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Anheuser-Busch, Nikola, BYD Complete First Zero-Emission Beer Run

A BYD delivery truck arrives at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Anheuser-Busch announced it completed on Nov. 21 its first zero-emission beer delivery in the company’s hometown of St. Louis using only zero-emission trucks from Nikola Motor Co. and BYD Motors.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Signs Bill to Extend Government Funding

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

Agencies at the U.S. Department of Transportation and throughout the federal government will continue to operate through Dec. 20 after President Donald Trump signed a monthlong funding bill the Senate passed Nov. 21.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Coyote Predicts Spot Market Prices to Rise in Q1 2020

truck at loading dock

Coyote Logistics forecast truckload spot rates will increase heading into 2019’s peak season and continue into 2020 in its prediction for the final quarter of the year.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Business, Logistics

3,200 Union Workers With Canadian National Railway Go On Strike

Canadian Pacific Railway train

Canadian National Railway pleaded for a neutral arbitrator Nov. 21 to resolve a strike by thousands of its conductors, yard workers and other employees who walked off the job Nov. 19.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

GM CEO Mary Barra Charges Ahead With Electric Cars but Shuns Hybrids

Mary Barra

If General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra had her way, the auto industry would forget about selling hybrid electric models and instead concentrate on getting more battery-powered vehicles into showrooms.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2019
Government, Business

Pelosi, White House Seek USMCA Deal at Crucial Meeting

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is meeting Nov. 21 with President Donald Trump’s trade representative Robert Lighthizer, but she said even if they reach a deal on the stalled U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, there might not be time to vote this year.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2019
Business, Technology

Echo Global Launches EchoDrive Rewards Program

Echo Global Logistics Inc. has launched a rewards program built for its carrier network, the Chicago-based company announced.

November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Electronics, Food and Beverages Targeted by Cargo Thieves in Q3

lock on intermodal container

Two national cargo theft reports found that top targets for thieves during the third quarter included food and beverages, electronics and nonconsumable household goods such as vacuum cleaners and cleaning products, but while one report found an increase in thefts, the other reported a decline.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Business

KKW Trucking to Become Employee-Owned

KKW Trucking

KKW Trucking Inc. and its affiliates have finalized the paperwork and will become a 100% employee-owned company through its newly created employee stock ownership plan, the Pomona, Calif., company announced Nov. 20.

November 21, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 50, TCA

Integrity Express Logistics Expands Tampa Office

Integrity Express Logistics truck

TAMPA, Fla. — Integrity Express Logistics plans to add 50 or more employees earning an average of at least $60,165 a year as part of an expansion of its Tampa regional office.

Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
November 21, 2019
Business

UAW President Gary Jones Steps Down as GM Sues Rival Alleging Union Bribery

Gary Jones

DETROIT — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Nov. 20, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit of bribing union officials to get more favorable contract terms from UAW.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Selling a Truck to Detroit’s Loyal Owners May Be Tesla’s Toughest Challenge Yet

Tesla logo

Tesla CEO Elon Musk debuts Cybertruck with lots of competition from Detroit.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Cummins, Daimler Trucks Prepare to Fight Climate Change

Freightliner eCascadia

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. along with Daimler Trucks & Buses, global corporations at the center of the U.S. commercial vehicle industry, are accelerating efforts to combat climate change with their products and at their plants.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Senate Panel Says NHTSA Lax on Autonomous Regulation

Ford Argo AI test car

WASHINGTON — The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles.

November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Congressional Policymakers Drafting Autonomous Vehicles Bill

Panelists at Senate Commerce Committee hearing on autonomous vehicles

WASHINGTON — Long-awaited legislation that would set a federal regulatory framework for automated vehicles is being drafted by transportation leaders in Congress, the chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over freight affairs confirmed Nov. 20.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Trucking Must Contemplate Alternative Energy, Shell Officials Say

Shell gas station

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With the Earth's population projected to eclipse 9 billion by 2050, speakers at a Shell Rotella fleet symposium Nov. 13 said that means the pressure is on for trucking executives.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Automakers Stand to Lose Airwaves Rights as FCC Drops a Promise

Ajit Pai

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed reassigning airwaves long promised to automakers and instead allow other wireless uses on the frequencies.

Todd Shields and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Business

GM Sues Fiat Chrysler, Alleging Union Bribes

GM logo

DETROIT — General Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that its crosstown rival got an unfair business advantage by bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
November 20, 2019
Government, Business

USMCA Could Run Into Trouble as Mexican Reform Comes Up Short

Cemex

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, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019