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Guy Pays $130 to Ship $1M Antique. It Goes Poorly

The 3K-year-old bronze pot was in pieces when it arrived

(Newser) - A man in China is likely regretting his decision to hire an express delivery company to ship his $985,000 antique bronze pot after the package apparently got the Ace Ventura treatment . The unnamed man says the pot dates back to the Zhou dynasty—making it about 3,000 years... More »

UPS Just Launched a Delivery Drone Off a Truck

Experiment in Florida could one day lead to more efficient rural deliveries

(Newser) - Don't be too nervous if you were in Lithia, Fla., earlier in the week and spotted a UPS truck launching a device from its roof to a nearby blueberry farm. It was all part of a test of a new drone-delivery feature the company hopes to bring to residential... More »

Amazon Wants to Be Its Own Deliveryman

Latest investment is $1.5B air cargo hub

(Newser) - Amazon isn't content just being the "everything store." Increasingly, it looks like it wants to be its own deliveryman, too. The company's announcement this week of a new air cargo hub in Kentucky is merely its latest foray into building out its own shipping and logistics... More »

McDonald's Will Start Delivering Next Month

But only in Florida

(Newser) - Pretty soon, Florida Man won't even have to leave his house to get a Big Mac. USA Today reports McDonald's is going to try out delivery service in Orlando, Tampa, and Miami starting next month. The service will be available from nearly 200 restaurants via the UberEATS website... More »

UPS Kiosks May End 'Sorry We Missed You' Slips

Sites are expanding to 300 convenience stores nationwide

(Newser) - UPS is expanding its trial Access Point program, which currently allows users to pick up packages stored in smart lockers at nine test locations in Chicago, to kiosks at 300 convenience and other stores nationwide. The company points to added convenience for shoppers who miss their delivery and prefer the... More »

An Uber Driver Could Soon Bring You Milk From Walmart

Store is testing grocery delivery with Uber, Lyft

(Newser) - Walmart says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix, the AP reports. That's in addition to a quiet pilot program that started in March with Deliv for its Sam's Club customers that... More »

US First: Drone Delivers Package to Residential Area

We're now 'closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep'

(Newser) - A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the US. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a... More »

Amazon's Vision: 30-Minute Drone Deliveries

Amazon unveils a new prototype in video

(Newser) - It's a bird. It's a plane. It's … well, it's an Amazon drone—and one of these days it just might fly on over to your pad to drop off an Amazon order a half-hour after you place it, the Guardian reports. In a video released... More »

7-Eleven Will Now Deliver Weird 'Date Night Pack'

Sadly, Slurpee technology hasn't caught up to delivery technology

(Newser) - 7-Eleven has announced it will begin delivery service in five US cities in an effort to "redefine convenience," as one executive puts it in L.A. Biz . So what does redefined convenience look like? The Chicago Tribune reports that for $20, 7-Eleven and new partner DoorDash will bring... More »

Amazon Deliveries Coming to Audi Car Trunks

Only in Munich next month in test program, but project could expand

(Newser) - Like Santa sneaking down the chimney, Amazon is planning to drop packages off in customers' car trunks while they're at work or otherwise unavailable for delivery, the New York Times reports. The caveat (for now): Recipients need to live in Munich, have a select Audi equipped with special technology,... More »

Algorithm Will Tell All UPS Trucks Where to Go

Orion platform designed to optimize deliveries with best, most consistent routes

(Newser) - A UPS driver has, on average, 120 stops to make each day. But what's the most efficient route that driver can take? The company is hoping its Orion computer platform will solve this issue for its 55,000 US routes using an algorithm that examines travel costs, distance, and... More »

UPS Adding Surcharges to Home Deliveries

Company had a rough time over the holidays

(Newser) - It wasn't a very happy holiday season for UPS—for the second year in a row. In 2013, the company landed in hot water over an unexpected surge in gifts needing delivery, resulting in some 1.3 million packages that weren't delivered by Christmas Eve. This year, things... More »

Amazon's New Delivery Tool: Taxis?

Company tested cabs as delivery vehicles in LA, San Francisco

(Newser) - Amazon is so determined to get your order to you quickly, it wants to use drones —but it's also considering a decidedly more old-fashioned delivery method: taxis. In San Francisco and LA, the company recently tested using cabs as delivery vehicles, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Amazon... More »

Next for Starbucks: Delivery

Coming in the second half of next year

(Newser) - Want Starbucks but don't want to get out of bed? There's an app for that—or there will be soon. In an earnings call yesterday, the company shared a lower-than-expected forecast for the quarter ending in December, but it also shared this tidbit: Members of its loyalty program... More »

Remote Island to Get Medicine Via Drones

Germany's DHL will start deliveries soon to Juist

(Newser) - For the first time, an unmanned drone will be delivering packages to residents of a remote European island. The company behind the industry first isn't Amazon or Google, but DHL. Deutsche Post AG, better known in the US as DHL, is Europe’s largest parcel service. Their taxi-yellow quadcopters... More »

Amazon to FAA: Let Us Test Delivery Drones

Company seeks permission for commerical flights

(Newser) - Amazon's vision of a fleet of delivery drones is apparently closer to reality than realized: The company has asked the FAA for permission to run test flights on its own property, reports theStreet . Amazon says it's on a ninth-generation prototype that can carry packages up to 5 pounds... More »

What Went Wrong at UPS This Christmas

Last-minute online sales were bigger than expected

(Newser) - Just how did UPS manage to leave many would-be gift recipients empty-handed on Christmas? The company says it's too soon to know for sure. The Wall Street Journal , however, notes that there was a lot more last-minute online shopping this year than last. Online sales the weekend before Christmas... More »

Onetime Delivery Guy Now Owns 18 Domino's

And that's not a rare story

(Newser) - It sounds like a rare rags-to-riches story: A man joins Domino's at 19 as a delivery guy and goes on to own 18 franchises. In fact, 90% of Domino's 4,500 franchise spots are owned by former entry-level employees, says a rep. CNNMoney recounts the story of Rob... More »

Walmart's New Delivery Service: You

Retail behemoth looks to crowd sourcing for home delivery

(Newser) - If Walmart is too understaffed to stock its own shelves , how can it hope to move into home delivery? Turns out, the retail behemoth could be turning to people like you. Yes, Walmart is looking into crowd-sourcing home deliveries, paying its customers to deliver packages for them, reports Reuters . "... More »

Now Walmart Testing Same-Day Delivery

Retailer intensifies competition with Amazon

(Newser) - Walmart is going head-to-head with Amazon in yet another area: same-day delivery. The retailer has started testing it in several US cities, soon after Amazon started doing the same . Walmart has become increasingly concerned with the threat from Amazon, as its low prices and free two-day shipping for Prime members... More »

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