Uber Hits Right At Home

Uber launches taxi service in Nice

Californian based company Uber has announced the launch of its private taxi services in Nice, as well as Bordeaux and Toulouse. The transport service has angered local taxi drivers, who say the phone app provides unmatchable competition.

Taxi drivers across Europe have reacted angrily at the proliferation of Uber, arguing that it offers competition at a low tariff that can not be matched. In addition, drivers who work for Uber do not have to possess one of a limited number of private hire permits, which is seen as an unfair advantage. Uber believes that the rule banning drivers from collecting passengers unless they have been previously booked, negates the advantage as regular taxi drivers will still be able to pick up fares from the street.

A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law. However, the two companies have continued to operate.

Unlike traditional taxi businesses, Lyft and Uber use smart-phone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

The president of Yellow Checker Cabs in Albuquerque says the ride-sharing services don’t have proper insurance and are putting their own drivers at risk along with New Mexico residents.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a PRC hearing officer is considering whether the services violate the state Motor Carrier Act and could draft new rules that might include the services.

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Nallian to exhibit at Prologistics in Brussels on September 24-25


BRUcargo Cargo Community System to be showcased at trade show
September 18, 2014 – Nallian, an innovative provider of cloud-based supply chain collaboration services will participate at the Prologistics trade show in Brussels and showcase the Cargo Community System (CCS) of BRUcargo which was recently launched.BRUcargo Cargo Community System is a global logistics premiere. The CCS enables an easier and more reliable exchange of real-time information between various supply chain business partners in the cloud. This way of operating both improves the physical handling of the cargo and saves costs.Nallian at Prologistics:

  • When: September 24 and 25, 2014
  • Where: Brussels Expo – Stand 4074

Click here for more information and detailed program of Prologistics.
Click here to watch BRUcargo movie on the CCS

About Nallian
Nallian connects supply chain business partners in the cloud to enable real-time data sharing and facilitate interactive collaboration. Using social media concepts, Nallian empowers its community members to create private data clouds with trusted contacts, manage all types of data and automate cross-company processes. The Nallian solution guarantees a ‘single version of the truth’, offering higher data quality at all times and a consistent use of accurate data across the supply chain. Nallian delivers ecosystem wide supply chain visibility, higher levels of operational excellence and increased business agility. Visit www.nallian.com for more information or connect with us through LinkedIn.

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You Are Going To Be Seeing A lot Of This Already-Famous Picture

Fairpromise found a really great picture to show off the dramatic impact of Fairpromise, the “Action Engine”


In 1946, at Harmon, New York; NY Central Railroad Niagara Locomotive 6001 is being pulled by 4 models to show how great Timken roller bearings worked

(Photo clipped from an old New York Central Headlight and filmed by Pathé Newsreel)

Because the picture is 68 years old, we will not get any copyright infringement from the successors to the New York Central: American Premier Underwriters or Andrew Penson

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All Aboard Florida Keeps “Mowing Them Down”

Penney usually reports on Florida East Coast / All Aboard Florida, but she was tied up helping a really neat lady, Ruth Fruehoff, who has just written a book about her father and Fruehoff Trailer Company.

West Palm Beach commissioners on Monday gave All Aboard Florida their blessing to close two downtown rail crossings so that the private venture can build a new station for its express passenger train service planned between Miami and Orlando.

With little discussion, the commission unanimously approved All Aboard’s request to close the Florida East Coast Railroad crossings at Evernia and Datura streets in the heart of the city’s downtown district. The commission’s approval will be sent to the state’s Department of Transportation for review.

Randy Schultz from Boca Mag is a cool writer. He is right on top of crossing closings, quiet zones and things that are little unless that is where you live. Nick Uhren, director of Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The group that has been working with All Aboard Florida, federal railroad officials and local governments on safety upgrades at rail crossings that would obviate the need for trains to blow horns.Uhren said the All Aboard Florida spokeswoman’s scenario is “our intended outcome” and the “likely outcome.” If the improvements happen—and the MPO has set aside a local share of federal money to pay for them—the Federal Railroad Administration will approve a quiet zone for the 83 crossings on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks between 15th Street in West Palm Beach and the Broward County line. (Trains will travel much faster north of West Palm, requiring a different set of improvements.) Broward’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is working on a separate quiet zone for that county. Since the federal government is involved, things can get interesting. The feds assign risk ratings to each crossing, based on car and pedestrian traffic, safety features and accidents. But, Uhren says, the feds don’t tell the locals how they calculate those ratings. The locals must rely on a certain level of trust.

Finally, there’s the question of when the horns will stop blowing. “That’s a sticky issue,” Uhren said. The quiet zone will cover seven cities—Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach—and Palm Beach County. Uhren said any one could apply for the quiet zone designation, representing all the governments. The cities are reluctant, Uhren said, because if an accident occurs in another jurisdiction, the city that applied could face liability issues. The county, Uhren said, would be the most logical. With just one applicant, the designation could come sooner.

