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The Daily Dash: Roadrunner, Hurricane Hanna and robots

Roadrunner continues its revamp with the spinoff of its Ascent Global Logistics business. (Photo: JIm Allen/FreightWaves)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, Roadrunner continues its revamp with the spinoff of its Ascent Global Logistics business. Plus, Hurricane Hanna leaves its mark on Texas, carriers score a court win in an arbitration fight, and e-commerce robots arrive.

Just a little trim

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. (OTC: RRTS) will spin off its Ascent Global Logistics business as it continues to revamp its operations. The move should allow each business segment to tailor solutions specific to their businesses, the company said. 

Todd Maiden details the move: Roadrunner breakup; refocus moves forward

Hurricane disrupts freight

Hurricane Hanna’s aftermath will be felt for days in South Texas after the storm dumped as much as 20 inches of rain on the region over the past two days.

Noi Mahoney details the impacts to freight movement in the region: Hurricane Hanna disrupts freight flow in South Texas

Arbitration win for carriers

A New Jersey court has ruled arbitration agreements signed by transportation workers are enforceable in the state, despite a federal arbitration rule to the contrary. It is considered a big win for employers, who would rather fight employment disputes through arbitration than in the courts.

John Kingston has more on this and its potential impact: New Jersey court ruling victory for employers seeking to compel arbitration

A helping (robotic) hand

A robot from RightHand Robotics and Intel RealSense Technologies has been designed to replace human workers in picking e-commerce goods at the warehouse. The companies believe the robot can select items quicker and at less cost.

Linda Baker has more on this innovation: Computer vision drives automated warehouse solution

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Hammer down, everyone.

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]