Buy online, pick up in store options have surged in popularity, but 62% of consumers haven't been impressed with the process, according to a new GreyOrange survey. While the over 2,000 global shoppers surveyed reported using online shopping for most of their purchases during the pandemic, more than half say they'll go back to their pre-pandemic shopping habits when it's safe to do so.
December was the fourth straight month with over 40,000 preliminary orders for trailers as manufacturing and demand for consumer goods continued to grow, contributing to higher freight rates, according to ACT Research and FTR Transportation Intelligence. The fourth quarter had a record number of trailer orders, while October and November had record orders for dry vans.
A windshield powered with artificial intelligence and augmented reality, unveiled by Panasonic at CES this week, includes sensors that monitor movement inside and outside the car and can tell whether a driver is distracted. The system will issue alerts through sound, images flashed on the windshield and vibrations to alert the driver to a roadway hazard.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon discussed at CES 2021 what the retailer wants to achieve in terms of supply chain innovation, equity and sustainability and how it is using certain new technologies. Of interest to McMillon "is not how any single technology is changing the world but how they all come together," he said.
Departments of transportation are concerned that long term revenue is in jeopardy as fuel taxes decline due to improved vehicle fuel efficiency and increased electric vehicle sales. Tolling and miles-traveled fees could help generate funding as fuel tax revenue continues to decrease.
Tolls will begin on the 8-mile stretch of US 183 tollway between US 290 and Texas State Highway 71 this Saturday. General purpose lanes are available on US 183 for drivers who prefer not to pay the tolls.
Abu Dhabi's toll gate system became operational on four main bridges earlier this month and has already seen over 400,000 users. The Integrated Transport Center has granted 12,000 toll-free exemptions to eligible drivers.
The Welsh government publicized a Clean Air Bill this week that could make it possible to institute tolling along congested roads. The bill would make it easier to introduce road charges in Wales, allowing the implementation of tolls in certain areas.