Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 10:58 PM EDT Sep 16, 2018 A Royal Oak resident craving some spicy buffalo wings can't go to MI Wings Co. because it doesn't have its own restaurant. Instead, customers order from Uber Eats, the app-based restaurant delivery business powered by ride-hailing company Uber. MI Wings Co. is one of three "virtual restaurants" that have operated from Milan Pizzeria's kitchen in downtown Royal Oak since July and can only be found on the Uber Eats app. Metro Detroit has 10 virtual restaurants. Now, sales at the pizzeria are up more than 35 percent. The restaurant is buying ingredients from its supplier five days a week instead of three and has hired two new staff members. Plus, it is exploring opening a fourth virtual restaurant for Italian food. "We're being able to turn our restaurant into a kitchen," said Rahim Ali, a partner of Milan's Pizzeria. "Instead of me opening a new restaurant, taking on the risk, I can make a burger or wings … [Read more...] about Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates boost sales in Detroit, bite into profits
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Scars still linger from the powerful hurricane but important lessons have been learned By Craig Hlavaty Updated 8:38 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos from this traumatic hurricane event... less PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos ... more Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff / Houston Chronicle See some of the most powerful images from Hurricane Ike, collected by Houston Chronicle photographers Painful task | Vicky Dearman, left, gets a hug from her friend, Sandra Ysassi, as Dearman sifts through the rubble of her … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ike hit the Houston and Galveston areas a decade ago this week
Sandy Piper's family has been merchants in Hampden for more than 40 years, but when she retires someday, she's not sure there will be any business left.Expenses have increased, customers aren't spending more and online shopping has cut into sales at Sandy's Bargain Center on West 36th Street. Now, with the announcement that Amazon will launch one- and two-hour delivery in Baltimore, she's worried that even last-minute purchases won't lure people into the shop."I can't tell you what the future is going to look like," said Piper, 51. "Hopefully I'm not out of business in 10 years, but if I am … it's probably because of the Internet."Traditional retailers have long grappled with how to best adapt and compete in the online shopping age, and Amazon's Prime Now is seen as yet another hurdle for Baltimore's small merchants."Volume is everything in the retail business," said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. "Every time somebody clicks for Amazon, that's a … [Read more...] about Small merchants brace for competition from Amazon’s Prime Now
Amazon.com will launch its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in the coming weeks in some parts of Baltimore, taking advantage of the pending opening of its massive new distribution center near Canton.The service will be available in select zip codes to Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $99 a year for unlimited free two-day delivery on more than 20 million items. The one-hour service, available through the Prime Now mobile app, costs $7.99, while two-hour delivery will be free.The Seattle-based online retailer's announcement Thursday makes Baltimore and Miami the second and third cities to get the rapid delivery service — it launched one-hour delivery in New York City's Manhattan in December and expanded to Brooklyn last month. And it came the same day that the Federal Aviation Administration opened the door to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' dream of unmanned drone deliveries by issuing an "experimental airworthiness certificate" to allow limited testing of the plan.Both … [Read more...] about Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in Baltimore
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Common Sense ByJames B. Stewart April 5, 2018 As I zipped up the West Side Highway the other day in a gleaming red Tesla Model 3, I found myself wondering: Are American drivers ready for Autopilot? Autopilot is Tesla’s enhanced driver-assistance technology, which the company maintains is the most advanced system available. Tesla says all its vehicles “have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” In this case, I was the human. I had tried a gull-wing Model X last fall with an earlier version of Autopilot, but since then the stakes — for both Tesla and consumers — have soared. On March 23, a driver was killed in Mountain View, Calif., after a Model X crashed into a concrete highway divider while Autopilot was … [Read more...] about With Tesla in a Danger Zone, Can Model 3 Carry It to Safety?