A tentative agreement has been reached by UPS and the Teamsters. The new terms address wage increases and a new classification of full-time combination drivers, while also opening the door to potential Sunday deliveries.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority at a meeting Wednesday said it will expedite construction and streamline procurement processes to reduce costs. The MTA anticipates needing $43 billion over 15 years to improve bus and subway systems.
Portland, Ore., is planning to install 200 sensors to collect data on bicycle, other pedestrian and car traffic in the city as part of a smart city initiative. "Our intent is to define the smart city in [a] way that serves our city's values while at the same time serving as a national model," says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Hubs by Amazon is a last-step choice for delivery companies such as UPS, USPS and FedEx, and it moves Amazon into the logistics industry. The service is marketed toward residences and apartment buildings and allows all packages, even those not coming from the e-commerce company, to be left for pickup by customers.
Staying in the same role without learning is a career death sentence, even if it feels easier than taking a risk and learning new things, writes LaRae Quy. "It's essential that you realize your comfort zone is a tremendous enemy of peak performance," she writes.
Imports at major US seaports are on track to grow 3.8% in the first half compared to the same period last year, according to NRF. Retailers are stocking up as consumer spending increases, along with uncertainty in the wake of the Trump administration's new tariffs on goods from China.
New US tariffs on goods from China could take a toll on the thriving ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handled $173 billion in Chinese imports last year, and retailers are looking at their supply chains to see if it makes sense to shift sourcing to other countries. "Not knowing where this administration is going to go or how they are going to get there is very concerning for folks," NRF's Jonathan Gold said.
Autonomous vehicle company nuTonomy has been granted permission to test self-driving vehicles throughout Boston. The company has already been testing the vehicles in a section of the city.
The Miami-Dade County Commission voted to preliminarily approve a $650 million project to extend the 836 expressway after testimony that included opposition from environmental groups. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority hopes to begin construction of the toll-funded project in 2019.
A "user pays" method of road pricing should be used more widely because it is fairer than gas taxes, writes John Walker of the University of Southampton. Governments should be aware that voter sentiment is becoming more positive as motorists derive benefits from such models, Walker writes.