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Grocery Giant Kroger To Begin Home Delivery Service Of Groceries By Partnering With Driverless Car Company Nuro

Grocery Giant Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous driverless vehicles.

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Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous vehicles.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12: 4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Self-driving autonomous vehicles are on the verge of being perfected, and when fully operational it will cause a paradigm shift not seen since the beginning days of the 20th century. When the automobile was first introduced in the late 1890’s, it was seen as interesting novelty that would soon fade away. Then Henry Ford came along with the moving assembly line and seemingly overnight America, and then the world, was driving. Driverless vehicles are on a similar path. Once all the kinks are worked out, you will see driverless vehicles absolutely everywhere, just like in those futuristic movies. People running to and fro? Knowledge being increased? Welcome to the time that the prophet Daniel saw

The partnership comes as the U.S.’s largest grocery players continue to tackle the expensive challenge of “last mile delivery” — the final step in getting a product to a shopper’s home. It is a feat that is particularly perilous when dealing with fragile products like fresh food. It is further complicated by populations that vary wildly across the U.S, with some far less dense that others.

Walmart recently said it was partnering with Postmates to expand its online grocery delivery program. Amazon announced early Thursday plans to partner with entrepreneurs who run their own local delivery networks of up to 40 delivery vans. It is not clear whether it will use that network for food delivery.

Kroger, meantime, has made a series of bold steps to further its online grocery and delivery business over the past few months. It announced its investment in British online grocer Ocado, which it will use to build out automated warehouses throughout the U.S. It also bought meal kit company Home Chef.

Nuro Vehicle at Proving Grounds

Watch official video of Nuro driverless car being put through testing. Nuro was founded in 2016 to harness the power of robotics and artificial intelligence to solve new challenges at a global scale. Click here to visit the Nuro website.

Earlier this month, it said that digital sales for the past quarter had grown 66 percent. “We cannot just rely on physical stores to reach all of our customers for delivery and and pick-up,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer in an interview with CNBC.

Kroger has over 2,800 stores across the U.S., under banners like Fred Meyer, Ralph’s and Harris Teeter.

Nuro, founded in 2016 by Google engineers, is an autonomous car company built explicitly for the business of transporting goods. That means its cars are slimmer and designed differently than ones meant to carry people. Nuro does not yet have special refrigerated cars, but is working on a new iteration of cars with such technology.

Nuro is focused on deliveries, specifically the kind that are low-speed, local, and last-mile: groceries, laundry, or your take-out order from Seamless. The startup thinks that automating these services could help shoulder the sharp increase in last-mile deliveries, while also reducing traffic accidents and boosting local businesses who are looking for ways to thrive and compete in the age of Amazon.

Kroger and Nuro will begin their partnership this fall. Cosset did not detail a timeline, but did say it would be “aggressive.” It will experiment with the technology in areas that both overlap with and are separate from where it plans to build out its Ocado warehouses.

“Where you have high density, an autonomous vehicle may not be the best solution,” he noted. Eventually, though “you can expect the roll out of Ocado as well as fulfillment capabilities, autonomous delivery … to be available to 100 percent of America,” said Cosset.

In its earlier days, shoppers will need to schedule windows of delivery in advance, but Dave Ferguson, Nuro’s co-founder, said he envisions a longer-term model through which shopper orders more on-demand. Nuro also plans partnerships with other retailers beyond Kroger, which it may build by sharing a cut of the revenue.

Still, with driverless-grocery delivery in its infancy, the Kroger partnership faces a number of uncertainties.

It will take time to build out the infrastructure necessary to support it at scale. Planning for expansion is difficult because demographics across the U.S. may differ in 10 or 20 years. Meantime, markets across the country vary drastically in when, what and how frequently they order their groceries.

There is also the importance of making sure someone is home to pick up the groceries once they are delivered to their house.

And there are legal questions, should the driverless cars lead to accidents. “It’s our responsibility to make sure those vehicles are safe and safely navigating the roads,” said Nuro’s Ferguson. source

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Shock As Huge Section Of Cell Phone Service Across America Goes Down Leaving People To Ask Is It A Solar Flare Or Possibly EMP Attack?

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AT&T, Cricket Wireless, FirstNet, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular and Straight Talk are all down across the US, leaving customers unable to make calls

Citizens all across America got a shock this morning when their mobile phone service went down and out for the count with 54% of all users surveyed saying their service was strongly affected, and a third saying they have no service at all. As I write this, I am one of those people with no service, the ominous SOS sign where my signal used to be. What’s behind all of this? It will be interesting to hear the explanation when it finally comes, but I have a few ideas.

