Articles by Tina Bellon and Lisa Baertlein

California Voters Deciding Fate of Gig Economy Workers

Trend-setting California votes on the future of the gig economy on Tuesday, deciding whether to back a ballot proposal by Uber and its allies that would cement app-based food delivery and ride-hail drivers’ status as independent contractors, not employees. The …

Election Security: Retailers Board Up Stores Amid Fears Over More Civil Unrest

This time last year, shoppers on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile were waiting for Louis Vuitton to debut its whimsical holiday window decorations. Now those same windows are hidden behind a wall of wood panels painted bright orange. While still open for …

Calif. Court Rules Amazon Liable Like Other Retailers for Defective Products

Amazon.com can be held liable like other traditional retailers for injuries from defective products sold via its sprawling e-commerce marketplace, a California state appeals court ruled on Thursday. The decision overturned a San Diego Superior Court ruling that the world’s …

Supply Chain Problems Move from China to U.S. and Other Nations

Freight carriers are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air as the coronavirus pandemic forces Western governments to impose lockdowns, threatening supplies of vital products including medicines into the most affected areas, such as Italy. While China’s draconian …

Western Supply Chains Begin to Buckle on Expanding Coronavirus Lockdowns

Freight carriers are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air as the coronavirus pandemic forces Western governments to impose lockdowns, threatening supplies of vital products including medicines into the most affected areas, such as Italy. While China’s draconian …

Truckers Are Exempt from California’s ‘Gig Worker’ Law, Judge Finds

California’s new “gig worker” law does not apply to independent truck drivers because they are subject to federal statute, a Los Angeles judge ruled, handing a victory to one industry that is challenging a state effort to clamp down on …

UPS Drone Service to Deliver CVS Health Prescriptions to Homes

United Parcel Service Inc.’s new Flight Forward drone unit will soon start home prescription delivery from CVS Health Corp. The service, which will debut in one or two U.S. cities in the coming weeks, shows how the parcel delivery company …

UPS Approved to Operate First U.S. Drone Airline for Non-Residential Deliveries

United Parcel Service Inc. on Tuesday said it won the U.S. government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent U.S. drone delivery business over rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. The …

California Truckers Worrying over New ‘Gig Worker’ Rules

California trucking companies that haul everything from summer strawberries to cars and Christmas toys say they are under threat from a bill that could turn so-called gig workers into employees. California state Senators late on Tuesday passed AB5, proposed legislation …

Bill to Tighten “Gig” Worker Rule Passed by California Senate

The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for gig economy companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The bill, …