Study shows customers want free and faster delivery

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Just a few years ago, consumers were willing to wait a few extra days for a package if shipping was free. Now, a new study says, customers have higher expectations, not only wanting free but faster shipping.


Officials say startup companies are now specializing in next day and same day delivery.

Brody Buhler is the global managing director for the post and parcel industry at Accenture. He said customers want free delivery, fast delivery and they want to be able to track the shipment in real time.

“I can see where the delivery agent is, when my delivery is going to come. I’m watching it all on my phone and then I can take action if something is not going to be right. I can ask them to bring it later or deliver it tomorrow.”

Buhler said investments in personalized and faster delivery services will continue to grow. He said we can expect to see online companies using autonomous cars and drone deliveries.

Brawl over ballast water regulations

ballast waterEvery year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.
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AAA driving survey shows many drivers admit to running red lights

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The survey reveals that nearly one in three drivers, of all ages, admit to occasionally running red lights.

The survey was conducted by AAA. It found that 69 percent of drivers ages 16 to 18 and those 75 and up engage in risky behaviors.

That includes speeding, texting and driving, and running red lights.

Gary Bubar is with AAA Michigan.

He said 88 percent of young millennials, ages 19 to 24, report bad behaviors while driving.

“What you’ve also found is that you can drive a lot, and get away with a lot without wrecking your car. And so you’re going to do those things. If you got away with it once, the next time it becomes okay too. Its why a lot of people still, even though they know how dangerous it is they still do the kinds of things inside the vehicle that they probably shouldn’t do, and know they shouldn’t do.”

One-third of all drivers report running a red light on occasion.

“So one out of three drivers has run a red light knowingly? and almost one out of two for drivers in age 19-24. That tells me that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Bubar said the study also found young millennial drivers are twice as likely as other drivers to type a text or e-mail on the road.

Warm temperatures prompt concerns about ice safety

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Warmer than average temperatures are expected to continue through the end of this week. And that means ice on area lakes and rivers is starting to melt.


Law enforcement officials say ice rescues are not unusual at this time of the year… but they would rather people avoid going on the ice altogether, than have to call for help.

Michael Boguth (bo-gith) is a meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He said ice fishermen need to take extreme precautions.

“If anyone is going to venture out ice fishing, please use extreme caution. You know with this warm up the ice is rapidly deteriorating. So please take your time and make sure you check that ice thickness.”

Officials said you should use the buddy system while out on the ice, have rope to use for rescues, and have a communication device to call for help.

Special Olympics aims for $1.2 million Polar Plunge goal

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Special Olympics Michigan is looking to raise over $1.2 million through its Polar Plunge events.

The Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge alone raised over $80,000 for the Special Olympics. Several other events took place in Saginaw, Cheboygan and Alpena among others this past weekend. Continue reading

Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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