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Amazon Ramps Up Delivery Business With Rivian Electric Vehicles To Reach Climate Goals

As Amazon (AMZN) continues the expansion of its delivery fleet, the online retailer has revealed its electric delivery van developed in partnership with Rivian.

The all-electric vans have begun to arrive just a year after Amazon made a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. The company has plans to take delivery of 100,000 electric vans from Rivian by 2030, with 10,000 expected to be on the roads by 2022.

The Rivian vans were developed to “enhance the driver experience and optimize safety” with a customized configuration that comes in three different models. The vans feature sensor detection, highway and traffic assist features, larger windshield, exterior cameras with digital display, Alexa integration, stronger door design, interior “dancefloor” for added space, multiple tail lights, and three levels of shelving to store packages.

“When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle,” Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products, said in a statement.

“We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home. We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here–the future of last mile delivery,” he added.

The deal with Rivian for the electric vans followed an investment by Amazon into the electric truck maker. Rivian, which also received investments from Ford, Cox Automotive, and T.Rowe Price Associates, is set to release the R1T electric truck and R1S electric SUV in 2021.

“The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric,” RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO, said in a statement. “We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery. We thought through

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Macy’s same-day, next-day delivery available with DoorDash

  • Macy’s is teaming up with DoorDash to offer same-day and next-day delivery. 
  • There are no minimum order requirements or time slots, but orders must be placed by noon at Macy’s and by 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale’s in order to be eligible for same-day delivery. 
  • The announcement comes as the retail industry gets its holiday deals going — several weeks ahead of schedule.

DoorDash, the delivery platform best known for delivering takeout from restaurants, is branching out into a different sphere with its latest partnership. 

It announced Tuesday it would be working with Macy’s to offer same-day and next-day delivery for the department store. 

The service will be available at 500 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores across the country. (Macy’s owns Bloomingdales.) Orders placed by noon at Macy’s and by 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale’s are eligible for same-day delivery, while orders placed after that will be delivered by DoorDash’s driver fleet the next day. 

There are no minimum order requirements or time slots for the service, which is being run through DoorDash Drive, the company’s last-mile delivery platform. It can be accessed on Macy’s website and app. DoorDash has a similar relationship with Walmart, offering delivery “powered” by DoorDash but accessible through Walmart’s app and site. 

Being able to offer shoppers convenient options will likely be key to this holiday season, which is looking to be unlike any other before due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Our customers want more options, including speed of delivery, and our partnership with DoorDash in 500 stores nationwide means they can take advantage of every option we have available, including same-day delivery, even in the week leading up to Christmas,” Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement. 

The announcement comes as the retail industry gets the holiday shopping season started, weeks ahead of

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Via acquires delivery logistics startup Fleetonomy to bolster fulfillment with AI

In a move to expand its business into the logistics and delivery segment, ride-hailing startup Via today announced that it acquired Fleetonomy for an undisclosed sum. Via, which says it plans to apply Fleetonomy’s expertise in demand prediction and fleet utilization to support fully integrated, digitally powered logistics solutions, says the pandemic has highlighted the growing need for essential services and goods delivery.

Tel Aviv-based Fleetonomy, which was founded in 2017 by CEO Israel Duanis and CTO Lior Gerenstein, taps AI to analyze data and deliver insights with the goal of maximizing inventory and promoting proactive maintenance. The company provides white label ride-sharing and on-demand car subscription services that can accommodate semiautonomous and autonomous fleets. With Fleetonomy’s cloud-based suite of tools, managers can simulate services before deploying cars on the road, adjusting for factors such as fleet size, parking, charging locations, demand, and more.

“As we continue to build the next generation of public transportation and delivery infrastructure, we are proud to partner with Fleetonomy to step into this new phase of growth,” Via cofounders Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval said in a statement. “We have been consistently impressed by Israel, Lior, and the entire Fleetonomy team, and by the beautifully designed and exceptionally engineered products they have created. We share a vision for the future of mobility and look forward to realizing this vision together.”

Prior to the acquisition, Fleetonomy raised $3 million in a seed round led by Vertex Ventures, with participation from Kardan Ventures and VectoIQ.

“Today is a very exciting milestone for our company,” Duanis said. “When Lior and I founded Fleetonomy three years ago, we had a very big mission in mind — to provide a new way of managing fleet based services … In the past three years, with the incredible Fleetonomy team and