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