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Tech Weekly: Walmart Announces Drone Delivery Pilot

Editorial Staff
May 27, 2022
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Welcome to the Tech Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of key developments in the food and mobility tech industries.

This week’s highlights:

According to the retailer, up to 4 million U.S. households will be able to receive food, groceries and supplies from Walmart delivered by remotely piloted flying drones. Walmart announced that its delivery service with operator DroneUp will be deployed in six states, making it the first large-scale drone delivery program in the country. (The Guardian)

Grocery startup Weee wants to make online food shopping more fun and exciting by showing videos and sharing stories about the ingredients it sells. The startup encourages shoppers to share what they order on social media or post videos of their favorite foods and recipes through a TikTok-like feature on its app. (CNBC)

ECARX develops software and hardware such as digital cockpit and infotainment systems for vehicles. It serves both internal combustion engine vehicles as well as automated and electric vehicles. The automotive technology firm has agreed to go public through a merger with COVA Acquisition Corp, in the largest Chinese listing in the U.S. since Didi. The deal is valued at about $3.8 billion. (Bloomberg)

Amazon is turning to Flex contract drivers to deliver packages from retailers in malls, allowing retailers to ship products from their own stores using the e-commerce giant’s delivery service. In recent months, Amazon has notified some Flex drivers that it is testing a new program in which workers receive packages from retailers in their area and drop them off at customers’ doors. (CNBC)

Stellantis, the company that owns Jeep and Ram, and Samsung plan to spend $2.5 billion to build a battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana, which is expected to create 1,400 jobs. The joint venture is expected to begin production by 2025 and intends to supply batteries for jeep, Ram trucks and other vehicles in North America. (The New York Times)

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