Walgreens Launches Pilot Of On-Demand Drove Delivery

On the latest episode of the E-Commerce Retail Briefing podcast:

Walgreens is officially piloting on-demand drone delivery. Eligible customers in designated delivery zones can now receive select packages via drone delivery. Walgreen is conducting the pilot in partnership with Wing Aviation.

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Walgreens Piloting On-Demand Drone Delivery

Walgreens is officially piloting on-demand drone deliveries in Virginia. The drugstore giant is live with a trial of store to door deliveries of health and wellness, food and beverage, and convenience items via drone delivery. Walgreens is conducting the pilot in partnership with Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. Launch of the pilot makes Walgreens the first retailer to offer on-demand drone delivery service in the U.S.

The companies are running the test in conjunction with FedEx. Eligible FedEx Express customers who live within designated delivery zones and opt into the Wing delivery service can receive select packages by drone. Customers in the area have access to more than 100 products and six pre-built packs of items through the Wing app. In a statement, a Walgreens executive said, “Today is a great day for the future of consumer convenience…This industry-first drone delivery pilot with Wing expands our omnichannel offerings to provide customers the products they need wherever, whenever, and however they want them.”