One of the customers has limited mobility that makes it difficult to travel to a store to pick up a prescription, according to the companies.
“This drone delivery, the first of its kind in the industry, demonstrates what’s possible for our customers who can’t easily make it into our stores,” said CVS Pharmacy president Kevin Hourican in a written statement. “CVS is exploring many types of delivery options for urban, suburban and rural markets. We see big potential in drone delivery in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers at times cannot conveniently access one of our stores.”
UPS chief strategy and transformation officer Scott Price said in a written statement that the new services “will shatter preconceived notions of how, when and where goods can be delivered.”
UPS and CVS plan to continue developing the program in coming months.
Last month, Google sister company Wing Aviation in partnership with FedEx and Walgreens said it had conducted the nation's first scheduled commercial residential delivery, in Christianburg, Va. Customers in that pilot program in the Virginia town can order health and wellness products from Walgreens through Wing's delivery app.