Walmart will test self-driving delivery services with electric cars

By autonomous, cars, cruise, Delivery, electric car, electric vehicle, engadget, ev, gear, general motors, gm, retail, self-driving, self-driving car, shopping, Transportation, walmart

Walmart isn’t about to let rivals like Amazon delve further into self-driving deliveries without offering a response. As CNBC reports, the retailer has teamed up with GM’s Cruise for a self-driving delivery pilot due to start early 2021 in Sco…

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Amazon foils plot using phones in trees to get more deliveries

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Amazon appears to have stopped a strange plot that used phones in trees to game delivery route assignments. Contract drivers talking to Bloomberg said that they’re now getting more routes even when they’re miles away from the Whole Foods locat…

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DoorDash adds on-demand grocery delivery to its app

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Since the pandemic began, DoorDash has been steadily expanding its on-demand delivery portfolio. Today, the company announced that it’s adding on-demand grocery delivery to its app. More than 10,000 items will be available for delivery in unde…

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Waymo’s self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th

By alphabet, autonomous, coronavirus, covid-19, Delivery, engadget, gear, google, News, San Francisco, san francisco bay area, self-driving, self-driving car, waymo

Waymo’s plan to resume self-driving operations will soon extend to San Francisco. A spokesperson has confirmed a report in The Verge that Waymo’s autonomous minivans will return to San Francisco Bay Area streets on June 8th. The company isn’t …

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Instacart is expanding Costco pharmacy deliveries nationwide

By Business, coronavirus, costco, covid-19, Delivery, engadget, gear, health, instacart, medication, medicine, News, no contact, pharmacy, services

Instacart is expanding Costco pharmacy deliveries to almost 200 locations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, Washington and Washington DC. It plans to bring the service, which it started testing in November in Calif…

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Postmates now delivers essentials from Walgreens, Duane Reade and 7-Eleven

By 7-eleven, app, convenience, coronavirus, covid-19, Delivery, duane reade, engadget, gear, News, postmates, thebuyersguide, walgreens

Late last month, Walgreen expanded its partnership with Postmates to deliver over-the-counter medications, household essentials and other convenience products in the US. Today, Postmates is taking that one step further. It’s adding two new cat…

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Amazon plans virtual grocery waiting lists to cope with surging demand

By Amazon, coronavirus, covid-19, Delivery, engadget, food, food and drink, gear, groceries, News, shopping, whole foods, whole foods market

Amazon and Whole Foods have been straining to keep up with grocery demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s leading to new measures to reduce some of the frustration for shoppers. Amazon is introducing virtual waiting lines that will gi…

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Google Maps now highlights restaurants with delivery options

By android, coronavirus, covid-19, Delivery, engadget, food, food and drink, foodanddrink, gear, google, Google: Maps, Internet, ios, Mobile, restaurant

Google Maps is still useful for grabbing a bite to eat even in the midst of widespread COVID-19 lockdowns, it seems. Google has rolled out updates to its Android and iOS apps that highlight restaurants with delivery (and, for some reason, tak…

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Online grocery deliveries are facing an unprecedented stress test

By Amazon, Business, Delivery, engadget, food and drink, foodanddrink, gear, groceries, instacart, Internet, online groceries, personal computing, personalcomputing, walmart, wegmans

In the past few weeks, cities and states across the country have instructed people to stay home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Going out for essentials like food is allowed, but that can be a risky proposition. Not only can gr…

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Best Buy, GameStop limit stores to curbside pickup

By Best Buy, Business, coronavirus, covid-19, curbside pickup, Delivery, engadget, games, gamestop, gaming, gear, health, medicine, retail, shopping, video games

Two of the better-known tech retailers in the US have temporarily dropped in-store shopping in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 22nd, Best Buy and GameStop have limited shoppers to delivery and curbside pickup. At Best Buy, you’ll get “e…

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Uber Eats waives delivery fees for over 100,000 independent restaurants

By Business, Canada, coronavirus, covid-19, Delivery, delivery fees, engadget, fees, food and drink, foodanddrink, gear, gig economy, independent, restaurants, Security, services, small business, uber, US, waive

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the restaurant industry, Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees for over 100,000 independent restaurants across the US and Canada. It’s the latest move by gig-economy businesses like Uber, Lyft an…

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US DOT approves Nuro’s next-gen driverless delivery vehicle design

By autonomous, Business, Delivery, dot, driverless, engadget, exemption, gear, houston, nhtsa, nuro, politics, r2, road test, self-driving car, tomorrow, Transportation, vehicle

Today, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved a regulatory exemption for Nuro’s next-generation self-driving delivery vehicle, R2. The exemption allows Nuro to begin public ro…

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Instacart employees in Chicago are the first to unionize in the US

By Business, Delivery, engadget, food and drink, foodanddrink, gear, gig economy, groceries, home, instacart, Internet, labor, labor rights, services, union, unionization

Gig economy workers may have won an important, if conditional, battle in their push for better conditions. Instacart employees in the Chicago suburb of Skokie have voted to unionize through their local branch of United Food and Commercial Wor…

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