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CVS, Nuro to test driverless prescription delivery in Houston area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp and unmanned vehicle delivery Nuro in June will start testing a service that drops prescriptions and other essentials free of charge to some customers in the Houston area, the companies said on Thursday.

CVS and other companies are experimenting with myriad ways to serve customers who may be reluctant or unable to visit stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has fueled demand for home delivery of everything from groceries and medicine to patio furniture and gardening supplies.

Mountain View, California-based Nuro said in a blog post that the service in Houston will launch with its autonomous Prius fleet and then switch in subsequent months to R2, its low-speed, custom-built delivery bot.

The program will serve customers near a CVS store in Bellaire, Texas. Those customers will need to confirm their identification to gain access to their curbside deliveries, the companies said.

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Amazon taps into food delivery services in India

FILE PHOTO: An employee of Amazon walks through a turnstile gate inside an Amazon Fulfillment Centre (BLR7) on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, September 18, 2018. REUTERS/ Abhishek N. Chinnappa

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is rolling out services to deliver food in India, pitting it against established players Swiggy and Zomato in a market that has seen explosive growth in the last few years.

Amazon already has a strong presence in India with its e-commerce business and the food delivery services would only add an attractive option for the company that has been investing heavily in the country.

“Customers have been telling us for some time that they would like to order prepared meals on Amazon in addition to shopping for all other essentials,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company had rolled out the feature in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru.

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Uber to focus on core rides, delivery business as it cuts 23% of workforce

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery and cut 23% of its workforce in an attempt to become profitable despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

Uber will cut a total of 6,700 jobs, including the 3,700 it had announced earlier this month, Khosrowshahi said, adding that the company plans to reduce investments in several “non-core projects.”

Shares in Uber were up 6.9% to $34.69 following the announcement.

In a regulatory filing on Monday, Uber said the layoffs and restructuring measures will result in one-time, mostly cash-based charges of between $210 million and $260 million in the second quarter. Overall, the measures are expected to generate $1 billion in annual

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Factbox: Investors pour billions into automated delivery startups

(Reuters) – Since September, investors have pumped at least $6 billion into more than two dozen startups that are automating delivery of goods and food, from heavy trucks to sidewalk robots and drones.

Among them:

 

Waymo

Country: United States

Transport type: People, goods

Last raise: $3 billion

Dates: March 2, 2020 and May 12, 2020

Corporate investors: Alphabet, Magna, AutoNation

 

AEV Robotics

Country: Australia

Transport type: People, goods

Last raise: $2.5 million

Date: April 7, 2020

Corporate investors: n/a

 

AutoX

Country: United States

Transport type: People, goods

Last raise: undisclosed

Date: December 1, 2019

Corporate investors: Alibaba

 

Boxbot

Country: United States

Transport type: Last mile

Last raise: undisclosed

Date: March 5, 2020

Corporate investors: Toyota

 

Gatik

Country: United States

Transport type: Last mile

Last raise: undisclosed

Date: February 25, 2020

Corporate investors: n/a

 

Neolix

Country: China

Transport type: Last mile

Last raise: $28.6 million

Date: March 11, 2020

Corporate investors:

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