Look on the sidewalk! It’s a toy, it’s a ground drone, no, it’s Scout, Amazon’s autonomous rolling delivery robot! While the Amazon drone project still hasn’t taken off, remote control delivery robot Scout is already making deliveries in Snohomish County, Washington, not far from Seattle.
In case you were wondering whether Amazon might be slowing down in any way – they’re not. In fact, in addition to their looking for the location for their second headquarters, they have announced that they are opening seven new fulfillment centers in August alone! Salt Lake City, Orlando, Las Vegas, Aberdeen MD, Shelby Township MI, and Troutdale OR are all seeing a new fulfillment center open this month, and Las Vegas has not one, but two new Amazon fulfillment centers opening in August. Separately, Amazon has also announced a new perk for Prime members: you can now place an order with Whole Foods through the Prime app, and it will not only be waiting for you when you arrive, but a Whole Foods team member will bring your order out to your car!
Uber has rolled out its UberRUSH package delivery service in initial locations San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City (Manhattan). UberRUSH is basically for business packages what Uber is for human passengers. While at first blush it may seem like it is competing with services like Amazon Prime Free (Amazon’s same-day delivery service) or even Amazon Prime Now (the Amazon one-hour delivery service), Business Insider is calling UberRUSH the “FedEx killer”. That’s because while individuals can use UberRUSH, it was really created for merchants and other businesses to use to get their product to local customers quickly and efficiently (and of course let’s not overlook the ‘cool’ factor).
Say you’re on Amazon, and you happen across a perfect gift for someone, and you want to order it for their birthday, anniversary, or other gift-giving occasion – but the occasion is months in the future. How do you schedule an Amazon order for delivery in the future? Here’s how.
UPS trucks are equipped with a dizzying array of technology – including 200 telematics sensors – that UPS is using to spy on drivers. According to UPS, the driver surveillance is used to optimize delivery and the company’s bottom line. From knowing when a driver buckles their seatbelt, to every time the driver opens and closes the door (using a remote keyfob because using a key takes too long), to the exact moment each time the driver starts or stops the engine, to how often and for how long a driver backs up, UPS is monitoring every little detail of their drivers’ day.
It’s a bird – it’s a plane – it’s Amazon Prime Air, the new Amazon drone delivery service that Amazon is touting as being a reality. Supposedly the PrimeAir Amazon drones will deliver an order with 30 minutes of it being placed. We checked the calendar – nope, it’s not April 1st. So we looked into the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service.
The United States Post Office (USPS) is partnering with Amazon to have packages delivered to Amazon customers on Sundays. And this is not just for Amazon Prime customers, despite earlier reports. Now you can have your Amazon packages delivered on Sunday by the post office, right to your door!
For those of you who follow email deliverability, whitelisting, etc., you may be surprised to learn that Goodmail is closing up shop. This means that there are just two main email deliverability services out there now – Return Path, and SuretyMail email accreditation and deliverability services (the latter of which is provided by our parent company, ISIPP).
The Postmaster General has said that the United States Postal Service may have to cut out one day’s delivery a week as more and more people turn to the email inbox, instead of the post office, to deliver their correspondence.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free press have conceded defeat to the Internet, and are cutting home delivery of the print version of their newspapers to just three days a week, and supplementing them by emailing a digital version to subscribers instead. “The dynamics of delivering information to audiences has changed forever due to technology,” said David Hunke, publisher of the Detroit Free Press. “We’re fighting for our survival.”