Some elected officials still may not be clear about all the details of the quiet zone and related improvements. The same goes for the public. Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein said after last week’s city commission discussion that there’s “a lot of misinformation” about All Aboard Florida. I hope these last two postings have made more things clear.

In the mleantime: Waterway Guide, authority on cruising America’s coastal waterways since 1947, is urging boaters to participate in the U.S. Coast Guard comment period — giving the USCG their views on how railway bridges across South Florida waterways will affect them if and when All Aboard Florida becomes a reality.

“All Aboard Florida and Siemens have been working together extensively on the development and design of the passenger railcars that will transport millions of tourists, leisure and business travelers along Florida’s east coast,” Siemens said.

All Aboard Florida initially plans to launch service in late 2016 linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Plans call for service to be extended north to Orlando, including Orlando International Airport, in central Florida, then both west to Tampa, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and north to Jacksonville. Speeds of up to 125 mph are envisioned for the service.

All Aboard Florida is a subsidiary of Coral Gables, Fla.-based Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), and the passenger service will utilize right-of-way used by FECI freight operator, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Florida East Coast Railway. FECI in turn is owned by New York-based Fortress Investment Group LLC..

“This is an exciting time for rail in America. Intercity rail is an important lever to improve existing infrastructure challenges and bolster city and state economies, clearly something that All Aboard Florida will succeed at doing,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens’ Rail Systems Division in the U.S. “Everyone is watching the development of this progressive operation with great interest, and we are extremely proud to be part of this effort.”

Said All Aboard Florida President and COO Don Robinson, “Our partnership with Siemens is another tremendous step forward for All Aboard Florida. We carefully chose Siemens technology knowing it will set a new industry standard, while providing the world class amenities our customers will expect from our passenger service.”

The initial five-trainset purchase to serve the Miami to West Palm Beach segment will consist of two diesel-electric locomotives, one on each end of four passenger coaches. These diesel-electric locomotives will meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 emissions standards. All Aboard Florida and Siemens plan to expand the initial trainsets to seven coaches, and purchase an additional five trainsets, concurrent with environmental approvals and additional financing for the segment from West Palm Beach to the Orlando International Airport.

Siemens said the stainless steel passenger coaches, “the first to be manufactured by Siemens in the United States,” will be ADA compliant and designed for comfort, featuring special ergonomic seating and Wi-Fi. The trainsets will also be level boarding, which allows for the ease of boarding without steps and provides easier access for bikes, walkers, strollers and wheelchairs.

The locomotives will meet the latest federal rail safety regulations, including enhanced carbody structure safety with crash energy management components, Siemens said.

As the Florida East Coast Industries-owned railroad plans a three-hour express passenger service from Miami to Orlando — with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale — it is spending $1.5 billion on track upgrades, railway stations and sleek European-styled trains. What it didn’t have to pay for was safety improvements at the roadway crossings, per easement agreements with the local governments, some of which are more than 50 years old.

FECI Executive Vice President Jose Gonzalez on Thursday told the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization that All Aboard Florida saw the community conversation “playing out as a negative” when the company believes the express passenger rail is a positive project for Southeast Florida.

All Aboard Florida will upgrade crossings to safety levels needed for the passenger rail during its track upgrades, Gonzalez said, and not hold cities responsible for that work. Afterward, municipalities will resume responsibility for maintenance.

We see this as a true partnership,” Gonzalez said.

That was good news for officials who are looking for money to ensure residents have relief from 32 additional train horns each day.

Thank you for taking that burden off of us,” said Boynton Beach Vice Mayor Woodrow Hay, who sits on the MPO board.

Local governments were stunned this summer to discover what their decades-old agreements with the railroad meant in costs of crossing upgrades. Those governments had been working with regional planning agencies to figure out how to add safety measures at crossings that would allow quiet zones, as much of the CSX tracks have for the frequent Tri-Rail trains.

The “delta” between a safe passenger rail line and a quiet passenger rail line is still thousands of dollars. But All Aboard Florida is absorbing millions of dollars in needed improvements between Miami and Cocoa.

New passenger service will add 32 trains a day to the 14 freight trains traveling through. Though they will travel much faster and be much shorter, the horn blasts will be just as loud. Unless local jurisdictions get quiet zones put in place.

Palm Beach MPO Chairwoman Susan Haynie, a Boca Raton council member, said cities had been focused on quiet zones and realized they had a “big problem” when they read the details of the easement agreements. While support for the passenger rail has been widespread, the call for quiet zones to offset the impact to those living along the track has been strong.

Palm Beach County has four times the number of residences affected as Miami-Dade County and twice that of Broward County because communities grew up along the railroad. West Palm Beach has more than 30 crossings, including those on county- and state-owned roads.

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council liaison Kim DeLaney gave MPO board members some examples.

A four-lane road with a single set of tracks may need two gates, flashing lights and horns.

