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‘Future of last mile delivery’: Amazon reveals first custom electric delivery vehicle built with Rivian

October 17th, 2020 at 3:07 pm » Comments Off

Amazon is lifting the hood on one of three custom-designed electric delivery vans it built in partnership with Rivian.  The new vehicle is 100% electric and features various technology such as sensor detection, exterior cameras that provide 360-degree views, Alexa voice integration, and more. “We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the […]



Amazon One lets you pay with your palm

October 5th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Amazon wants its palm recognition technology in stores, stadiums, and office buildings Amazon is unveiling its own palm recognition technology today that will be used initially to turn your hand into a personal credit card inside the company’s physical retail stores. Amazon One uses the palm of your hand to identify you, using a combination […]



EV startup Bollinger unveils electric delivery van

September 21st, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

The Deliver-E van will come in a variety of sizes with a range of battery packs for multiple cargo configuration.  Michigan-based electric truck startup Bollinger Motors hasn’t started production on its rugged electric trucks, the Jeep-like B1 and the B2 pickup, but it’s already rolling out a new vehicle type. This week, the company unveiled […]



Amazon and FedEx push to put delivery robots on your sidewalk

September 20th, 2020 at 2:59 am » Comments Off

Amazon hopes its Scout robots will carry packages autonomously the “last mile,” from delivery hubs to homes. – ROGER KISBY/GETTY IMAGES The companies are backing bills in more than a dozen states that would legalize the devices. Some bills would block cities from regulating them at all. IN FEBRUARY, A lobbyist friend urged Erik Sartorius, […]



Walmart launches on-demand drone delivery pilot. But it might take time before drones deliver your next order

September 16th, 2020 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

Your future Walmart order might be delivered via drone.  UPDATED: Days after Walmart announced its first drone pilot Sept. 9, the retail giant announced Monday it was teaming up with Zipline “to launch a first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation in the U.S.” and will test on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products near Walmart’s headquarters […]



Amazon plans to invest $100 million to help small businesses attract sales on Prime Day

September 13th, 2020 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

  Amazon Global Online Stores Net Sales Amazon is investing $100 million to help small businesses attract sales on Prime Day and during the holidays, This is a key moment for Amazon to recruit SMBs because of the coronavirus pandemic and a rise in competition. The etailer is investing $100 million to help small businesses […]



Storelift launches autonomous convenience stores using AI and computer vision

September 10th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

As physical retail struggles amid the global pandemic, storeowners are rapidly trying to adapt to new realities that also include growing competition from Amazon. But a French startup called Storelift believes it can create a new convenience store concept that leans on many of the same AI and computer vision tools used in Amazon Go […]



Amazon wins FAA approval for Prime Air drone delivery fleet

September 9th, 2020 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

  KEY POINTS Amazon on Monday received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones. The approval will give Amazon broad privileges to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers,” the FAA said. Amazon joins UPS and Alphabet-owned Wing, who previously won FAA approval for their drone delivery […]



Weed vending machine debuts in Colorado with more on the way

August 26th, 2020 at 2:56 am » Comments Off

The first ones landed at Strawberry Fields dispensary in Pueblo  Anna, the weed vending machine, debuted at Strawberry Fields dispensary in Pueblo. The company hopes to expand to other Colorado location in 2020. In an era when consumers can buy groceries, pet supplies and even a life-size cardboard cutout of Lizzo without directly seeing a […]



Resale is thriving in the pandemic

August 10th, 2020 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Since the pandemic began, the fashion industry has taken a hit. Retail giants have filed for bankruptcy, independent brands have closed, and brick-and-mortar stores, if they haven’t shut their doors, are still financially recovering from the months they were forced to stay closed during the lockdown. One of the few areas that has seen growth […]



Meet the teenage ‘beauty boys’ coming for the cosmetics industry

August 2nd, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Gen-Z boys online are chipping away at the taboo against men wearing makeup – with or without the makeup industry’s help In March of 2019, 17-year-old Elliot Ceretti walked into his local convenience store with a couple of friends. He had been re-watching the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and one of the show’s […]



Touchless transit payments increased 187% since April: Visa

July 29th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

  Visa released new data on Thursday that found contactless transactions for transit fares increased 187% through the end of June, up from an all-time global low in April. The company now works with more than 500 cities globally to implement or expand contactless payment solutions. To further engage in this trend, Visa announced a […]



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