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Harvey Bullies South Texas: Deliveries Delayed, Shipping Rates Rise, Floods Threaten

Harvey Bullies South Texas: Deliveries Delayed, Shipping Rates Rise, Floods Threaten

The “flooding disaster” that Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring to South Texas could disrupt deliveries, destroy property, and boost shipping rates. Shipping lanes from Houston to Dallas, Laredo, San Antonio, Denver and Chicago, in particular, are expected to see disruptions.

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Walmart, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch Improve Freight Efficiency, Cut Emissions

Improving efficiency and environmental management in freight operations is becoming increasingly important to global brands including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey’s, according to an Environmental Defense Fund blog. Jason Mathers, a senior manager at EDF on supply chain logistics, writes that while some … Read more »

2014 SmartWay Excellence Awards

EPA Awards SmartWay Shipping, Logistic Partners

Hewlett-Packard, Lowe’s and Home Depot are among the 2014 winners of the EPA’s SmartWay awards, which honors freight industry companies’ environmental leadership. Winners are in the top 5 percent of SmartWay performers in improving fuel efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing air pollution. The annual SmartWay Excellence Award honors … Read more »

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How ICT Can Improve Freight Efficiency

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help meet freight performance demands while improving energy efficiency, according to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy white paper. Smart Freight: Applications of Information and Communications Technologies to Freight System Efficiency says strategies range from placing freight trucks into electronically-controlled platoons — this … Read more »

Big Rig Standards Could Cut Freight Costs 7%

If bold enough, incoming fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty trucks being devised by the EPA and the NHTSA could reduce the cost of moving freight by 7 percent and owners of tractor-trailer units could save $0.21 per mile, according to a report from Environmental Defense Fund and Ceres. The … Read more »

BNSF to Trial LNG Locomotives

BNSF will begin testing a small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas as an alternative fuel later this year. The railroad has been working with two principal locomotive manufacturers, GE and EMD, a unit of Caterpillar, to develop the natural gas engine technology that will be used in the … Read more »

DHL Express Launches 100 Propane Trucks

Delivery firm DHL Express has taken delivery of a fleet of 100 Ford pickup and delivery vans fueled by propane autogas. The Ford E-250 cargo vans, each equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system, will be on the road by late August 2012 and will operate in … Read more »

ABB to Supply Onboard DC Grid to Shipowner

Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first direct current power grid on board a ship, in an installation ABB says should reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent. The OnBoard DC Grid will allow an … Read more »

Alcoa Releases Low-Weight Truck Wheels

Aluminum fabricator Alcoa has launched a new series of wide base that wheels are the lightest 14″ aluminum wheels on the market. The new 58 lbs wheels are engineered for high performance through Alcoa’s proprietary LvL ONE wheel manufacturing process of light weighting. By switching from single steel 22.5″ x … Read more »

Network Rail, DB Schenker to Furnish Offices by Rail

U.K. rail infrastructure owner Network Rail is aiming to reduce the carbon emissions associated with a relocation of its national center by shipping all of the furniture for the new offices by rail. The furniture is being made by Vitra, based in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Network Rail’s new offices … Read more »

Maverick Chooses Meritor Automatic Tire Inflation

Maverick Transportation has chosen the Meritor Tire Inflation System by Pressure Systems International as a standard fuel-saving measure on all new trailers purchased in 2012. MTIS is an automatic system that supplies air pressure to the tires whenever needed to keep them fully inflated. PSI says this improve tire maintenance … Read more »

Rail Companies ‘Drag Feet On Reporting,’ But Some Stand Out

Rail companies have been slow to take up sustainability reporting, although a few stand out as leaders, according to an analysis by Ethical Corporation. Many rail firms bury their sustainability information several layers down on their websites, preventing most of the public from ever finding the data. Elaine Cohen from … Read more »