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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Ace Hardware to Expand E-Commerce and Home Delivery Services

Ace Hardware plans to invest billions over the coming years in e-commerce capabilities, a sector that’s challenging to enter as a retailer of bulky, large-format goods. The company’s recently launched buy-online-deliver-from-store service is intended to match the convenience of online ordering with the expertise of an Ace Hardware associate, leveraging in-store inventory and staff.

Navistar Using Lyft for Final Mile in Pilot Program

Navistar International, a manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines, is running a pilot program with Lyft to “get critical parts from distribution centers to dealers and customers.” The program is part of their effort to rely less on LTL shipping so that critical parts can be delivered to customers as quickly as possible, keeping up with expectations created in the consumer market.

FMCSA Proposes Major Changes to HOS Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed five key changes to the trucking hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which will be open for comment once the proposed changes are published in the Federal Register. Carriers and drivers would have more operating flexibility if these changes are implemented, and would save the U.S. economy and consumers an estimated $274M.

FAA Grants Approval for Drone Food Delivery Pilot

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval for a drone-based food delivery pilot to travel along a single fixed route from a distribution center to its final destination, an outdoor recreational area. This is the second autonomous milk run pilot announced in recent weeks – Walmart just began operations of its autonomous van transporting customer orders on the “middle mile.”