• Amazon announced yesterday that it is expanding its Amazon Fresh service to three new markets - Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix.

According to the announcement, “Prime members in those cities can shop tens of thousands products from meat and seafood to fresh produce and everyday essentials for free two-hour delivery from AmazonFresh … Prime members can choose from tens of thousands of items across produce, meat, grocery, plus Amazon.com bestsellers from Amazon devices to electronics, health and personal care, home & kitchen, toys and more. Beer and wine is also available for delivery to select customers in Houston. And with options for ultrafast 1- and 2-hour delivery, AmazonFresh brings more convenience to life … Prime members can access AmazonFresh for $14.99 per month as an add-on to their Prime membership. Plus, for a limited time, new customers can start a 30-day free trial of AmazonFresh and receive $10 off their first order of $35 or more by using promotional code Grocery10 at checkout.”

“We’re thrilled to introduce AmazonFresh to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix,” said Stephenie Landry, Vice President of AmazonFresh and Prime Now. “Prime members tell us they want their stuff even faster. We’re happy to deliver on that ask and can’t wait for customers in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix to take advantage of one- and two-hour delivery from AmazonFresh.”


Fortune reports that UPS CEO David Abney said this week in an interview that “he expects his company to be the first to receive FAA approval to operate commercial drones nationwide, without the geographical restrictions currently limiting their use. UPS’ first big application, he says, is likely to be in health care.”

Abney said that he was less concerned with major competitors - FedEx and Amazon, for example - that he was with disruptive start-ups.

“With all the technology and artificial intelligence driving change,” he said, “we have to think and act like an entrepreneur, because if we don’t, someone else will.”


• Ahold Delhaize-owned Giant Food Stores announced that it is launching a new pharmacy app, which will allow consumers to “request refills, transfer prescriptions and view prescription history.” The identical app is available for its Martin’s Food Market pharmacy customers, the company said.

“We understand the changing needs of our customers to shop for their groceries whenever and however they want; it’s the same when it comes to managing their prescriptions,” says Leigh Shirley, Giant’s director of pharmacy operations. “Our new pharmacy app builds on our digital offerings and is a natural extension to help our busy customers request refills, transfer prescriptions and more with just a few simple clicks.”