Walgreens and Wing are testing an on-demand drone delivery service

Mail Online | 9/19/2019 | Stacy Liberatore;James Pero For Dailymail.com
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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.

Testing - Month - Virginia - Products - 'packs

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.

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 - Partnerships - Customer - Experience - Retailer

'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.

'With a customer-led focus, we continue to create differentiated shopping experiences that provide the products and services consumers need wherever, whenever and however they may want them.

'This - Kind - Partnership - Offering - Convenience

'This is the kind of omni-channel partnership and offering that can redefine convenience for our customers and communities – delivering items to homes in minutes, not hours or days.'

The delivery service will be rolled out in Christiansburg, Virginia, which is in the vicinity of Wing's testing zone – it has been testing drone delivery as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Integration Pilot Program since 2016.

Pilot - Market - Walgreens - Position - Convenience

'Although currently a pilot in one market, Walgreens is in a unique position to capitalize on the convenience of drone delivery if and when it should expand, with approximately 78 percent of the U.S. population living within five miles of a Walgreens-owned store,' states the release.

'The Wing partnership is a strong complement to other successful Walgreens collaborations.'

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'As customers' change the way they shop and adopt new technologies, strategic partnerships like...
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