Amazon said it will order 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian Automotive as a part of its effort to become carbon neutral by 2040. The high-visibility purchase helps bolster Rivian's brand, said Sam Fiorani of Auto Forecast Solutions.
C.H. Robinson is investing $1 billion on talent, advanced technologies and innovation, double the amount the logistics provider spent on such initiatives during the past 10 years, said Bob Biesterfeld, the firm's president and CEO at CSCMP's EDGE Conference. He also shared research that found that 88% of shippers consider technology an important factor when selecting a logistics provider and 83% believe local and global logistics expertise is essential.
Supply chain pros can take simple steps to attract and retain millennials, which constitute roughly 50% of today's workforce, according to a panel of young entrepreneurs at CSCMP's EDGE Conference. Their suggestions include being "honest about employment expectations" and clearly articulating company culture, "focusing on matching the right individual to the right position," and building "a collaborative environment where 'people are heard.'"
AB 5, the California Assembly bill that offers wage and benefits protections to gig workers, has become law. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, faces opposition from app-based businesses, including Lyft and Uber.
Better analytics capabilities in the relationship between shippers and third-party logistics providers, the growing importance of supply chain financials and demand for sustainable supply chains are key issues identified in CSCMP's 2020 Third-Party Logistics Study, sponsored by Infosys Consulting, Penske and Penn State University's Smeal College of Business. At the CSCMP EDGE Conference, Penske's Joe Carlier also noted the increasing use of alternative fuels, autonomous vehicles and platooning by shippers and 3PLs.
Face down uncertainty by writing out your fears, considering your biases and preparing as best you can for any outcome, writes LaRae Quy. "Most of our really hard decisions come down to values and how we weigh the ones that are most important," Quy writes.
During its 87th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) announced it has awarded the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission the prestigious 2019 President's Award for Toll Excellence. IBTTA is the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them. The President's Award for Toll Excellence is the top honor the international transportation association gives out each year. Read more.
Australia's popular 151-mile Great Ocean Road is challenged by erosion and needed maintenance. The one-hundred-year-old tourist destination road should be tolled with exemptions for locals, says Peter Spring of the Lorne Historical Society.
San Miguel Corp. has suggested an elevated toll road above Epifanio de los Santos Avenue to solve metro Manila's congestion problem. The toll road would have five lanes in each direction, perhaps with a dedicated bus rapid transit lane, and it would stretch from Pasay City to Quezon City in the Philippines.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation installed the second toll gantry in its efforts to toll trucks as part of Gov. Gina Raimondo's Rhode Works program. The gantry on Route 146 is located in Lincoln, and the RIDOT does not yet have a "go-live" date.