Wing’s Texas operation goes live
After several months of testing, working with residents and business owners in an area of Dallas, Texas in the US, delivery drone maker Wing has finally declared itself ready and will be launching full delivery operations tomorrow.
Of course, for now deliveries of consumer goods like food and other consumables, will be confined to the area where the trials were conducted – but full delivery operations from drones in a major metropolitan area in the USA were just a dream until now; and Wing are really proud that they will be the first company to deliver small packages to city residents in the country by drone.
In a message to residents of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Wing CEO Adam Woodworth was only delighted to share the good news that the dream they had shared and worked towards for such a long time was finally close to becoming real.
“I wanted to personally share the good news with you all,” Woodworth said in the blog shared on April 4th. “Wing is finally set to launch the first ever commercial drone delivery service in a major U.S. metropolitan area in just three days, on Thursday, April 7.
“We’re going to be starting small in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, with service to tens of thousands of suburban homes in the City of Frisco and Town of Little Elm.”
Preparations for this day started in October last year, when Wing sought an area to try out a new model of delivering packages in the densely populated areas in the USA. At the time, Wing said, instead of the usual one big hub from where deliveries would be made, the company would set up little hubs – called nestlets – at retail locations in the city, starting with Walgreens in Frisco and Little Elm.
The drones would arrive in small containers that serve as tiny hangars and their operations will be based at rooftops and small portions of the parking lot, allowing each store to quickly and easily deploy a small, dedicated fleet from its parking lot, on its roof, or in small spaces adjacent to the building.
Wing has partnered the local leg of the Walgreens pharmaceutical chain, where a small drone hub will be located, so they’re ready to fly health and wellness products directly to customer homes.
“Customers will use the marketplace within our app to select items, then choose a delivery zone option for their home – could be a yard, driveway, or both – and place their order,” Wing said in February.
“In another Texas first, Walgreens, not Wing, employees will fulfil orders placed with their store. Our Dallas operations are the hub for a new model for drone delivery. Instead of one main Wing nest for our aircraft and operations, we will have several smaller nestlets co-located at local businesses, starting with Walgreens. These nestlets can take as little space as a few parking spaces, and they allow for our partners to directly fulfil orders placed with their store.”
Besides Walgreens, Wing said they would also be working with three new partners in Frisco and Little Elm.
“We’re going to be delivering ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries (yes – it will stay frozen on those hot Texas summer days!), prescription pet medications from Easyvet, and first aid kits from Texas Health.
“This is an important milestone for Wing and drone delivery in the U.S. It simply would not have been possible without the support of the public officials and the citizens of Frisco and Little Elm, and our merchant partners.”