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UPS starts a string of new drone delivery operations, chiefly for pharma sector

EXPRESS company UPS is launching in collaboration with drone manufacturer Matternet a new service for University of Utah Health hospital campuses that will involve using drones to deliver samples and other cargo

UPS starts a string of new drone delivery operations, chiefly for pharma sector

EXPRESS company UPS is launching in collaboration with drone manufacturer Matternet a new service for University of Utah Health hospital campuses that will involve using drones to deliver samples and other cargo

27 October 2019 - 19:00

EXPRESS company UPS is launching in collaboration with drone manufacturer Matternet a new service for University of Utah Health hospital campuses that will involve using drones to deliver samples and other cargo.

UPS Flight Forward has also announced an agreement with CVS Health to develop a variety of drone delivery use cases for business-to consumer applications. The programme will include evaluation of delivery of prescriptions and retail products to the homes of CVS customers, reported Air Cargo News.



UPS is also partnering with wholesale pharmaceutical distributor AmerisourceBergen. The collaboration will begin with deploying the UPS Flight Forward drone airline to transport pharmaceuticals, supplies and records to qualifying medical campuses served by AmerisourceBergen across the US.



In addition, UPS Flight Forward will soon develop drone delivery services in support of Kaiser Permanente, one of America's top health care providers. The delivery applications will involve shipping healthcare shipments or other items on the company's hospital campuses.



The express firm has also unveiled another new service targeting the pharma industry: UPS Premier. The service will use sensor technology to ensure priority-handling services for time-and temperature-sensitive packages. The company said it is part of a plan to retrofit key parts of the company's network with smart, Internet of Things (IoT) systems to track healthcare packages.



What's more, the company is connecting all of its global healthcare and life sciences business under a single, dedicated UPS Healthcare and Life Sciences (HCLS) unit. The new unit includes operations and 5,000 personnel from Marken, Polar Speed, and all 114 UPS healthcare facilities. The unit will have a dedicated and healthcare-trained salesforce and customer support teams across the global network.


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