Amazon Adds Grubhub Food Delivery to its Website, App in the US

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
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Amazon Adds Grubhub Food Delivery to its Website, App in the US

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Boves, France, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

Amazon.com on Thursday said its customers in the US can now order from Grubhub directly on its shopping app and the website, extending a deal that already offers its Prime members a no-fee access to Grubhub+ membership.
As part of the agreement, Amazon Prime members will continue to be eligible to avail a free Grubhub+ membership worth $120 a year, which includes free delivery on orders above $12, Reuters said.
Amazon already offers no-fee access to Grubhub, which is owned by Just Eat Takeaway.com, to US Prime members. The initial deal was struck for a year in 2022 and then the companies extended it for a year in 2023.
The new deal bundles the Grubhub membership with Prime and integrates it on its app and the website. It will remain available to the loyalty users "every year thereafter as long as they remain with Prime," Amazon said.
Prime membership in the US costs $139 a year and includes free delivery, gaming benefits, savings and discounts on medical prescriptions at nearly 60,000 pharmacies, access to Amazon Music, Prime Video and Prime Reading.
Amazon had secured the right to buy a 2% stake in Grubhub in July 2022.
In a separate statement, JustEat Takewaway said Amazon has received warrants representing 4% of Grubhub's equity and may also receive warrants up to a further 10% of Grubhub’s equity based on certain performance conditions.
"The important impact of this deal is that it makes GrubHub more attractive to a potential buyer, as Just Eat Takeaway has been attempting to sell it for some time now – since shortly after it made the initial acquisition," Sean Kealy, an analyst at Panmure Gordon, said.
About 167 million Amazon customers in the US subscribed to Prime in 2023, representing approximately 71% of all users in the country, according to data platform Statista.



OpenAI Appoints Former Top US Cyberwarrior Paul Nakasone to its Board of Directors

OpenAI showed off the latest update to its artificial intelligence model, which can mimic human cadences in its verbal responses and can even try to detect people’s moods. - The AP.
OpenAI showed off the latest update to its artificial intelligence model, which can mimic human cadences in its verbal responses and can even try to detect people’s moods. - The AP.
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OpenAI Appoints Former Top US Cyberwarrior Paul Nakasone to its Board of Directors

OpenAI showed off the latest update to its artificial intelligence model, which can mimic human cadences in its verbal responses and can even try to detect people’s moods. - The AP.
OpenAI showed off the latest update to its artificial intelligence model, which can mimic human cadences in its verbal responses and can even try to detect people’s moods. - The AP.

OpenAI has appointed a former top US cyberwarrior and intelligence official to its board of directors, saying he will help protect the ChatGPT maker from “increasingly sophisticated bad actors.”

Retired Army Gen. Paul Nakasone was the commander of US Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency before stepping down earlier this year.

He joins an OpenAI board of directors that's still picking up new members after upheaval at the San Francisco artificial intelligence company forced a reset of the board's leadership last year. The previous board had abruptly fired CEO Sam Altman and then was itself replaced as he returned to his CEO role days later, Reuters.

OpenAI reinstated Altman to its board of directors in March and said it had “full confidence” in his leadership after the conclusion of an outside investigation into the company’s turmoil. OpenAI's board is technically a nonprofit but also governs its rapidly growing business.

Nakasone is also joining OpenAI's new safety and security committee — a group that's supposed to advise the full board on “critical safety and security decisions” for its projects and operations. The safety group replaced an earlier safety team that was disbanded after several of its leaders quit.

Nakasone was already leading the Army branch of US Cyber Command when then-President Donald Trump in 2018 picked him to be director of the NSA, one of the nation's top intelligence posts, and head of US Cyber Command. He maintained the dual roles when President Joe Biden took office in 2021. He retired in February.