Alphabet's drone service delivers medicine during coronavirus pandemic
The company's Wing subsidiary is also delivering food and household products.
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Google parent company Alphabet sad Wednesday that it's using its Wing
to deliver food and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic. Alphabet's Wing subsidiary said it's seen a "dramatic" increase in customers using the service, with more than 1,000 deliveries completed in the last two weeks while people face lockdowns nationwide.
Wing said it's seeing customers in the US order
health and wellness
items from Walgreens, including medicine, toothpaste and toilet paper, and groceries like pasta, canned foods, fruit cups and baby food.
"We're trying to support local businesses that aren't able to open their doors by allowing them to deliver their products directly to customers' homes," Wing said. It pointed to a local bakery in Christiansburg, Virginia, which is now selling 50% more pastries via Wing on one weekend than it usually sells in store.
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