Drone Deliveries Begin Next Week Due to COVID-19
Photo Credit: UPS
Drone delivery Just became reality for many in Florida. To slow the spread of the Coronavirus, UPS has been cleared to use drone delivery technology to deliver important medications to retired residents at The Villages - the largest retirement community in Florida (135k residents). UPS chief strategy and transformation officer Scott Price said,
“Our new drone delivery service will help CVS provide safe and efficient deliveries of medicines to this large retirement community...UPS is committed to playing its part in fighting COVID-19, and this is another way we can support our healthcare customers and individuals with innovative solutions.”
Drone deliveries are set to begin next week, but they will initially only be delivered to a drop-off point at the center. A UPS driver will distribute the medications to the residents. Later, the drone is expected to deliver to each doorstep.
UPS was approved to operate their "drone airline" service in October nationwide - the first clearance of the sort in US history. Since then, UPS Flight Forward has delivered thousands of deliveries to retirement communities in North Carolina, where they have been fine-tuning their operations.