Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are introducing a bipartisan bill that would ban platforms such as Amazon Marketplace from forcing companies that sell on their sites to buy the platforms' services or products, as well as forbid the platforms from giving their own products top billing in search results. The measure comes as reports say Amazon makes its own products based on top-selling items and places them high in search results.
There aren't enough truck drivers to handle backed-up cargo at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, although Port of Long Beach Director Mario Cordero says staying open around-the-clock will let drivers pick up loads more quickly. Would-be drivers are struggling to get commercial licenses because of delays and closures at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, says Luis Franco, owner of Harbor Trucking School.
A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence have created a deep learning model that can output crash-risk maps in high resolution. The model uses GPS patterns, satellite images, historical data and road maps to help predict crashes.
IKEA reported a new annual sales record even as it struggles to keep stores stocked, and it's taking steps including leasing additional ships and buying shipping containers to combat the supply chain delays it expects to continue into next year. The Sweden-based furniture retailer is also streamlining some of its product lines in the face of shortages of some raw materials.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike will open Interstate 576, also known as the Southern Beltway, today. The 19-mile, $900 million project will have three toll points, with tolls to cost $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and $2.60 for other users.
City Council commissioners in Portland, Ore., voted in favor of a resolution that would pave the way for potential transportation-related fees. The city's Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility Task Force has recommended a central toll zone, a road user fee program and other changes.
The consortium that oversaw the construction of the Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Quebec has filed a $379 million lawsuit against Ottawa, claiming that the government failed to honor its contract. Signature on the Saint Lawrence's claims include that Ottawa abolished the planned toll on the bridge and refused to offer new traffic data to help the consortium understand the impact of removing the toll.
LaserShip is acquiring fellow regional last-mile delivery company OnTrac for $1.3 billion, creating a network with more than 100 hubs in 30 states and the District of Columbia that can provide two-day delivery to 74% of US residents, according to LaserShip Chief Commercial Officer Josh Dinneen. The deal will likely close at the end of the month, but full integration won't begin until next year.
The New York City Council has committed to making the full transition from diesel to electric school buses in the city by 2035. The bill passed by the council says the transition is "subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, and the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure."