Los Angeles has unveiled its Urban Mobility in a Digital Age implementation plan to better prepare the city to manage autonomous vehicles and transportation technologies. It includes developing transportation to include electric and autonomous vehicles, dockless bikes and air taxis with an eye toward relieving congestion, enhancing safety and providing economic development.
CVS is launching nationwide delivery service of prescription medication and over-the-counter products in partnership with the US Postal Service. The company, which owns around 9,800 pharmacies across the country, will charge $4.99 for the deliveries that will take one or two days to arrive.
A warehouse run by Chinese e-commerce company JD.com is now operating a fulfillment center that processes up to 200,000 orders daily with only four employees. The warehouse uses robots to move 16,000 packages each hour with an accuracy rate of 99.99%.
Nestle is partnering with XPO Logistics to build a new warehouse in the UK with futuristic technology to give consumers faster access to its brands. "Our partnership with XPO will encourage innovation and experimentation in our UK logistics operations and help futureproof our business," says David Hix, Nestle's director of supply chain.
As Congress considers reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration Act of 1994, Congressman Jim Duncan of Tennessee has offered an amendment to create a new uniform standard for shippers and brokers to hire truckers. The amendment would require brokers and shippers to follow three criteria regarding its carriers: using those that are authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, have minimum insurance coverage of $750,000 and have a satisfactory safety score.
Retailers including Dollar General and Costco Wholesale, and manufacturers like Hostess Brands and Hormel Foods, are making changes to the supply chain amid rising freight costs and shipping delays. Dollar General has added distribution centers, expanded its private truck fleet and added more trucking companies to encourage competitive pricing.
Winners of The Georgia Smart Cities Challenge included a Gwinnett County connected vehicle project and a Chamblee, Ga., effort to use autonomous vehicles to transport people from mass transit stations. Selected entrants will receive seed funding and technical support from Georgia Tech, sponsor of the challenge.
California should replace vehicle fees and fuel taxes with user fees that are based on miles traveled rather than fuel source, writes James Moore II of the University of Southern California. "The need for a policy change is urgent," writes Moore, citing declining fuel use as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent.
Seattle has become the test site for dockless bike-sharing in the US, and with that comes a juggling act of attempting to ease traffic congestion while not becoming a nuisance to the city. With LimeBike, Ofo and Spin operating in Seattle, the city has almost one quarter of the nation's dockless bikes, accounting for 350,000 riders and more than 1 million miles in the first five months of operation.
The Texas Department of Transportation has started a project to add toll lanes to 10.3 miles of Texas 288 in Houston. The work is expected to be completed next summer.