Walgreens to test drone delivery service with Alphabet’s Wing
· Walgreens is working with Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing to test a new service.
· The pilot program will deliver food and beverage, over-the-counter medications and other items, but not prescriptions.
· Amazon said in June its new delivery drone should be ready “within months” to deliver packages to customers.
Jasmine Wu, CNBC
Sep 19, 20198
Walgreens is testing a new on-demand delivery service with Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing, beginning next month, the companies announced Thursday.
The pilot program will deliver food and beverage, over-the-counter medications and other items within minutes, Walgreens said. Prescription deliveries will not be available.
“Walgreens continues to explore partnerships to transform and modernize our customer experience and we are proud to be the first retailer in the U.S. to offer an on-demand commercial drone delivery option with Wing,” said chief innovation officer Vish Sankaran. He said the company wants to provide customers the products they “need wherever, whenever and however they may want them.”
Walgreens is just one of the companies scrambling to capture customers who look for quicker and more convenient deliveries. Amazon said in June its new delivery drone should be ready “within months” to delivery packages to customers. CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in January the company was “doing some work” to distribute prescriptions by drone.
“We still have a ways to go before [drones are] the norm in our transportation networks and so on,” said James Burgess, chief executive of Wing, which also announced a separate trial with FedEx on Thursday...
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