« Scout », Amazon’s small delivery robot, makes its first deliveries not far from the headquarters of the online sales giant in Seattle.
Amazon began testing in the Seattle area, where its head office is based, parcel delivery by a small robot named « Scout, » the US online trading giant said on Wednesday.
Six models of electric robots, the size of a « small cooler », run on the sidewalk at the speed of a man who walks, and can « avoid animals, pedestrians or anything on their way », explains on the blog of the company Sean Scott, project manager.
Customers order as usual on the Amazon site and are delivered either by a traditional delivery person or by « Scout », he continues. « Scout » works only during the day, Monday to Friday, and is always accompanied by an Amazon employee.
The group will decide from this life-size test of the extension of the system, which allows to limit the costs of delivery.
Like other companies, Amazon is trying to find cheaper solutions for « the last mile », the one separating the warehouse from the end customer. Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, also works on drones delivery.
The American online trading giant Amazon has become Monday the most expensive private company in the world by winning the first place on Wall Street.
Without any particular relevance but taking advantage of a renewed optimism on the New York place, the action of the group led by Jeff Bezos appreciated by 3.44% Monday, raising its stock market value to 797 billion dollars .
Amazon became January 7, 2019 the most expensive private enterprise in the world
Microsoft, with its 783 billion dollars, loses the crown he had himself stolen from Apple in late November.
The performance of Amazon is however to put into perspective: the value of the company has declined significantly since it reached, in early September, to exceed the milestone of $ 1,000 billion, a few weeks after Apple.
The small online bookseller founded in 1994 thus brilliantly marked his ascent into a juggernaut of internet distribution. In the meantime, the company has also become a giant of cloud computing, a creator of popular products such as the intelligent voice assistants Alexa and the manager of a popular music and cinema platform via its premium service.
Thanks to this success, Mr. Bezos became the richest man in the world according to the ranking established by Forbes magazine. His fortune was estimated Monday at 135 billion dollars.
But companies in the technology sector have suffered a lot in recent months, affected like the rest of the New York place by fears of a slowdown in global growth.
The return to earth has sometimes been brutal, like the plummet of Apple.
The group, which had already dropped nearly 40% since early October, plunged an additional 10% on January 3 after recognizing that its sales in the last quarter of 2018 would be worse than expected, due in particular to the slowdown in the Chinese economy. and other emerging countries.
At 702 billion dollars, the apple brand is now less valued than Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google (748 billion).