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Showers of Praise Greet Busy Truckers

Trucking Monica Ybarra of TBS Factoring Service holds a sign reading "Sandwiches 4 Semis." (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)

As truck drivers crisscross the country hauling goods vital to the fight against the coronavirus, they find themselves at the center of another fast-spreading outbreak: nationwide gratitude. It’s showing up along the roads, on TV, in emails and social media, and even at the White House.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 26, 2020
Business, Logistics

Trucking Adapts to Spike in Consumer Demand

Trucks on highway Right now, trucking is dealing with higher freight volumes for essential items people and businesses need during the coronavirus pandemic. But what's on the horizon for trucking is anyone's guess. (Getty Images)

Trucking is handling increased demand and awaits a potential surge of pent-up activity because of the coronavirus, but what that means for the industry long term remains an open question.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 26, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

With Rush Hour Traffic Gone, Truck Drivers Speed Deliveries

(5m3photos/Getty Images) (5m3photos/Getty Images)

Truck drivers have faced a number of hurdles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But lately, traffic hasn’t been one of them.

Eric Anderson | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
March 25, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

As Great Lakes Shipping Starts, Extra Precautions for COVID-19 Are Taken

A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. A freighter ship arrives at one of the docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

The season’s first load of iron ore left the Duluth harbor before dawn March 22, carrying with it some extra cargo — caution over the spread of coronavirus.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
March 24, 2020
Business, Logistics

Truckers Bolstered by Demand Surge, but Shakeout Looms

Truckers wait to enter the Port of Oakland on March 19. Truckers wait to enter the Port of Oakland on March 19. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

U.S. trucking companies are riding a surge in cargo demand from consumers stockpiling basic goods, but it may not last long.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

UPS, Teamsters Agree on Sick Leave as Coronavirus Spreads

UPS driver UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. said it is taking steps to protect its employees from contracting the COVID-19 virus and that it reached an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters concerning paid-leave guidelines for unionized workers who are affected by it.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Proterra Appoints Chairman Jack Allen to CEO Post

Proterra bus Proterra Catalyst bus by Proterra

Electric-transit bus manufacturer Proterra appointed current Chairman Jack Allen to CEO as it prepares to extend its technology to other vehicle segments, including last-mile delivery.

March 23, 2020
Business, Logistics

American West Announces Acquisition of Innovative Delivery Systems

American West Worldwide Express closed the acquisition of furniture delivery-service Innovative Delivery Systems, the company announced March 16.

March 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

FedEx’s Fred Smith: It’s Unlikely Company Will Need Federal Help

FedEx CEO Fred Smith FedEx CEO Fred Smith on CBS' "Face the Nation" on March 22. (Face the Nation via YouTube)

FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith said during a television appearance that he doesn’t expect his company to seek assistance from the federal government to survive the economic downturn being caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Truck Drivers, Logistics Personnel Deemed ‘Essential’ in Security Memo

Driver behind the wheel John Sommers II for Transport Topics

An updated guidance memo issued by the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency clearly identifies truck drivers and related logistics personnel as “essential employees” helping the nation attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2020

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