Week In Geek podcast: Under the hood of Amazon’s surprising new delivery service and $1B acquisition

Amazon SVP of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark in front of a new Amazon last-mile delivery van. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

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