Covenant joins digital management platform

Covenant Logistics Group, Inc., announced Thursday it will partner with Mastery Logistics Systems to implement a cloud-based transportation management platform.

The Chattanooga-based trucking company said in an announcement that it chose Mastery as a major technology partner due to its emphasis on providing solutions to large, operationally complex organizations.

"We expect that MasterMind (the Mastery Logistics platform) will play a key role in our digital transformation strategy moving forward," Eric Whitton, Covenant's senior vice president of technology, said in an announcement Thursday. "Mastery and Covenant have a shared vision in that we aim to provide solutions that quickly adapt to market changes, provide efficiencies and simplify complex technology."

Covenant plans to initially implement MasterMind in its managed freight division which includes brokerage and managed transportation services and will expand use of the digital platform to other areas of the business over time.

Darren Cockrel, chief technology officer of Mastery, said transportation management platform "will enable productivity gains for Covenant across their portfolio of services."


Amazon can be sued over mercury shipments

The California Supreme Court has left intact a ruling that allows customers to sue for failing to warn buyers that some products it sells may contain hazardous substances such as mercury.

The court in its decision Wednesday denied a request by Amazon's lawyers to review a lower court ruling that said Amazon violated the state's Proposition 65, which requires companies to warn consumers about products they make or sell that contain chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects.

The case involved a lawsuit filed in Alameda County that said the online retail giant knowingly allowed skin-lightening creams to be sold on its website for years despite being aware of concerns about toxic mercury levels in such creams.

Mercury can harm pregnant women and their fetuses. The suit alleged that some of the products produced by third parties but sold on Amazon contained mercury levels that were thousands of times the U.S. federal legal limit.

Amazon said in a statement Thursday that safety is a top priority and that the products in question have long since been removed.


Amazon Prime Day sale set to begin on July 12

Amazon is giving you a month's notice before this year's Prime Day sale, which will begin 3 a.m. July 12 and continues through July 13. If you don't think you can wait that long, however, there will be early deals and new, member-only offerings starting Tuesday.

The event will be available to all Prime members in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, the U.K., the U.S., and for the first time ever in Poland and Sweden.

"With the small businesses and national brands our members love and trust, we're excited to offer some of our best Prime Day deals yet to even more customers around the world," Jamil Ghani, vice president of Amazon Prime, said in a press release. "This year, we're making it simple for members to find the best deals, from personalized deal recommendations to Alexa reminders. It's never been easier for Prime members to shop, save, and make the most of Prime Day."