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• In Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports that “just in time for Memorial Day parties,” Amazon Prime Now is delivering beer and wine to consumers in South Florida and Orlando.

According to the story, “The service for Prime members offers hundreds of wine and beer products, including brews from South Florida’s own Funky Buddha, for free two-hour delivery … One-hour delivery is available for $7.99.”


• The BBC reports that “Tesco plans to close its Tesco Direct website that sells general merchandise,” saying that the site was a "small, loss-making part of the business" and had "no route to profitability.”

According to the story, “Tesco said the site faced high delivery and marketing costs that meant it could not work as a standalone business … Charles Wilson, Tesco's UK chief, said the retailer wanted to focus on one website so that customers could buy groceries and non-food items in one place.”
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