Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

A few years ago, Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems, maker of automated warehouse robots. Now its would-be rivals are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to try to compete with the e-commerce giant.

Kim Bhasin and Patrick Clark | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

CVS to Offer Nationwide Next-Day Delivery in Preemptive Shot at Amazon

Christopher Lee/Bloomberg News

CVS Health plans to begin offering next-day delivery of prescriptions and retail merchandise from its nationwide network of more than 9,700 stores, marking a potentially preemptive strike at Amazon as the online giant weighs entry into the pharmacy business.

Nathan Bomey | USA Today
November 6, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon’s Dream of Drone Deliveries Gets Closer With Trump’s Executive Order

Drone deliveries got a step closer to reality as the White House issued an order giving local governments more authority to conduct tests of the burgeoning new technology.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Will Deliver Packages Straight Into Your Living Room

Alan Berner/Seattle Times/TNS Inc. is going to start delivering packages not just to doorsteps, but inside homes as well.

Nate Lanxon and Mark Gurman | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Launches ‘Business Prime’ to Bring Quick Delivery to Work

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News Inc. launched a Prime membership service for businesses, looking to replicate in the workplace the quick delivery of online orders that made it a go-to shopping destination for households.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
October 24, 2017
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Analysis: To Understand Amazon’s Delivery Ambitions, Consider the Long Game

An Amazon Prime truck delivers an Australian fern to Amazon’s campus for the ceremonial first planting at The Spheres in Seattle. Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Amazon

In the future—and you have to look far ahead when considering the movements of CEO Jeff Bezos—Amazon could expand the services to any merchant selling anything to anyone. This would push it deeper into the territory of UPS and FedEx.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
October 6, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon to Open First Fulfillment Center in New York

Julio Cortez/AP Inc. is opening its first fulfillment center in New York, part of an ongoing push to store inventory closer to customers to enable faster deliveries.

Molly Schuetz and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
September 6, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Expands Oregon Footprint with Salem Fulfillment Center

A worker drives a forklift past merchandise at the Phoenix Fulfillment Center in Goodyear, Ariz. Joshua Lott/Bloomberg News

Amazon on Aug. 28 announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Salem, marking its second such hulking warehouse in Oregon.

Anna Marum | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
August 29, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Amazon’s Warehouse Robots Are Boosting Productivity, Getting Goods to Customers Faster

Amazon Warehouse Robot Jim Young/Bloomberg News

The new human jobs – 1,500 in this case – got the headlines, but it’s the robots that make online retail giant Amazon’s new Sacramento, Calif., distribution center zing.

Ed Fletcher | The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee
August 11, 2017