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E-pharmacy Market - Global Industry Insights By Leading Players: The Kroger Co., The Walgreen Company, Express Scripts Holding Company, CVS Health, Zur Rose Group AG, Giant Eagle, Inc



Offers and discounts on E-pharmacy channel is a major factor attracting consumers towards it. For instance, as on April 2018, 1mg, an E-pharmacy company in India, is providing a discount of 12% on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Free home delivery, and free returns are other two important and attractive features of E-pharmacy channel. Thus, evolution of E-pharmacy channel has resulted in availability of products at every doorstep and also, at significantly lower price. Moreover, increasing internet penetration across the globe has expanded the customer base for these E-Pharmacy companies.

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For instance, in 2017, Zur Rose AG, a Switzerland-based online pharmacy company raised US$ 237 million to expand its business in Germany. Furthermore, the increasing usage of internet is also expected to drive the growth of market. For instance, according to data published by the World Bank around 87.5% of total population of U.K. were using internet in 2012, which has increased to 94.8% in 2016. Strategies deployed by major E-pharmacy key players such as free delivery, and lucrative offers and discounts is also expected to increase the adoption of E-pharmacy by population.

For instance, in April 2018, Netmeds, an India-based E-pharmacy startup, is providing 20% discounts offers on its medicines. Moreover, these kinds of discount are widely aiding in growth of the market. Increasing prevalence of lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity etc. is also expected to increase demand from products from E-pharmacy. For instance, according to data published by World Health Organization (WHO), globally, the number of people with diabetes increased from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. According to WHO in 2017, cardiovascular diseases is the leading cause of death worldwide, about 17.7 million died from cardiovascular diseases in 2015.

E-pharmacy companies have gained significant market share in urban, however, these companies have not been able to effectively target rural areas. Low literacy rate, lack of internet facilities, weak supply channel, and lack of awareness about these channels are the prime reasons for this scenario. Moreover, rural population still accounts for significant share in total population. According to the World Bank data, about 2 in 3 people in India, and 2 in 5 in China lives in rural area in 2016. High percentage of population living in rural areas with low or no access to online pharmacy has inhibited the growth of E-pharmacy market.

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Key players operating in the E-Pharmacy Market includes The Kroger Co., The Walgreen Company, Express Scripts Holding Company, CVS Health, Zur Rose Group AG, Giant Eagle, Inc., Walmart Stores, Inc., OptumRx Inc., 1mg, and Netmeds.

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