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• The Chicago Business Journal reports that Amazon's Prime Now delivery service, which provides one-hour delivery for $7.99 per order, or two hour delivery for free, has added high end retailer/restaurant Eataly to its roster. According to the Journal, this "means more than 2,000 products at Eataly now will be available for one-hour delivery, including a range of fresh grocery and retail products, as well as beer, wine and spirits."

Business Insider reports that "Amazon has explored buying an airport in western Germany ... a move that could further build out the retail giant's plan of operating its own fleet of delivery airplanes."

According to the story, "An airport in Germany could provide Amazon with an important hub from which it could boost its service across Europe. And it would mark the latest step in Amazon's efforts to build a full-fledged logistics and freight-transportation service that some industry observers speculate could eventually compete with third-party shippers like FedEx and UPS."
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