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2. Amazon to boost delivery fleet with Stellantis all electric Ram ProMaster vans

Amazon will add Stellantis’ all electric Ram ProMaster van to its delivery fleet when the vehicle launches in 2023.

The e-commerce giant will be the first commercial customer of the van as part of a broader partnership focused on software development and in-vehicle technology, which was announced at the 2022 CES trade show in Las Vegas.

This includes Stellantis selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider for vehicle platforms.

3. Walmart set to expand InHome Delivery service to 30m US homes

Walmart is expanding a service that delivers customers’ groceries directly to their refrigerators.

First launched in 2019, the InHome Delivery offering allows customers to place grocery orders online, then receive their deliveries by having a Walmart associate enter their home by way of a smart lock. 

This is currently available to six million households across the US. Walmart now has the goal of reaching 30 million US homes by the end of the year. 

To support the expansion, it plans to hire more than 3,000 associate delivery drivers this year as well as build out a fleet of 100% all electric delivery vans.

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