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People Trapped, Hospital Damaged After Ian Swamps SW Florida

 A truck pulls a man on a kayak after flooding in Key West, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2 million people before aiming for the Atlantic Coast.

Curt Anderson | Associated Press
September 29, 2022
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Phillip Pinter Leads FedEx Freight Sweep in 2022 TMCSuperTech Competition

TMCSuperTech champion Phillip Pinter of FedEx Freight with TMC executives

CLEVELAND — Phillip Pinter of FedEx Freight beat out more than 120 competitors to become TMCSuperTech grand champion at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting on Sept. 27.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
September 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Private

Clean Energy Fuels, Amazon Partner on RNG

Clean Energy

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced Amazon.com Inc. will fuel trucks with renewable natural gas at the company’s public access station in Groveport, Ohio, as the two begin a larger partnership.

September 28, 2022
Government

FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration for Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Ian at Fort Myers Beach, Fla,

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration for commercial vehicles directly assisting in transporting goods and disaster relief services related to Hurricane Ian.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics

Sustainability Becomes Increasingly Critical to Supply Chain Leaders

GreenPath trucks

Sustainability is increasingly becoming a priority among supply chain leaders because of technology and turbulent economic conditions.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2022
Business, Logistics

Work Jurisdiction Issue May Impact Labor Talks for West Coast Ports

Port of Seattle

A dispute over the assignment of work at a Port of Seattle terminal potentially could disrupt talks to reach a multiyear labor agreement between 22,000 unionized dock and warehouse workers at 29 West Coast ports and management.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

Biden to Oil Industry: Don’t Raise Prices as Hurricane Nears

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, in Washington

President Joe Biden on Sept. 28 warned oil and gas companies against increasing prices for consumers as Hurricane Ian neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast.

Aamer Madhani | Associated Press
September 28, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire

FedEx Reports Declining Q1 FY 2023 Income

FedEx planes

FedEx Corp. said as the global economy slows, it is aggressively looking to reduce costs, and that it will raise rates across divisions in January.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ford Unveils Big, Gas-Fueled Pickup That’s Funding Its EV Future

Ford

Ford Motor Co.’s redesigned F-Series Super Duty pickup may lack the sex appeal of the Mustang introduced earlier this month, but this hulking warhorse is critical to funding the automaker’s electric future.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Private

Amazon’s Robotaxi Arm Zoox Coming ‘Sooner Than People Expect’

Zoox

The chief executive officer of Zoox, Amazon.com Inc.’s self-driving unit, expects autonomous vehicles to be present in cities “sooner than people expect,” but stopped short of saying when her own company’s product would appear on roads.

September 28, 2022
Business, Equipment

Average Price Seesaws for a Used Truck in August

used truck lot

The average retail price in August of a used Class 8 vehicle was much higher compared with a year earlier but less than the month before, extending a trend, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 28, 2022
Government, Safety, Logistics

Hurricane Ian Nears Florida Landfall

Hurricane Ian

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified as it neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Sept. 28, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state, and the heavily populated Naples to Sarasota...

Curt Anderson | Associated Press
September 28, 2022
Business

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September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Rail Union That Rejected Deal Signs New Tentative Agreement

A Norfolk Southern freight train runs through a crossing in Homestead, Pa.

OMAHA, Neb. — A union that rejected its deal with the nation’s freight railroads earlier this month now has a new tentative agreement, but officials cautioned that the contract dispute won’t be fully settled until all 12 rail unions approve their agreements this fall.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 27, 2022
Business

West Coast Dockworker Talks Imperiled by Seattle Labor Dispute

The Port of Seattle in Seattle, Wash.

A dispute over the assignment of work at a terminal in Seattle is casting a shadow on the outcome of talks to reach a new labor contract between 22,000 dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports and about 70 employers.

Augusta Saraiva | Bloomberg News
September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

North Dakota Is Creating Its First Combo Freight, Rail Plan

North Dakota highway

North Dakota is joining a handful of states that are merging their long-term freight and rail plans into a single document to maximize multimodal synergies and streamline federal reporting requirements.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 27, 2022
Business, Equipment, Logistics

West Coast Ports May Permanently Lose Volume Share to East Coast

Port of New York and New Jersey at daybreak

For at least one month, August, the Port of New York and New Jersey was the busiest container port in the U.S. as it nudged ahead of longtime leader Port of Los Angeles in total 20-foot-equivalent units processed.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Hurricane Ian May Be Among Costliest Storms in US History

Customers refuel at a gas station ahead of Hurricane Ian in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hurricane Ian is poised to become one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, threatening to slam Florida’s western coastline with 125 mph winds.

Brian K. Sullivan | Bloomberg News
September 27, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

McLeod Expands Data Analytics, Introduces New Web User Interface

McLeod

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — McLeod Software is expanding its data analytics and business intelligence capabilities along with other tools designed to help its carrier and freight broker customers navigate an uncertain business environment.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 27, 2022
Government

Democrats Unveil Spending Bill to Finance Government Through Dec. 16

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, shakes hands with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), right.

Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a stopgap spending measure to finance the federal government through Dec. 16, provide additional support to Ukraine and help communities respond to recent natural disasters.

Kevin Freking | Associated Press
September 27, 2022