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SC Line Launches Shipping Service Between U.S. And Cuba

SC Line has launched a new shipping service from Port Everglades, Fla. and Cuba, according to Seatrade, a maritime news source. The move follows a relaxing of sanctions that means cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between U.S. and Cuba. On Sept. 20, the SC Line vessel Caroline Russ berthed at Mariel in Cuba. It was the first call on a new service every 14 days linking Port Everglades, Fla. with Mariel and Santiago de Cuba.

West Coast Ports Report Surge In Import Trade

The West Coast ports of Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. and Oakland, Calif. saw August import volumes rise in double digits over last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which includes the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, received 113,972 loaded 20-foot equivalent units, a standard measure for container cargo, in August—a 31 percent improvement over the prior-year period’s loaded imports. Oakland saw loaded import container volume jump 15 percent over last August to 82,492 TEU. Major Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports of Charleston, S.C., Norfolk, Va., and Houston also saw improved import performance in August—a sign that this year’s peak shipping season, kicking off now, could be one for the books. 

Walmart Expands Click And Collect To Eight Cities

Walmart is expanding its “click-and-collect” Internet grocery shopping model to eight new cities, with additional markets to be announced in coming weeks, according to Supermarket News. Walmart said service was launching this month in Atlanta; Charlotte and Fayetteville, N.C.; Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah; Nashville; Tucson, Ariz.; and Colorado Springs. Walmart said tests of online shopping in several cities currently underway — including in its home base of Bentonville, Ark.; San Jose, Calif.; Denver; and Huntsville, Ala. — indicated customers are increasingly demanding the convenience of online shopping, and Walmart’s huge store base provides the infrastructure to accommodate them.

Transplace Acquires M3 Integrated

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has acquired M3 Integrated, a 3PL with strength in the packaging, chemical and advanced materials sectors. This acquisition expands Transplace’s vertical expertise and geographical reach, and further supports the company’s commitment to strategic growth in order to meet the supply chain needs of its growing customer base. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

XPO Logistics To Acquire Con-Way Inc.

XPO Logistics, Inc. will acquire Con-way Inc. The transaction will enhance XPO's range of supply chain solutions by making XPO the second largest less-than-truckload (LTL) provider in North America, and will expand the company's global contract logistics platform. XPO will also capitalize on synergies from the combination with Con-way's managed transportation, truckload and freight brokerage businesses. All of the acquired operations - Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal - will be rebranded as XPO Logistics.

7-Eleven Partners With DoorDash On Home Delivery

7‑Eleven, Inc. and DoorDash announced a partnership to provide on-demand delivery from participating 7‑Eleven stores in five major metropolitan markets across the U.S. Customers in New York, LosAngeles and Chicago can order products from their local 7‑Eleven stores with delivery service following in Washington, D.C., and Boston in the coming months. This marks DoorDash’s first partnership outside of restaurant delivery, bringing DoorDash one step closer toward reaching its goal of providing on-demand delivery across all types of local businesses.

FMC Delays Port Of Oakland Proposal To Assess Fees 

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has requested additional information to a proposed agreement to authorize off-peak hours at the Port of Oakland. The request will delay the proposed amendment. The plan, dubbed OakPass, would assess fees to pay for terminals to operate an additional shift on Saturdays. FMC requested the information from the parties of the Oakland MTO Agreement, an agreement among five container terminals at the Port of Oakland. 

Dunkin’ Donuts To Offer Delivery And Curbside Pickup With Mobile App

Dunkin' Donuts plans to offer delivery and curbside and in-store pickup, according to, a food news service. This announcement came during a recent media summit at Dunkin' Donuts headquarters in Canton, Mass., where the company says delivery will be part of its forthcoming mobile app update. The new version of the "DD Perks" app is slated to launch next year, and will be available exclusively to current "DD Perks" members in one single, yet-to-be-named market to test at first. 

Google Express To Jump Into Food Delivery

Google is preparing to launch a produce and grocery delivery service in two cities, one of them San Francisco, Calif. according to Fortune. The service will be powered by Google Express, which already delivers dry foods and other merchandise to customers, and it will partner with Whole Foods and Costco. The Google Express service will compete with Amazon Fresh, FreshDirect and Instacart. 

Amazon To Launch Pickup Service; Prime Now To Deliver Food In Seattle

GeekWire has reported a “confidential” new Amazon facility is getting ready to launch Prime Now one-hour delivery in the Seattle area, as well as a completely new service called “Amazon Flex.” The service will also deliver hot food from restaurants. It will also offer a large selection of food and household items, according to documents filed by Amazon with the King County Public Health Department, obtained by GeekWire through a public records request.