Drone Pilot Expanded to Deliver COVID-19 Tests

Walmart is partnering with Quest Diagnostics and nationwide drone services provider DroneUp to pilot drone delivery of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. This discounter launches trial deliveries of collection kits in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 22 and in Cheektowaga, New York, in early October.

Earlier in September, Walmart kicked off a pilot program with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to deliver select grocery and household essentials from Walmart stores using automated drones. Walmart has also been ramping up drive-thru COVID-19 testing at select stores.

Consumers who qualify for drone delivery of the COVID-19 self-collection kits must live in a single-family residence within a one-mile radius of the designated stores in North Las Vegas and Cheektowaga. The kits will land on the driveway, front sidewalk, or backyard of the customer’s home, depending on where there are cars and trees.

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There is no delivery or kit cost for customers electing to receive an at-home kit delivered via drone. Once the kits are delivered, the person will perform a self-administered nasal swab in their home and send their sample back to Quest Diagnostics for testing using the included prepaid shipping label…  Chain Store Age

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