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Amazon Cuts Ties With Couriers, Costing Jobs

A USPS employee moves an Amazon.com Inc. package at a processing and distribution center in Washington in December 2017. A USPS employee moves an Amazon.com Inc. package at a processing and distribution center in Washington in December 2017. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is severing ties with small delivery firms around the country — putting at least 1,300 drivers out of work — in an effort to eliminate partners that aren’t meeting its standards.

Spencer Soper and Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

WTO: Slump in Global Goods Trade to Deepen With Coronavirus

A Maersk container ship sails in Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China, in July 2018. A Maersk container ship sails in Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China, in July 2018. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Global trade in goods will likely stay weak in coming months as disruptions from coronavirus in China staunch the movement of international commerce already slowed by tariffs and uncertainty, according to the World Trade Organization.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Thousands of Frozen Meat Containers Pile Up at Chinese Ports

A container ship sits anchored at the Yantian International Container Terminals in Shenzhen, China. A container ship sits anchored at the Yantian International Container Terminals in Shenzhen, China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Thousands of containers of frozen pork, chicken and beef are piling up at some major Chinese ports as transport disruptions and labor shortages slow operations, people familiar with the matter said.

February 18, 2020
Business, Logistics

GM Works to Shield US Truck Plants From Virus Disruption

The General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Michigan in September 2019. The General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Michigan in September 2019. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. is working to maintain the flow of parts to some of its most profitable U.S. plants to keep them from becoming the next factories to be idled due to the coronavirus spreading in China.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2020
Business, Logistics

C.H. Robinson Executive Chairman John Wiehoff to Retire

C.H. Robinson sign C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Executive Chairman John Wiehoff will retire in May, the multimodal logistics company announced Feb. 12.

February 14, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100, TCA

XPO to Lay Off 304 Workers at Texas Distribution Center

XPO Logistics truck on city street (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics Inc. will lay off 304 workers at an AllianceTexas distribution center in April, according to a notice filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.

Paul O'Donnell | The Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Proposed Cargo Hub for N.Y. Town Faces More Delays

The CSX rail yard seen from Fremont Road in Manlius, N.Y., in June 2018. The CSX rail yard seen from Fremont Road in Manlius, N.Y., in June 2018. (Tim Knauss/Syracuse Media Group)

The Manlius town planning board this week urged “great caution” as town officials consider how a proposed rail-and-truck cargo hub near the CSX rail yard would affect traffic on Fremont and Kirkville roads.

Tim Knauss | Syracuse (N.Y.) Media Group
February 14, 2020
Business, Logistics

Coronavirus Is Wreaking Havoc on Global Mail Delivery

A monitor displays a thermographic image to detect abnormal temperatures in attendees at the Singapore Airshow on Feb. 11. A monitor displays a thermographic image to detect abnormal temperatures in attendees at the Singapore Airshow on Feb. 11. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

In a world dominated by email and smartphones, the shipping industry still relies heavily on paper documents delivered by courier. With people unable or unwilling to travel to China because of the coronavirus, that dependence is wreaking havoc on commodities traders.

February 13, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

CEOs, Lawmakers Sound Alarm on Canadian Rail Protests

Pipeline protesters countered pro-pipeline demonstrations in Ottawa, Ontario, in February 2019. Protesters countered pro-pipeline demonstrations in Ottawa, Ontario, in February 2019. (David Kawai/Bloomberg News)

Escalating protests against a Canadian natural gas pipeline are putting shipments of grain, propane, lumber and consumer goods in jeopardy and prompting consternation among executives and lawmakers.

Divya Balji and Kevin Orland | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Pays $50 Million for Former Old Chicago Amusement Park, Mall

Amazon displays signage at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8. (Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg News)

Online retail giant Amazon .com Inc. has paid more than $50 million for the former site of Old Chicago, an indoor amusement park and mall in Bolingbrook that predated massive experiential shopping centers like Minnesota’s Mall of America.

Ryan Ori and Lauren Zumbach | Chicago Tribune
February 12, 2020

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