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Kroger starts use of unmanned vehicles for delivery in Arizona

US supermarket chain Kroger said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Silicon Valley startup Nuro. The delivery service follows a pilot program started by the companies in Scottsdale in August and involved Nuro’s R1, a custom unmanned vehicle. The R1 uses public roads and has no driver and is used to only transport goods. Kroger’s deal with Nuro underscores the stiff competition in the US grocery delivery market with supermarket…

Facebook beefs up food delivery options from its app

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday announced a new feature to make it easier for users to order meals from nearby restaurants and service providers without leaving the social network. A new "order food" feature rolled out for US users lets Fb users order delivery or takeout from restaurant chains such as Papa John's and Panera, and on-demand services including Delivery.com and DoorDash. "People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about…

Amazon doubles deliveries in 2016 for third-party sellers

Amazon.com shipped 50 percent more items this holiday season than last for third-party vendors and doubled the amount for 2016 overall, the retail giant said on Wednesday. The news offers new data points for investors who are hoping Amazon will post a profit for the fourth quarter when it announces results in the coming weeks. Seattle-based Amazon, known for its roller coaster results in years past, has forecast that operating income would range from nothing to $1.25 billion. Amazon, the world's largest online…

Amazon looks to the sky to store products

Amazon.com has filed for a patent to use airships to store products and serve as a base for delivery-drones. The patent application was filed two years ago but was spotted only on Wednesday by Zoe Leavitt, an analyst at technology data and research firm CB Insights. ALSO READ: Amazon starts flexing muscle in new space: air cargo According to the patent filing, drones launched from the so-called "airborne fulfillment centers" (AFCs) would use far less power than those launched from the ground. The AFCs would hover at…

WATCH: Plan to deliver pizza by reindeer ends up hilariously

ISHIKARI, Japan: A known pizza chain is testing an unusual mode of pizza delivery in solution to weather difficulties – and it’s delivery by reindeer. Domino's Japan announced it is currently testing out the possibility of using riderless reindeer to deliver pizzas in the snowy north of the country amid expectations of a particularly harsh winter. The company released pictures showing how the pizza warmers mounted to the reindeer's backs would work, as well as photos of reindeer training to be pizza-delivery deer on…

Pie in the sky: New Zealand makes pizza drone delivery

WELLINGTON: The world's first pizza drone delivery was claimed Wednesday by the New Zealand division of fast food giant Domino's, as it looks to grab a slice of a potentially hot future market. Domino's said it used an unmanned aerial vehicle to deliver two pizzas to a customer at Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland. The firm's boss Don Meij said drones were set to become an essential part of pizza deliveries. "They can avoid traffic congestion and traffic lights, and safely reduce the delivery time and distance by…

Facebook now lets you buy food, movie tickets on site

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will now allow Americans to order a meal, buy movie tickets or make an appointment at the hairdresser without having to leave the social networking site.  The US company announced Wednesday the addition of new tools on the site to allow users to link directly with businesses. For example, a pizza can be delivered with a simple click of the "order" button on the restaurant's Facebook page. Provided, however, the restaurant uses delivery.com or Slice. For other shops such as spas or hairdressers,…