Amazon takes on the corner store with Instant Pickup

Sometimes you need a cold soda, chips, tampons and an Amazon Echo ASAP.

Amazon is taking on the convenience store with Amazon Instant Pickup, a new service it launched on Tuesday. Instant pickup lets customers order from a limited list of basic supplies and Amazon devices from the app, then pick them up from a nearby pickup locker “within two minutes.”

The company is starting with customers often associated with sudden cravings for snacks: college students.

Instant Pickup will make use of the company’s existing network of pickup locations — small spaces with rows of lockers, an inventory room and a staff of Amazon employees. Currently the lockers are used by customers to pick up regular Amazon Prime packages and drop off returns.

It works similarly for the Instant Pickup. A Prime customer uses the Amazon app to choose what they want from among hundreds of non-perishable foods, personal care items and other products that are stocked at the location. Then one of the location employees will quickly move the goods into a locker.

Impulse buys are also available, should customers decide they want something sweet and salty once they get there.

Starting this week, Instant Pickup will be available at five campus locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, Berkeley, California and College Park, Maryland. Amazon plans on expanding Instant Pickup to its 22 U.S. college locations as early as next week.

Amazon regularly experiments with different food and grocery services. It’s planning to buy Whole Foods, and is testing Blue Apron-like meal kits delivery service. AmazonFresh Pickup, only available in two Seattle locations, has employees put groceries right in the trunk of your car.

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Amazon takes on the corner store with Instant Pickup

Sometimes you need a cold soda, chips, tampons and an Amazon Echo ASAP.

Amazon is taking on the convenience store with Amazon Instant Pickup, a new service it launched on Tuesday. Instant pickup lets customers order from a limited list of basic supplies and Amazon devices from the app, then pick them up from a nearby pickup locker “within two minutes.”

The company is starting with customers often associated with sudden cravings for snacks: college students.

Instant Pickup will make use of the company’s existing network of pickup locations — small spaces with rows of lockers, an inventory room and a staff of Amazon employees. Currently the lockers are used by customers to pick up regular Amazon Prime packages and drop off returns.

It works similarly for the Instant Pickup. A Prime customer uses the Amazon app to choose what they want from among hundreds of non-perishable foods, personal care items and other products that are stocked at the location. Then one of the location employees will quickly move the goods into a locker.

Impulse buys are also available, should customers decide they want something sweet and salty once they get there.

Starting this week, Instant Pickup will be available at five campus locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, Berkeley, California and College Park, Maryland. Amazon plans on expanding Instant Pickup to its 22 U.S. college locations as early as next week.

Amazon regularly experiments with different food and grocery services. It’s planning to buy Whole Foods, and is testing Blue Apron-like meal kits delivery service. AmazonFresh Pickup, only available in two Seattle locations, has employees put groceries right in the trunk of your car.

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Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano released from hospital after gas explosion

Celebrity TV Chef Ralph Pagano is known for his vibrant personality and passion for food, and Thursday marks the beginning of his comeback to cooking.

After spending 50 days in the hospital, Pagano went home on Thursday.

Pagano suffered burns over 30 percent of his body during a kitchen explosion while he was opening his new restaurant in Bimini.

He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center’s UM Jackson Memorial Burn Unit, where he has undergone four painful skin grafts, mainly to his hands, arms, legs and face.

He has also undergone occupational and physical therapy to regain the use of his hands and his ability to walk again.

From the very start, Pagano had an amazing attitude about his recovery and the horrific accident.

“I was in a gas explosion. My hands were on fire, my shirt was on fire, my pants were on fire,” Pagano said after the incident. “I’m going to need skin grafts and about a month in the hospital, but I am alive.”

While receiving the best burn care available, the chef’s doctor gives the healing credit to the patient.

“His continued optimism, his upbeat attitude really is what got him through a difficult time, and it really did bring out the best in our guys here,” the burn center’s medical director, Louis Pizano, said. 

While Pagano might have lost his ability to cook for now, he certainly didn’t lose his sense of humor when asked how the hospital food was.

“The food was good,” Pagano said. “I had it delivered from Naked Lunch and Naked Taco everyday.”

Pagano left the hospital Thursday afternoon and will continue his recovery at home.
 

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Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano to be released from hospital after gas explosion

Celebrity TV Chef Ralph Pagano is known for his vibrant personality and passion for food, and Thursday marks the beginning of his comeback to cooking.

After spending 50 days in the hospital, Pagano will be going home on Thursday.

Pagano suffered burns over 30 percent of his body during a kitchen explosion while he was opening his new restaurant in Bimini.

He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center’s UM Jackson Memorial Burn Unit, where he has undergone four painful skin grafts, mainly to his hands, arms, legs and face.

He has also undergone occupational and physical therapy to regain the use of his hands and his ability to walk again.

From the very start, Pagano had an amazing attitude about his recovery and the horrific accident.

“I was in a gas explosion. My hands were on fire, my shirt was on fire, my pants were on fire,” Pagano said after the incident. “I’m going to need skin grafts and about a month in the hospital, but I am alive.”

Pagano is expected to leave the hospital Thursday afternoon and will continue his recovery at home.
 

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Starbucks debuts ‘Horchata Frappuccino’ made with almond milk

Move over Unicorn Frappuccino, there’s a new drink in town.

Starbucks is now selling the Horchata Almond Milk Frappuccino across the U.S. and Canada.

Horchata is a classic milk usually typically spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, which is popular in Mexico and Central America.

Starbucks’ version is an icy blend of almond milk, sweet cinnamon syrup, coffee, ice, whipped cream, caramel and “cinnamon and sugar sprinkles.”

The coffee brand says the new drink is “the perfect beverage to end the summer and welcome fall.”

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