Business, Safety, Logistics, Breaking News

Amazon to Hire 100,000 to Help Meet Coronavirus-Related Order Spike

An Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey Employees pull carts containing online orders at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com will hire 100,000 people — and give U.S. workers a $2-an-hour raise — in an effort to meet crushing demand from customers placing online orders for household essentials rather than going to crowded stores.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 16, 2020
Government, Business

Canada to Close Border Except for US Citizens, Commerce

Justin Trudeau Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media outside his home in Ottawa on March 13. (David Kawai/Bloomberg)

Canada is closing its borders to anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced March 16. However, the declaration does not affect the shipment of goods into the country, and for now, U.S. citizens.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 16, 2020
Business, Fuel

Oil Supertankers Fetch Astronomical Rates With Vessels Scarce

An Iranian crude oil tanker sits anchored off the coast of Gibraltar in July 2019. An Iranian crude oil tanker sits anchored off the coast of Gibraltar in July 2019. (Marcelo del Pozo/Bloomberg News)

Oil companies are being forced to pay exorbitant prices for oil tankers as shipowners book vessels for storage and Saudi Arabia snaps up ships as it prepares to flood the market with crude.

Firat Kayakiran | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Business, Safety, TCA

Some Fiat Chrysler Workers Walk Out Over COVID-19 Fears

Outside the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Detroit, in February 2019. Outside the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Detroit, in February 2019. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

Seventeen Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV employees in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant’s paint shop stopped working over concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic, though production continues, the automaker confirmed March 16.

Breana Noble | The Detroit News
March 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Coronavirus Prompts Some State Groups to Postpone Truck Driving Championships

2019 Louisiana Truck Driving Championships Competitors at the 2019 Louisiana Truck Driving Championships in Baton Rouge, La. (John Ballance for Louisiana Motor Transport Association)

As they evaluate the implications of the coronavirus, some state trucking associations have adjusted the schedules of their truck driving championships.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 16, 2020
Government, Business

House Republicans Explore Aid for Airports, Loans to Airlines

Stephen Dickson, FAA administrator, speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Dec. 11, 2019. The agency awarded $3.2 billion to airports in 2019. Stephen Dickson, FAA administrator, speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Dec. 11, 2019. The FAA awarded $3.2 billion to airports in 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

House Republicans say they are exploring a range of proposals — from loans to grants for cleaning airports — to help the aviation industry staggering under the weight of the coronavirus outbreak.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Government, Safety

House Transportation Leader Urges Trump to Work With Congress

U.S. Capitol The Senate is expected to vote this week on an economic relief package that passed in the House of Representatives early Saturday morning. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump invokes the Stafford Act, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 16, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Alaska’s First COVID-19 Patient Is a Cargo Plane Pilot

Carrying some 240 American diplomats and citizens from Wuhan, China, a Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac in Anchorage, Alaska, on Jan. 28. Carrying some 240 American diplomats and citizens from Wuhan, China, a Boeing 747 sits on the tarmac in Anchorage, Alaska, on Jan. 28. (Michael Dinneen/Associated Press)

A cargo pilot who arrived at Anchorage’s international airport on March 11 went to a hotel before he became ill, an airport official said March 13.

Morgan Krakow | Alaska Dispatch News
March 16, 2020
Business, Fuel

Oil Slumps to Lowest Since 2016 as Demand Collapse Triggers Rout

Shadows of drilling rig workers in Texas. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil’s spectacular collapse deepened as widening global efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus looked set to trigger the most severe contraction in annual oil demand in history.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2020
Business, Technology

Amazon Glitch Stymies Whole Foods, Grocery Deliveries

A shopping cart sits inside a Whole Foods location in Burbank, Calif., in June 2018. A shopping cart sits inside a Whole Foods location in Burbank, Calif., in June 2018. (Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. suffered a technical glitch March 15 that affected online grocery orders through its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh delivery services, which have become lifelines for household essentials for people looking to avoid stores due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 16, 2020

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