CVS Health will try delivering prescriptions with self-driving vehicles in a test that begins next month. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will partner with the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to deliver medicines and other products to customers near a Houston-area store. A CVS spokesman said the prescriptions will routinely be delivered within an hour of being ordered. Customers will have to confirm their identity in order to unlock their delivery after the vehicle arrives. Nuro has previously started partnerships to test the delivery of pizzas for Domino's or groceries for Kroger, also in the Houston area.
The driverless car startup Nuro is deploying its fleet of robocars in Texas to deliver people's prescriptions. According to the company, its fleet of tiny self-driving cars will start delivering prescriptions next month to CVS customers in Houston at no extra charge. The company says it will start making deliveries with its autonomous fleet of Toyota Prius' and then switch to its smaller and more dedicated robot, the R2. For now, a safety driver will be accompanying the cars until Nuro switches to its completely autonomous R2. Eligible customers in three zip codes will be able to use the CVS website or the company's pharmacy app to order prescriptions online.
After years of development, Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing is officially open for business. The company announced the beginning of service for residents of Christiansburg, Virginia, who will be able to order over-the-counter medication, snacks, and other small items and have them airlifted straight to their homes by a drone. Initially, Wing will deliver goods on behalf of three partner companies with FedEx, Walgreens, and Super Magnolia, a local Virginia grocery store chain. After years of preparation, Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing has officially begun operations in Christiansburg, Virginia The company made the announcement via a blog post on Medium and included a video showing how the delivery service will work. The FAA approved Alphabet's drone delivery program in March, and the company announced it's plans for'store to door' of more than 100 products in Virginia last September.
In April, DoorDash began delivering items from convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Wawa and Circle K. Now, DoorDash is expanding its offerings and will deliver non-prescription items from CVS Pharmacy, too. As of today, DoorDash customers in select cities can order over 3,000 items from CVS -- ranging from groceries to cleaning products and over-the-counter medicines. The deliveries will be no-contact by default, and users won't be required to sign up for a delivery time slot or pre-schedule. To start, the service will be available in Dallas, Houston, New York City and Philadelphia. DoorDash and CVS plan to expand the partnership in the Bronx, Brooklyn, San Francisco and Boston metro areas this summer.
Walgreens is getting its wings. The pharmacy chain has teamed up with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing to bring food and beverage, over-the-counter medication and other items to consumers. This'store to door' testing is set to begin next month in Virginia and will offer more than 100 products and pre-built'packs' for purchase in the Wing app. Walgreens has teamed up with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing to bring food and beverage, over-the-counter medication and other items to consumers The partnership between Walgreens and Wing aims to further explore the future of health and wellness products and retail delivery through the air, offering product availability and home delivery minutes after placing orders via the Wing app. 'Walgreens continues to explore partnerships to transform and modernize our customer experience and we are proud to be the first retailer in the U.S. to offer an on-demand commercial drone delivery option with Wing,' said Vish Sankaran, chief innovation officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., in a press release.