Businesses Adapt To Delivery Demand By Hiring Cuddly Couriers
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
Animals are coming to the rescue during the corona pandemic - and not just as a comforting, furry coat to nuzzle but making deliveries to those of us hanging out at home. Following in the tradition of that big old St. Bernard with a cask of brandy around its neck, offering liquid warmth to a skier stuck in the snow, today's delivery dogs might be packing a nice Shiraz or sauvignon blanc. At the Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, Md., an 11-year-old brindle boxer named Soda Pop is helping to get customers their wine, smartly decked out in a carrier, according to his owner, Lori Yata.
LORI YATA: It's like a saddle bag. It's used for service dogs. It fits two bottles of wine perfectly. So we just started having Soda bring wine up to people if they requested it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Meanwhile in Brooklyn, horses from Prospect Park stables are making the rounds with supplies, undoubtedly, a lot of craft beer and locally sourced hummus. And in Wales, you might just receive your traditional bara brith, which is bread, or a crempog, which is a kind of pancake, or cawl, which is a kind of soup, from a llama named Max.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Shopping in the old days was miserable, wasn't it? It's great fun these days, isn't it?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was one very happy Welsh shopper talking to Reuters. But maybe you don't have any dog biscuits for a tip, and you don't know what a llama likes, so you might want to try robot delivery. These cute, little R2-D2 types have been rolling through neighborhoods in cities.
(SOUNDBITE OF R2-D2 SOUND EFFECTS)
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Looking both ways before crossing the street.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.