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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

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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, Fleets, 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

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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

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Orders Remain Strong in November

Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.

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

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Hit Record High

Net trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time record high in October with 46,267 units according to a new report by FTR. The new mark shatters the old high number by 9%

Tags: Reefers, FTR, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van, Trailer Orders, Research

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Heads Higher

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index. Graphic: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index from the freight transportation forecasting firm FTR registered 9.07 for September, according to a just released report.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Near Record Month for Class 8 Orders

Photo: International.

October was the second best month on record for orders of Class 8 trucks, increasing 87% over September to nearly 46,000 units, according to FTR.

Tags: OEM, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

September Trailer Orders Exceed Predictions

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Trailer orders in September were 32% better than August with net number of 32,111 units ordered for the month, according to a new report by FTR. When compared with September of last year, orders are up 80%.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Orders, FTR, Dry Van

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Continue Growth Streak

September is the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year improvement in Class 8 truck orders, according to a report by FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

October 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Market Getting Tighter

Graph via FTR.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to 9.10 in August, an upward trend that reflects a tight capacity situation for the freight market.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Spot Freight, Driver Pay, Trends, Economic Conditions

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

Paul Newbourne of Armada, left, and Craig Brown of Maverick Transportation talk about the capacity crunch. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

FTR, Internet Truckstop Team up for Analysis of 'Big Data' from Load Transactions

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

FTR and Internet Truckstop announced a new strategic partnership to bring FTR's analysis and forecasting skills to bear on the "big data" collected by the freight-matching technology provider.

Tags: Information Technology, Internet Truckstop, FTR, Spot Freight, Big Data

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Stay Strong in August

Photo via International.

Preliminary numbers show that orders for Class 8 trucks were strong in August, according to reports from American Commercial Transportation Research and FTR Transportation Intelligence.

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

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Hit Second-Best July Ever

Near-record-setting Class 8 truck orders of nearly 30,000 in July mean the industry is on track to potentially reach 325,000 Class 8 trucks this year, according to preliminary figures from two industry research groups.

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

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines Slightly

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, 2013 through May 2014. Credit: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in May, at a reading of 5.74, reflects some headwinds affecting truck fleet results, according to this latest report from the transportation forecasting firm.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

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

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Adds Canada, Mexico to Truck and Trailer Outlook Report

The trucking industry forecasting firm FTR has added total trailer forecasts for the Canadian and Mexican markets to its monthly Truck and Trailer Outlook Report.

Tags: Research, Trucks, Trailers, FTR

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tight Capacity Pushes Trucking Conditions Index Higher

FTR Trucking Conditions Index, Jan. 2013 through March 2014. Credit: FTR

A measure of the health of the trucking industry has increased slightly, reflecting extremely tight capacity in the truckload sector, according to newly released numbers from the freight forecasting firm FTR

Tags: FTR, FTR Trucking Index

May 5, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders for April Tempered from Hot Pace of Previous Four Months

FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year over year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month.

Tags: Class 8, FTR

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FTR, Capacity, Shipper Conditions Index

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