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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Keeping Up With the ‘Hands’ of Time

The notion of being a “hands-on” worker still carries weight in professional circles. Increasingly, though, some of the things that once were decidedly “hands-on” are becoming much more “hands-off” thanks to the march of technological innovation.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Safety

Drug Positivity Rate in US General Workforce Hit 14-Year High in 2018

Drug Positivity Rate A hair sample is tested at Quest Diagnostics. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

The rate of U.S. general workforce drug positivity hit a 14-year high in 2018, according to a new drug testing analysis released April 11 by Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Senate Panel Advances Diesel Emissions Legislation

exhaust from diesel truck Getty Images

Legislation that aims to facilitate emissions reduction from diesel engines was easily approved April 10 by the committee that oversees surface transportation policy in the U.S. Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Retailers, Logistics Firms Expand Final-Mile Delivery to Meet Rising E-Commerce Expectations

Workhorse Group delivery drone Workhorse Group showcases an electric van and a delivery drone in the exhibit hall at Home Delivery World in Philadelphia. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics )

PHILADELPHIA — Retailers and transportation providers are embracing a blend of final-mile delivery strategies to keep pace with rapidly shifting online shopping habits.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Hemp Transport Legality Awaits Appeals Court Decision in Idaho Lawsuit

Trailer full of seized hemp Idaho State Police confiscated this load of industrial hemp in January. (Idaho State Police)

A decision expected soon by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could send a clear signal to truckers and shippers on the legality of transporting industrial hemp across state lines.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Warehouse Tech Startup Stord Receives $12.4 Million Investment

Stord Stord CEO Sean Henry (left) and CTO Jacob Boudreau founded the company in 2015. (Stord Inc.)

Stord Inc., an Atlanta-based startup that offers a technology platform for warehouse operators to market unused space, has received $12.4 million in funding from a group of investors that includes Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus, Dynamo, Rise of the Rest Fund and Engage Ventures.

April 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Prognostics Takes Shape as the Future of Truck Repair

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit

Condition-based maintenance is coming to commercial vehicles, and bringing with it transformative possibilities to expand real-time operational insights, foster an improved warranty process and, perhaps, accelerate sales of replacement parts, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

With an Eye on Trump, Refiners Tout IMO Clean Fuel Rule as US Win

oil Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

U.S. oil refiners, in line for a windfall from new ship-fuel rules, are taking steps to lock in the change quickly, concerned it could fall victim to President Donald Trump’s re-election push.

Stephen Cunningham | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2019

Schneider Adds 4,200 Intermodal Containers in 2018

Schneider Schneider containers lined up. (Schneider)

Schneider added more than 4,200 intermodal containers in 2018 — a 24% increase from the year before — for a total of 22,200, according to a company news release.

April 11, 2019
Government, Business

Economic Growth: First Quarter Looking Good, Rest of Year Is Not

Justin Ide/Bloomberg News

Economists expect U.S. first-quarter growth to decelerate less than previously thought even as they cut forecasts for the rest of the year, projecting a second-quarter rebound will fade as the effects of tax cuts wane.

Reade Pickert and Catarina Saraiva | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2019