IKEA is pondering a plan to launch an e-commerce platform that would sell furniture from other brands and retailers. The retailer is also talking with Amazon, Alibaba and other third-party marketplaces about opportunities to sell its branded goods on their platforms.
Transit agencies must adjust to consumer needs through the use of nontraditional data to reverse declining ridership, according to a KPMG report. To better serve rider needs, municipal transportation agencies should partner with technology companies such as Google Maps and Waze as well as ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber, according to the report.
Setbacks are a chance for leaders to examine their fears, learn how to manage discomfort and act effectively anyway, writes author and former FBI agent LaRae Quy. Looking at the worst-case scenario can be helpful in the sense that you're not surprised when challenges arise, she writes.
A Delaware Memorial Bridge toll increase of $1, which will bring the rate to $5, is now set to take effect in May instead of March. Passenger cars and small trucks, meanwhile, will get a 25-cent discount if they hold New Jersey E-ZPass or DelDOT accounts.
Officials are looking at the possibility of tolling in Oman, the country's minister of transport and communications said. Tolls might be implemented only on expressways and in places where drivers can take alternate routes, the official said.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has presented lawmakers with his budget proposal, which calls for either truck-only tolling or a "modified congestion tolling model" to generate $1 billion per year. The Democratic governor recommends 53 tolling gantries on interstates 84, 91 and 95, as well as Route 15, fewer than the 82 gantries cited in a transportation study.
Tolls are not among the strategies that Fairfax County, Va., is considering for improvements to two parkways, a county planner said recently. The county and the Virginia Department of Transportation are in the middle of a long-term planning study of deficiencies on the two roads.
An increase in traffic congestion in Boston's Sumner Tunnel has prompted two Massachusetts state lawmakers to introduce legislation, including a bill that would establish a congestion-pricing pilot program.
Congestion pricing in New York City has remained a topic of discussion for many years, but a plan promoted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo aims to make congestion pricing a reality in Manhattan. Cuomo's goal is to raise $15 billion for public transit through 2024.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised the electric carmaker's vehicles will be fully autonomous by the end of 2020 and "feature-complete" by the end of this year. "The car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year," Musk said during a podcast interview.
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