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Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ

United Technologies Corp. has spent billions to get back into the commercial jet engine market, but it can’t get the parts delivered on time. Executives at the Pratt & Whitney engine business are trying to repair supply chain problems that have delayed deliveries of new engines and undercut the company’s ability to scale up engine production, the WSJ’s Ted Mann reports. The supplier problems are a testament to the complexity of the aircraft engines themselves.

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Uncertainty surrounds trucking outlook

The latest Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) compiled by research firm FTR reached 6.2 for April, and while that metric is up on a month-over-month basis, it still reflects “soft market conditions” for the trucking sector.

“There is enough uncertainty swirling around the trucking markets right now to force a manager or business owner to keep the antacids handy,” noted Jonathan Starks,

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Study Shows Value of Dynamic Forecasting in Intermodal Management

Intermodal transportation — which uses a combination of transportation modes, such as trucks, trains and ships, to move everyday goods — is the backbone of many supply chains, and while the industry is seeing tremendous growth, it also faces a severe container capacity shortage.

Ting Luo, a PhD candidate in operations management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, recently examined how managers in intermodal marketing companies should use dynamic forecasting to coordinate daily operations, enhance efficiency and improve profitability.

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US-Canada freight demand puts pressure on crossing points

At the U.S.-Canadian border, rising truck volumes are a welcome sign of economic improvement. But an 8 percent increase in truck crossings in Detroit in the first quarter also raises concerns about the speed and fluidity of cross-border freight traffic. “We do a preponderance of our crossings in Windsor, where’s there’s one bridge,” said Scott Dobak, president of trucking operator Dicom Transportation Group, Montreal, which owns Canadian and U.S. motor carriers. “When that bridge gets backed

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Trucking hiring shrinks as warehousing continues gains

The U.S. employment numbers for May, released Friday, highlight a rift in transportation hiring: Warehousing is gaining jobs at a healthy rate, while trucking is losing them. Warehousing and storage businesses added 3,000 jobs from April to May, a 6.5 percent year-over-year increase and the 29th straight month of job growth in the warehousing sector. The for-hire trucking industry lost 2,400 jobs, the third time this year employment at the truckload and less-than-truckload carriers tracked by the Labor Department has fallen.

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