A report from JDA Software and PwC shows only 10% of the 350 global retailers surveyed are profiting by fulfilling e-commerce orders. Though retailers invest billions of dollars to be competitive, high delivery costs, rising return rates and labor costs limit profitability.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation used Esri ArcGIS to map pothole data, including location, fill used and cost of repairs, during two pilot programs. The agency plans to expand the programs to help it make infrastructure decisions.
Lower gas prices and a better economy led US drivers to log a record 3.22 trillion miles last year, 2.8% more than 2015, the Federal Highway Administration reported. The fifth straight year of gains "underscores the demands facing American's roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure," the agency said.
A $2.5 billion widening project was completed last year on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Illinois, and the effort has spurred economic growth in the region, including greater residential construction, which "hasn't happened in a very long time," said Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod. In addition, the SmartRoad system will go live this year and alert motorists to traffic issues.
Indonesia will get four new toll roads after its government signed a $2.77 billion financing agreement. The agreement guarantees the investment by private companies and gives "security and convenience to investors and at the same time show[s] the commitment of the Finance Ministry to supporting infrastructure development."
General Electric is installing smart city technology in San Diego on 3,200 street lights. The company will place cameras, microphones and sensors on the light poles and use data to estimate crowd sizes and vehicle speeds and detect criminal activity.
A new toll collection system in Germany doesn't use gantry infrastructure but instead uses optical identification. Made by VITRONIC, the system can classify the size and axle count of a vehicle and process the toll accordingly.
TransCore is providing customer service and maintenance for the Salik Toll System until 2021 after the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai renewed its contract. More than 500 million transactions a year are processed by the TransCore system.
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