Walmart and autonomous trucks

Source: Marginal Revolution
Date: 2020-12-19

Walmart will use fully autonomous box trucks to make deliveries in Arkansas starting in 2021. The big-box retailer has been working with a startup called Gatik on a delivery pilot for 18 months. Next year, the two companies plan on taking their partnership to the next level by re

Substack launches RSS reader

Date: 2020-12-16

Substack Reader is launching as a beta, and it feels very much like a version one product. It presents a chronological list of every newsletter you’re subscribed to, and you can click on those entries to open them in a new window and read them. Right now, there’s no way to read s

The Broken Amazon Fulfillment Elasticity

Source: Marketplace Pulse
Date: 2020-12-09

FBA changed from a virtually infinite fulfillment network that allowed anyone to send in as much inventory as they wanted to one where it is up to an algorithm to decide how many units a seller is permitted. And even then, it might take weeks to get those units received and ready

Robomart launches its mobile convenience store in

Source: eCommerce – TechCrunch
Date: 2020-12-15

Robomart is seemingly still a long ways away from being a fully finalized offering, but the startup has begun offering limited service in Los Angeles’ West Hollywood neighborhood. Currently being offered as an invite-only beta, the service offers essential deliveries in the back

Amazon Buys Prime Development Site in San Francisc

Source: SocketSite™
Date: 2020-12-15

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Source: #(from:web) Tweets with Link
Date: 2020-12-14

The experiment wasn’t a complete failure, however. By the time that we shut the application down, we’d developed a better understanding of the intersections between real estate, retail, technology, and the limitations of small businesses. I also learned an important lesson about

Amazon Fashion launches a custom clothing service,

Source: eCommerce – TechCrunch
Date: 2020-12-15

Amazon today is launching a way for customers to create custom clothing with a new service called Made for You, which lets shoppers create a custom T-shirt to their exact measurements. But unlike some companies that use mobile technology to scan and measure your body from an app

Amazon-owned Goodreads quietly shutters API

Date: 2020-12-13

So this is an “announcement” much in the way a windshield announces its presence to bugs on a highway, and with the same consequences: dead bugs. Some developers have taken to the API discussion boards and blogs, but the overall impression I’m getting is grim acceptance. Really t

Remote Work Impact on Ending The Great Stagnation?

Source: Marginal Revolution
Date: 2020-12-13

Perhaps most importantly, work *travel* is not happening. Valuable collaborations with colleagues, customers, regulators or other partner companies aren’t delayed by the vagaries of the various groups’ availability to meet in person, navigating being in different cities, flights,
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