UPS to trial healthcare drone delivery

UPS is looking into business to business drone delivery with Henry Schein, Inc. They are to pilot different scenarios and uses within this concept.

Henry Schein Inc is a provider of healthcare solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners and the UPS drone deliveries would transport essential healthcare products to those staff. The trials are to begin later this year.

“It is exciting to see Henry Schein come aboard this groundbreaking program,” says Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer. “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.”

UPS’s drone division Flight Forward and Henry Schein are to explore drone delivery methods under the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration. The unmanned aircraft would deliver the products where road delivery would be slow or difficult due to terrain. These scenarios include natural disaster areas but also health campuses and remote communities.

“Our customers rely on us to provide an exceptional experience with the ultimate goal of providing patients quality 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. 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.”