Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Enlists Researchers to Build Box-Packing Warehouse Robots

Amazon Robotics Competition

Sixteen teams of robotics researchers are traveling to Japan this week to help Inc. solve its warehouse problem.

Joshua Brustein | Bloomberg News
July 27, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Cargo Activity at Illinois Airport Jumps 39% as UPS, Amazon Flights Increase

Amazon Plane Chicago Rockford International Airport

More jobs and cash have landed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where cargo volume is up nearly 40% for the first six months of the year compared with the first half of 2016.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
July 26, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Bill Gates Backs Uber Freight Rival Convoy

Bill Gates Jean-Philippe Riant/Visual/Zuma Press/TNS

As Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos jockey for the designation of world’s wealthiest man, the Seattle billionaires are united behind at least one local venture. They’re both investors in Convoy Inc., a trucking logistics startup that competes with Uber Technologies Inc.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Fulfillment Center Planned Near Cleveland, on Former Mall Site

Amazon warehouse Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

An fulfillment center could bring more than 1,200 jobs to the long-ailing village of North Randall, Ohio. Across the country, the e-commerce giant is disrupting the traditional retail business and contributing to shopping malls’ struggles. In Northeast Ohio, though, Amazon is literally replacing them. The North Randall project, an 855,000-square-foot building, would occupy approximately 69 acres of the former Randall Park Mall site.

Michelle Jarboe | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
July 20, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Million Square-Foot Distribution Center in Detroit to be Redeveloped — Reportedly for Amazon

Forklift in empty warehouse alexey05/iStock

Up to 1,000 jobs could be coming to Shelby Township, Michigan through the development of a more than 1-million-square-foot distribution center at a former automotive electronics supplier site.

Christina Hall | Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2017
Business, Logistics

Ingram Micro to Offer Amazon Prime Fulfillment Service

Amazon fulfillment center Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Ingram Micro Commerce & Fulfillment, a third-party logistics provider, launched a program to assist clients that sell their products through the one- to two-day delivery service of’s Prime service.

Transport Topics
July 17, 2017
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Intermodal Operators Expand in E-Commerce as Online Retailers Seek to Control Costs

Train Jerry Huddleston/Flickr

Intermodal rail and trucking companies are competing to meet the transportation needs of e-commerce businesses while adapting to how these new supply chains differ from those of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
July 13, 2017
Business, Technology

Amazon’s Prime Day Proves to Be Biggest Shopping Day Ever

Amazon fulfillment center Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times/MCT Inc.’s third annual Prime Day event turned out to be the biggest day ever for the e-commerce giant, with sales surpassing traditional retailing blowouts like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2017

Amazon, UPS Announce Plans for Salt Lake City Distribution Centers

Amazon Inc. and UPS Inc. are expanding their footprints with distribution centers in Salt Lake City.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Amazon to Become Major Produce Shipper With Purchase of Whole Foods

John Sommers II for TT

With its pending purchase of the Whole Foods grocery chain, will become a major shipper for fresh produce, a transport market that has always been difficult and is now getting even more challenging.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
June 28, 2017