Footwear brand Crocs handled skyrocketing e-commerce demand spurred by the pandemic by implementing, within 90 days, an automated manual picking process that included an autonomous robotic platform, said Rob Fauerback, director of distribution and logistics, during the PromatDX conference. The move helped Crocs accelerate processes at its Dayton, Ohio, distribution center and simplify temporary staff onboarding during its peak season.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how important truck drivers are in maintaining the flow of essential goods and services that we've always taken for granted, writes IBTTA Communications Director Bill Cramer. Tolling organizations also play a key role in ensuring that freight services run smoothly, and this relationship will carry on as normality returns, Cramer writes.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has endorsed plans to expand the 495 Express Lanes to the Maryland state line, adding almost three miles to the toll lane system. The $550 million plan would add express lanes from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the American Legion bridge and complete the last leg of Virginia's portion of the Capital Beltway.
Toll bridges and tunnels in New York City are on track for the busiest April in more than seven years, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority data for the first 10 days of the month. Traffic data taken from the bridges and tunnels linking the five boroughs is promising, with an average of 835,000 vehicles per day.
President Joe Biden is reportedly willing to support an increase in the federal gas tax and the introduction of a user fee for electric vehicles. That's according to a tweet from an ABC News reporter that cites a comment by Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., after a meeting with Biden.
Walmart-owned Flipkart has teamed up with Adani Logistics to build a fulfillment center in Mumbai, India, that will be able to store 10 million units of goods when it opens next year. The 534,000-square-foot facility is the latest move by Flipkart to compete with Amazon and Reliance Industries for dominance in India's e-commerce market, which is expected to have $200 billion in sales in five years.
Amazon's growing line of private-brand products is getting a boost with the introduction of Aplenty, new food and snack items that feature a healthy focus and include a "Delicious Guarantee" promise of satisfaction. For sale online or at Amazon's brick-and-mortar stores, the Aplenty line includes pita chips, crackers and mini cookies, and plans call for hundreds of additional products to be introduced over the next year.
Intel made manufacturing commitments to fabless semiconductor companies that will design microchips for automotive vehicles. "Through this commitment, Intel bucked a long-term trend towards outsourcing manufacturing to third parties, especially those in Asia; however, we're confident it's the right decision," CEO Pat Gelsinger wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill.
Maps Plus, a new subscription service, will be available on nearly 1 million General Motors vehicles. The service provides in-car navigation and driver alerts about speed limits and fuel levels while also syncing with voice assistants and streaming services as well as other apps.