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new hybrid drone

Heli-plane designed to fly
deliveries within 30 mins 


Amazon
has accelerated the pace of its drone delivery programme first announced by CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013. After testing deliveries in Cambridgeshire, England, it now plans to test in the US in the next few months...

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me' @WBMason

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EVO Group up for sale?

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'For Sale' sign?  

Wholesaler VOW/ Banner
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Will cutting CRaP negate
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What's Next in productive
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Facilities & Food managed
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Late logistics giant reacts
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