Cardinal and Zipline Strike Delivery Deal

Cardinal Health and the instant logistics company joined forces to offer on-demand, autonomous aircraft delivery to pharmacies.

Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH), Dublin, Ohio, recently announced it has agreed to partner with instant logistics company Zipline to offer autonomous, on-demand aircraft delivery to pharmacies.

Zipline says it designs, manufactures and operates “the world’s largest automated on-demand delivery service, which to date has made more than 200,000 commercial deliveries.”

Cardinal Health, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, will use Zipline for on-demand replenishment of pharmaceutical and medical products to retail pharmacy locations.

The partnership aims to help “mitigate risk of inventory stock-outs for certain products” and deliver to customers the right products at the right time, Cardinal Health said.

Cardinal Health and Zipline said they planned to launch operations in North Carolina, where they will attempt to receive orders and make deliveries of certain products in just 15 to 30 minutes. The companies plan to expand to additional locations following this initial launch.

“Our customers value access to the right medication and medical supplies ordered at the right time for their patient care needs — and that begins with an effective distribution strategy,” said Josh Dolan, SVP of pharmaceutical operations at Cardinal Health. “Our work with Zipline will provide an innovative way to bolster our world-class distribution services and help equip our customers for the future to meet patients’ evolving needs.

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