Government, Business

Factories Pivot to Fight Coronavirus, but Challenges Abound

Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. Robots weld a vehicle at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan in May 2011. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Factories across industries are trying to answer the call of duty amid a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 15,000 lives and sickened 350,000 people globally.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Amazon Put Safety First

A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield processing and distribution center in Virginia in December 2018. A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield processing and distribution center in Virginia in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the U.S., more people are relying on the mail and delivery services to provide them food, medicine and household items.

Evan MacDonald | The Plain Dealer
March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

FedEx’s Fred Smith: It’s Unlikely Company Will Need Federal Help

FedEx CEO Fred Smith FedEx CEO Fred Smith on CBS' "Face the Nation" on March 22. (Face the Nation via YouTube)

FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith said during a television appearance that he doesn’t expect his company to seek assistance from the federal government to survive the economic downturn being caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Truck Drivers, Logistics Personnel Deemed ‘Essential’ in Security Memo

Driver behind the wheel John Sommers II for Transport Topics

An updated guidance memo issued by the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency clearly identifies truck drivers and related logistics personnel as “essential employees” helping the nation attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2020
Business, Fuel

Glut of Jet Fuel Is on Brink of Overwhelming Global Storage

Jet refueling Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The world is close to running out of space to store all the fuel that jets are no longer burning.

March 22, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Ports Seek Emergency Aid as Business Plummets

Port of New York-New Jersey Leadership at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey say cargo volume could fall by 30% compared with last year. (Port of New York and New Jersey via YouTube)

The leadership of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking $1.9 billion in federal assistance, joining the growing list of ports asking Washington for aid as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on business at those facilities.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2020
Business, Safety, Top 100

Walmart Plans 150,000 New Hires, Virus Testing Sites

Walmart headquarters Walmart says it is ready to begin virus tests in the Chicago area, primarily for health care workers and first responders. (Wochit News via YouTube)

Walmart Inc. is hiring 150,000 temporary workers and readying its parking lots for coronavirus tests as the world’s largest retailer girds itself to deal with the unprecedented challenges of the fast-spreading outbreak.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2020
Government, Business

Dow Drops More Than 900 Points, Ending Worst Week Since 2008

A trader reacts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 26. For the last month, global stocks have cratered. A trader reacts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 26. Over the course of the last month, global stocks have cratered. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Stocks sank to their worst week since the financial crisis of 2008 as traders went into full retreat out of fear that the coronavirus will plunge the U.S. and other major economies into deep recessions.

Alex Veiga | AP Business Writer
March 20, 2020
Government, Business

Transportation Leaders Call on White House for Help in Coronavirus Fight

FedEx and UPS trucks Julio Cortez/AP

The leaders of American Trucking Associations, FedEx Corp., UPS Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service are asking the White House to ensure that measures taken by federal, state and local governments to slow the spread of the coronavirus do not hinder their efforts to deliver needed goods to citizens.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 20, 2020
Government, Business

States Suspend Weight Limits for Trucks Involved in Coronavirus Relief

Trucks entering a weigh station Trucks enter a weigh station. About a dozen states have lifted weight restrictions to help with coronavirus pandemic relief. (Getty Images)

Officials in multiple states have lifted restrictions on truck weight limits to allow delivery vehicles involved in emergency relief efforts to accommodate more freight during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2020

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