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Cardinal Health teams up with Zipline for automated delivery to retail pharmacies 16 November 2021

On-demand deliveries mitigate risk of stock-outs and improving access

Cardinal Health and Zipline announced a collaboration to offer on-demand autonomous aircraft delivery to pharmacies. Cardinal Health will use Zipline’s service for on-demand replenishment of pharmaceutical and medical products to retail pharmacy locations. The operation aims to help mitigate risk of inventory stock-outs for certain products and deliver to customers the right products at the right time for their patients.

Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates the world’s largest automated on-demand delivery service and features a fleet of small, electric autonomous aircraft. Cardinal Health and Zipline will launch operations in North Carolina, US, that will aim to receive orders and make deliveries of certain products in just 15-30 minutes. The companies plan to expand to additional locations following the initial launch.

Cardinal Health, which serves more than 60,000 US pharmacies through distribution and services, will begin its operations in 2022 pending approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and will operate from Zipline’s existing distribution centre in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Cardinal Health joins a growing number of organisations including health systems, governments, and companies that have utilised Zipline. Zipline has flown more than 15 million miles, completed over 200,000 commercial deliveries, and will soon operate in five countries. Today, Zipline makes a delivery once every four minutes.