UPS Flight Forward executes first ever revenue-generating drone deliveries

UPS drone delivers medicine from CVS straight to customers' homes

UPS and CVS carried out two flights on Friday, November 1 - both dropped off prescriptions to paying customers in Cary, North Carolina.

UPS is rolling along with its drone delivery program, working with partner CVS Pharmacy to deliver prescription drugs to customer doorsteps via its newly deployed commercial drones. A month later, CVS announced that it had become the first retail health care company to work with UPS to explore the use of drones for deliveries.

UPS and CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US.

The drones flew autonomously, but were monitored by a remote operator who could intervene if necessary. UPS was the first company to get a Part 135 Standard certification from the FAA, which authorizes it to operate a 'drone airline'.

'We see big potential in drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers at times can not conveniently access one of our stores'.

The home deliveries mark an important step for UPSFF as it expands its operations.

The first two deliveries were made using a drone in Cary, North Carolina on November 1. The drone hovered about 20 feet about the qualities and slowly and gradually decreased the deals by a cable and a winch to the floor.

One delivery took place in a residential area at the customer's home and the other happened in a retirement community; one of the customers had mobility issues that prevented them from physically traveling to the store.

Although drones have previously been used to fly prescriptions and other medical items around hospital campuses, or between medical facilities, this marks the first time in the United States items have been delivered directly to a paying customer.

Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, commented: "We're delighted to build new services that will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where goods can be delivered".

UPS's plans for expansion will focus on providing similar services at hospitals, universities, and corporate campuses across the country, promising the ability to provide more than 20 flights per day, per drone. There, the business is using a Matternet M2 quadcopter to transport healthcare supplies during the WakeMed medical center campus.

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