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OneRail Raises $33 Million, Looks to Expand to SMB

| Mike O'Brien

OneRail, an Orlando-based startup with software that optimizes last-mile deliveries, has raised $33 million in a Series B round to further develop its platform and bring in new talent to fuel its growth, with plans to launch an extension for SMBs on Shopify in 2023.

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Gig Workers Change Considered by DOL

| Mike O'Brien

Last month, the Department of Labor proposed a change to the way it determines the classification of independent contractors. If it eventually becomes law, the rule change would have a lasting effect on the gig economy and gig workers. Kashyap Deorah, CEO of HyperTrack, talks about the balancing act in front of the DOL.

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Instacart, San Diego Reach Worker Settlement

| Mike O'Brien

Instacart and the attorney’s office for the city of San Diego have reached a settlement over charges it misclassified its delivery drivers as contractors, a heated and ongoing issue in California and elsewhere that challenges the economics of last-mile delivery companies using the pervasive gig model.

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Autonomous Vehicles Maker Clevon Launches in U.S.

| Mike O'Brien

Clevon, maker of autonomous vehicles designed to run on city streets instead of sidewalks like many others, has opened up a U.S. office in Fort Worth, TX to launch its planned expansion here, with a number of big-box retailers and delivery providers interested, according to its CEO. The company has been running EVs in Europe since 2020.

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GoBolt Offers Eco-Friendly Last-Mile Parcel Delivery in U.S., Canada

| Mike O'Brien

GoBolt, a white glove last-mile delivery service focused on carbon neutrality use electric vehicles and carbon offsets through a technology partnership, has launched parcel delivery in several U.S. and Canadian cities by leveraging an acquisition, with plans to expand as demand and adoption dictate.

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Geodis Acquiring Last Mile Provider Need It Now Delivers

| Mike O'Brien

Paris-based major 3PL Geodis is acquiring Need It Now Delivers, adding last-mile delivery principally on the east coast, a capability that was lacking for the contract logistics, freight and fulfillment provider as it looks to ramp up its penetration into ecommerce and omnichannel companies.

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LaserShip, OnTrac Plan to Expand Transcontinental Network

| Mike O'Brien

Ten months after joining forces, regional carriers LaserShip and OnTrac have launched a transcontinental home delivery network linking east and west coasts, with plans to expand to Texas in early 2023 and other markets thereafter, offering shippers an alternative to FedEx and UPS.

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Amazon Prime Offers Same-Day Delivery from Retailers

| Mike O'Brien

Digging out a few more shovelfuls to deepen the Prime moat, Amazon is now offering same-day delivery for subscribers in 10 metro areas, who can shop retailers including PacSun, GNC, SuperDry and Diesel and either have the order delivered or picked up in store.

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Onfleet Pursues Growth With New Funding

| Mike O'Brien

Onfleet, provider of a last-mile route optimization platform for grocers, restaurants, food service and pharmacies, has raised $23 million in a Series B round to hire engineers, enhance its platform and expand into retail and enterprise accounts while looking to create a European presence in 2023.

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USPS Revises Vehicle Plan, May Add More EVs

| Mike O'Brien

The USPS plans to update its environmental impact statement related to the mix of electric vs. gas-powered vehicles, saying it’s driven by its delivery network improvement plan and unrelated to lawsuits favoring an all-electric fleet. The mix may change due to aggregation of carrier operations affecting its delivery route structure.