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2/15/2018

Ofo is supporting legislation in Florida that would transfer oversight of bike-sharing systems from city governments to the state. Other bike-sharing companies, including LimeBike and Spin, oppose the legislation.

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2/15/2018

Central Seattle added 10,000 morning transit commuters in 2017, and the number of commuters who drive alone has declined by 10% since 2010, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation and Commute Seattle. Train ridership has doubled since the 2016 opening of light-rail stations at Angle Lake, Capitol Hill and the University of Washington.

2/15/2018

Matthew Wiesner, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, said the Australian government needs a plan for the country's transition to a future of electric vehicles. Wiesner said Australia could lose billions of dollars without a policy.

2/15/2018

Artificial intelligence can use product data to minimize the number of times a product is handled during reverse logistics, writes Larry Velman, goTRG's chief information officer. If manufacturers leverage the correct data, they could potentially change the flow of a shipment in less time and more cheaply than it currently does, he writes.

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Medium
2/15/2018

FedEx says it has a pilot project in place that's testing the use of blockchain technology that shares data with retailers. The company also says that nearly all of its tractors have been updated with such safety technology as roll stability and lane-departure control.

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2/14/2018

Amazon Business, the e-commerce giant's business-to-business service, has welcomed hospital executives to discuss how the platform can help facilities with supplies. It could create a scenario where hospitals can shop online to purchase supplies for operating rooms, clinics and emergency rooms, putting Amazon in direct competition with medical supply distributors.

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2/14/2018

The Trump administration has announced the "America's Harvest Box" program, which would replace half of a household's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program allowance with a box of food delivered to their door. The USDA program would create a "Blue Apron-type" delivery purchased by the government, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

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2/14/2018

Sam's Club will consolidate its membership options down to two from three, and it will also focus more on e-commerce going forward, new chief executive John Furner said. The chain will offer free shipping on 95% of its available online items, and members at its premium Sam's Plus level will not need to reach an order minimum.

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Reuters
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2/14/2018

With the endorsement of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C., is forming a group to study autonomous-vehicle technology. As part of the study, the city and the Southwest Business Improvement District are considering a pilot program near L'Enfant Plaza.

2/14/2018

If professional development programs are not in the budget, less formal internal and lateral opportunities can be a valuable way to help employees grow, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Taking charge of meetings will polish their communication and leadership skills, and spending time in other departments gives them a deeper understanding of the company, she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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