Amazon rolling out machines to pack packages

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Amazon is rolling out machines to pack packages. It comes in a move to automate a job held by thousands of its workers. The technology scans products coming down a conveyor belt, and then puts them in custom-built boxes in just seconds. Amazon has installed the machines at various warehouses in recent years, and is now considering adding them to dozens more. The machines cost $1 million each, and the move would lead to over 1,300 job cuts.

Chick-fil-A is looking to enter the vegan market. The fast food chain is reportedly considering adding more vegan items or meat substitutes to its menu. Chick-fil-A currently doesn't offer any vegan entrees. This would not be a surprising move, as other major fast food chains like Burger King have recently started rolling out vegan menu items. Chick-fil-A has a more limited menu than other chains, and typically takes longer to research and test new items.

Costco has become a major player in the auto market. The retailer's auto program lets customers get discounts on new and used cars at participating dealerships. The program has seen rapid growth, and Costco says it expects used car sales to double in 2020.

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