National drugstore chain Walgreens is partnering with Alphabet startup Wing and FedEx to test an innovative new delivery service. They are aiming to deliver prescriptions and anything else on their shelves straight to customers via drone.
The trial will begin in Christiansburg, Virginia next month. Residents in that area will be able to have their prescriptions and pharmacy orders delivered straight to their front door using Wing’s drone technology.
Wing CEO James Ryan Burgess said in a statement, “Wing has spent the last seven years developing a delivery drone and navigation system for this purpose. By delivering small packages directly to homes through the air in minutes, and making a wide range of medicine, food and other products available to customers, we will demonstrate what we expect safer, faster, cleaner local delivery to look like in the future.”
Another participant in this trial is local Southwest Virginia retailer Sugar Magnolia. They plan to offer their sweet treats, gifts, and other goods to local residents through Wing’s drone delivery service as well.
Christiansburg was chosen for the pilot location due to Wing’s partnership with Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership over the past few years.