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Walmart Wants to Expand Reach in Online Advertising

Walmart Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is big in almost every way — 4,755 stores, 1.5 million employees and $380 billion in revenue in the United States alone. But one part of the world’s largest retailer remains minuscule. “We have a tiny ad business,” CEO Doug McMillon told investors in October. “It could be bigger.”

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019

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Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Visits Norway to Address Service Capacity Issues

Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk visited Norway to accelerate a fix to service capacity in a key market for the carmaker after delays and bottlenecks angered customers in Scandinavia’s richest nation.

Mikael Holter | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launch Site Risks Being Split in Two by Border Wall

A SpaceX rocket under construction The Starship Hopper test vehicle sits under construction near Boca Chica, Texas. (Austin Barnard/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a big stake in the battle over border security being waged in Congress: a launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border that it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Automakers Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles With Potentially Lethal Air Bags

Takata Paul Sancya/Associated Press

DETROIT — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
February 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Tesla to Cut 1,000 Jobs Starting March 20

Tesla Elon Musk at Tesla headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla’s Fremont factory will be the hardest hit in California by the global job cuts the electric vehicle maker announced last month.

Levi Sumagaysay | The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
February 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Ford Investing $1 Billion in High-Profit SUV Plants

Ford Revealing of the 2020 Ford Explorer, CEO Jim Hackett right. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. is investing $1 billion in two Chicago factories and hiring 500 workers to expand its ability to crank out high-profit sport utility vehicles, including its new Explorer.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Cummins Top Overall Supplier of Class 8 Diesel Engines in 2018

Cummins A Cummins engine. (Cummins Inc.)

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. supplied the most Class 8 diesel engines overall in 2018, and set a record for its heavier-displacement units used in one of the strongest years on record for new truck demand, WardsAuto.com reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Polar Vortex Exposed Range Limitations of Electric Car Batteries, AAA Says

Cars Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40% when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
February 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

Highway Trust Fund UPS Freight President Rich McArdle. (House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure via YouTube)

Nearly a dozen stakeholders representing local governments and the freight and commuter sectors on Feb. 7 urged a House transportation panel to identify a sustainable source of funding for an infrastructure bill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 7, 2019

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