See How UPS Delivers Your Last-Minute Packages, in Timelapse

For procrastinating holiday shoppers, getting a last-minute gift to arrive on time is as simple as choosing an expedited shipping option on Amazon. But for the delivery personnel tasked with ensuring that delicate Grumpy Cat snow globe is in the hands of its intended recipient in a timely manner, the task is a bit more exhausting.

Today, December 22, is expected to be the busiest day of the year for UPS, as its worldwide team of brown-shorts-loving employees prepares to deliver an estimated 36 million packages (up from 35 million in 2014). Central to this process is Worldport, a 5.2 million-square-foot sorting facility in Louisville, Kentucky, where much of the hardest work is accomplished—and typically between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., when planes from UPS’s fleet of 237 (that’s 28 more than JetBlue has) land at a rate of about one per minute.

The 90-second timelapse video above, put together by the Associated Press, provides a fascinating summary of how it all goes down. It may be enough to convince you to shop early next year.

[h/t Associated Press]

Here's the Right Way to Pronounce Kitchenware Brand Le Creuset

If you were never quite sure how to pronounce the name of beloved French kitchenware brand Le Creuset, don't fret: For the longest time, southern chef, author, and PBS personality Vivian Howard wasn't sure either.

In this video from Le Creuset, shared by Food & Wine, Howard prepares to sear some meat in her bright orange Le Creuset pot and explains, "For the longest time I had such a crush on them but I could never verbalize it because I didn’t know how to say it and I was so afraid of sounding like a big old redneck." Listen closely as she demonstrates the official, Le Creuset-endorsed pronunciation at 0:51.

Le Creuset is known for its colorful, cast-iron cookware, which is revered by pro chefs and home cooks everywhere. The company first introduced their durable pots to the world in 1925. Especially popular are their Dutch ovens, which are thick cast-iron pots that have been around since the 18th century and are used for slow-cooking dishes like roasts, stews, and casseroles.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Whole Foods Groceries To Your Door

Since its acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in 2017, Amazon has slowly been ramping up synergy between the two brands. An Amazon Go concept convenience store in Seattle allows customers to enter, scan their cell phone, and walk out with groceries without having to stand in line; select Amazon products, like their Echo devices, have made their way onto retail shelves.

Now, consumers in Austin, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Virginia Beach can use their status as an Amazon Prime customer to get free home delivery of their Whole Foods groceries. Beginning Thursday, February 8, the market will drop off orders within two hours. (One-hour delivery carries a $7.99 charge.)

“We're happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey said in a statement. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Most everything in the store is eligible for delivery, though we’re not certain they’d deliver a live lobster. “Select” alcohol is also available. You can visit to see if you’re in their delivery region. Keep checking, as they plan to expand throughout 2018.

If you’re not near a Whole Foods at all, other regional grocery chains like Wegman’s also offer home delivery on a subscription-based pricing structure.

[h/t The Verge]


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