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OPLIN 4Cast #709: The pandemic has failed to slow down Amazon’s innovations

Posted in 4cast, and Amazon

If you’ve thought that Amazon has been especially busy with the advent of the global pandemic, you wouldn’t be wrong. It’s on track to deliver more packages than both FedEx and UPS combined by 2022. Even with the seeming overwhelm of pandemic deliveries, Amazon hasn’t been lagging on the innovation front.

  • Amazon rolls out little delivery robot to more cities [Mashable] “Each little six-wheeled, cooler-sized robot rolls along at a walking pace and can identify and navigate around obstacles, including pedestrians. Though the devices autonomously follow their delivery route, they will also initially be accompanied by a human attendant or ‘Amazon Scout Ambassador,’ and deliver Monday through Friday in daylight hours.”
  • Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier [The Verge] “It’s equipped with a touchscreen and other various hardware components to automatically detect what items you’re placing inside and even how many of those items you’ve picked off the shelf. When you’re done shopping, you’re allowed to take the cart through a special lane that checks you out digitally without requiring a human cashier to ring you up.”
  • Amazon boxes are now forts for your kids [MyHighPlains.com] “Amazon says it will deliver packages that are designed to be turned into forts, cat condos, play cars, cardboard mini-golf courses, and more starting next week.”
  • Amazon Just Put Tesla on Notice ]ETF Trends] “Moving all this stuff around is very expensive. Amazon’s fleet of over 20,000 trucks is growing by the month. And paying truckers to drive them is a major expense. Amazon seeks to drastically reduce this expense with trucks that drive themselves. In fact, Amazon has already started using self-driving trucks to transport cargo on the I-10 highway that runs from California to Florida.”

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