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December 14, 2017

SoCal Fires Having Minimal Impact on Freight

Despite current fires in Southern California surpassing the size of October’s Sonoma County blaze, the impact on the freight market has been limited, according to a report by FTR.

December 12, 2017

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Spikes in October

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for October, jumped to a reading of 9.48, way up from the previous month's level of 3.5.

December 8, 2017

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Despite several wildfires breaking out across Southern California in recent days, the impact on trucking spot rates is not expected to exceed levels seen during the October wildfires in Northern California.

December 5, 2017

FTR Appoints Vise as VP in Charge of Trucking Reports

FTR has appointed Avery Vise as its vice president, trucking research, responsible for the content of all trucking oriented reports, publications, and analyses.

November 3, 2017

Perry, Gross to Leave FTR Transportation Intelligence

FTR Transportation Intelligence has announced the conclusion of its business relationships with Noël Perry, principle of Transportation Economics, and Lawrence Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting.

November 2, 2017

Class 8 Truck Orders Surged in October

Class 8 truck orders in October surged significantly from the previous month as the Fall ordering push began, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

October 11, 2017

FTR Reports September Trailer Orders Up 84% from 2016

Preliminary net orders of 21,500 units, up 47% over August, bode well for 2018, the research firm says.

October 6, 2017

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

October 5, 2017

Truckstop.com Offers Lane-Specific Spot Rate Forecasting

Truckstop.com, in partnership with FTR, has introduced the Rate Forecasting tool, which is designed to project spot market rates using historical paid rate data.

October 3, 2017

Class 8 Orders Increase in Healthy, Growing Market

Early numbers indicate a positive month for September’s North American Class 8 truck orders as the market continues to gain momentum heading into the fall order season, according to preliminary reports from FTR and ACT Research.

September 21, 2017

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for July remains in a positive range with a reading of 5.75, reflecting tightening capacity, rising spot rates.

September 20, 2017

Is Hurricane Harvey the Lead-in to Something Significant in Trucking?

It’s apparent that people are working very hard in Houston, because the spot market trucking statistics are showing strong positive moves, in some cases to levels above pre-storm benchmarks.

September 19, 2017

Trailer Orders Rebound From July

August order activity was up 9% month-over-month and 4% year-over-year, as FTR projects that 2017 will turn out to be “another solid trailer year."

September 14, 2017

The Amazon Effect on Freight Transportation Discussed at FTR Conference

Talk about how the company Amazon is changing the future of freight transportation kicked off the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a panel that included two truck fleet representatives.

September 13, 2017

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

September 13, 2017

Hurricanes Could Cost GDP Half a Percentage Point in Q3

Speaking about the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the FTR Transportation Conference, analysts estimated that the economic impact on the region could cost GDP 0.5% in the third quarter of 2017.

September 13, 2017

FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession." Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, talked about "secular stagnation" at the FTR Transportation Conference.

September 6, 2017

Class 8 Truck Orders Maintain Momentum

Class 8 truck orders continued to climb steadily in August, while medium-duty truck orders have stagnated a little, according to preliminary numbers from transportation analysts FTR and ACT Research.

August 25, 2017

Analysis: Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

Recent reports on industrial activity have done little to change FTR's viewpoint on the strength of the U.S. economy or freight demand.

August 22, 2017

Increased Costs Could Mean Less Favorable Trucking Conditions

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell by more than two points in June as a result of increased costs for labor, fuel, and equipment, reflecting less favorable conditions for trucking.

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