Afternoon Coffee: NHTSA Includes More Airbags In Takata Investigation, Trucking and Rail Industry Competition Increases

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported Thursday it would now include side airbags into its investigation of defective Takata airbags. Before, the investigation included driver and front-seat passenger airbags. Officials also will look at all model year cars for possible defects, not just older ones.

Execs at Union Pacifica Corp. said the trucking industry is now becoming more competitive with rail, thanks to the falling prices of fuel. On Thursday, Werner Enterprises Inc. and Knight Transportation Inc., two of the largest trucking companies in the U.S., both reported better-than-expected earnings in the third quarter.

Hospitals are now adopting more supply chain technology tools, such as radio frequency identification tags, to cut costs and better manage inventories of medical devices and other supplies.

Greek port workers went on a 24-hour strike yesterday to protest the privatization of the ports in the country.

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