Lord & Taylor is working with Xcel Brands to accelerate its supply chain and reduce the need for markdowns, a necessity as the department store competes with fast-fashion retailers. Buyers from Lord & Taylor work directly with designers from the factories that make their products, saving time and costs by cutting out the middlemen.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the concept of smart cities could be the most influential transportation development since the creation of the interstate highway system six decades ago. "The reason why we think about and talk about smart cities is because we recognize that we don't have infinite resources, and we want to be smart about how we use those resources," he said.
Lyft drivers will have the opportunity to buy, lease or rent the new electric Chevrolet Bolts by the end of the year. General Motors, which makes the cars, has a $500 million investment in Lyft.
A multi-modal transportation management plan has been developed for the Interstate 76 corridor in Pennsylvania. Part of the plan calls for the installation of an Active Traffic Management system on the interstate to reduce congestion and increase safety.
Some retailers including Safeway supermarkets in the San Francisco area now feature Amazon Lockers, which give shoppers the option of picking up their Amazon purchases instead of having them delivered. The bright yellow lockers each have a first name to make it easier for customers to find their packages.
The North Dakota Legislature approved billions in road spending over the past three legislative sessions, drastically improving the state's roads, a recent study found. The state's infrastructure needs had increased dramatically in recent years due to its oil boom.
The use of 3D printing continues to grow, but questions are emerging over where the technology falls under current incarnations of product liability law. Such cutting-edge technology typically must be litigated in a few cases to determine how existing law applies, legal experts say.
A Kelly Blue Book survey found 60% of US respondents know little about autonomous cars and many are skeptical of claims that all cars will eventually be self-driving. "A lot of people think that it's like Jetsons stuff and they have no reason to believe this technology is as close as it probably really is in the real world," said Karl Brauer of Kelley Blue Book.
Florida's Department of Transportation will work with a state university to develop the Suntrax testing facility for autonomous and connected vehicles and other emerging transportation technologies. The agency will collaborate with Florida Polytechnic University to develop a 400-acre site between Orlando and Tampa that will include a 2.25-mile oval track.
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