Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

CDC Panel Includes Transportation Workers on 'Essential' List for Vaccine Priority

CDC slide delineating "frontline" essential workers from essential workers A CDC slide shows the breakdown between groups 1b (frontline essential workers) who would receive vaccines next, and 1c (essential workers), which would include transportation and logistics workers. (

A federal advisory panel recommends that the next round of coronavirus vaccines be given to teachers, first responders, correction officers and grocery store employees, along with people 75 and over. Truckers and other transportation workers would fall into a group behind that group.

Dave Altimari | Hartford Courant
December 21, 2020
Government, Business

Congress Gets Text of $900 Billion Relief Bill Hours Before Vote

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Dec. 20. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News) The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 20. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

The House released the text of a massive 5,593-page package of legislation that combines pandemic relief with a bill to fund government operations just hours before lawmakers were set to cast their votes on Dec. 21.

December 20, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Moderna Vaccine Distribution Begins Via FedEx, UPS

FedEx truck carrying Moderna vaccine A FedEx truck loaded with boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine leaves the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Dec. 20. (Paul Sancya, Pool/Associated Press)

Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. left a distribution center Dec. 20, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

December 20, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Year in Review: COVID-19, Infrastructure, Regulations Dominate 2020

Truckers Drivers stand with ATA President Chris Spear (third from left), Trump and DOT chief Elaine Chao (right) during a celebration of truckers. (Jeremy Kirkpatrick/American Trucking Associations)

The memory of 2020 will be forever linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 18, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Coca-Cola to Lay Off 2,200 Workers as it Pares Brands

Coca-Cola truck Steven Senne/File/AP

The Coca-Cola Co. said Dec. 17 it’s laying off 2,200 workers, or 17% of its global workforce, as part of a larger restructuring aimed at paring down its business units and brands.

Dee-Ann Durbin | AP Auto Writer
December 18, 2020
Government, Business

FDA Advisers Back Authorization of Moderna’s COVID Vaccine

Moderna Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg News) Moderna Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg News)

Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine won backing from a panel of experts who advise U.S. regulators, setting the stage for its shot to be the second vaccine cleared in the U.S. in as many weeks.

Anna Edney | Bloomberg News
December 17, 2020
Business, Equipment

Strong Freight Rates Drive Up Demand for Leased Trucks

Penske truck Penske Truck Leasing

The strong freight rates experienced by the transportation industry are driving an increase in truck leasing.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Rise to 885,000 Amid Resurgence of Virus

Help Wanted sign at Designer Eyes store A Help Wanted sign is posted at a Designer Eyes store at Brickell City Centre in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 17, 2020
Business, Logistics

COVID Drives Trucking Industry Consolidation

JTL Carriers Titan Transfer announced Dec. 9 that it acquired the assets of JTL Carriers. (JTL Carriers)

The economic fallout from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a number of carriers to consolidate.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

First Hiccups Seen in US Push to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine by Bloomberg News A member of the U.S. Navy prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, on Dec. 15, 2020. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

The first hiccups in the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. included a holdup in delivering 3,900 shots to two states and the announcement that Pfizer Inc. would deliver almost a million fewer doses next week than are set to ship this week.

December 16, 2020