How Amazon Pharmacy Achieves Same-Day Prescription Delivery

Amazon Pharmacy has introduced same-day prescription delivery to New York City and Los Angeles by employing innovative technologies.

Amazon uses generative artificial intelligence and machine learning to help on-site pharmacists fill and process prescriptions more quickly and accurately. A robotic arm may be used to fill and/or label bottles. Once verified by a pharmacist, the prescription is delivered via electric vans, e-bikes and other vehicles.


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McDonald’s and Reusable Dine-In Packaging

McDonald’s has 21 reusable containers for dine-in customers in France, including red plastic containers for fries, clear plastic beverage glasses, and white plastic cups for chicken nuggets.

French law mandated these changes, which were implemented in 2023.

While McDonald’s has worked hard over the years to be more environmentally conscious with its packaging, it firmly believes that this new model “doesn’t work.”  Cost, convenience, sustainability, and operational issues related to this law are complex, and the overall impact remains to be seen.


CosMc’s Stellar Chicago Debut

Judging from the long lines, customers think McDonald’s new brain child, “CosMc’s,” is out of this world!

Using a retro character from the ’80’s as the new store mascot, McDonald’s launched the first CosMc’s location in Chicago in December 2023.  Customers have been flocking to the new beverage and small snack format store ever since.

Ten more locations are slated to open in Texas this year.


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UAW Deal Raises Ford’s Breakeven Point

To end strikes in its biggest factories, Ford entered into a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers Union to increase the wages of its 57,000 workers by 25% in the next four and a half years.

The increase in wages will add $850 to $900 labor cost per vehicle.  Ford faces a challenging task in balancing vehicle price, margin, and demand while remaining competitive relative to non-unionized automakers such as Tesla.


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