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Business, Equipment, Safety

Bridgestone Set to Restart North American Tire Plant Operations

Bridgestone plant in South Carolina

Bridgestone Americas announced plans to restart its North American commercial tire plants as well as its North American Firestone industrial products and Firestone building products manufacturing facilities April 13.

April 8, 2020
Business, Logistics

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service in Virginia Sees Surge During Pandemic

An Alphabet Wing drone delivers a package at home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Va., in 2018.

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing unit is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of customers using its drone delivery service in rural Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Business

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April 8, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Touts Infrastructure Plan as Congress Eyes Expanded Aid

President Trump at a White House press briefing

Proposals that would help the transportation sector work through the coronavirus pandemic are coming from the highest levels of government. President Donald Trump is pressing support for large investments in infrastructure funded through no-interest loans, and congressional leaders are calling for...

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Coronavirus Changing How World Feeds Itself

People wait in line to buy fish from boat captain Nick Haworth, second from right, in San Diego on March 20.

The coronavirus pandemic is short-circuiting the intricate network of producers and suppliers needed to power the global food system.

David Pierson | Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2020
Business, Safety

Amazon Stock Stability Turns Perceptions of Investor Safety Upside Down

Outside an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, N.Y., on March 31.

Investors are redefining what constitutes safety in the stock market as the unprecedented lockdown of the U.S. economy takes hold.

Luke Kawa | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Elaine Chao Emphasizes Need for Infrastructure, Safety Funds for Rural Areas

Rural

The subject of upgrading the nation’s infrastructure is an important one for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, including assurance that rural areas receive equal treatment relative to metropolitan areas when funds are distributed.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 8, 2020
Government, Business

US Air Travelers Dip Below 100,000 in Worst-Ever Free Fall

A mostly empty security area at San Francisco International Airport on April 2.

Almost every day over the past three weeks the number of people flying in the U.S. has reached a record low as the pandemic kept people home. But on April 7, the levels crossed a stark dividing line: fewer than 100,000 people.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Business

VW Considers Options for Record $3.6 Billion Dividend

New Volkswagen Passat automobiles are transported on a railway vehicle carrier outside the inactive VW automobile factory in Zwickau, Germany, on April 2.

Volkswagen AG is considering whether to pay out a record 3.3 billion-euro ($3.6 billion) dividend as planned, or use at least part of it to shore up its finances for what is shaping up to be the biggest economic crisis since World War II.

April 8, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Trucking Companies Backed by Efforts From Partners

Truckstop.com

From insurance to the digital freight marketplace to telematics, trucking companies are supported by business partners as they navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 8, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Coronavirus Spurs New Incentives for Drivers

Tyson Foods truck

Motor carriers are developing incentive plans to provide drivers with bonuses and financial support as they serve on the front lines of the country’s battle against COVID-19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 8, 2020
Business, Safety

Tesla Plans No-Pay Furloughs, Salary Cuts While Plants Idled

A worker welds a Model S sedan chassis at Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., in 2013.

Tesla Inc. will furlough noncritical employees without pay and temporarily cut executive salaries as much as 30% to conserve cash while the coronavirus pandemic forces the shutdown of much of its operations.

April 8, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Driver Health Becomes Paramount During Coronavirus Outbreak

hand sanitizer

Trucking companies are doing a lot to keep their drivers safe and healthy even as the coronavirus pandemic has caused notable disruptions throughout the economy as the number of infected continues to climb.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 8, 2020
Government, Business

GM Secures $490 Million US Contract to Make Ventilators

The GM Flint Assembly plant stands idle in Flint, Mich., on March 23.

The U.S awarded General Motors Co. and its partner Ventec Life Systems a $489.4 million contract to make 30,000 ventilators by the end of August, finalizing a deal that briefly was a point of contention for President Donald Trump.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Activity at US Ports Plummets as Coronavirus Slows World Economy

Port Jersey Marine Terminal

Activity at ports tracked by the Global Port Tracker fell in February to the lowest level in five years.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 8, 2020
Business, Safety

NTDC Canceled Because of Coronavirus Concerns

2019 NTDC participants take the written exam

American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships have been canceled due to coronavirus-related concerns. But states remain free to make independent decisions about their own events.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

UPS Manages Airlift of Health Care Supplies for FEMA

UPS cargo planes sit on the tarmac at the UPS Worldport facility in Louisville, Ky., in 2016.

UPS launched a two-week operation to run 25 cargo flights carrying masks, gloves, surgical gowns and other equipment for the health care industry under the federal government’s Project Airbridge.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2020
Business, Equipment

March Class 8 Orders Drop to Recessionary Levels

Class 8 orders

Orders for North American Class 8 vehicles in March fell below 8,000, ACT Research reported, as already weak freight demand collided with the spreading coronavirus.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx CEO Fred Smith Takes 91% Cut in Salary for Six Months

FedEx CEO Fred Smith

FedEx Corp. said Chairman and CEO Fred Smith is taking a salary cut, effective April 1, from $115,402 per month to $10,728 per month through Sept. 30.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 7, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Ship Crews Stuck in Lockdown Strain Global Supply Chains

Shipping containers stacked at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai, China, on March 23.

Port restrictions and canceled flights are straining the ability to replace seafarers on board ships, further weakening global supply chains already snarled by the coronavirus pandemic.

April 7, 2020