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A People-less Future

A survey came out recently...seems that six and one half percent of the people that took the survey asked for--no, demanded--a cashless, bank-less, true self-serve experience. Let me translate that. These folks feel they should never have a need for cash. They prefer to be able to serve themselves wherever they go, swipe a smartphone over the total amount purchased, and one hundred percent of the transaction is instantly "electronic."caveat, of course, was "Zero" human intervention. Now, keep in...

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Al E. Bavry, President Emeritus, Kimal Lumber 7/8/2019 Comments(0)

What Will New Energy Disclosure Rules Mean for Home Prices?

An analysis of nationwide surveys by the Department of Energy found that high-efficiency homes sold 18 to 89 days faster than average. Isaac Smith, a residential program development manager at the Minneapolis-based Center for Energy and the Environment, hopes that new pre-sale inspection requirements in Minneapolis, set to take effect in 2020, will help expand the high-efficiency trend. The new requirements add three components to the city's existing Truth in Sale of Housing inspections: surveyi...

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Joey Peters, Southwest Journal (MN) 7/8/2019 Comments(0)

More People than Ever Think Green When Buying a Home

Nearly 60 percent of real estate agents have clients who are very or somewhat interested in sus-tainability, and 70 percent of residential and commercial agents and brokers reported that pro-moting energy efficiency in listings is either somewhat or very valuable, according to a new National Association of Realtors NAR report, which polled realtors about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the preferences they are seeing consumers in their communities....

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Real Estate Weekly 7/8/2019 Comments(0)

Crash Not Your Fault? FMCSA Says Soon It Won't Hurt Your CSA Score

Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as "not preventable" in Compliance, Safety, Accountability CSA program scores. The program currently classifies a crash as "not preventable" on a carrier's Safety Measurement System profile in instances where the carrier is not at fault. However, before that determination can be made, a carrier must ...

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Transport Topics - Eric Miller 5/13/2019 Comments(0)

Getting Ready for ELDT: Deadline Looms for New Driver Training Rule

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators will enact new federal requirements in an attempt to standardize today's existing patchwork of training curricula that are developed at the state level. The final rule puts the onus on commercial driver's license CDL schools, as well as carriers with in-house CDL training programs, to self-certify in a yet-to-be-deployed Training Provider Registry TRP and to overhaul entry-level driver training courses. Current...

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Commercial Carrier Journal - Jeff Crissey 5/13/2019 Comments(0)