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25 (KJB)

As we have been telling you for many months, 2024 is a year of continuing momentous change, every bit as much that 2020 was, albeit for different reasons. Whatever the final explanation is on this whole mess, it is highly likely that they pulled the system intentionally. Service outages of this magnitude just don’t ‘happen’, they are planned. EMP, solar flares, there are many things capable of disrupting the system, and as we get closer to the election, be prepared for many more such ‘disruptions’, because they’re coming.

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AT&T down with iPhones stuck in SOS mode as people say ‘world is ending’

FROM THE SUN US: Multiple mobile networks including AT&T have gone down across the US with iPhones stuck on SOS mode, leaving panicked customers fearing the ‘end of the world’. Concerned folk across the US are facing major disruptions to their service as several providers have gone down. The outage has caused major disruptions with several police departments warning that people have been unable to call or text 911.

According to Downdetector, AT&T, Cricket Wireless, FirstNet, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular and Straight Talk are all down. People have taken to X, formerly Twitter, to voice their concern at the major disruption to US mobile networks.

One user wrote: “Confirmation from around the US on a nationwide cellular network outage. Seems to have affected @ATT first, then later reports from other phones on @TMobile @Verizon and more.

“I can’t imagine this is incompetence or a single node failure. Concerned it could be a #cyberattack.”

Other AT&T customers have reported their iPhones being stuck in ‘SOS’ mode as a result of the outage.

 iPhones enter SOS mode when they lose cellular connection, allowing users to still make SOS calls or texts to emergency services on models from the iPhone 13 onwards.

Many X users have grown suspicious of the mass outage impacting so many major providers at once.

One user wrote: “Got the “sos” mode and thought the world was ending.”

Another said: “Anyone else experiencing these “SOS only” outages on @ATT? Is the world ending?”

A third asked: “OK conspiracy theorists and smart people who know more than me…what is behind the cell carrier outage overnight?”

While a fourth added: “AI bots failing… AT&T down… it’s happening folks.” READ MORE

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But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. The Lord has given us an open door with a tremendous ‘course’ for us to fulfill that will create an excellent experience at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Please pray for our efforts, and if the Lord leads you to donate, be as generous as possible. The war is REAL, the battle HOT and the time is SHORTTO THE FIGHT!!!

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You Are Invited To Come To The NTEB Camp Meeting Weekend 2024 Where Our Theme This Year Will Be ‘Set The Captives Free’ And Jail Ministry Boot Camp!

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Welcome to the 4th Annual NTEB Old-Fashioned Camp Meeting Weekend Here in Saint Augustine, Florida

Whenever the third weekend in May rolls around, you know it’s time for wonderful weather, the possibility of the Springtime Rapture of the Church, and of course, the annual NTEB Camp Meeting Weekend here in Saint Augustine, Florida. This year we have booked May 17th – 19th to get help you get your ‘revival fires’ back up and blazing. Our theme will center around jail ministry and Bibles Behind Bars.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” Isaiah 61:1 (KJB)

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  • NOTE: There is no cost to attend Camp Meeting Weekend, but donations gratefully accepted to help defray the cost, thank you!

Our theme this year will be especially interesting for anyone who is interested in jail and prison ministry on any level. Featured preachers will include Bro. Roy Bell from Old School Bible Baptist Ministries in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Chaplain Steve Harrington from the Adair County Regional Jail in Stillwell, Oklahoma.

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Bro. Roy will preach on life from the prisoners perspective having been incarcerated for nearly 30 years, and Chaplain Steve will preach on what it’s like to minister the word of God to the prisoners. Revival broke out in his jail last year after we sent them Bibles, and he will tell you all about it. Christian, you will come away from this meeting excited and encouraged to begin ministering where you live. This will be a real-deal jail ministry boot camp, you’re not going to want to miss it. See you there!

OUR 2024 NTEB CAMP MEETING SCHEDULE:

  • FRIDAY MAY 17TH: Come to the Bookstore and meet NTEB’ers from all over America and Canada. Enjoy an open house reception with refreshments from 2:30 – 5:30 and browse the Bookstore to see all the exciting new books and accessories.
  • SATURDAY MAY 18TH: We start off with STREET PREACHING and gospel tracts in downtown Saint Augustine on the corner of St. George & Hypolita Streets from Noon – 1:30 PM. This will be followed by a fellowship lunch afterwards.
  • SUNDAY MAY 19TH:
    11:30-12:00: Check-in at Kelly Farms
    12-1:30: Dinner on the Grounds
    Southern BBQ Lunch Catered by Brisky’s BBQ
    1:30-5:00: Camp Meeting Begins
    Bible Teaching on End Times Prophecy with Bro. Geoffrey Grider
    Bible Preaching on Jail ministry with Bro. Roy Bell and Chaplain Steve Harrington.
    Open Forum Q&A on Jail Ministry

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But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. The Lord has given us an open door with a tremendous ‘course’ for us to fulfill that will create an excellent experience at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Please pray for our efforts, and if the Lord leads you to donate, be as generous as possible. The war is REAL, the battle HOT and the time is SHORTTO THE FIGHT!!!

