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Technology Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

20:50  19 september  2019
20:50  19 september  2019 Source:   ap.org

Alphabet’s Wing Plans Drone Drug-Store Deliveries Within a Month

  Alphabet’s Wing Plans Drone Drug-Store Deliveries Within a Month One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October. Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory deliveries in the small town of Christiansburg, Virginia, the companies said in an announcement Thursday.The companies aim to go beyond the small-scale delivery demonstrations that have occurred so far in the U.S.

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummi bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone flying as fast as 70 miles per hour, the companies said Thursday.

Customers will be able to order from a list of more than 100 items that includes consumer goods and cough and cold remedies but not prescriptions.

The drone will be run by Wing Aviation LLC, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Google announced in April that Wing received federal approval to make commercial drone deliveries. It marked the first time a company has gotten a federal drone delivery certification.

UPS drone delivers medicine from CVS straight to customers' homes .
The flights were early tests of what could become a new way of shipping everything from prescriptions to shampoo.Just two weeks after unveiling a new partnership to explore drone shipments, UPS and CVS announced Tuesday that they completed the first commercial medical prescription drone delivery in the US under a Federal Aviation Administration-approved program.

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