•. Axios reports that "FedEx says it will test package deliveries using autonomous vehicles under a new multi-year partnership with Nuro, a leading self-driving startup."
According to the story, "The explosion of e-commerce has accelerated demand for reliable, autonomous transportation throughout the supply chain, FedEx says. With Nuro, it will explore different uses for AVs, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries … The pilot started in April in Houston, where Nuro has already been running pilots delivering groceries and pizza with Kroger, Dominos and others. But the FedEx collaboration is Nuro's first foray into parcel logistics."
• 9 to 5 Google reports that Google's hardware division will open its first permanent physical location tomorrow, in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood at 15th and 9th, where shoppers will be able "to buy and experience the full range of Made by Google products, as well as accessories. Google touts demos that showcase how its 'products and services work together in a variety of immersive ways.' How-to workshops will also be offered. Another big attraction is device support: troubleshooting an issue, fixing a cracked Pixel screen, or helping with installations."
• Variety reports that "Amazon Studios has put it in writing.
"The company has formally established a policy that outlines its commitments to diversity, inclusion and equity throughout its operations. It has also created a detailed 'playbook' with hiring and purchasing guidelines for the studio’s creative collaborators.
The policies have been in development for more than two years, shepherded by Latasha Gillespie, head of DE&I for Amazon Studios."
Among the commitments bering made by Amazon, according to the story: "Most productions should 'ideally include a minimum 30% women and 30% members of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group.' The 'aspirational goal' will rise to 40% in 2022 and 50% in 2023 … On productions, seek at least three bids from vendors or suppliers, one of which must be from a female-owned business and one from a minority-owned business."