Drugstore drones: UPS will fly CVS prescriptions to customers

Discussion in 'The Latest UPS Headlines' started by cheryl, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Drugstore drones: UPS will fly CVS prescriptions to customers - Reuters

    United Parcel Service Inc’s new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp.

    The service, which will debut in one or two U.S. cities in the coming weeks, shows how the world’s biggest parcel delivery company is expanding the reach of its upstart drone delivery service beyond hospital campuses.

    UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price said the Atlanta-based company, which owns 251 aircraft and charters nearly 300 more, said “Flight Forward will work with new customers in other industries to design additional solutions for a wide array of last-mile and urgent delivery challenges.”
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    You have insufficient privileges to reply here
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  3. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    Alright---free drugs if you are a good shot.
  4. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    Why would CVS, or Walgreens, or any other pharmacy contract with a common carrier to deliver their scripts via drone, when they could have their own drone system deliver them?

    It's called eliminating the middle man.
  5. Boywondr

    Boywondr The truth never changes.

    They and many other retail stores are set up with Point of Puchase layouts that WANT the customer to come in to the store. Why would they promote something totally opposite from their retail venue? This has got to be a fringe service.
  6. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Flying drugs, what could go wrong.
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  7. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    Who said 'promote'?

    People really need to stop injecting their personal agendas into others statements.
  8. Boywondr

    Boywondr The truth never changes.

    "Contract" in your statement is equivalent to enter into agreement to accept a specific thing. Since it's a new service I consider it them promoting it that way. How sharp is your knife to split blonde hairs?
  9. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    How is the drone going to ring the doorbell?
  10. gman042

    gman042 Been around the block a few times

    I don’t see drone delivery ending well
    Especially where delivery of prescription meds are concerned
  11. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    System requires recipient to print and post barcode that drone scans before delivery is completed. Recipient waives doorbell notification.
  12. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    The 'contract' is between the pharmacy and the carrier, not the recipient.

    Just like FedEx is promoting its Robotic Courier to deliver auto parts, pizzas, etc., to local neighborhoods, the pharmacy would use its own drone to deliver prescriptions to those who are unable or unwilling to commute. Why would you pay UPS or FedEx to deliver a package that you could handle, anyway?
  13. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    being the best middle man is literally how UPS grew into what it was, so it obviously works
  14. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    “ID?!? We don’t need no stinking ID!!”
  15. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    I figured commercial to commercial was coming because you can control the environment on both ends. Delivery by drone to a private residence without a major problem will be interesting to see!
  16. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    So did VCR's.
  17. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    what a dumb reply
  18. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

  19. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    Just read an article, drone was stealing peoples drugs, mid-flight, and selling them after work!
  20. Gipsee

    Gipsee Member

    I doubt this will fly long... :rolleyes: Too many potential issues...won’t be able to transport narcotics. The FAA has enough issues I can’t see them letting drones become drug carriers