After shipping, pallets pose big risk to public, cause many accidents, injuries — ScienceDaily

Shipping pallets — often used as display platforms in retail settings or seen as raw material for household projects — were responsible for sending more than 30,000 people to the emergency rooms of U.S. hospitals over a recent five-year period, according to a new study.

With approximately 400 million new wooden pallets produced in the United States every year, and nearly 2 billion in use at any given time in the country, pallets are indispensable components of domestic supply chains. But they present unique hazards when used by retailers and homeowners for unintended purposes, pointed out researcher Judd Michael, Penn State Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health.

The first-ever investigation of non-occupational injuries that occur due to unintentional contact with pallets yielded startling statistics, Michael noted. From Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2018, there were an estimated 30,493 people who visited hospital emergency rooms for pallet-related injuries.

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Walmart Plus drops $35 free shipping minimum to better compete with Amazon Prime

Walmart is removing the $35 free shipping minimum on its annual subscription service, Walmart Plus, the company announced on Wednesday. The new policy will take effect on Friday, December 4th, and it means all Walmart Plus members will receive free next-day and two-day shipping on items ordered from Walmart’s website, regardless of the size of their order.





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The change is a clear attempt to better compete with Amazon Prime, the subscription service on which Walmart Plus is based. One of the biggest benefits of Prime since its introduction more than 15 years ago has been free (and often two-day and now one-day) shipping on all eligible orders.

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Amazon and Walmart are competing to offer the most convenient delivery service

That made Walmart’s $35 order minimum for its Prime competitor a significant setback for the big-box retailer when it launched its

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SoftBank Makes Another Bet on Freight Shipping Technology

SoftBank Group Corp.
is doubling down on its bet that technology startups will reshape freight shipping and logistics, a sector that has been an ambitious focal point for the firm.

Through its Vision Fund 2, the Japanese firm led a $113.5 million investment in Flock Freight, a U.S. software startup that offers a service that uses algorithms to match trucks with freight headed in the same direction. The service, intended to optimize trucks’ shipping capacity, is akin to a ride-hailing company’s pooled services that match riders in the same vehicle based on their pickup and drop-off locations.

The deal values Flock Freight at roughly $500 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Volvo Group’s
venture-capital arm joined SoftBank in the financing. The Swedish-based company is one of the world’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturers and is planning to collaborate with the startup and help improve its technology, said

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SoftBank bets on freight shipping technology

SoftBank Group Corp. is doubling down on its bet that technology startups will reshape freight shipping and logistics, a sector that has been an ambitious focal point for the firm.

Through its Vision Fund 2, the Japanese firm led a $113.5 million investment in Flock Freight, a U.S. software startup that offers a service that uses algorithms to match trucks with freight headed in the same direction. The service, intended to optimize trucks’ shipping capacity, is akin to a ride-hailing company’s pooled services that match riders in the same vehicle based on their pickup and drop-off locations.

The deal values Flock Freight at roughly $500 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Volvo Group’s venture-capital arm joined SoftBank in the financing. The Swedish-based company is one of the world’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturers and is planning to collaborate with the startup and help improve its technology, said Martin

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Walmart Continues Amazon Rivalry With Faster Holiday Shipping

Move over Amazon. Walmart is ramping up its shipping speed.

Walmart (WMT) is preparing for an onslaught of orders on its e-commerce site this holiday season by changing the way it handles fulfilling purchases. The retail giant is shifting some of its fulfillment directly to its more than 2,800 stores in an effort to get orders to customers without delays.

In a blog post, Tom Ward, Senior Vice President of Customer Product at Walmart, said, “We’ve created a program that routes some Walmart.com orders to be fulfilled straight from our stores. We’ll use our existing local delivery capabilities to get orders to customers faster, while reducing the load on our online fulfillment centers.”

The change in strategy comes as Walmart has seen more customers shop online as talk of “shipping woes” during the holidays surface. Delays in shipping are expected during the holiday season as consumers stay away from brick-and-mortar

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iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max start shipping ahead of November 13 release date

Some Apple customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are finding their orders have updated with shipping information advising their iPhone is on the way, but it is unlikely that many of the deliveries will actually occur before November 13.

On Friday, Apple opened up pre-orders through the online Apple Store for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the last two models of the current iPhone generation to be released. The first customers to place orders can expect quicker deliveries to occur, with the earliest potentially taking place on November 13, Apple’s announced availability date for the models.

Not all customers will receive their orders on that date, as the delivery time estimates started to slip for both models shortly after it became available to purchase.

In a similar fashion to pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12

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Biden’s Shipping Agency Nominee Could Prove Crucial To US Climate Change Plans

In the upcoming months, there will be around 4000 appointments for the Biden-Harris team to make, 1212 of which will require a Senate confirmation.

One of the less prominent roles is that of the US Shipping Administrator within the Department of Transportation (a role known as the US Maritime Administrator or MARAD).

This position has historically been overlooked, but may prove to be a critical appointment in order for the Biden-Harris team to succeed with their climate change plans.

With the global coronavirus pandemic likely to continue for many more months, and airlines

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Tesla is reportedly shipping 7,000 made-in-China cars to Europe

A gigafactory of electric carmaker Tesla is seen in Shanghai, China October 18, 2019.

Aly Song | Reuters

BEIJING — Tesla will begin shipping made-in-China electric cars to Europe on Tuesday, according to Chinese media reports.

About 7,000 Model 3s made at the Shanghai gigafactory are set for arrival in Belgium at the end of next month, with planned deliveries to countries including Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden, state-backed news outlet The Paper said Monday.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

Covid-19, which first emerged late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has hampered the ability of businesses around the world to resume work. The spread of the disease stalled within China earlier this year. But the pandemic has persisted in the United States and Europe, and countries in the West continue to grapple with concerns about a second

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Apple’s new iPad Air is finally shipping

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New technology joint venture to transform rail shipping

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC), GATX Corporation, Genesee & Wyoming, TrinityRail, and Watco announced a venture to create a new technology platform that will help transform rail shipping in the 21st century. The new venture, Rail Pulse, will facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar fleet.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided leadership in a successful Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant application. In addition to this Federal Railroad Administration funding, investments will be made by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the venture members to support the development of this platform.

The Rail Pulse partners, who collectively own nearly 20% of the North American railcar fleet, are seeking to accelerate the adoption of telematics to meet two specific objectives. The first objective of Rail Pulse is safety. Early phases of the platform will incorporate

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