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UPS, CVS to use drones to deliver prescriptions to retirement community in Florida

UPS and CVS will start a new project that delivers prescription drugs to retirement communities

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo packages await delivery inside of a UPS truck in Baltimore. United Parcel Service Inc. reported a 13% drop in first-quarter profit, to $965 million, as stay-at-home orders generated deliveries to people’s homes but not enough to offset the higher costs and a drop in business deliveries. UPS said Tuesday, April 28, 2020 that the coronavirus outbreak has created “significant headwinds.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo packages await delivery inside of a UPS truck in Baltimore. United Parcel Service Inc. reported a 13% drop in first-quarter profit, to $965 million, as stay-at-home orders generated deliveries to people’s homes but not enough to offset the higher costs and a drop in business deliveries. UPS said Tuesday, April 28, 2020 that the coronavirus outbreak has created “significant headwinds.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)
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UPS and CVS will link up for a new project that will help retirement communities receive their prescription medication.

What’s going on:

  • UPS and CVS will fly drones to the largest retirement community in the country, The Villages in central Florida.
  • Residents will receive their medication on the same day they place their order. The new service begins in early May.
  • The United Parcel Service’s Flight Forward will distribute the prescription medication by using drones as a way to deliver medication while keeping social distancing rules intact.

What they’re saying:

  • Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, said in a statement: “Our new drone delivery service will help CVS provide safe and efficient deliveries of medicines to this large retirement community, enabling residents to receive medications without leaving their homes. UPS is committed to playing its part in fighting the spread of coronavirus, and this is another way we can support our healthcare customers and individuals with innovative solutions.”
  • Jon Roberts, executive vice president and chief operating officer at CVS Health, said: “Now more than ever, it’s important that our customers have access to their prescriptions. In addition to our in-store pickup, free delivery services, and drive-through pickup, this drone delivery service provides an innovative method to reach some of our customers.”

Some additional context:

  • UPS received approval from the U.S. government to operate drones for delivery, according to PC Magazine. The company can now fly drones anytime during the day.