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Out to Launch:

Meijer offers home delivery of booze, beer and wine. You can have beer, wine and liquor delivered to your home starting Tuesday from Meijer, which is launching the service in Michigan through the Shipt app. Freep

Dyson attempts to create new retail model. The success of new Dubai Mall store will not be measured by profit or loss, says GM. Gulf News

DHL Germany sets e-cargo bike ambition to satisfy last mile delivery. Now operating across the country, the logistics giant operates some 10,500 pedelecs and 2,500 StreetScooters – the largest fleet of its kind in Germany. Cycling Industry

Pakistan Post cash on delivery service launched across the country. E-commerce got a great start since it first started in Pakistan. Tech List

Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash partner to launch door-to-door delivery across the U.S. Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash for more than 600 Locations in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City. Restaurant News

Sashimi delivery by drone? China’s JD.com dreams big. JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, plans to launch this year a delivery service that will put fish, dairy goods, fruit, vegetables and other fresh food from Japan on Chinese dining tables within 24 hours of the order, its CEO said Monday. Asia Nikkei

Industry Skinny:

Amazon Japan hit by glitches in delivery services. Products are arriving late, or not at all. The Load Star

Amazon may halt Egypt logistics centre talks after Souq deal. Amazon seems it would halt its negotiations to establish a logistics centre in Egypt with a number of local firms, one day after the U.S. e-commerce giant had completed the purchase of Souq.com. Zawya

Think Tank: The opportunity in online returns for apparel retailers. Within the online retail industry, apparel has a notoriously high return rate. WWD

The inside story of how Uber tried and failed to build a FedEx rival — and its $69 billion valuation could be jeopardized. The idea of Uber becoming a logistics magnate played an important role in the company’s valuation swelling to $69 billion. Business Insider

Deliveroo set to become a tech ‘unicorn’ as investors seek a slice. Could be worth as much as $1.5bn soon. Guardian

One in five Irish people experience delivery disasters, claims new research. One in five (20%) of Irish people experience delivery disasters with their online shopping, according to research from PCA Predict.  eDelivery

Leading retailers compete for sales during Amazon Prime Day event. British online retailers are going to head-to-head to compete for business during a series of sale and clearance events timed to coincide with Amazon Prime Day. Internet Retailing

UK retail sales rise in warm June: BRC. The timely arrival of summer helped boost UK retail sales both online and offline in June, data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) suggests. Internet Retailing

Courier and express delivery market posts £1 billion increase in sales in 2016. That familiar knock on the door or ring of the doorbell – it seems Britain has never been busier receiving parcels and packages by courier and express delivery. MINTEL

Walmart is building giant towers to solve the most annoying thing about online ordering. Walmart is building giant self-service kiosks in its stores that retrieve customers’ online orders. Business Insider

Amazon may soon get official nod for FDI in food retail. US retail giant Amazon’s proposed USD 500 million investment in retail of food products in India would soon get official nod, an official said. Financial Express

Tech Space:

Artificial Intelligence & IOT Transform Retail. Our retail future will be much more based on interactions with machines, which will make purchasing decisions on our behalf, based on pre-determined permission and parameters. Salmon

Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones. Mercedes-Benz Vans and drone tech startup Matternet have created a concept car, or as they’re calling it a Vision Van, that could change the way small packages are delivered across short distances. TechCrunch

DHL completes mobile robot trial in Netherlands. DHL and technology group Wärtsilä have revealed the successful completion of a pilot of mobile robots from Fetch Robotics in the company’s central distribution centre in Kampen, the Netherlands. eDelivery

Technology and the ‘last mile’. Consumers are demanding quicker deliveries than ever before and big businesses are scrambling to meet their demands. Marketing Tech

Last-mile Delivery Robots Get Green Light in Five States. Unmanned delivery robots can make their way over bumps and curbs, but the path to cruising (legally) on the public sidewalk and through the crosswalk has other challenges, including state regulatory approval. IOT Solutions

Food for Thought:

How direct-to-consumer stores are changing the way we shop online. Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the way I shop. Bustle

Could drone beehives solve delivery issues in tomorrow’s cities? Amazon has presented a few weird ideas for delivery and its latest, a skyscraper beehive filled with drones, is no exception. ReadWrite

6 key takeaways from Magentolive UK. Here are the six things you need to know. Magento

SapientRazorfish Releases New Research for Retailers on Transforming Omni-Channel Strategies. Global consumer survey research, produced by SapientRazorfish and Salesforce, quantifies new patterns of shopper behavior that modern retailers must transform their businesses to address. PR Newswire

How Can London Fix Its Delivery Problem? What British takeaway can learn from American takeout. Eater

Five facts to help hit delivery deadlines and avoid returns. Timely delivery is crucial. Asendia

Delivery options key for smaller sellers’ success, new research finds. Smarter and better delivery options are key contributors to a feeling that business – for SMEs at least – will pick up by Spring next year, according to new research. eDelivery