• Reuters reports that Amazon-backed electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive "will delay the deliveries of its debut vehicle by more than a month due to supply chain issues, according to a letter written by its CEO to customers.
"Rivian, seen as a potential Tesla Inc. rival, said the timing for the first deliveries of its R1T pickup initially slated for July has now been pushed to September, while that of R1S SUVs have been delayed until the fall."
"The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated," said CEO R.J. Scaringe, adding, "Everything from facility construction, to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply has been impacted."
• Amazon has decided to cancel its Prime Day promotion in Canada because of the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Based on the impact of COVID-19 in Canada and the importance we place on protecting the health and safety of our employees, we will not hold Prime Day in Canada this year,” the company said in a statement.
• The Financial Times reports that "Ocado’s largest warehouse will be unable to fulfill the UK online supermarket’s orders for several days after a robot malfunction caused a fire. The incident at the site in south-east London is the second major blaze in the past three years at one of Ocado’s vast automated warehouses. The closure over the weekend of the Erith customer fulfillment centre, which can process 150,000 orders per week for its retail joint-venture with Marks and Spencer, caused Ocado to delay or cancel thousands of orders."