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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

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Orders for Heavy, Medium-Duty Trucks Post March Gains

Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.

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

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Fleets, Freight, FTR, Capacity, Spot Freight, Manufacturing, Freight Rates, Freight Volume

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in Very Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Solid February Class 8 Order Activity Reported

ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

February 6, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Trailer Market to Increase 2.2%, Says FTR

FTR's forecast for the 2014 U.S. Trailer is 240,000 units, a 2.2% increase over 2013. FTR expects dry vans to show a 2% year-over-year increase while reefer vans will remain flat. Flatbeds, dumps and low beds are all expected to show greater increases as construction and manufacturing improve.

Tags: Trailers, FTR

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Preliminary Orders Up Y/Y

January NA Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,000 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 34,700 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to ACT Research.

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

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Dips in November but Remains in Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 7.01 in November, while 20% lower than the previous month, still reflects a positive environment for truckers.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, FTR, TCI, Capacity, Freight Index

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Improves in November, but Concerns Linger

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index conditions for November, at -6.0, continued to reflect a negative environment for shippers despite improving for the third straight month after hitting a low point in August.

Tags: FTR, SCI, Freight capacity

December 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Remains High in October

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag.

Tags: FTR, TCI

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Hires Don Ake and Enhances Truck & Trailer Outlook

FTR has hired Don Ake as vice president of commercial vehicles. In his new role with the company, Ake is directing the enhancement of FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook product.

Tags: Leadership, FTR

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Orders Top 20K for Second Straight Month

Photo by Jim Park

November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Orders, FTR, Class 8

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, FTR, SCI

November 10, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Intermodal Update Adds New Seasonality Analysis

A monthly analysis of seasonality trends is the latest feature to be added to FTR's Intermodal Update publication. This new feature will provide a detailed view each month of the how current performance and seasonal patterns compare to those seen over the past ten years.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Continues Positive Trend Ahead of Expected Late Year Decline

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.97 in September continues to show a positive environment for trucking. The index is expected to peak in October after which the full impact of the newly enacted hours-of-service rules negatively affect trucking.

Tags: HOS, FTR, TCI

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