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Business, Technology

AI-Powered Sales Coaching: Hands-Off Virtual Training

Getty Image conveying artificial intelligence

Increasing numbers of sales managers are turning over much of their sales training responsibilities to artificial-intelligence-powered sales coaching.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
November 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Catching a Glimpse of Trucking’s Future

Freightliner Cascadia equipped with Waymo autonomous technology at MCE 2022

The exhibit hall at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition has long served as a showcase for the latest products and innovations in freight transportation. This year’s event, which ran Oct. 22-25 in San Diego, was no exception

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Who’s Who in Self-Driving Truck Development

Autonomous truck collage

The process of developing, validating and ultimately commercializing fully autonomous trucks has proven to be a long and arduous journey, but there is no shortage of software developers and technologists dedicated to accomplishing that mission.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 23, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

The Path Toward Sustainable Trucking

refueling

Every day there are new articles about an organization announcing sustainability goals and often these objectives are no longer decades away.

Daniel Burrows | Founder and CEO, TruckLabs
November 23, 2022
Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Experiment Shows AI in Connected Cars Eased Rush Hour Congestion

Specially equipped cars sit in a parking lot

As millions of people travel the interstates this Thanksgiving, many will encounter patches of traffic at a standstill for no apparent reason — no construction or accident. Researchers say the problem is you.

Travis Loller | Associated Press
November 23, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Virginia Captures Key Warehousing, Distribution Center Ventures

Youngkin

Beating out other states, Virginia snagged two warehousing and distribution center ventures worth $289 million for a logistics park and a port.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
November 23, 2022
Government, Logistics

More Truckers Opt to Use E-ZPass on Ohio Turnpike

Yellow Corp. truck traveling on the Ohio Turnpike

More commercial truck traffic continued to travel along the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike during the first nine months of this year after breaking a record in 2021.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
November 23, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Business Equipment Orders Rebounded Sharply in October

Electric pickup trucks on the assembly line

Orders placed with U.S. factories for business equipment rebounded in October, suggesting capital spending plans are holding up in the face of higher borrowing costs and broader economic uncertainty.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
November 23, 2022
Government, Safety

Buttigieg Touts Safety Progress After IIJA Enactment

DOT headquarters

To mark the anniversary of a $1 trillion infrastructure law, the nation’s top transportation officer pointed to progress in implementing safety provisions linked to freight and commuter corridors.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2022
Safety

Senate Panel Schedules FHWA Nominee Vote

Bhatt

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the agency on highway policy will be considered by a Senate panel this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2022
Business, Logistics, Breaking News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 2.8% in October

Flatbed trucks hauling freight in Bowie, Md.

Truck tonnage in October increased compared with year-ago levels but declined on a month-to-month basis, a sign that the freight market is reacting to economic and consumer trends, American Trucking Associations said.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2022
Business

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November 22, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Stellantis Has Glut of Cars Stuck at Plant on Logistics Troubles

Sports utility vehicles on the assembly line at the Stellantis plant

Stellantis NV has thousands of cars stuck at its Sochaux plant in eastern France as logistics problems that impacted the maker of Peugeot 3008 SUVs last quarter persist.

Albertina Torsoli | Bloomberg News
November 22, 2022
Business, Logistics

East Coast Ports Continue to Gain Business Amid Concerns Over West Coast Labor Talks

A gantry crane moves a container at the Port of Los Angeles

Ongoing concern about labor and management talks regarding two separate contract negotiations and a slowing U.S. economy resulted in a big drop in container volume at two of the nation’s biggest ports on the Pacific Coast.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Holiday Shopping Season Brings Hopes for Supply Chain Improvements

Employees walk past a conveyor belt carrying packages

As this year’s holiday shopping season ramps up, shipping industry experts say supply chain issues that plagued the season last year have alleviated, but there are other dynamics at play.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 22, 2022
Business, Logistics

Analyst: Carriers Feeling Effects of Higher Operating Costs

Dean Croke

DALLAS — Higher operating costs, more volatile market cycles and a shift from West Coast ports are characteristics of the post-pandemic freight market, according to an industry analyst.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2022
Business, Logistics

Norfolk Southern to Buy Cincinnati Rail Line for $1.62 Billion

A Norfolk Southern Corp. freight locomotive

Norfolk Southern Corp. agreed to acquire Cincinnati Southern Railway, tightening the company’s grip on a critical 337-mile line it already operates under a lease agreement.

Richard Clough | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2022
Government, Fuel

Diesel Sheds 8¢ to $5.233 a Gallon

Tanker deposits fuel into a storage tank at a service station

The national average price for diesel slid 8 cents to $5.233 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released Nov. 21.

Alaric Nightingale | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2022
Business, Logistics

Carriers Feeling Cheery About On-Time Holiday Deliveries

Employees sort packages for delivery at the FedEx regional hub

The nation’s major shipping companies are in the best shape to get holiday shoppers’ packages delivered on time since the start of the pandemic, suggesting a return to normalcy.

David Sharp | Associated Press
November 21, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

December Strike Possible as Rail Union Rejects Labor Deal

railroad tracks

The possibility of a nationwide freight rail strike beginning as early as Dec. 9 moved one step closer when the union SMART-TD, one of the largest in contract talks with the six Class I freight carriers, turned down a tentative agreement negotiated in mid-September by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh...

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
November 21, 2022