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July 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Index Shows Less Competitive May for Intermodal Market

Photo: Jim Park

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index dropped in May reflecting a domestic intermodal sector that is still experiencing somewhat difficult competitive conditions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, FTR

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Demand Hits 4-Year Low

Class 8 truck order numbers have hit their lowest point in at least four years, with demand remaining depressed so far in 2016.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for April was up over the previous month, but still not significantly better-- reflecting soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Orders Muted in Heavy and Medium Segments

Both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are projected to have a subdued May, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

Source: FTR

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Freight Rates

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Offering Market Report Aimed at Truck Dealers

FTR has launched the Truck Dealers Market Report, a monthly, 8-page report that includes current information, statistics and analysis on medium- and heavy-duty market trends that directly impact truck dealers.

Tags: Market Trends, FTR, Truck Dealers

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

FTR's New Index Shows Somewhat Positive Intermodal Conditions

FTR's new Intermodal Competitive Index indicated that intermodal conditions were generally positive but not stellar.

Tags: Industry Research, Intermodal, FTR

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Come in Well Below Expectations

U.S. trailer net order numbers in March missed analyst projections, coming in well below expectations, according to FTR report.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders, Dump Trailers

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

How Automation, Technology Will Change Trucking in the Next Decade

The changes currently happening in technology and automation are likely to change trucking as profoundly as the development of the Interstate Highway System, predicted Noel Perry Thursday in FTR’s monthly State of Freight webinar.

Tags: FTR, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Awaits Business Buying Big

FTR's Eric Starks laying out where he sees freight headed at Fleet Forum in Louisville, Ky. Photo: Jim Park

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The U.S. economy is "nowhere near” slipping into recession. But the economy is sending mixed signals, so what's going to happen to freight demand over the next several months? FTR's Eric Starks shared his insights at the MATS Fleet Forum Wednesday.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Freight, FTR, Economic Forecast, U.S. Economy

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Slow Growth in Freight

Source: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index measure fell to a reading of 9.05 for January, indicating slowing growth patterns for truck freight.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Forecasts Stable Trucking Conditions in 2016

Source: FTR

FTR is forecasting stable trucking conditions for 2016 after its Trucking Conditions Index rose more than two points in December to a reading of 10.88.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 12, 2016 - Industry News

Perry: Trucking Conditions Still Good, but Clouds on Horizon

Perry predicted oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel but will head back up.

FTR transportation expert Noel Perry told an audience at the AmericQuest Symposium that trucking currently is outperforming the broader economy, and there are both good and bad economic indicators at play.

Tags: Economy, FTR

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Point to Potential 2016 Improvements

Source: FTR

The November FTR Trucking Conditions Index jumped by more than three points to a reading of 8.64, possibly pointing to improvements for truckers in 2016, according to FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in December

Class 8 truck orders rebounded while Class 5-7 orders remained strong in December, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

December 10, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

Source: FTR

The October FTR index fell by more than three points from September to a reading of 5.06, in line with previous predications from FTR.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

November Truck Order Numbers Not Looking Good

Compared with last year’s record truck order numbers, the early reports for this November show dramatically decreased demand in the Class 8 segment.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

FTR: In 2016, Economy Should Notch One More Good Year

Image: U.S. DOT

More gloom than boom, but no doom sums up the economic outlook for 2016 presented by FTR economists in the latest State of Freight webinar hosted by the research and analysis firm.

Tags: FTR, U.S. Economy, Economy

November 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines, Further Drops Expected

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index declined from the previous month’s number to a reading of 8.46 in September. The reading in August was the highest of 2015 so far.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Regulatory Agenda: Hurry Up and Wait

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg speaking at the FTR Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Park

Former FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg told attendees at the FTR Conference that most of FMCSA'S current rulemaking workload is on hold until after Acting Administrator Scott Darling is confirmed as the Agency's next Administrator.

Tags: FMCSA, FTR, Regulations, Hours of Service, CSA

September 11, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Index Reflects Stronger Freight Forecast

Image: FTR

GDP growth in the second quarter could drive improvements in freight and FTR is forecasting double digit positive Trucking Conditions Index readings by the end of the year.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Hits 2015 High

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for June jumped up 56% from May to a reading of 7.66, hitting the highest level of 2015 so far.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops, Environment Still Positive

The index has fallen since January and except for April, has been lower than in 2014.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index measure for May dropped to a three-year low of 4.91 due to softer capacity, pricing, and fuel prices. The index is expected to move into significantly more positive territory as the anticipated regulatory drag in 2016 and 2017 dramatically tightens capacity.

Tags: Trucking Conditions Index, Economy, FTR

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls as Capacity Availability Increases

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell 9% to a reading of 6.7 in April, weakened by more available capacity and less pressure on rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

May 27, 2015 - Industry News

April Trailer Orders Down Big From Year Ago Levels

Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

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