Uber Freight has penetrated the trailer-leasing sector with Powerloop, which will rent trailers directly to carriers. The service is now available in Texas, and Uber plans to expand it to other US states.
Basic firewalls and unsecured personal devices make businesses more vulnerable to cyberattacks, experts say, and a cyberattack could put the majority of small businesses out of business. However, working with partners that have solid security in place and shoring up your own security with multilayered protection could help prevent attacks.
SUPERVALU posted a net loss of $57 million on revenue of $3.51 billion in its fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 8. Wholesale revenue increased 3.6% and represented more than 80% of total revenue.
Distributors thinking about getting into private labels should start by talking with peers and manufacturers, writes John Gunderson. "It may be too difficult and expensive for your company to build a national brand such as Grainger did with Dayton Motors, but you can develop house brands relatively easily and without huge expense," he writes.
Delta Air Lines has signed up for Airbus' data-analysis system Skywise, which uses real-time data to monitor and detect potential problems with aircraft components. Airbus has been moving into after-sale services for airplanes.
Sears' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing does not invalidate warranties on Kenmore appliances, the company said. "If they liquidate by selling to another company that takes over the business, consumers likely would see all their warranties (and gift cards) honored by the new owner," says Henry Sommer, president of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.
Thailand plans to end plastic-waste imports by 2021, government official Banjong Sukreeta said Sunday. This follows similar restrictions by Vietnam, Malaysia and China.
Unilever's sustainability agenda is based on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is evident in every aspect of the company's operations, says Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Seabright. The company hopes to become carbon-positive by 2030.