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Government, Business, Fuel

US Proceeding With Oil Reserves Release Despite Price Drop

Oil Drilling

The U.S. will proceed with its plan to release 50 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves despite a new coronavirus variant triggering a sharp drop in crude prices.

Jennifer Epstein | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2021
Business, Fuel

Natural Gas Plunges 12% on Demand-Killing US Weather Outlook

LNG

Natural gas futures plummeted as much as 12% in the U.S. as forecasts shifted warmer through the middle of next month, allaying concern about tight domestic supplies amid a global shortage of the heating fuel.

Gerson Freitas Jr. | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2021
Crossword

Crossword Puzzle Solution for November 29, 2021

Crossword solution

Here's the solution to the crossword puzzle found in the November 29, 2021 print edition.

November 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Perspective

Perspective: Supporting Operations With Trailer Intelligence

Automated truck companies make for popular industry conversation, but with great automated truck power comes great trailer responsibility. When exploring automated solutions, fleets must ensure their trailers get technological attention as well.

Ross Froat | Vice President, Engineering and Government Affairs, Peterson Manufacturing
November 29, 2021
Government

Congress Faces Funding Deadline as White House Touts Infrastructure

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

A Dec. 3 funding deadline for most of the federal government awaits members of Congress returning to Washington this week. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 29, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Buttigieg, Landrieu Lead White House Infrastructure Task Force

Pete Buttigieg and Mitch Landrieu

President Joe Biden has created a Cabinet-level task force that will set priorities and oversee implementation of the comprehensive $1 trillion infrastructure bill that he signed into law on Nov. 15.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 29, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Biden to Meet With CEOs of Walmart, CVS on Holiday Supply Chain

Joe Biden

President Joe Biden plans to meet Nov. 29 with the CEOs of Walmart Inc., CVS Health Corp and other retailers as part of his efforts to tackle supply chain bottlenecks and inflation ahead of Christmas.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Commerce Head Gina Raimondo to Urge Boost in Chip Output

Gina Raimondo

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Nov. 29 will make the case for more domestic production of semiconductors in a pitch aimed at the administration’s goal to have 50% of U.S. vehicles be electric by the end of the decade.

November 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

BYD Deploys New Jersey's First Battery-Electric Refuse Trucks

Jersey City

Electric truck maker BYD Motors announced it will deliver five of its battery-electric refuse trucks to New Jersey, in what it said was the first such deployment in that state.

November 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Takes Steps to Solve Supply Chain Problems

Amazon Air plane

For Amazon, which burnished its reputation serving as a lifeline during the COVID-19 outbreak, the holiday season is an opportunity to extend its advantage over rivals.

Matt Day and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
November 29, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Inflation Surges Globally With Rising Food, Fuel Prices

Man carrying TV

BUDAPEST, Hungary — From appliance stores in the United States to food markets in Hungary and gas stations in Poland, rising consumer prices fueled by high energy costs and supply chain disruptions are putting a pinch on households and businesses worldwide.

November 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nissan Invests in Electric Vehicles, Battery Development

Ashwani Gupta and Makoto Uchida

TOKYO — Nissan said Nov. 29 it is investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) over the next five years and developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to boost its electric vehicle lineup.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
November 29, 2021

Using Social Media to Connect With Drivers, Customers

A woman snaps a photo of a mascot and a Hirschbach truck

Trucking companies are using social media to connect with drivers, build their brands and recruit and retain workers. And they’re having success.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 25, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Locomation Announces Results of Study on ARC Benefits

Locomation trucks on Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

Autonomous truck technology company Locomation announced an independent environmental impact evaluation found its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas footprint, fuel consumption and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.

November 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Truck Driver School Bustles Amid Driver Shortage

California Truck Driving Academy

Business is booming at the California Truck Driving Academy amid a nationwide shortage of longhaul drivers that has led to promises of high pay and instant job offers.

Eugene Garcia | Associated Press
November 24, 2021
Business

Consumer Spending Rebounds in October; Inflation Elevated

Customers shop for frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner at a grocery store in Mount Prospect, Ill.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in October, rising by a solid 1.3%, but inflation remains elevated, rising over the past year at the fastest pace in more than three decades.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
November 24, 2021
Government, Technology

New England Governors Abandon Pact to Reduce Transportation Pollution

Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is abandoning his administration’s ambitious plan to create a multistate compact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution after the deal failed to gain traction in other states.

Steve LeBlanc | Associated Press
November 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel

Milton Has Sold $284 Million of Nikola Stock Since Fraud Charges

Trevor Milton exits federal court in New York in July

Nikola Corp.’s founder sold his biggest batch of shares since the U.S. charged him with securities fraud, bringing the total he has disposed of since August to $284 million.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
November 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

The Value of Choice

Clevenger: With each passing year, the trucking industry’s technology market expands with more products and services designed to give fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers access to more information.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 24, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Hit 52-Year Low After Seasonal Adjustments

A hiring sign is displayed outside of a retail store in Vernon Hills, Ill.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year’s coronavirus recession.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 24, 2021