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Trending Transportation Updates: June 2020

There were many new transportation updates in the shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories and transportation updates in June 2020!

Trending Transportation Updates: June 2020

May Truck Tonnage Drops 9.6% Year-Over-Year

According to the ATA report, the May truck tonnage index dropped 9.6% compared to the previous years. This is the largest year-over-year drop in a decade. However, it is an improvement from the April sequential result of a 10.4% fall. Bob Costello, the chief economist in ATA, isn’t too worried: “While tonnage fell in May, even though other economic indicators like retail sales and housing starts rose, I’m not overly concerned”. Read more here.

FMCSA extends HOS emergency once again

With President Trump issuing the national emergency declaration in response to coronavirus, FMCSA has reformed HOS rules to align with the current industry conditions. Last month, a HOS emergency was extended until June 14 but was extended for one more month with an estimated expiration date on July 14. “This extension addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies and provides necessary relief from the FMCSR’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) for motor carriers and drivers,” said FMCSA. Read more here.

The first electric truck sales mandate approved in California

In a long-awaited vote, California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an electric truck mandate that will require medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to sell a growing percentage of electric vehicles starting in 2024. This is the first rule of its kind in the world. The mandate is called the Advanced Clean Truck rule. According to the new rule, by 2035, about 75% of Class 8 big rigs sold will need to be zero-emission. “Fundamentally, the point of this regulation is not to simply require things, it is to push the market more quickly, transitioning away from fossil fuels as fast and effectively as we can,” – said Andy Schwarz, one of the Tesla executives. Read more here.

Earthquakes shake the Southern states

On June 24, the Southern California area was rattled by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter of an earthquake was in Cartoga, Owens Valley region. Earlier this month, a much stronger 7.4 magnitude quake hit Southern Mexico, causing at least 6 fatalities and material damage. It is yet unknown if the wave of earthquakes will continue in the region, but some seismologists expect more rattles. Read more here.

Trending Transportation Updates: April 2019

There were many new and exciting transportation updates the transportation and shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during April!

Amazon has bought Canvas robotic systems

Famous for the use of different robotic devices from Google, Toyota and Kiva systems, Amazon acquires Canvas systems. Founded just in 2015, Canvas has already demonstrated robust innovation with its focus on cart fulfillment devices. “We are inspired by Canvas Technology’s innovations, and share a common vision for a future where people work alongside robotics to further improve safety and the workplace experience,” the Amazon spokesperson said. To read more about Canvas systems acquisition, click here.

DOT assigned $900 billion for the transportation grant program

Recently, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $900 million in elective grant capital through the BUILD program (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development). “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” announced the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. To read more about the DOT grant program, click here.

Walmart starts using more than 4,000 robots

In their efforts to give employees more time to serve customers live, Walmart expands

 its robotic device network. The giant retailer has announced to add more than 4 thousands robots to handle the operations. Mostly, devices will be used to check product availability, correct pricing, and supplies location. To read more about Walmart’s new robots, click here.

Companies support Earth Day

On Monday, April 22, the world celebrated its largest environmental movement – Earth Day. Many logistics and retail companies have joined the initiative to push sustainable shipping and production trend forward. For example, Walmart partnered with HSBC to develop a supply chain sustainability program for the suppliers. To read more about the Walmart green initiative, click here.