6 Transportation News Stories: August 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics August 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

  • Louisiana Weather Causes Shipment Delays. Louisiana called a state of emergency after heavy rainfall affected the region. More than 280 state roads have been flooded and closed, affecting intermodal rail and truckload shipping. “It’s a major disaster,” said Rodney Mallett of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. (Learn more here.)

  • Market Condition: Continued Price Declines. The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Index reflects the ongoing stretch of rate declines for both modes. Truckload rates dropped 1.6% annually in July, marking the 5th straight month of annual declines. July’s intermodal rates were down 2.4% annually. (Read more here.)

  • GHG and Fuel Efficiency Rules Set. The EPA and DOT’s NHTSA finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that will improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution. The final rules build on the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards already in place. (How Will Shippers Be Affected by Green Regulations?)

  • FAA Permits Test Delivery Drones in US. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will be flying drones in designated areas to gather data to develop an airspace management system. Google is pressing for product delivery-by-drone within the next 3 years. (When Will Your Products Be Delivered by Drones?)

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6 Trending Transportation News Stories: June 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics June 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Wal-Mart Testing Grocery Delivery + Drones. To compete with Amazon, Wal-Mart stores are testing a grocery-delivery service with Uber
    (in the Phoenix market) and Lyft (in the Denver market). Once a customer places a grocery order online, it will be filled and packaged by employees, then sent in an Uber or Lyft to the customer’s location. The retailer is also testing drone use at its warehouses. Drones capture real-time images and spot missing inventory. A drone can complete this task in about 1 day, but it would take a full month if done manually.
  • Volvo Concept Truck to Change Long-Haul Operations. Volvo developed a new concept vehicle that cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%. One of the key factors behind the low fuel consumption is its incredible 40% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency that has benefited both the tractor and trailer. The aim is to improve the efficiency of long-haul truck transportation by 50%.
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