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December 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday to talk about the company's efficiencies and recent innovations. During a piece that ranged from delivering groceries to providing cloud computing to the CIA via Amazon Web Services, the most eye-catching item was something that doesn't yet exist: Drone delivery. The company is calling it Prime Air. "These are octocopters," Bezos told Charlie Rose . "These are effectively drones, but there's no reason that they can't be used as delivery vehicles.
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BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | Andrea Chang
Instacart is bringing its same-day grocery delivery service to Los Angeles, utilizing a crowdsourced model of personal shoppers who provide their own transportation and smartphones to shop for and deliver groceries to customers. Starting Thursday, customers can order groceries and other items from Whole Foods Market and have them delivered in as little as an hour. Additional stores will be added in the coming weeks; shoppers will be able to combine items from multiple stores into one order.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google, treading into Amazon.com territory, is launching an experimental same-day delivery service for online purchases. The Mountain View, Calif., company is testing out Google Shopping Express starting in the Bay Area and is calling for users to sign up to be early testers of the service. Google said users will be able to use Shopping Express to buy from a number of retailers, all on one online site. After users make their purchase, they can then select when they want the item to be delivered.
TRAVEL
March 15, 2014
I used the Bags VIP delivery service to pick up my checked luggage at the airport on a recent trip to New York. Although the clerk at JetBlue said he knew nothing about how to affix the green Bags VIP sticker, his supervisor did. The scene in New York City is such that my bag arrived at my hotel before I did. I wish it picked up luggage at home and not just at airports, but the service is reasonable, friendly and efficient. One bag, $29.95; two bags, $39.95; three-eight bags, $49.95.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
You can have almost anything delivered to your door. If you're craving pizza and wings with breadsticks at midnight, that's easy. Fresh sushi? Done. You can even order an entire week's worth of groceries. And the next time you need a Whopper, you can have Burger King deliver too -- if you live in Glendale. A Burger King franchise location in Glendale is piloting a new delivery program for the fast-food brand. Franchise owner Bob Stevens, who owns eight Burger King locations, began taking delivery orders at his store on North Central Avenue on April 9. Stevens' location is the first in California to deliver.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery in certain markets, including parts of California, in a bid to nab more retail customers during the high-stakes holiday season. The discount uber-chain said Tuesday that its beta version of the Walmart To Go delivery program is already in operation in northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The company will roll out the test in San Francisco and San Jose later this month or in early November. Customers in the current markets will pay $10 for each delivery, which can include an unlimited number of general merchandise items, with no minimum purchase requirement.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Durex may have a solution for those who feel awkward buying condoms, and it's simple as ordering a pizza. The British condom maker has launched an app for Apple devices called SOS Condoms that lets consumers order condoms and have them "discreetly" hand-delivered immediately. "Get condoms whether it's day or night in less than one hour," the app's start screen reads. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 For now, the service is only available in Dubai, but Durex is taking a poll to see where it should roll out the service next.
TRAVEL
March 15, 2014
I used the Bags VIP delivery service to pick up my checked luggage at the airport on a recent trip to New York. Although the clerk at JetBlue said he knew nothing about how to affix the green Bags VIP sticker, his supervisor did. The scene in New York City is such that my bag arrived at my hotel before I did. I wish it picked up luggage at home and not just at airports, but the service is reasonable, friendly and efficient. One bag, $29.95; two bags, $39.95; three-eight bags, $49.95.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1988 | L.N. HALLIBURTON
Whether it's blackened chicken or pizza, the "food to go" password is ease . And even easier than shopping for take-out goods, is having them delivered to your door. The new brain-child of Tarzana-based Savoir-Faire caterers, It's In the Bag! is a self-termed "gourmet" delivery service, one of the many new ones around town offering fully prepared full-course meals. It's In the Bag! has three menus daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2000 | ROSEMARY CLANDOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thirteen years ago, Pink Dot was a West Hollywood liquor store that took telephone orders and delivered drinks, deli foods and a few grocery items in half an hour. Now, Pink Dot has morphed into PDQuick and moved its headquarters to Camarillo, where it hopes to become a nationwide Internet powerhouse that sells hot meals, groceries and music to people who don't want to leave their homes.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Google Inc. is wading into the morass of same-day delivery pilots and programs rapidly collecting in the Southland, competing with e-commerce giants such as Amazon.com Inc. In the first expansion of a test it launched in the Bay Area in the spring, Google is inviting its employees in the Santa Monica area to try out its Google Shopping Express service. Several hundred people work for the company in the Los Angeles area. Google hopes to eventually extend the service to the general public.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | Soumya Karlamangla
Mary Michaels keeps a bucket of treats under the counter for people who come in with dogs. She greets customers by first name. A woman walks in the front door just to tell Michaels that she's having a second baby. Michaels owns Almor Wine & Spirits on Sunset Boulevard, a high-end liquor store that her parents opened in 1955. It was in the middle of the booming 1950s, the year that Disneyland opened in Anaheim. Long before the days of BevMo and Costco, Michaels' mother handwrote the store's name and address on hundreds of cards and distributed them around the neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It was a threesome in Mumbai that persuaded the judges to give the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction award to Manil Suri for his novel "The City of Devi. " The award was presented in London on Tuesday by film and television star Joan Collins. In one notable passage, Suri wrote , "Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands -- only Karun's body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday to talk about the company's efficiencies and recent innovations. During a piece that ranged from delivering groceries to providing cloud computing to the CIA via Amazon Web Services, the most eye-catching item was something that doesn't yet exist: Drone delivery. The company is calling it Prime Air. "These are octocopters," Bezos told Charlie Rose . "These are effectively drones, but there's no reason that they can't be used as delivery vehicles.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and W.J. Hennigan
Overnight delivery is no longer good enough. As online shopping has exploded in popularity, one of the few remaining barriers for the industry is the lag time between when a customer orders an item and when it's delivered, typically days later. In a quest to provide online shoppers with immediate gratification, retailers and tech start-ups are devising ways to get purchases to shoppers in mere minutes: They're experimenting with dropping off packages via bicycle, subway, motorcycle and even on foot in an effort to speed up delivery times.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays. Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities. Getting packages on Sundays normally is expensive for customers.
HEALTH
March 22, 1999 | PAUL MARCUS
Last July, I was sporting the fat-bloated-Elvis look, and it wasn't a pretty sight. I'd subsisted on a diet of airline food, hotel food, client-dinner food and snacks. I ate constantly, too much, too often and too late at night. I was on the verge of having my second rotator cuff operation, after which I was slated for back fusion surgery. My back surgeon suggested--indelicately--that I might want to lose 10 pounds before he operated.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc., known for its speedy distribution of books, electronics and other consumer goods, is now trying to break open the grocery market. The AmazonFresh service, running since 2007 in the retailer's Seattle hometown, expanded to select Los Angeles ZIP Codes on Monday. The company is offering customers same-day and early-morning delivery on more than 500,000 products, such as apples, bread and even mozzarella di bufala from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
A Pop Tart and ice cream concoction called the Carl's Jr. Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich has hit a Newport Beach location of the fast food chain. If you just did a double take and reread that last sentence because it was one of those oh-my-God-is-this-really-happening-sounds-too-good-don't-tease-me moments, you're not alone.  Spec_J posted a photo of the item on Instagram taken at an unidentified Carl's Jr. location in Newport Beach....
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