Archive for Regulations

Northeast States Address Emissions with Transport Cap-and-Invest Program

Leaders of nine member-states of the Transportation & Climate Initiative have committed to create a regional transportation policy to drive down emissions and strengthen economies in the same stroke. The intention is to employ a market mechanism such as “cap-and-invest”. This device does two things: provides a mechanism to force emissions down and channels funding for transition to cleaner transport.

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […]

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Trump Blasts USPS for Charging Amazon “So Little”

Trump blasted the United States Postal Service for charging Amazon “so little.” Amazon is using zone skipping, something difficult to do. And the USPS may indeed be undercharging.

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Top 10 Logistics Stories of 2017

2017 is just about in the books, and it has been a busy year for the supply chain industry. Let’s look back at ten of the top logistics stories of the year. Drones 2017 has been the year of the drone. There’s been a lot of interest in using drones for last mile deliveries. In the US, an easing of FAA regulations could finally make it a reality, which is good news for the likes […]

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ELD Mandate and Capacity Impacts

What will happen to truck capacity when the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is finally enforced this coming December? The ELD mandate will help to standardize Hours of Service (HOS). Paper logs can be manipulated easily, with some drivers running multiple books or delaying start times, to drive more hours than legally allowed. This would help a driver deliver loads more quickly and move more loads over a given timeframe. There will be many drivers […]

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Trump and the Paris Agreement: Sustainable Procurement to the Rescue?

On June 1st, the US withdrew from the Paris Climate deal. Many of the largest companies in the world have embraced sustainability. almost all organizations (97 percent) place a high level of importance on sustainable procurement.
The problem is that initially most companies don’t focus sustainable procurement on greenhouse gas reductions.

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Proposed Transportation Regulations to Impact the Autonomous Vehicle Market

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new safety regulations that will impact the Autonomous Vehicle market. The chief fear surrounding Autonomous vehicles is that they could cause crashes. The new technology proposed by NHTSA could help reduce many kinds of accidents.

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8 Things Keeping Supply Chain Professionals up at Night

As 2017 fast approaches, shippers are hard at work forecasting what the new year may bring. Unfortunately, with this planning comes a host of trends and challenges that leave supply chain professionals feeling uneasy. Pressure to reduce transportation costs, adapt to changing customer demands and a constantly changing, uncertain market are constantly on the minds of shippers, but here are a few trends and challenges that are keeping supply chain professionals up at night. The […]

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Beyond the Hype, Drones Really are Being Used to Improve Value Chains

While Amazon has gotten a lot of press surrounding the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers, current regulations make that all but impossible. But that does not mean drones are not in use. Some of the biggest application areas for drones include agriculture, mining, land surveying, media and entertainment, and inspecting infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, cell towers, wind turbines, pipelines, and power lines.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: The View from Asia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a speech to American business leaders in New York on September 19 said this: “Japan and the US must each obtain domestic approval of the TPP as soon as possible. Success or failure will sway the direction of the global free trade system, and the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific.” His words echo those of other Asian government signatories to the 12-nation free trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific […]

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