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Drone Deliveries Begin a Slow Takeoff

Wing drone FedEx Corp.

Aerial drones are emerging as a way to help solve challenges associated with last-mile deliveries in a number of conditions and environments.

B. Cameron Gain | Special to Transport Topics
January 13, 2020
Business, Logistics

Blackstone Nears Deal to Invest in Warehousing in India

Blackstone Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News

Blackstone Group Inc. has agreed to buy a stake in the warehousing unit of India’s Allcargo Logistics Ltd. for $54 million (3.8 billion rupees) as the U.S. firm seeks to capture the demand in the world’s fastest growing e-commerce market.

Baiju Kalesh and P R Sanjai | Bloomberg News
January 13, 2020
Business, Logistics

Atlanta Was Easiest Market for Spot Loads in 2019, DAT Solutions Report Says

Downtown Atlanta Getty Images

Atlanta was the easiest market to find spot truckload van freight in 2019, according to a Jan. 9 DAT Solutions report, and because spot freight is unscheduled freight, it is seen as a dynamic indicator of economic activity.

January 10, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Oregon DOT Appoints Leaders for Office on Mobility, Project Delivery

View of Portland, Oregon Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 go over the Willamette River near downtown Portland, Ore. (Getty Images)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced three leaders to steer its newly formed Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Telematics Industry Starts 2020 With Major Investment, Acquisition

Truck driver using cellphone and tablet in front of trucks Getty Images

Technology companies that specialize in trucking-related services made two announcements that may significantly impact the industry.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 10, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

California Judge Rules Federal Law Exempts NFI From AB 5

NFI NFI trucks. (NFI Industries)

A California state judge has ruled that federal law exempts a New Jersey-based motor carrier from a new California law that calls for reclassifying independent contractor truck drivers as company employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Convoy App Now Features Lumper Payment

Digital freight broker Convoy announced the launch of hassle-free lumper payments, available directly in Convoy’s mobile app, calling it an industry-first feature.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 9, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

Trucking Company New York Express and Logistics to Close

New York Express and Logistics Getty Images

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — New York Express and Logistics is shutting down and laying off its 107 employees after losing a major contract.

Rick Moriarty | Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.
January 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Convoy Says AI Now Fully Runs Its Load-Matching and Brokering

Convoy booth A Convoy booth at an industry trade show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Services that rely on artificial intelligence to handle financial and broker-related transactions are making inroads in trucking, in some cases taking over manual processes that for years relied on human hands.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

Ohio Career Center Expands Trucking Classes to Meet Growing Job Needs

student driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Butler Tech’s popular commercial trucking program is expanding to Clermont County in Ohio as part of a recently announced expansion of its truck driver training program.

Michael D. Clark | Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio)
January 8, 2020