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Chinese Port Trials Autonomous Tractor-Trailers

Chinese robotics company TuSimple plans to use port automation as a proving ground for over-the-road autonomous trucks. By the end of this year, it will have 20 of its self-driving vehicles carrying containers around the port of Caofeidian, China. [more]

Freight Operators Dismiss Threat of Digital Startups

Established U.S. logistics firms say digital-friendly freight startups that are drawing growing interest in Silicon Valley still lack the scale and customer relationships to threaten their share of the market.[more]

Freight Demand Pushes Truck-Order Backlog to Near Record Level

Freight Demand Pushes Truck-Order Backlog to Near Record Level

Freight-hauling firms slowed their roll in ordering new trucks last month, as backlogs at equipment factories spiked following record demand for new vehicles in the first quarter.[more]

Nikola, a Tesla Competitor, Scores Big Electric Truck Order From Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch, which ordered 40 electric semi trucks from Tesla last December, on Thursday upped its bet on a green fleet by placing a substantially larger order with a competitor.[more]

Cold Shipping in Hot Demand as the World Craves More Fresh Food

One of the shipping industry’s hottest markets is cold boxes.[more]

Freight Railroads Get Boost from Tight Trucking Markets

Freight railroads are capitalizing on a historically tight trucking market as companies move more shipments from highways to rails.[more]

Prime Hike Gives Amazon Warchest for Fight Over Postal Costs

Prime Hike Gives Amazon Warchest for Fight Over Postal Costs Inc’s 20-percent hike in the cost of Prime membership should deliver more than $1bn in extra revenue this year and cover any “rational” hike in United States Postal Service delivery fees, Wall Street analysts said on Friday.[more]

UPS’s Balancing Act: More Packages, Less Spending

United Parcel Service Inc. is ramping up a “transformation” plan to cut costs across the organization as the delivery firm responds to changes in how people shop and nontraditional competitors such as Inc.[more]

Amazon Prime Reaches More Than 100 Million Members, CEO Jeff Bezos Says Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the e-commerce giant has exceeded 100 million paid Prime subscribers and will continue to invest to meet "ever-rising" customer expectations.[more]

Truckers Seek New Routes Into Last Mile

More big trucking companies are looking to cash in on home delivery of bulky items as consumers grow more comfortable shopping online for furniture and other goods too big for conventional parcel networks.[more]

California State Senator Seeks to Crack Down on Wage Theft in Port Trucking Industry

A California state senator is proposing a bill aimed at holding major retailers accountable for using port truck companies that have a history of engaging in wage theft of drivers who are misclassified as independent contractors.[more]

XPO Logistics Joins Push to Digital Freight Booking

Traditional freight brokers are fighting digital load-matching startups with technology of their own.[more]

Trucking Companies Are Struggling to Attract Drivers to the Big-Rig Life

Trucking companies eager to hire more drivers but facing a slim pipeline of new recruits aren’t finding much to encourage them at the James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, W.Va.[more]

Trucking Prices Set for New Surge as U.S. Keeps Tabs on Drivers

A U.S. trucking shortage that has pushed up freight costs for everything from cereal to toothbrushes is about to get worse.[more]

Ryder to Launch Commercial Vehicle-Sharing Platform

Ryder System Inc. is developing an Airbnb-like marketplace for transportation assets that puts idle commercial vehicles in the hands of users looking to affordably expand capacity.[more]

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