This week, like so many, was filled with big announcements from Amazon. First, the company unveiled a new last-mile delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS. But there’s an interesting twist: Despite workers in Amazon shirts delivering packages from Amazon vans, the service isn’t actually run by Amazon.
To top off that news, the company also announced the $1 billion acquisition of a Boston company called PillPack. It’s a pharmacy delivery service that takes prescription drugs straight to customer’s doors, making the move Amazon’s first big plunge into a healthcare market.
And in startup news, we dive into a record-breaking funding round from a Pacific Northwest startup you’ve probably never heard of.
On the random channel: A stunning red lipstick that took the internet by storm and a colleague’s surprising celebrity phone call.
This week’s stories:
Amazon’s new blue crew: Tech giant enlists entrepreneurs to own the ‘last mile,’ delivering packages in Prime vans and uniforms
Amazon’s new delivery program sparks early interest as shares of UPS and FedEx dip
Inside Amazon’s Prime photo op: A secret bus ride, a spectacular Seattle view — but alas, no drones
Amazon agrees to acquire online pharmacy PillPack, reports peg deal at nearly $1B
Jama Software lands $200M from Insight and Madrona to fuel product development platform used by big-name companies