Automaker is eyeing EVs for the future

Volkswagen’s diesel scandal had wide-ranging consequences across its brands, and Porsche is no exception. After the Cayenne Diesel was named as an offender in the international kerfuffle, Porsche has been turning its attention to electrified vehicles. As it moves in this direction, Porsche may drop diesel engines from its lineup all together.

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You won’t believe what Coca-Cola is using to make its bottles

Coca-Cola (KO, +0.08%) now makes some of its bottles entirely out of sugar cane, the company trumpeted recently at the Expo Milano food conference.

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7-Eleven Gives Millennials What They Want: Sustainable Coffee

Convenience retailer 7-Eleven, citing a 2016 study which found that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of millennials as an important attribute when making their selection, is swapping the Colombian coffee now served at its stores for a new Rainforest Alliance Certified, single-origin Colombian coffee.

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These ‘Cool Vendors’ Can Help Keep Pace With Digital Innovation, Gartner Says

Gartner’s 2017 Cool Vendors research profiles 330 Cool Vendors in 76 reports. Many of these providers are exploiting digitization, blockchain, artificial intelligence, conversational user experience and the Internet of Things (IoT) to build the next generation of innovation and offer unprecedented opportunities to exploit new business models.

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Candy retailer acquired with eye to expansion

The nation’s largest specialty candy retailer may soon get even bigger.

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Versum Materials spending $13 million to acquire specialty-chemical company

Versum Materials Inc. said it plans to acquire an Indianapolis specialty-chemical company in a deal estimated at about $13 million.

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Air Products wins Louisiana gas plant deal

Air Products will build, own and operate a gas plant south of Baton Rouge, La., that will provide hydrogen, carbon monoxide and steam to chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corp., the companies announced Monday.

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Second Straight Drop in U.S. Retail Sales Shows Tepid Spending

Retail sales unexpectedly dropped for a second month in June, signaling consumers are providing only modest support for the U.S. economy, Commerce Department data showed Friday.

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Wal-Mart Will Implement Fines for Late, Early Delivery

Wal-Mart is about to step up the pressure on its suppliers. The focus this time is delivery scheduling, and the company’s not messing around.

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Cardenas Markets Preps for Growth

Since assuming his current role six months ago, Cardenas Markets LLC CEO John Gomez has been readying the company for expansion. Now, following the recently revealed merger with Mi Pueblo, which has resulted in a management lineup made up of roughly equal parts Cardenas, Mi Pueblo and outside executives, Gomez is steering the Ontario, Calif.-based company toward organic growth – what he refers to as “finding our own stores” – through the team being assembled by VP of Real Estate Brian Braaten, and inorganic growth through acquisitions of other companies both within and outside its home base of California.

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Jump start: Electrified truck concepts come to life, and owner-operators want in

It hasn’t been that many years since natural gas was pitched as the low-cost, low-emissions fuel of the future for trucking. In just the last year, trucking’s fuel speculation has assumed an even more radical form: electricity.

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Walmart’s Marketplace Gains Ground Fast

When Brandon Harden started to market apparel and other merchandise two years ago on Walmart.com, he did not have particularly high expectations.

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Truck orders bounce back in June

After a surprising slide in May, Class 8 net orders climbed to 17,600 units – a 7 percent improvement month-over-month and 38 percent over June last year, according to data published by FTR Wednesday.

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QVC to acquire its biggest rival in $2 billion-plus deal

In a deal that will bring together two longtime home shopping rivals, QVC is acquiring the Home Shopping Network.

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Volvo steers toward electrified future

Volvo will only offer electrified powertrains in models that it launches starting in 2019, a move that signals its intention to phase out the internal combustion engine from its lineup, the automaker said Wednesday.

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Industry Pulse: Strong growth set to raise truckload prices in 2017

The Cass Freight Index’s May 2017 report found the industry’s recovery continues to accelerate, as the latest figures were among the highest since the outset of a 20-month recession.

