Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 24, 2015
April 24, 2015
Add Chipotle to the fast-food companies who'll be offering their food delivered to you at home.
The Mexican food chain says they'll be doing it through the app Postmates, which uses an Uber-like service that delivers your food, rather than its own delivery people. However, you'll pay extra for the service, and it could cost as much as $20 extra when you add the service and delivery fees. Plus, you have to live in a neighborhood which is in the Postmates service area.
Amazon is piloting yet another delivery option, underway right now only in the Munich region of Germany. The collaboration between Amazon, Audi and delivery firm DHL allows select Amazon Prime Members to designate the trunk of their car as their delivery location.
Not designating your parcel be delivered to your home or your office, but the trunk of your car.
BizReport.com explains how it works: using Audi's in-car infotainment "Connect" technology, the car owners give temporary authorization to DHL personnel to deliver items via one-time keyless access to the vehicle's trunk. During the checkout process the car owner provides the approximate location of the car along with a time range for delivery and the actual location is determined by users allowing GPS tracking of the vehicle. Once the trunk is shut by the delivery person the car automatically locks.
If successful, BizReport says Amazon plans to roll out the service to as many car manufacturers as possible across more regions globally. They're also working on a solution for returns via the trunk of a car! (Kaye)
BRADLEY COOPER appears to have traded in one model for another. The actor who recently split with his longtime love SUKI WATERHOUSE was spotted out with model IRINA SHAYK at a Broadway show. New York Post's Page Six says the "American Sniper" star was seen with the Russian model in the audience at "Finding Neverland," starring MATTHEW MORRISON. (Bartha)
At the local Cop Shop:
A deputy in Lee County, Florida, is out of a job after he didn't respond to a 9-1-1 call so he could finish his lunch. The caller wasn't speaking so dispatch notified Deputy YVAN FERNANDEZ. Instead of responding to the home that the call came from, he went to have lunch. Turns out the female caller was having a medical emergency and ended up dying.
GPS tracking on his patrol car showed him at Raider's Pizza and Wings at 1:11 pm when the call came in. He finished his lunch, stopped somewhere else to use the bathroom and got to the house at 2:22 pm. He said he called the house several times and when no one answered, he went back to his lunch. He felt his response time of an hour and 11 minutes later was perfectly fine. (Myers)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
LADY GAGA is an icon, no doubt about that, but the Songwriters Hall of Fame wants to make that official. She'll be getting the organization's first-ever Contemporary Icon Award at the Hall's annual gala on June 19th in New York City. The award was created to honor a performing songwriter (quote), "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture." NATE REUSS of FUN will get the Hal David Starlight Award that night which recognizes young songwriters while VAN MORRISON will be honored with the Hall's biggest nod, the Johnny Mercer Award. (Marino)
Off the beaten path:
The Chinese government is cracking down on the art of the funeral striptease.
Strippers have reportedly become a mainstay of modern funeral arrangements in certain parts of China. The raunchy performances started as a way to bring more people to funerals, since a large attendance is a sign of respect for the dead. But, China's Ministry of Culture say the risqué shows must end because "such illegal operations have... corrupted social mores." Those caught breaking the new anti-stripper laws will be "punished". But, it's unclear what the punishment might be. (Still)
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