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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

July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Down Slightly in June

North American Class 8 truck orders fell for the fourth straight month in June, to 19,624 units, according to preliminary data from FTR, keeping with seasonal trends.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, 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

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Early Numbers Show Weak May for Truck Orders

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Class 8 truck orders hit their lowest monthly level since late 2013 with around 20,000 units ordered while medium-duty orders rebounded.

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

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

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Subdued by Weak Manufacturing

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March to a reading of 7.3, reflecting lessened demand for truck services and normalizing fuel costs.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Manufacturing

May 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Drop 11% in April

Photo: Evan Lockridge

April Class 8 truck orders were down compared to March as well as to the previous year, according to preliminary data, but the drop was not unexpected.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR, ACT Research

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

Huge Trailer Backlog Fuels Build but Slows Orders

Photo: Tom Berg

Net trailer orders in March saw an incremental increase over February as OEMs are still increasing build to meet the surge in orders from late last year.

Tags: OEM, Reefers, FTR, Flatbed, Trailer Orders, Dry Van

April 13, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops As Capacity Utilization Softens

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Graph showing this year's numbers compared with 2014. Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for February fell slightly in February to a reading of 7.4, reflecting a softening capacity utilization caused by fluctuating diesel prices and the suspension of controversial provisions of the 34-hour restart.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity, Freight Rates, Hours of Service

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Freight Outlook Good Despite Some Weaknesses

Graphic: FTR

While some may complain that truck freight levels haven’t taken off like a rocket since the end of the Great Recession, the fact is they have posted solid improvements, according to Jonathan Starks of the freight forecasting firm FTR -- and could be headed for a new peak.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Spot Freight

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Sink in March

Class 8 truck orders slipped in March, per FTR.

Net orders for Class 8 Trucks hit a six-month low, recording 24,780 units, in March, according to preliminary data from FTR. This is the lowest level since September 2014 and the first time Class 8 orders have fallen year-over-year since January 2013.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall As Large Fleets Fill Requirements

February trailer orders dropped well below January figures as backlogs for orders fell for the first time in six months, according to the latest FTR report.

Tags: Flatbeds, Dry Vans, Reefers, FTR, Trailer Orders

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Registration Open for FTR Virtual Conference

Photo: FTR

FTR has announced that registration is open for its first "virtual conference." The event is scheduled for April 7th and will include discussions and question-and-answer sessions on important topics in trucking.

Tags: Webinar, Events, FTR, Fuel Prices, Regulations

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Drops 34%, Still High

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for January dropped 34% month to month to a reading of 7.8. Despite the drop, the index is only slightly below the high average score from 2014.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Normalize in January

Trailer orders for January hit 27,300 units returning to normal order rates after an increased rate in the last three months of 2014, according to report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Strong But Fall Below December Numbers

Class 8 truck orders remained strong in January, with preliminary numbers coming in at around 35,000 units – an increase from January 2014 but falling below 40,000 units for the first time in three months.

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

January 22, 2015 - Industry News

December Trailer Orders Near Record Numbers

Photo: Utility Trailers.

December trailer orders were second only to October 2014 in volume, and trailer orders for the year hit an all-time high.

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

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Higher for November

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November, at a reading of 8.98, reflects dropping fuel prices, according to the transportation research firm. Strong freight volumes from a good Christmas shopping season also helped.

Tags: Fuel Prices, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

January 6, 2015 - Industry News

December Tops Off Near Record Year for Class 8 Orders

Photo: Freightliner.

Truck orders remained strong in December with net Class 8 orders at 43,620 units, the third consecutive month above 40,000, according to the latest data from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Trailer Orders Boost November Numbers

Photo via Carrier Transicold.

November trailer orders in the U.S. hit 39,356, the second highest month ever behind October of this year, according to a report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, Freight, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 12, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Trucking Conditions Still Very Favorable

Click here for an interactive version of this graph from FTR.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, at a reading of 8.53, fell only slightly from September’s level, reflecting still strong fundamentals for trucking companies, and the transportation analysis firm expects it to stay strong through next year.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

FTR: Restart Suspension Could Boost Industry Productivity

Photo via FTR.

By increasing truckload capacity of the industry, there should be a slight boost to potential productivity, according to analysis from transportation research firm FTR.

Tags: FTR, Truckload, ELDs, 34-Hour Restart, FMCSA, Hours of Service

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