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Diesel Rises 0.7¢ to $2.472 a Gallon as Oil Rebounds

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 0.7 cent to $2.472 as U.S. oil drilling declined incrementally, and crude prices rebounded to clear $47 a barrel, experts said.

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Amazon taking Prime Day to a new level

Amazon is upping the ante on Prime Day — giving consumers even more time to shop.

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Toyota’s TNGA platform inspires changes to factory

The electric-blue Camry rolling off Toyota’s assembly line here last week clearly marked a fundamental change for America’s best-selling car, with its blacked-out roof, pinched nose, side scoops and aggressive styling.

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Getting maintenance and drivers on the same page

Transervice Vice President of Maintenance Taki Darakos says his maintenance personnel regularly participates in driver safety meetings, detailing any truck spec changes and setting up equipment to guide drivers through pre- and post-trip inspections.

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Amazon-Whole Foods merger could create headaches for struggling CPG brands

Amazon will likely lower prices on Whole Foods’ grocery products and expand its private label selection, further depleting market share for many struggling packaged food companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Southern California’s grocery battle heats up with the spread of discounter Aldi

Ralphs was the supermarket of choice for Inglewood hairdresser Elise Santos — until grocery chain Aldi arrived in Southern California last year.

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Dell does it again: Building a supply chain for ocean plastic

Computer giant Dell is renowned for its adoption of cutting-edge sustainable packaging technology. Here, Oliver Campbell, Dell’s Director of Procurement & Packaging Innovation, shares news on Dell’s progress toward its environmental goals and its latest packaging project: ocean plastics.

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Porsche starts electric truck trial within logistics network at Leipzig plant

Porsche says it has started testing an electric truck for deliveries from the logistics centre at its Liepzig plant in Germany to the nearby assembly supply centre.

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ATA reports a decent bounce back month for truck tonnage in May

Truck tonnage saw nice volume rebounds in May on the heels of multiple months of declines, according to data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

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Whole Foods’ new 365 format store coming to Weehawken

It’s been called the next-generation Whole Foods — a new-format store designed to appeal to millennials — and the first New Jersey location will be on the Weehawken waterfront.

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Report: Global food supply chains depend on 14 freight bottlenecks

Fourteen global food supply choke points were identified as vulnerable by a recent Chatham House think tank report, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

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UPS targets renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction with new goals

UPS has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12% within its ground operations by 2025 in its annual sustainability report, according to a company press release.

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Can fitness classes wake up retail store traffic?

In May, Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship location in New York City opened a 16,000 square-feet concept shop that has been offering a wide range of fitness and meditation classes.

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Top U.S. truck fleets pave way to fuel efficiency

Since the Paris Climate Agreement was ratified in 2016, governments, business and civil society have expanded their commitments to energy transition, acknowledging that efficiency and sustainability are critical to the global economy. This surge of enthusiasm to solve our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions issue is encouraging, yet people often forget that the U.S. trucking industry has been broadly committed to efficiency for some time.

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The third state to allow delivery robots is….

Wisconsin has become the third state to legalize the use of the automated robots. Virginia and Idaho passed similar legislation earlier this year.

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Sears debuts new store concept

Sears has opened a freestanding store concept dedicated to two of its strongest categories.

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Amazon’s drone future looks sci-fi

Drone deliveries by Amazon could one day originate from an unusual-looking starting point.

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Downtowns Reinvented Themselves. So Can Malls.

Once upon a time, the center of most American cities was devoted to manufacturing. Decades ago this industry moved to the fringes, and then offshore. And the downtown identity crisis began. What is at a city’s heart if not manufacturing? What are we going to do with all these huge empty buildings downtown? Well. Cue the lofts and bistros and redevelopment.

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No big deal: Food and beverage transactions during May were small in size

There were 59 mergers and acquisitions globally across the food and drink industry recorded by bevblog.net in May, according to FoodBev Media. Eleven transactions occurred on May 24 alone.

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