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Here are today’s ecommerce headlines

1. With fresh funding, Grain wants to be the next McDonald’s

Grain competes in Singapore’s crowded online food delivery market with companies like Foodpanda, Deliveroo, and UberEats – all of them international players with significant brand capital (not to mention actual capital).

Grain is different in its full-stack approach: rather than partnering with restaurants that make the food, it prepares its own dishes.

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2. Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

Drones, including temperature-controlled models ideally suited for food delivery, could be stocked at the AFCs and sent down to make a precise, safe scheduled or on-demand delivery.

An example cited in the filing was around a sporting event. If there’s a big championship game down below, Amazon AFC’s above could be loaded with snacks and souvenirs sports fans crave. The AFCs could be flown close to a stadium to deliver audio or outdoor display advertising near the main event, as well, the filing suggested.

This could change the way football fans buy their jerseys.

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3. Alibaba expands downtown Manhattan headquarters

The $200 billion company had leased space in a new boutique office building at 860 Washington St. in the meatpacking district, sources said. The company is now expanding its footprint at the downtown Manhattan site to more than 30,000 square feet, according to several people familiar with the deal.

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