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Google, UPS unit begin free delivery service for Google merchants

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG/GOOGL) has launched a service with Ware2Go Inc., an on-demand fulfillment platform owned by UPS Inc., (NYSE:UPS) where Google’s merchant customers can offer free deliveries of orders initiated by a Google search but consummated on the merchant’s site. The service, called Google Free and Fast, touts free deliveries within a one- to three-day

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Major Hurricane Laura slams Gulf Coast overnight (with forecast video)

Hurricane Laura crashed into the Gulf Coast overnight as a Category 4 storm, lashing southwestern Louisiana with 150-mph sustained winds. “There will be parts of Lake Charles underwater that no living human being has ever seen before.” – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Laura — the region’s strongest storm in more than a century —

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Former Expedia CEO joins Convoy as president and COO

When Mark Okerstrom and Dan Lewis first met, there was an immediate recognition of the shared values each CEO displayed. “I met Dan a while back and was struck by his intellect, drive and humility,” Okerstrom, the former CEO of Expedia Group, told FreightWaves. “In my career I have found that combination of attributes in

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Portions of I-10 in Louisiana close ahead of Hurricane Laura

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has closed a portion of Interstate 10 due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Laura. The eastbound lane of I-10 is closed at the Texas/Louisiana state line, and I-10 westbound is closed west of the Atchafalaya Basin. To detour the closure and avoid undrivable conditions, motorists should

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Border officers seize $29M in meth in shipments from Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized methamphetamine worth more than $29 million in separate incidents at the World Trade Bridge, authorities said. The first case occurred Aug. 14 when a tractor-trailer from Mexico carrying an industrial mixing machine arrived at the bridge’s cargo facility. CBP found 1,211 pounds of meth in the

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Hurricane Laura: United Airlines cancels flights, cargo delayed

A total of 414 flights were canceled at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as of Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane Laura, now a Category 4 storm, bears down on the Texas coast. The Houston Airport System also said on its website that 66 flights have been canceled at Hobby Airport. United Airlines has canceled more

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UPS names new US, international heads

UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) said late Wednesday that it named Nando Cesarone, former head of the company’s international division, to become president of UPS’ U.S. operations. Scott Price, UPS’ chief strategy and transformation officer, will succeed Cesarone as head of UPS International, the company said. Cesarone succeeds George Willis, who will retire after 36 years at

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Truck stops close shop ahead of Hurricane Laura

Truck stops along the U.S. Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana are preparing for a potentially devastating hurricane by closing locations ahead of the storm. “Love’s is monitoring the latest developments as Hurricane Laura nears landfall in the Gulf Coast area,” Love’s Travel Stops posted in a bulletin issued at 12:15 pm EDT. “We are

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LA and Long Beach ports could learn from Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers sang songs and staged puppet shows to teach us how to be good neighbors. Well, Mister Rogers is dead and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Perhaps we have set aside being neighborly during the COVID-caused economic firestorm that is proving fatal for businesses large and small.  For our story,

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As Hurricane Laura lunges shoreward, oil markets remain nonplussed

Oil markets and diesel in particular continued to show little reaction to the impending arrival of Hurricane Laura in a key Gulf Coast refining center, even though the storm has the potential to impact refining in nearly unprecedented ways. The ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) contract on the CME actually declined on the day, dropping

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