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DoorDash and Wing Announce Drone Delivery Pilot in the United States; Harrison Shih and Cosimo Leipold Comment

DoorDash and Wing Announce Drone Delivery Pilot in the United States; Harrison Shih and Cosimo Leipold Comment


SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Friday, March 22nd, 2024

DoorDash is taking convenience to new heights in the United States, literally. The delivery giant has teamed up with Wing to announce the launch of their drone delivery partnership in the U.S., starting in Christiansburg, Virginia. Now, select local consumers are able to order eligible menu items from Wendy’s® through DoorDash and have them delivered via drone.

Harrison Shih, Senior Director, DoorDash Labs“We are excited to expand our partnership with Wing in the U.S. to integrate drone delivery into DoorDash’s ecosystem,” said Harrison Shih, Senior Director of DoorDash Labs. “At DoorDash, we are committed to advancing last-mile logistics by building a multi-modal delivery platform that serves all sides of our marketplace. We’re optimistic about the value drone delivery will bring to our platform as we work to offer more efficient, sustainable, and convenient delivery options for consumers.”

This announcement comes following the drone delivery pilot program that the pair launched in Australia in 2022, which has since expanded to three locations in Queensland with over 60 participating merchants, a release detailed.

DoorDash has teamed up with Wing to announce the launch of their drone delivery partnership in the U.S.

Starting on March 21, when DoorDash customers with an eligible address in Christiansburg, VA, place a qualifying order in the DoorDash app from the Wendy’s located at 2355 N. Franklin Street, they will see the option to have their meal delivered by drone on the checkout page. Once they select drone delivery and place their order, it will be prepared and packaged at the Wendy’s location and delivered via a Wing drone, typically in 30 minutes or less.

Cosimo Leipold, Head of Partnerships, Wing“Expanding our partnership with DoorDash and launching in the U.S. is a direct result of the success we’ve seen from our initial collaboration in Australia, where Wing has served tens of thousands of customers via the DoorDash app for over a year now,” said Cosimo Leipold, Head of Partnerships, at Wing. “Wing has now made over 350,000 deliveries across three countries, and looking ahead, we are focused on providing a fast, affordable, and safe service to our partners so they can better serve their customers. This moment continues our meaningful expansion of this service in the U.S. and advances our shared goal to better the last-mile delivery ecosystem.”

The pilot will initially be available in Christiansburg, with plans to explore other cities in the U.S. later this year.

To read more about this partnership, click here.

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