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Yellow-Cab Drivers Push for Limits on Uber

Angry taxi drivers gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday to call for tighter regulation of ride-hailing services like Uber following the suicide of five cabdrivers in as many months.
 Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said the influx of ride-hailing cars during the past few years has driven down wages, forcing many drivers to the brink of despair.

Union voices fears over staff safety at Amazon warehouses

Ambulances were called to Amazon's UK warehouses 600 times in the past three years, according to an investigation by the GMB union into working practices at the ecommerce giant's fulfilment centres.
 Amazon's 14UKwarehouses have been the subject of long-running concerns about working conditions. Freedom of information requests made by the GMB to ambulance services near the centres showed hundreds of calls for medical help in recent years.

America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job

America has a massive shortage of truck drivers. Joyce Brenny, head of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, increased driver pay 15 percent this year to try to attract more drivers. Many of her drivers now earn $80,000, she says, yet she still can't find enough people for the job.

Freight Tracker Adds Funding In Hot Market

FourKites Inc., a startup that tracks freight shipments in real time, said it has raised $35 million to expand its operations abroad and improve its ability to predict shipping times.
 The Chicago-based company makes software that shows shippers and logistics companies the location of their cargo and alerts them to potential delays.

New Megaships Cloud Recovery

Container shipping is emerging from a painful six-year slump, but a glut of tonnage that will hit the water over the next two years threatens to derail the nascent recovery.

In recent months, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA-CGM SA have each announced orders for 11 mega-vessels. Together, with existing plans by Asian giants such as Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Evergreen Line, the moves mean dozens of these vessels will be delivered by 2020.

Warehouses Hoist Rents

The growth of online shopping is setting off a scramble for industrial real estate near urban centers, giving landlords of once unglamorous properties a chance to push up rents to record levels.
 Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers, as well as fulfillment companies such as FedEx Corp., are seeking out "last-mile" locations in urban areas