Walmart testing contactless drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits

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Walmart on Tuesday, September 22 announced it is testing drone delivery of "at home Covid-19 self-collection kits," the retail giant's latest drone-delivery project.

Walmart is working with Quest Diagnostics, which makes the tests, and DroneUp, a drone services provider, to launch trial deliveries of collection kits.

Walmart senior vice president of customer product, Tom Ward, said in a company announcement Tuesday that the kits will be delivered "on the driveway, front sidewalk, or backyard of the customer's home, depending on where there are cars and trees.

The trial started at a Walmart Supercenter in North Las Vegas on Tuesday. It will expand to a Walmart Supercenter in Cheektowaga, New York early next month.

Participating customers must live in a single-family residence within a one-mile radius of one of the two Walmart stores.

Earlier this month, Walmart announced drone delivery trials for groceries and household products with California-based company Zipline and Israeli startup Flytrex and Zipline.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Walmart drone carriers at-home COVID-19 test to customer
2. Customer uses an at-home COVID-19 test
3. Trials of COVID test drone delivery to be conducted in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga, New York
4. Drones will deliver to homes within a one-mile radius of the Walmart store

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Walmart is testing contactless drone delivery of 'at home Covid-19 self-collection kits,' the retail giant's latest drone-delivery project. Walmart announced the trial on Tuesday, Sept. 22."

"Walmart is working with Quest Diagnostics, which makes the tests, and DroneUp, a drone services provider, to launch trial deliveries of collection kits."

"Walmart senior vice president of customer product, Tom Ward, said in a company announcement Tuesday that the kits will be delivered 'on the driveway, front sidewalk, or backyard of the customer's home, depending on where there are cars and trees.'"

"Ward said there is no delivery or kit cost for those customers who receive a test by drone. Quest says on its website that average turnaround time for the tests is two days or less, and one to two days for priority patients."

"The customer performs the self-administered test by swabbing their nose with an included swab and sending the sample back to Quest using an included prepaid shipping label."

"The trial started at a Walmart Supercenter in North Las Vegas on Tuesday. It will expand to a Walmart Supercenter in Cheektowaga, New York early next month."

"Participating customers must live in a single-family residence within a one-mile radius of one of the two Walmart stores."

SOURCES: Walmart, Quest Diagnostics, Reuters
https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2020/09/22/walmart-now-piloting-drone-delivery-of-covid-19-at-home-self-collection-kits
https://newsroom.questdiagnostics.com/COVIDTestingUpdates
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-dronedelivery-idUSKCN26D283
https://www.reuters.com/article/walmart-dronedelivery-idUSKBN2602RZ