Transportation and Warehousing Sector Drives Nonemployer Business Growth, Census Bureau Reports

prnewswire | May 24, 2016

The number of businesses without paid employees rose by 831,317 or 3.6 percent to 23.8 million establishments from 2013 to 2014. Businesses without paid employees, such as operating a family-run corner store, acting as a real estate agent, pet sitting, blogging, and snowplowing, are referred to as nonemployer businesses. The transportation and warehousing sector (NAICS 48-49) propelled the increase, leading all sectors in both rate of change (with a 13.5 percent increase) as well as absolute number of establishments added (148,626) and reached 1.3 million nonemployer establishments in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today.

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J.B. Hunt, Waymo Add Wayfair to Autonomous Trucking Pilot in Texas

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc | June 29, 2022

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Hunt and Waymo Via (the company’s autonomous Class 8 trucking unit powered by the Waymo Driver™ technology). “Real-time testing with customers like Wayfair is critical to making autonomous freight movement a viable solution in the future, Every supply chain is unique, so it’s important that customers can work alongside J.B. Hunt and Waymo to ensure that advanced autonomous technology will create capacity that meets their needs. Through shared experiences, technology integration and innovative thinking, autonomous technology can help us advance J.B. Hunt’s mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.” -Craig Harper, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt Throughout the multi-week pilot, J.B. Hunt, Waymo and Wayfair will monitor and evaluate data relating to delivery logistics, loading and unloading freight, autonomous performance, and factors influencing the overall driving and non-driving experience. The pilot will use J.B. Hunt 360°® technology to automate several processes such as check calls and transactions to improve driving efficiency. Autonomous specialists - a commercially licensed driver and a software technician – will be in the cab for the duration of each trip to monitor the Waymo Driver’s operations. Expanding our alliance with J.B. Hunt and beginning to move freight together for Wayfair is an exciting next step toward applying the Waymo Driver technology to commercial goods delivery,” said John Verdon, trucking lead, business development and partnerships at Waymo. “We couldn’t be more delighted to work alongside companies who share our innovative spirit and excitement for what autonomous driving technology can mean for the trucking industry. Following a successful pilot in 2021, J.B. Hunt and Waymo extended their collaboration earlier this year with a long-term vision to complete the first fully autonomous commercial freight transport. During the pilot, more than 862,000 pounds of freight were moved, with no accidents and 100% on-time pick-up and delivery. This will be Wayfair’s first large-scale, hands-on experience using Level 4 autonomous vehicle technology to transport freight. Wayfair is the destination for all things home: helping everyone, anywhere create their feeling of home. Offering a wide selection of over 33 million products from more than 23,000 suppliers, expert customer service and a seamless, omnichannel shopping experience, Wayfair makes it quick and easy for customers to shop for their homes. “At Wayfair, innovation is at the core of everything we do, and this pilot with J.B. Hunt and Waymo is a great example of this, We’re excited to continue our work with J.B. 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Q&L Industrial Services to Support Logistics Processes with Infor

Infor | July 06, 2022

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SUPPLY CHAIN

EY launches EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager, incorporating zero-knowledge proof technology for business operations

EY | May 23, 2022

The EY organization announces the beta availability and use of EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager on blockchain.ey.com, which is a new solution specifically focused on combining product traceability with inventory management across an extended supply chain. While traceability has long been a widely used application by enterprises on public blockchains, the lack of privacy for transactions has limited the adoption of some of the applications by enterprises. Using Polygon Nightfall's zero-knowledge proof-based privacy technology, which is currently a mainnet beta launch, EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager can help move and track tokens at scale, with low costs, and the privacy required for enterprise applications such as inventory management. This ultimately allows organizations to create fungible or non-fungible tokens representing assets and inventory, and then transfer those across the extended supply chain network. By using a combination of Polygon Nightfall's zero-knowledge proof-based privacy technology and off-chain information management, assets can now be moved across the network with privacy, so that only selected parties can see the full history of those assets. Unlike most enterprise systems, information such as inventory status and location is now retained, even as raw materials and products move across the supply chain and between organizations. "Managing complex operations across enterprise boundaries is a big step forward. EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager significantly widens the breadth of use cases available for clients to consider." -James Canterbury, Principal and Blockchain Leader, Ernst and Young LLP. Antoni Martin, Polygon Enterprise Lead for Polygon, says This is exactly the kind of commercial use case we envisioned when we set out to build and deploy the Polygon Nightfall network. Enterprise use cases outside of financial services are still not widely developed. Privacy tools open a whole new world for us. Further information about beta access to the EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager solution is available at blockchain.ey.com. Users initially receive testnet access upon registration for development purposes, followed by production mainnet access, subject to EY client acceptance protocols. About EY EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via ey.com/privacy. EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

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Emergent Cold Latin America Acquires Distribution Facility Located in Recife, Brazil

Emergent Cold LatAm | July 07, 2022

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