Jennifer Smith, Wall Street Journal

Jennifer Smith

Wall Street Journal

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Jennifer:

On the Front Lines of the Supply-Chain Crisis

A crane operator, a ship captain, a trucker and other logistics workers describe what it’s like to work amid backed-up shipments, jammed ports and packed rail yards. → Read More

Where Are All the Truck Drivers? Shortage Adds to Delivery Delays

The trucking industry has churned through drivers for years. The pandemic has made the job even harder, and businesses say the worsening shortage is holding back the nation’s ability to keep goods moving. → Read More

Freight Operators’ Profits Are Surging in Strained Supply-Chain Markets

Trucking companies, freight brokers and shipping lines are reaping big gains as companies scramble to move their goods. → Read More

J.B. Hunt Expects Strong Freight Demand to Extend Into 2022

Freight bellwether J.B. Hunt Transport Services expects bottlenecks at West Coast ports to intensify heading into the holidays, with congestion continuing to snarl labor-strapped logistics networks. → Read More

LaserShip Is Buying Package Carrier OnTrac in a $1.3 Billion Deal

The acquisition would extend LaserShip’s reach, bringing the last-mile delivery specialist closer to becoming a national carrier → Read More

House Panel Probes Possible Trump White House Role in Yellow Corp. Bailout

A Democratic-led investigating committee says email exchanges link the Trump White House to a $700 million pandemic-relief loan to the troubled trucking company. → Read More

Logistics Operators Raise Pay, Enlist Robots to Meet Holiday Demand

Warehouse operators are throwing every tool they can at increasingly urgent efforts to hire seasonal workers as they brace for an expected flood of holiday goods amid competition for scarce labor from deep-pocketed rivals. → Read More

Digital Freight Startup Transfix Going Public in SPAC Deal

The blank-check merger would help Transfix, which competes with bigger rivals including Uber Freight, expand its business of connecting shippers with truckers. → Read More

Big Truckers Say Vaccine Mandate Could Push Drivers Away

Big trucking companies say a federal vaccination and testing mandate aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus could push more workers away from their operations and deepen upheaval in U.S. supply chains. → Read More

Echo Global Logistics to Sell Itself to Private-Equity Firm in $1.3 Billion Deal

The deal with Jordan Co. would take private one of the largest freight brokers in a red-hot U.S. shipping market. → Read More

Chip Shortage Curtails Heavy-Duty Truck Production

The semiconductor shortfall is cascading into truck factories, cutting into output as demand for big rigs grows. → Read More

Walmart Will Add 20,000 Workers to Supply-Chain Operations This Year

The new hires will be permanent positions aimed at supporting Walmart through the holiday surge and beyond, the retailer said Wednesday. The full- and part-time jobs range from order pickers, freight handlers and forklift operators to technician and management roles at more than 250 Walmart and Sam’s Club distribution and fulfillment centers and transportation offices. → Read More

Schneider National Looks to Charter a Path Around Shipping Bottlenecks

A general cargo ship carrying some 200 Schneider containers is expected to arrive at Oregon’s Port of Portland on Thursday, bypassing a logjam of ships at Southern California ports that has become a major choke point in supply chains buffeted by congestion and delivery delays. → Read More

For E-Commerce Logistics Firm Radial, Christmas Is Coming Early. Very Early

The fulfillment and warehousing provider is making preparations for the holiday shipping season well ahead of schedule, with an eye on clogged global supply chains and the Delta variant. → Read More

Digital Freight Startups Maintain Focus on Growth, Not Deals

Two of the most prominent digital load-matching startups say they are sticking with their plans to use their technology to grow organically, even as rival Uber Freight shifts gears with a big acquisition to speed up its path to profits. → Read More

Covid-19 Medical Stockpiles Weigh on Cardinal Health Results

The distributor has built up inventories of N95 masks and other personal protective equipment amid an uncertain path for the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Warehouse Rents Surge on Bidding Wars for Scarce Space

Competition is driving up industrial rents as retailers and logistics providers race to move goods closer to population centers, with some engaging in bidding wars for the most coveted sites. → Read More

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Logistics automation companies say demand has grown during the pandemic as companies cope with big swings in volume and a tight hiring market. → Read More

Truckers Seek to Keep Diesel Supplies Flowing in Pipeline Shutdown

Prices are rising for diesel fuel used to transport freight as fallout from the Colonial Pipeline shutdown strains capacity for truckers that deliver fuel to gas stations. → Read More

Plus’s SPAC Merger Marks Autonomous Trucking Shift to Public Markets

Autonomous truck companies are looking to public markets for financial backing as they try to take their technology into full production at a commercial scale. → Read More