Amazon and US Postal Service Try More Cool Deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, already partners in Sunday deliveries, have launched a [two-month] trial to shuttle insulated containers of meat, dairy, produce and other groceries to San Francisco customers’ doorsteps.

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The Postal Service said it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries “to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization.”

 

A spokeswoman said the USPS is making the drop-offs between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.; few of its trucks are in use at those hours. Because Amazon uses insulated tote bags for perishable groceries, the agency can make deliveries without the benefit of refrigerated trucks.

Electrolux Buys GE Appliances

 The Swedish firm Electrolux is buying General Electric’s household appliances unit for 3.3 billion dollars. It’s the firm’s biggest ever deal and will give it a major presence in the US where it will be better placed to take on rival Whirlpool. Electrolux is the world’s second largest home appliance maker and sells brands including Zanussi and AEG. Its current market is predominantly in Europe while Whirlpool has cornered the North American market.