motel, has launched a new click-and-collect locker service for pharmacies that will allow patients to pick up their prescriptions without having to wait in line.
Pharmacy Pickup is a joint venture between Mr. Tuohy’s smart locker company, OohPod, and Finnish pharmacy digitization company Remomedi.
The lockers will contain temperature-controlled refrigerated compartments, “enabling medication to be stored at the optimum temperature,” the companies said in a statement on Friday.
Customers will be notified when their order is ready for collection, which they can then collect from the locker by scanning a QR code or entering a PIN.
“The lockers will also provide a more efficient customer experience, the ability for after-hours pickup, and free up time for pharmacists and pharmacy staff to perform higher-value tasks,” said businesses.
“There’s the added benefit of knowing your prescription will be ready and you won’t have to queue to pick it up,” Tuohy said.
“The lockers allow real-time management and tracking of deliveries, communications and temperatures, with an easy-to-use web view of all operations. All prescription collections are tracked and medications that are not collected are flagged. »
Kari Paukkeri, Founder and CEO of Remomedi, said, “We are delighted to be working with Oohpod to commercialize our innovative package delivery technology for pharmacies and healthcare. Our solutions, developed with some of the leading Finnish and Scandinavian pharmacies and hospitals, will enable the delivery of medicines and other healthcare products efficiently, cost-effectively and with very little complexity for consumers.
The company plans to roll out 100 units across Ireland by the end of 2023.
Mr Tuohy, who sold Parcel Motel owner Nightline Logistics to UPS for 30 million euros, launched his new click-and-collect parcel service OohPod last year. Starting with a locker in Jonesborough, the company now has locations in Dublin, Meath, Louth and across Northern Ireland including Belfast and Strabane.