Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS Sees Payoff From $20 Billion Tech Bet, but Investors Remain Wary

UPS Kim Raff/Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. is counting on algorithms you can’t see to prove that investors were wrong to doubt its three-year, $20 billion technological makeover. It’s all part of CEO David Abney’s bet on squeezing out costs and becoming more nimble as UPS adjusts to surging e-commerce deliveries.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: The Human Element for Automated Technology

Across three industry events in the span of just a few days last week, the evolution of automated driving was front and center, with everyone from government leaders to technology innovators looking ahead to how — and at what pace — automation might someday reshape the trucking industry.

Transport Topics
February 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robotic Vehicles, Loading Zone Updates Seen as Tools for Final-Mile Delivery

An autonomous parcel delivery robot, developed by Starship Technologies. An autonomous parcel delivery robot, by Starship Technologies. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — More freight is moving and e-commerce is booming, but there is a finite amount of urban space for road use and parking for delivery vehicles. It’s a problem known as the final mile, and it’s especially profound in cities.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Business, Technology, TCA

How Grocer Giant Competes for Your Virtual Shopping Cart

Peapod Delivery Truck Peapod is the grocery delivery division of Dutch company, Royal Ahold NV. (Tim Boyle,Bloomberg News)

The willingness of consumers to try buying groceries online has helped fuel a fiercely competitive market, and one that analysts expect to grow. The Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen predicted this year that 70% of consumers will regularly shop for groceries online by 2022 or 2024.

Ellie Silverman | Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Report: Machines to Handle More Than Half of Workplace Tasks by 2025

Automated robots at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. Automated robots at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP)

GENEVA — More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Sept. 17 that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years.

Jamey Keaten | Associated Press
September 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Perspective

Opinion: Automated Technology Ready Now Can Ease Capacity Crunch

What if I told you that another form of automated technology could help ease the industry’s capacity crunch right now? Automated routing and scheduling can maximize the usage of available driver time, take some recruiting pressure off of fleets and address the very real challenge of keeping drivers on your staff and behind the wheel once you’ve found them.

William Salter | CEO, Paragon Software Systems
August 7, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

FHWA Launches Nationwide Initiative on Highway Automation

Autonomous vehicles "talk" to each other U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Highway Administration will host a series of meetings throughout the remainder of the year that will bring government and private-sector representatives together over the topic of highway automation

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

MoDOT Grapples With Issues Related to Vehicle Automation

Tesla Self-Driving Tesla Model S with self-driving technology by Andreas Arnold/Bloomberg

As the auto market becomes more saturated with electric vehicles and vehicles with automation capabilities, the Missouri Department of Transportation is grappling with the changes these types of vehicles present.

Eric Dundon | Hannibal Courier - Post
April 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Freight Brokers Using Technology to Automate Processes

TIA panel of experts on automation Panelists (from left) Jason Kerner of Project 44, Robert Nathan of LoadDelivered, Tom Heine of Aljex Software, Noam Frankel of FreightFriend, Scott Moscrip of and moderator Ramona Hood of FedEx Supply Chain. (Daniel P. Bearth/TT)

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Automation isn’t just for trucks. There was plenty of evidence at the Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas conference and exhibition here that it’s also going to change the way freight is managed by shippers and third-party logistics companies.

April 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Industry Turns Gaze to Automation

Automated driving technology has been a consistently hot topic in the trucking industry over the past few years, but the glare of the spotlight was particularly bright last week at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting and beyond.

Transport Topics
March 9, 2018