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Are Amazon's 'Last Mile' Drivers 'Utterly Expendable'?

Gizmodo says contracted workers aren't exactly living the dream that job ads push

(Newser) - Amazon has an open secret that few pay heed to: a "nearly invisible workforce" that works to get consumers their packages on demand, per Gizmodo . Bryan Menegus dives into the company's Flex program, responsible for the firm's "last-mile" service, which involves getting ordered goods to a... More »

Pizza Delivery Arrives at Space Station

Astronauts' diet gets a little upgrade

(Newser) - Astronauts got a mouthwatering haul with Tuesday's Earth-to-space delivery—pizza and ice cream —when a commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six... More »

CVS Takes 'Preemptive Strike' Against Amazon

It will offer same-day, next-day drug delivery

(Newser) - CVS customers will soon be able to get their prescriptions, along with other merchandise, delivered for free the next day—or even the same day in some cities. The move, announced Monday, will start in 2018, and USA Today reports it's likely a "preemptive strike" at Amazon, which... More »

Brave New World of Home Deliveries Has Arrived

Amazon rolls out 'Key' service, allowing strangers to enter your home

(Newser) - Amazon has been working on ideas about how to foil "porch pirates," and on Wednesday it unveiled a service to do just that—by removing the porch from the equation. The only catch is customers will have to be OK with giving a delivery person access to their... More »

Amazon Plots 2 Ways to Foil 'Porch Pirates'

Deliveries may go in your car trunk, or even right in your house

(Newser) - "Porch pirates" may discover that pickings are a bit slim in the not-too-distant future. CNBC reports that Amazon is said to be working on two specific ways to cut down on the problem of thieves stealing boxes off customers' porches:
  • Your car trunk: Amazon is working with a company
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Uber's Latest Headache: Rotting Sandwiches

The UberEATS driver has confounded everyone

(Newser) - There wasn't anything terribly special about their order, but what happened next was truly unexpected. Toronto-area couple Anna Kotlikova and Blake Weinzettl ordered pizza and soda from a nearby haunt, Montana's, over the weekend, using UberEATS so they wouldn't have to go out and pick it up.... More »

Walmart Takes on Amazon With New Delivery Scheme

Company tests plan in which employees drop off orders on their way home

(Newser) - Walmart is now fully in the e-commerce ring with Amazon in a fight that is decidedly giant versus giant. And to try to gain an edge, the retailer behemoth is testing a new scheme: having employees drop off packages to customers on their way home, reports Quartz . The idea is... More »

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 »

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