Business, Safety

Detroit Automakers Agree to Rotating Partial Shutdown of Plants

A Ford F-150 truck moves through the inspection area in November 2014. A Ford F-150 truck moves through the inspection area on the production line at the company's Dearborn Truck Assembly facility in November 2014. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will partially shut down their U.S. plants on a rotating basis in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

March 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Tesla’s Fremont Factory Forced to Shut Down Under Shelter-in-Place Order

An aerial view of Tesla's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant in October 2019. An aerial view of Tesla's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant in October 2019. (Sam Hall/Bloomberg News)

After some confusion, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in California said March 17 the car plant was not “essential,” and like most other businesses must shut down under the county’s shelter-in-place order that took effect March 17.

Chase DiFeliciantonio | San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2020
Business, Safety

Chinese Port Restricts Ships From Virus-Hit Nations for 14 Days

Shipping containers. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The port of Fuzhou in eastern China is restricting vessels arriving from nine countries including the U.S. and Singapore in efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus by visiting ships and their crew.

March 18, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

ATA’s Spear Urges White House Action on Coronavirus to Keep Trucks Moving

ATA President Chris Spear Spear by Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News

American Trucking Associations is asking the Trump administration to take specific steps that will help the trucking industry in its efforts to keep stores and medical facilities stocked with supplies as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 17, 2020
Government, Business, Top 100

FedEx Reports Mixed Earnings; Leadership Cites Impact of Coronavirus

FedEx truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

FedEx announced March 17 that year-over-year quarterly net income for its fiscal third quarter fell 57% to $315 million, compared with $739 million in the same period a year ago. But Q3 revenue rose 3% to $17.5 billion from $17 billion a year ago.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 17, 2020
Business, Safety

UPS, FedEx Ease Signature Rules to Protect Against Virus

(Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. are dropping the normal signature rules for package deliveries to protect customers and workers as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trump: ‘I Hope Very Soon’ Country Returns to Normalcy

Donald Trump President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing March 17 with Seema Verma (from left), administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Vice President Mike Pence. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Days after not ruling out a nationwide lockdown to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump did not specify when the country would return to a sense of normalcy.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 17, 2020
Business, Logistics

Trucking Companies Increase Hiring to Bolster Supply Chain

Hiring truck drivers sign Getty Images

Despite the pressure the coronavirus is putting on the economy, some transportation-related companies are hiring.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 17, 2020
Business, Autonomous

Waymo Pauses Most Operations in Response to COVID-19

A Waymo vehicle in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2019. A Waymo vehicle in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Waymo is pausing most operations in Arizona and California in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced March 17.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Musk Keeps Tesla Open in Shutdown Zone, Downplays Virus Risk

The Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, Calif. The Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, Calif. (Sam Hall/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc.’s factory and other California operations will remain open in spite of a San Francisco Bay Area lockdown, with Elon Musk telling employees he will keep going in to work despite the spread of the coronavirus.

March 17, 2020

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