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Jeff Bezos bullish on India, will invest $1 billion to digitize small businesses

January 17th, 2020 at 9:52 pm » Comments Off

Amazon hopes to export goods worth $10 billion from India by 2025  Jeff Bezos said Amazon will invest another $1 billion in India to help 10 million Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) sell online amid nationwide protests by neighbourhood shopkeepers against his visit and the competition watchdog ordering a probe into ecommerce platforms. Amazon, […]



Vast majority of UK adults ‘uncomfortable’ with delivery drivers entering their empty homes

January 5th, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Waitrose’s While You’re Away service allows delivery drivers to enter customer’s homes to unpack their shopping The vast majority of UK adults are uncomfortable with the idea of delivery drivers entering their homes to drop off shopping while they’re out, new research has revealed. Waitrose first trialled its While You’re Away delivery service in October […]



Debit Cards overtake cash as the most popular payment type, according to Fed diarists

December 11th, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

  The growing popularity of debit cards and the displacement of cash by card and electronic payment alternatives is nothing new, but a Federal Reserve banks’ report released Thursday shows debit cards for the first time have surpassed cash as the most-used payment type. The findings come from the 2018 Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, […]



NYC turns to electric cargo bikes to solve delivery truck crisis

December 10th, 2019 at 4:09 pm » Comments Off

A new program in New York City will see electric cargo bikes promoted as a solution to the growing number of polluting and congesting delivery trucks throughout the city. Now I love shopping on Amazon and other e-commerce sites as much as the next guy. But I also recognize that the huge shift towards online […]



The worst designed products of 2019

December 7th, 2019 at 1:49 pm » Comments Off

   Don’t add any of these to your holiday wish list. It’s never a good sign when the masses wonder whether your latest product is really an April Fool’s Joke. (Looking at you, Creme Egg Mayo.) Heinz and Cadbury weren’t the only ones to launch a highly mockable product. For your reading pleasure, we’ve rounded […]



NYC threatens to seize any Fedex delivery bots on city streets

December 5th, 2019 at 2:17 am » Comments Off

In February, FedEx debuted its SameDay Bots, which are parcel delivery robots that use a combination of artificial intelligence and motion sensors to navigate city streets and sidewalks. Last week, social media users began reporting sightings of the bots in New York City. But based on a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio, FedEx never […]



The robots of Black Friday

November 30th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

Delivery robot from Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/AFP via Getty Images Look out for the first of the retail robots as you shop this year. Why it matters: From machines that can restock shelves to robot deliverers, automation is creeping into the retail industry. The first-ever cargo-carrying robot for consumers comes from Italian […]



Drone II : The drone delivery market map

November 15th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

As part of DRONELIFE’s participation in the FAA’s Drone Safety Awareness Week, DRONELIFE will feature stories according to the themes outlined. Today, we focus on drone delivery. As high-profile drone delivery companies like Wing, UPS Flight Forward, and Zipline have made headline after headline this year, the hype around drone deliveries has become bigger than […]



Amazon is making two-hour grocery delivery free for all Prime members

November 8th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Amazon just added a new perk to its popular Prime membership program: free grocery delivery.  Amazon Prime members will now be able to get two-hour grocery delivery for free. Until now, Prime members had to pay an additional $14.99 per month to get access to Amazon Fresh, the company’s grocery delivery service. The change reflects […]



UPS partners with CVS to develop drone delivery service for prescription drugs

October 31st, 2019 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

A UPS autonomous drone carries medical supplies. UPS announces an agreement with CVS to develop a drone delivery service for prescription drugs. UPS gets the first FAA approval to operate a drone delivery service earlier this month. FedEx completes its first residential drone delivery under a pilot program last week.



Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

October 28th, 2019 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough […]



Uber moves into on-demand grocery delivery with acquisition of Cornershop

October 19th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Uber is making moves into the highly competitive world of online grocery deliveries with the acquisition of a startup called Cornershop. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, will bolster the company’s efforts to expand into businesses outside its core ride-hailing service. Cornershop, founded in 2015, is currently active in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Canada, and […]



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