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HIS KINGDOM COME? Prince William Makes Startling Announcement About Gaza War Leading Royal Watchers To Suspect He’s Preparing To Be King

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Israel has responded to Prince William’s statement over the Gaza conflict, saying the country also wants to see an end to the fighting. Is he preparing to be king?

King Charles III was shockingly diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago, with the Palace being typically tight-lipped about his prognosis, and not revealing many details. But if the recent announcements of Prince William are an indicator, a transition is being talked about if not already actively in the planning stage.

“Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.” Psalm 20:9 (KJB)

The announcement published by Prince William calls for an end to the war in Gaza, a release of the hostages and increased aid. It was a very royal, and kingly, statement to make for the prince who seems destined to higher office. Nothing that happens in politics, in any nation, is by accident or coincidence, and it sure looks like England is preparing themselves for a new king.

Israel responds to Prince William’s shock statement over Gaza conflict – as experts claim well-choreographed intervention shows he plans to be a hands-on King

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: The Prince of Wales, 41, ramped up his family’s response to the Israel-Hamas war after he and wife Kate had earlier put out a joint statement of ‘distress’. The heir to the throne expressed how his family was ‘deeply concerned’ about its ‘human cost’ in an impassioned statement just hours after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for an ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’.

It comes as royal experts say that his well-choreographed call for an end to the Gaza conflict showed he plans to be a hands-on King – while MPs have questioned whether King Charles knew about his son’s statement before it was released. The comment comes just the day before MPs will debate and vote on an SNP measure calling for an unqualified ‘immediate ceasefire’ to end the bloodshed, even if Israeli hostages are not returned.

Labour has added an amendment as it also calls for an ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’, adding a string of caveats to the demand.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Forces said: ‘Israelis of course want to see an end to the fighting as soon as possible and that will be possible once the 134 hostages are released and once the Hamas terror army threatening to repeat the October 7 atrocities is dismantled.

‘We appreciate the Prince of Wales’ call for Hamas to free the hostages. We also recall with gratitude his statement from October 11 condemning Hamas’ terror attacks and reaffirming Israel’s right of self defence against them.’

Conservative MPs were wary of publicly criticising Prince William but some questioned the royal’s ‘highly political’ message, calling his intervention ‘unwise’. But royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said today’s intervention was evidence that William was following elements of his father Charles’ ‘outspoken’ approach to issues of the day.

He told MailOnline: ‘The language William used in this statement was very stark.

‘William has not been outspoken in the same way as Charles and tends to behave more like the Queen by being very circumspect.

‘But he can be outspoken in very specific circumstances when he knows his words will carry weight.

‘So while their style is very different, there something in his father in the way he made this statement.

‘Over time we will judge how his style develops.’

Mr Fitzwilliams added that William was ‘following in his father’s footsteps’ by showing his interest interfaith relations. The Prince’s statement insisted ‘too many have been killed’ since Hamas’s terrorist attack on Israel on 7 October last year. READ MORE

Now The End Begins is your front line defense against the rising tide of darkness in the last Days before the Rapture of the Church

When you contribute to this fundraising effort, you are helping us to do what the Lord called us to do. The money you send in goes primarily to the overall daily operations of this site. When people ask for Bibles, we send them out at no charge. When people write in and say how much they would like gospel tracts but cannot afford them, we send them a box at no cost to them for either the tracts or the shipping, no matter where they are in the world. We have a Gospel Billboard program. We are now broadcasting Bible studies, Podcasts and a Sunday Service 5 times a week, thanks to your generous donations. All this is possible because YOU pray for us, YOU support us, and YOU give so we can continue growing.

But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. The Lord has given us an open door with a tremendous ‘course’ for us to fulfill that will create an excellent experience at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Please pray for our efforts, and if the Lord leads you to donate, be as generous as possible. The war is REAL, the battle HOT and the time is SHORTTO THE FIGHT!!!

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJB)

“Thank you very much!” – Geoffrey, editor-in-chief, NTEB

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