Apr 28, 2021 - Technology

Google's parent company helps deliver Girl Scout cookies via drone

Two Virginia Girl Scouts prepare to send a cookie delivery via drone

Photo: Wing

Wing, the drone unit of Google-parent Alphabet, is teaming up with a Virginia Girl Scout troop to offer airborne delivery of Thin Mints, Samoas and other cookies during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Orders are down 50% this year due to lower foot traffic downtown. Plus, Wing says the arrangement is helping teach the scouts about drone technology.

Details: Girl Scout cookies are available nationwide, but drone delivery service is only available in Christiansburg, Virginia, the city where Wing has been testing residential drone delivery since 2019.

  • Wing already delivers goods there from a range of other businesses, including small shops and larger companies, like Walgreens.
  • Delivery doesn't cover the whole city, but rather a three-mile radius covering several neighborhoods.
  • Cookie sales started a couple of weeks ago and go through the end of May.
  • So far Thin Mints are the most popular, followed closely by Samoas.

Go deeper: Watch the video Wing put out about the effort.

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