Is Online Pharmacy The Midlands Logistics Sector's Next Big Thing?
Pharmacy2U, the U.K.’s largest online pharmacy, has completed the first phase of its new automated dispensing facility at Bardon, Leicestershire, as online drugstores aim to be the next big warehouse growth sector.
Pharmacy2U is managing NHS repeat prescriptions from request to delivery for more than 270,000 patients across the country and is growing more than 100% year on year.
Challenger online pharmacy businesses are growing but so far their property requirements are small.
Logistics analysts have warned that growth in the U.K. could be inhibited by the NHS' own online medicines ordering services, which effectively operate like a click-and-collect business. The U.K. regulatory regime is also more testing than that in the U.S. they say.