To upgrade that for passenger rail might require four gates, instead of two. Four-quadrant gates cost as much as $600,000.

To upgrade that crossing for quiet zones may only require the additional of a median — something that costs less than $100,000.

Another piece of good news was that a federal transportation TIGER grant was awarded to a Colorado town for quiet zone upgrades in the latest round of funding. A South Florida coalition received money to build connector tracks in Miami and in the Northwood neighborhood of West Palm Beach to allow trains to cross from the FEC tracks to the CSX tracks to the west. Regional planning officials said they will plan to tap that funding source.

MPO Executive Director Nick Uhren cautioned the gathered officials that state transportation officials will not be responsible for the quiet zone upgrades, and local officials are also trying to speed development of Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter service along the FEC tracks.

Adding Tri-Rail service to South Florida cities along the FEC tracks has long been discussed, and the upgrades for All Aboard Florida and quiet zones will make it a much more feasible project. The Palm Beach MPO is part of a regional group trying to figure out needed upgrades to piggyback onto the ongoing projects.

There’s a little time pressure on the conversation,” DeLaney said.

On Thursday, the MPO agreed to spend up to $500,000 to study how much the safety upgrades will cost and explore how to fund them. Officials Thursday conceded that some crossings may have to be closed to achieve safety levels needed for a quiet zone.

Crews that include Federal Railroad Administration and state transportation officials, as well as local government and railroad representatives, will begin surveying the crossings this fall.

Actual costs for railroad safety upgrades and quiet zone upgrades will not be known for some months.



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What’s Visibility Mean To You

Visibility is a hot supply chain topic. Our writers have cranked out articles on the subject, Buzz posts links to visibility articles every week, and I bet you’ve heard from sales guys and marketers pushing their solutions. But what’s it mean when you really get down to it?

Back in the old days when I led a large EDI/eBusiness team, visibility to us meant the ability to locate and see a transaction from beginning to end. For example, for an outbound document we’d want to see it tracked from the ERP module, through our interface, into our translator, in its interchange on the way to the VAN, at the VAN, and receipt verified from the partner. Once B2B business networks were established and the velocity and variety of transaction and communication types expanded, visibility became an even greater need and challenge. But we were only a small slice of the supply chain. Other, more direct participants crave visibility as well.

Let’s start with the consumer, the person the supply chain has been built to support. As we know from the omnichannel articles we’ve read, the consumer wants to be able to locate products and check inventory status in every one of your locations, to see his order no matter how he placed it, check its processing status and expected delivery date/time, how it was shipped, and every other detail related to it. And he wants it available on screen, within your smartphone app, or if he calls your contact center.

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Billy Horschel Wins the Fed Ex Cup: A Year-Long Process

Billy Horschel beats Rory McIlroy for Tour Championship crown and $10million bonus as Tom Watson rues not picking the US star on a career hot streak for Ryder Cup

  • Billy Horschel won the PGA Tour Championship and a HUGE payday
  • Horschel shot a final round 68 to win by three shots 
  • He finished ahead of fellow American Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy
  • Chris Kirk, Justin Rose and Jason Day were a further shot back

The FedExCup Playoffs determine the season-long champion on the PGA TOUR.

  • In 2013-14, the four Playoffs events will offer $32 million in prize money, meaning a total of $67 million is on the line over the four weeks of FedExCup Playoff competition.
  • The PGA TOUR entered a new era in 2007 with the introduction of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition, offering $35 million in bonus money and culminating with the PGA TOUR’s first-ever Playoff system.

Over the span of 43 weeks of competition, players vie to become the FedExCup Champion, which distinguishes the one player who not only performs well during the 39-week PGA TOUR Season, but also excels through the pressure of the four-event FedExCup Playoffs. Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedExCup in 2007 and its $10-million top prize and won again in 2009. Others to hoist the FedExCup trophy include Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Henrik Stenson (2013).

During the PGA TOUR Season, TOUR members earn points based on their finish, with a strong emphasis placed on winning and high finishes. Once the PGA TOUR Season concludes, the top-125 players advance to the Playoffs, a series of four $8-million tournaments offering quintuple points relative to PGA TOUR Season events.

The Playoffs feature a progressive cut, beginning with The Barclays in New York (125 players), continuing with the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston (100 players) and the BMW Championship in Denver (70 players). A reset takes place, seeding the top-30 players for the culminating TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, where the FedExCup Champion is crowned.

Billy Horschel started his PGA Tour season with a whimper, missing the cut at the Frys.com Open last October, but he ended it with a bang Sunday, winning the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Starting the final round tied with Rory McIlroy, Horschel shot 68 Sunday to win the Tour Championship by three shots over McIlroy and Jim Furyk. The win also guaranteed he would win the FedEx Cup playoffs. All combined, Horschel won $11. 4 million Sunday, $10 million for the FedEx Cup and $1.4 million for the Tour Championship.



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With help from Penney Vanderbilt