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October 12, 2016

Analysis: Welcome to the New Normal

When are truck freight levels, pricing and even the economy going to be at the level we are accustomed to seeing? Evan Lockridge recaps the FTR Transportation Conference for his Oct. magazine column.

October 4, 2016

Truck Orders Mostly Hold Steady in September

Net orders of Class 8 trucks were in line with expectations, falling only slightly from the previous month’s numbers, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

September 26, 2016

Report: Small Fleets Keep Trucks Nearly Twice as Long as Large Fleets

A study jointly produced by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research is now available, examining heavy duty vehicle usage, maintenance practices and replacement parts purchasing activity.

September 20, 2016

August Sees Boost in Trailer Orders

The final numbers on August net trailer orders show a significant increase over the previous month that still fell slightly below expectations.

September 16, 2016

FTR: Future Transportation Will Require a Whole New Playbook

Changes on the way for trucking could be as sweeping as the deregulation of the early 1980s or the invention of the Interstate Highway System, according to analysts with FTR at the company's transportation conference.

September 16, 2016

Intermodal Volume Unexpectedly Weak in July

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index fell more than three points from June to a reading of 0.6 in July, a large drop that nearly brought the ICI into negative territory.

September 15, 2016

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

September 14, 2016

FTR Conference: Expect a Freight Recovery, Just Not a Big One

While a recovery for freight and the overall U.S. economy is in the cards for the fourth quarter of the year, those attending the first sessions of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday were also told by experts they should not expect a huge boom.

September 9, 2016

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Improved Market

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index improved in July reflecting improved market prospects as a result of moderate economic growth and a regulatory environment that is tightening capacity.

September 6, 2016

August Class 8 Truck Orders Will Beat Expectations

Orders for Class 8 trucks in the month of August will be slightly above expectations and a 36% improvement over July’s terrible numbers, according to projections from FTR and ACT Research.

August 29, 2016

3 Trends in the Spot Freight Market

As FTR and apply "big data" analysis to spot market pricing, Noel Perry, FTR transportation economist, offers some insights into the volatility of spot pricing and how spot prices correlate with contract pricing.

August 9, 2016

Trucking Conditions Did Not Improve Much in June

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reveals that trucking conditions in June showed few signs of improvement due to slow freight and a lull in new regulations.

August 3, 2016

High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010.

July 20, 2016

Trailer Orders Fall 10% in June

A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.

July 12, 2016

FTR Index Shows Less Competitive May for Intermodal Market

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

July 6, 2016

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.

June 8, 2016

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

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.

June 3, 2016

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.

May 18, 2016

Fleets Use Profits to Boost April Trailer Orders

Trailer orders increased in the month of April, gaining 15% over the previous month thanks to the dry van and refrigerated trailer markets.

May 16, 2016

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

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.



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