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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Amazon is investing in Deliveroo, a British food delivery company “whose delivery motorbikes are almost as common a sight on the streets of London as the capital’s black cabs and double-decker buses.”

The move, the story suggests, will give Amazon additional “firepower” as it competes with Uber Eats and other food delivery services.

The investment - the exact number was not disclosed - was part of a $575 million capital raise by Deliveroo in which Amazon was the lead contributor.

In addition to the UK, Deliveroo operates in Europe, Asia-Pacific and parts of the Middle East, but not (yet) in the US.

• The Washington Post reports that Amazon has submitted preliminary plans for two buildings it wants to build in Arlington, Virginia, as part of its HQ2 project there.

The plan is to build “2.1 million square feet in a pair of 22-story office towers that meet high energy-efficient and environmental standards and include a public plaza and storage for 200 bicycles … Some 50,000 square feet of retail space is planned, to include a day-care center serving employees and area residents. Just over an acre of open space will feature a dog park and a bicycle path that connects with existing bike paths.”

Amazon vice president John Schoettler describes the planned facility as having “a sense of place . . . an urban campus that will allow our employees to think creatively, to be a part of the surrounding community, and to remain connected to the region’s unique culture and environment.”

It will take two to three years to complete the project once approvals are garnered.
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