One of the top headlines this week within our industry has been about self-driving vehicles. If this is something you are interested in, set up a Google alert because lots of information from the federal government is said to be announced this week.

I. The federal government is getting prepared to issue rules for self-driving vehicles. Jeff Zients, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters, “we’re envisioning a future when you can take your hands off the wheel and the wheel out of the car and where your commute becomes productive or restful rather than frustrating or exhausting.” The Department of Transportation will issue its Federal Automated Vehicle Policy this week. (You can listen to an interview on NPR about this topic.)

II. Barloworld Logistics is sharing a fantastic read about women in the logistics industry. Barloworld has culled the data and believes, “improving the proportion of women leads to higher financial returns for logistics companies.” Lots to digest in this piece – specifically when it comes to best ways to incorporate diversity and inclusion.

III. Earlier this month, cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) provider MercuryGate International Inc. and Class I railroad carrier CSX Transportation Intermodal’s announced a partnership centering around RailPlus, CSX’s intermodal door-to-door offering. It’s exciting to hear about railways using cloud-based technology!

IV. Fortune has a piece about logistics software that is an excellent profile of several supply chain company founders: Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer, co-founder and president of the supply chain consultancy INSIGHT and Dr. Victor Allis, mathematician and head of the supply chain analytics firm Quintiq. The two share their frustrations about what happens when logistic companies aren’t ready to think efficiently or hear about an algorithm.

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