Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

‘Tens of Millions’ of COVID Tests Are in the Mail

A cotton swab from a COVID-19 self-test kit A cotton swab from a COVID-19 self-test kit. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

About 60 million households in the U.S. have ordered at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government and “tens of millions” of tests have been shipped out by the U.S. Postal Service, according to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.

Josh Wingrove | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Vaccine Rule Raises Shipping Costs for Canadian Grocer

A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg News)

The head of one of Canada’s largest supermarket chains says the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border is raising the cost of shipping fresh food. But so far, it has had little impact on the retailer’s ability to stock shelves.

Derek Decloet | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Foreign Truckers Must Be Vaccinated to Enter US Starting Jan. 22

Vehicles enter the U.S. from Canada at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. Vehicles enter the U.S. from Canada at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Starting Jan. 22, travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry — notably along the Canadian and Mexican borders — and ferry points who are not U.S. citizens must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 20, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Vaccine Mandate Likely Defeated Following Supreme Court Stay

gavel William_Potter/Getty Images

While the U.S. Supreme Court has remanded the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test law for large businesses back to a lower court, trucking industry experts said the high court’s action likely spells defeat for the proposal.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

USPS Site Begins Taking COVID Test Requests website

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Jan. 18 quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.

Zeke Miller | Associated Press
January 18, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Breaking News

Supreme Court Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Rule for Large US Businesses

SCOTUS The Supreme Court building. (Bill Chizek/Getty Images)

The United States Supreme Court on Jan. 13 blocked enforcement of the Biden administration’s proposed sweeping vaccine rules, which would have required companies with more than 100 employees — including trucking companies — to ensure workers receive a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 13, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Supreme Court Weighs Vaccine Rules

SCOTUS Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Supreme Court appears divided on legal challenges centering on the scope and federal authority of the Biden administration’s sweeping proposed COVID vaccine mandate, which would require private-sector firms to vaccinate or test tens of millions of employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 7, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

States Raise Tolls in Response to Budget Issues

Turnpike A truck travels on the express toll lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike. (New Jersey Turnpike Authority via Facebook)

In an effort to avert financial shortfalls for highway programs due to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of states have raised their tolls for cars and trucks, effective Jan. 1.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Despite Supply Issues and Omicron, Holiday Sales Rise 8.5%

TVs at Target A shopper looks at televisions during a Black Friday sale at a Target in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Holiday sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years, even as shoppers grappled with higher prices, product shortages and a raging new COVID-19 variant in the last few weeks of the season, according to one spending measure.

December 27, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Supreme Court to Hold Special Session on Vaccine Mandates

The Supreme Court Light from the morning sun illuminates the Supreme Court in Washington Dec. 3. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will hold a special session Jan. 7 to weigh challenges to two Biden administration policies covering vaccine requirements for millions of workers — policies that affect large employers and health care workers.

Jessica Gresko | Associated Press
December 22, 2021