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Chain links: What we're reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 03/30/2016 | 1:27 PM


More venture capital money thrown at a shipper-carrier connectivity app. XPO gets involved in a Paris road-rail project. And Daimler works on a driverless truck convoy model.


Daimler Trucks plans autonomous vehicles platoons

Daimler Trucks plans to improve truck connectivity beyond today’s capabilities, creating networked trucks that can use sensors and cameras to drive in a convoy for greater safety and lower fuel consumption, the automaker announced at a Dusseldorf, Germany, press conference.

Source: Daimler

VCs throw $16 million at startup firm with app that connects shippers and truckers

Seattle trucking-software startup Convoy just landed another $16 million in venture capital from big-name investors such as executives from Amazon.com, Instagram, Acosta, and LinkedIn. The Silicon Valley titans are excited about the firm’s software that connects truck drivers with freight that needs hauling, allowing freight companies and trucking companies to connect through a simple smartphone app.

Source: The Seattle Times

Shyp now has a one-tap way to ship stuff you sold on eBay

Selling stuff on eBay may have just become a lot easier, at least in a few U.S. cities. As of mid-March, some sellers no longer have to pack and send merchandise themselves thanks to eBay’s new deal with Shyp. The San Francisco-based startup works by picking up whatever you want to send, packing it up, and shipping it—just tap a button in the app. With the new integration, eBay sellers can connect their accounts to the Shyp app and see a feed of their recently sold items. Once an eBay seller is ready to ship the items, Shyp promises to show up within 20 minutes.

Source: Wired.com  

American Apparel, Postmates Use RFID Visibility for On-Demand Delivery

Consumers who use Postmates' on-demand delivery service now have the opportunity to buy core products from American Apparel. The service takes advantage of the passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags that American Apparel attaches to all of its merchandise, enabling Postmates to identify which items are available within an individual customer's geographic area.

Source: RFIDJournal.com

PHMSA finalizes guidelines for reverse logistics transport of unsellable shipments containing HazMat

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has adopted its proposed regulations governing the movement of returns of unsellable products containing hazardous materials from a retail facility to a distribution or reclamation. The agency affirmed that all goods must move via motor carrier; rail and air shipments are prohibited. It also adopted a definition of reverse logistics for unsellable products containing hazardous materials as “the process of offering for transport or transporting by motor vehicle goods from a retail store for return to its manufacturer, supplier, or distribution facility for the purpose of capturing value (e.g., to receive manufacturer’s credit), recall, replacement, recycling, or similar reason.”

Source: Lexology

XPO in Parisian road-rail project

Transport and logistics company XPO Logistics, Inc. is taking part in a joint road-rail project to shuttle freight to and from Paris and its suburbs. Under the multi-modal project, being conducted with Eurorail and the Sogaris Group, which specializes in the development of urban fright projects, a short-line service will deliver goods between Paris and surrounding communities and the northern region of Ile-de-France. XPO will provide the road transport, using natural-gas powered vehicles.

Source: Logistics Manager



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