By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From expanding logistics solutions to the reluctance to adopt robotic help, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Amazon claims it doesn’t want to take on UPS and FedEx. So why is it introducing tons of its own Amazon delivery vans? | Jason Del Rey: Amazon sends a lot of packages. And most of those packages are delivered through familiar logistics providers such as UPS, FedEx, and the USPS. However, Amazon is looking to expand its delivery capabilities even further, and is offering to help budding entrepreneurs start their own logistics companies–provided they deliver for Amazon Prime.

Most Americans say they don’t want help from robots | Shirin Ghaffary: As endearing as the internet finds robots like roombas, the majority of Americans aren’t ready to cede tasks to ‘bots quite yet. Studies are showing that people aren’t comfortable with the idea of robots handling traditionally “human” tasks, especially around cleaning and caregiving. However, that attitude is likely to change as more people become accustomed to robots whose sole tasks are to clean windows or floors, or to provide surveillance.

Eye on Retail: Home Depot reportedly adding lockers for online order pickup | HBSDealer Staff: Speaking of logistics, Home Depot is hoping to make life easier for customers who order online for in-store pick up. Following the lead from other retailers, THD may install lockers to house orders until customers are ready to pick up their order.

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