UPS is keeping the drone-delivery dream alive after announcing a partnership this week with a Fortune 500, medical-solutions distributor Henry Schein, Inc. will be testing several drone-delivery use cases with UPS Flight Forward to develop new models to transport medical supplies.
"Healthcare and life science logistics are strategic priorities for UPS, and the testing of this drone program is a testament to the value organizations are seeing in this dynamic technology," Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, said.
Under FAA oversight, the two companies will test final-mile delivery options for health campuses, remote communities and disaster sites where traditional ground deliveries may be less effective or timely.
"We are pleased to work with our long-time healthcare partners at UPS to advance the exciting capabilities that drones offer to shorten the time and distance between essential medical supplies and patient care," said Gerry Benjamin, Henry Schein executive vice president and chief administrative officer. "As we scale our current capabilities, we are exploring new solutions to address the unique logistics challenges in healthcare."