Business, Equipment, Safety

Meritor Suspends Activity as Other Suppliers Take Corrective Actions Amid COVID-19

Meritor Trailer axles on the assembly line at Meritor's Frankfort, Ky., plant. (Meritor Inc.)

Commercial vehicle supplier Meritor Inc. announced it halted production at most of its commercial truck facilities throughout North and South America, India and Europe on a temporary basis as a result of the spread of the coronavirus.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Airlines Shift to Cargo as Passenger Volume Falls Dramatically

Parked Delta planes Delta Airlines aircraft are stored at Southern California Logistics Airport on March 25 in Victorville, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Faced with hundreds of parked planes and near-empty flights as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the world’s biggest airline executives are turning their focus to cargo.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats Push for Infrastructure in Next Coronavirus Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next coronavirus stimulus bill should include at least $760 billion over five years for water projects, broadband and transportation — plus $10 billion for community health centers and more for housing and education — as a way to strengthen U.S. infrastructure and the economy.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

US, Global Manufacturing Contracted in March

Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory on March 30. Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory, recently converted to produce N95 masks, on March 30. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
April 1, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

For Some Fleets, Adding Drivers Is a Mission

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In the freight-hauling sector, certain loads have dwindled to a trickle. Other parts of the trucking industry are booming to meet the demand for necessary consumer goods and medical supplies, and adding drivers however they can.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Shipping Container Pileup Could Shut Philippines’ Biggest Port

Parked trucks sit in front of shipping containers and cranes at the Manila North Harbour Port container terminal in March 2017. Parked trucks sit in front of shipping containers and cranes at the Manila North Harbour Port container terminal in March 2017. (Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg News)

The Philippines’ largest port could shut in less than a week if shipping containers aren’t moved to free up space for new cargo amid a lockdown that’s preventing businesses from retrieving freight.

Claire Jiao | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Mariners Take Extra Precautions as Great Lakes Shipping Season Begins

A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

As the coronavirus pandemic locked down countries and disrupted global supply chains, the Great Lakes shipping season got underway last week, with extra precautions in tow.

Tony Briscoe | Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2020
Business, Fuel

Trucking Demand Throws a Lifeline to Ailing Refineries

A Gallup, New Mexico, refinery. A Gallup, New Mexico, refinery. (Cate Dingley/Bloomberg News)

With jets grounded and cars parked, diesel fuel for trucking is giving some relief to refiners as the coronavirus spread cuts deep into demand.

Jeffrey Bair | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020
Government, Business

China’s Manufacturing Rebounds as Virus Controls Ease

Workers wearing protective suits check customers' health QR codes at the entrance of a re-opened shopping mall in Wuhan, China. Workers wearing protective suits check customers' health QR codes at the entrance of a re-opened shopping mall in Wuhan, China. (Fei Maohua/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

China’s manufacturing rebounded in March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen, an official survey showed March 30, but an industry group warned the economy has yet to fully recover.

March 31, 2020
Business, Logistics

Southwest Offers First Cargo-Only Flights in Its History

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane taxis on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport in March 2019. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane taxis on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport in March 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Southwest Airlines Co. will offer the first all-cargo flights in its 48-year history as passenger demand keeps sliding amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

Mary Schlangenstein | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020

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