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USMCA Could Runs Into Trouble as Mexican Reform Comes Up Short


It was a historic moment for Mexico: the first time workers were given the right to vote on a labor contract negotiated by their union under a new law.

Nacha Cattan | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Business, Equipment

Medium-Duty Sales Continued to Climb in October

Mitsubishi Fuso FE180 gasoline fueled cabover Class 5

U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks rose 12.4% in October, led by strong gains in Class 6 vehicles, reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

AI Poised to Impact High-Skill US Jobs, Including Finance

Robot arm

Artificial intelligence is coming for America’s high-paid professions as it creates winners and losers across the labor market like never before.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Intensifies Fossil Fuel Fight With New Drilling Ban

Fossil Fuel Fight

California intensified its battle against fossil fuels by seeking independent reviews of all pending hydraulic fracturing permits and halting approvals of a key production technique in an area that has pumped crude for more than a century.

November 20, 2019
Business, Safety, Logistics

Pilot Flying J Announces One9 Network to Attract Small Fleets

Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J announced a network of fueling stations designed for smaller fleets, hoping to attract their business with more locations, credit, benefits and perks.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon Plans to Open Cashierless Supermarkets Next Year

Amazon is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company’s cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retailers.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Nissan Plans First Bond Sale Since Scandals After Leader Changes


Nissan Motor Co. is planning its first bond sale since scandals involving its ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn and former CEO Hiroto Saikawa, according to people familiar with the matter.

November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Automation Debate Across Trucking Industry Lingers, Lawmakers Say

Josh Resnik, Trey Hollingsworth, Henry Cuellar

WASHINGTON — Federal policymakers seek to reassure truckers about their future in the labor force as they acknowledge the need to adapt to a new landscape amid advancements in automation.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Dean Foods Bankruptcy Should Have Little Impact on Trucking, Experts Say

Milk case in grocery store

Trucking and agriculture officials said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Dean Foods and its decision to sell its assets to the national milk marketing cooperative Dairy Farmers of America should have little impact on the trucking industry, at least in the short term.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Calls Uber’s Fatal Crash a Lesson for All Automated Vehicle Testing

Self-driving Uber involved in fatal accident in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018

A 2018 fatal pedestrian crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. automated vehicle in Arizona indicates that the challenges of self-driving vehicle operations have not yet been solved, and underscores a lack of sufficient federal and state oversight of developmental automated vehicle testing,...

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Perspective

Perspective: Blockchain Useful in the Food Supply Chain

Blockchain technology is capable of providing end-to-end transparency about where food originated and traveled, which can help reduce the risk of foodborne illness and the cost of produce contamination.

John Monarch | CEO & Co-Founder, ShipChain
November 19, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 50, TCA

Logistics Firm Mode Reaches Agreement in $2.3 Billion Merger With SunteckTTS

SunteckTTS office

Dallas-based Mode Transportation and SunteckTTS Inc. have reached an agreement to merge the two transportation and logistics companies under the Mode branding, generating more than $2 billion in annual revenue, according to a release.

Dom DiFurio | The Dallas Morning News
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Slams Uber Self-Driving Car Unit’s Safety Culture

Uber self-driving fleet

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle unit lacked an effective safety culture at the time when one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Nov. 19.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Announces Plans to Make Breakthrough Battery Technology Available to All


Nikola Corp. announced it entered into a letter of intent to acquire a world-class battery engineering team to help bring to pre-production a new battery, and called it the first battery that would remove binder material and current collectors, enabling more energy storage within the cell.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Global Shipment Giant DHL Says Worst Is Over for Trade, Brexit

DHL vehicles

The worst may be over for global trade as tensions over Brexit and the U.S.-China relationship show signs of easing, according to John Pearson of DHL Express.

Richard Weiss | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Commodity Shippers Struggle to Obtain 2020-Compliant Fuel


Ships are struggling to obtain the fuels they need to test them in time for the start of sweeping environmental legislation that takes effect in six weeks’ time, a situation that could ultimately result in vessels having to temporarily halt trading.

November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Convoy to Expand Services After $400 Million in New Funding

Convoy booth at MATS 2019

Convoy’s intentions for putting a recent $400 million package of additional investment capital to work are straightforward — keep expanding its digital freight business through more machine learning, more automated loads, and more drop-and-hook arrangements.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Yamato Transport Rolls Out Electric Vehicles for Parcel Delivery Near Tokyo

A Yamato Holdings sign

Yamato Transport Co. unveiled on Nov. 19 what it says is a greener, compact, driver-friendly electric truck that may offer hope for coping with the acute labor shortage in Japan’s door-to-door parcel delivery industry.

Masumi Koizumi | Japan Times
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

New AAPA CEO Chris Connor Jumps Into US-China Trade Dispute

Containership at Xiamen, China

Chris Connor, the new president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities, knows his way around shipping after nearly 40 years in the industry, but his challenge now is to learn the perspective of port operators and government agencies regulating the facilities.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Industry Stakeholders React Positively to Biden's Infrastructure Plan

Presidential candidate Joe Biden

Industry stakeholders say 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden's $1.3 trillion investment plan in the nation’s infrastructure network is a good step.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019