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February 18, 2016

FTR Forecasts Stable Trucking Conditions in 2016

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.

January 19, 2016

Trucking Conditions Point to Potential 2016 Improvements

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.

December 11, 2015

Commentary: 10 Things to Take Away From the Year of the Driver

With another year behind us, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look back at the year of the driver.

December 10, 2015

Trucking Conditions Expected to Improve in 2016

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.

November 1, 2015

The Pounding of All the Rules

The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.

September 15, 2015

Looming Capacity Crunch Could Lead to Trucking Golden Age

Finding enough drivers to keep trucks on the road has long been a problem for trucking companies, and that problem is only expected to get worse. But the resulting "mother of all capacity shortages" could be very positive for fleets.

June 24, 2015

Uber, HOS Data Seen as Ways to Address Capacity Crunch

Some interesting articles about trucking capacity have landed in Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's in-box recently, as she reports in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

April 15, 2015

Savannah Port Sees All-Time Record Cargo in March

The Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in March, setting a single-month record that surpassed its previous high set in October 2014 by more than 21,000 TEUs.

March 18, 2015

Talbert Adds Capacity to Traveling Axle Series Trailers

Talbert Manufacturing updated its Traveling Axle Series, increasing hauling capacity by 5 tons. The five new trailer models will replace the previous versions within the trailer series.

February 16, 2015

More Strength, Efficiency in Capacity’s Sabre Terminal Tractor

Sabre features include a 13% stronger main frame, a lower skid ramp to more easily pick up low-nosed trailers, 30% faster actuation of the fifth-wheel boom, easily replaceable parts, and a more comfortable cab.

January 13, 2015

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

December 22, 2014

The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review

It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.

September 23, 2014

Brokers Feel Pinch of Labor Shortage

Brokers and third-party logistics providers are feeling the labor squeeze along with the trucking industry, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

September 11, 2014

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

September 9, 2014

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

September 8, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

August 13, 2014

Spot Market Freight Availability Stable, Rates Generally Slip

The amount of freight available on the spot market remained stable over the past week, while rates have improved little if any, according to freight matching service provider DAT -- but things could turn around soon.

August 5, 2014

Survey Confirms Tight Capacity

Trucking capacity is indeed tight, according to the third-quarter 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted in July by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, and carriers are trying many methods to improve productivity.

April 9, 2014

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Declines in February

2014 may be a very volatile year requiring increased shipper attention to market conditions. FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014.

April 2, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints

A new report shows business conditions in the trucking industry remain positive, despite a slight downturn, amid warnings of a possible capacity shortage.

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