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January 12, 2018 - Industry News

ELD Mandate Pushes Fleets to Order Record Number of Trailers

Tightening capacity, partially attributed to effects from the ELD Mandate, December 2017 was the best month for trailer orders ever, according to FTR. Photo: Stoughton

Trailer orders in the U.S. are expected to hit an all-time high of 47,000 units for December 2017, pushed by tightening capacity that FTR attributes to the ELD mandate.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, ELDs, Freight Capacity, Trailer Orders, ELD Mandate

January 12, 2018 - Industry News

FTR: Tight Capacity, Rate Increases Projected to Continue

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index hit a record high the first week of 2018.

Truckload capacity will remain tight and rates high, but both may moderate somewhat as market forces come into play, according to FTR analysts. The ELD mandate is still a wild card, with the economy and tax reform playing a part as well.

Tags: FTR, Freight Rates, Freight Capacity

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Todd Tranausky Joins FTR as Senior Transportation Analyst

Todd Tranausky Photo: FTR

FTR has named Todd Tranausky Senior Transportation Analyst, responsible for content in FTR’s rail and intermodal services, as well as developing additional analysis and commentary to support those market segments.

Tags: People, FTR, Market Analysis

January 2, 2018 - Industry News

Isuzu FTR Scores Strongly in Independent Testing

Photo: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

The new four-cylinder Isuzu FTR truck achieved a strong all-around showing in independent testing, according to results announced by Isuzu commercial Truck of America.

Tags: Isuzu, Class 6, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Testing, FTR

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Hit 'Fantastic' 42,600 Units in November

Preliminary reports on trailer orders from November are projecting a fantastic month, hitting 42,600 units, according to FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

SoCal Fires Having Minimal Impact on Freight

Source: FTR, Truckstop.com

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.

Tags: California, Fire, FTR, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

California Fires: Impact on Freight Movement Remains Uncertain

Map of wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Source: CalFire

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.

Tags: California, Fire, Natural Disaster, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Appoints Vise as VP in Charge of Trucking Reports

Avery Vise Photo courtesy of FTR

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

Tags: Leadership, People, FTR, Market Analysis

November 3, 2017 - Industry News

Perry, Gross to Leave FTR Transportation Intelligence

Noël Perry (left) and Larry Gross speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Economy, People, FTR, Market Analysis

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

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.

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

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Trailers, New Vehicle Sales, FTR, Trailer Orders

October 5, 2017 - Product News

Truckstop.com Offers Lane-Specific Spot Rate Forecasting

Screenshot via Truckstop.com

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.

Tags: Forecast, FTR, Spot Freight, Spot Rates, Truckstop.com

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Ready to Shift Into High Gear, Conditions Index Indicates

Source: FTR

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

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Labor Costs, Market Trends, FTR, TCI, Trucking Conditions Index

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

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."

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

The Amazon Effect on Freight Transportation Discussed at FTR Conference

A panel discussion at the FTR Conference tackles the Amazon effect, with FTR's Eric Starks (left) moderating. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, FTR

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricanes Could Cost GDP Half a Percentage Point in Q3

Noel Perry speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: FTR, GDP, Spot Freight, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Economic Conditions

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession," said Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

"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.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

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.

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

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Manufacturing

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Increased Costs Could Mean Less Favorable Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

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.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Fuel Costs, Labor Costs, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Decline But Meet Expectations

Photo: Great Dane

The final trailer order numbers for the month of July have been released by transportation industry analysts FTR and ACT Research, showing a steep decline from the previous month, but an increase overall compared to last year.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

August 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in July

Class 8 truck orders are expected to increase in July compared to the previous month and previous year, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Jump 12% In June

Photo: Stoughton

The final net trailer order numbers for the month of June have been published by FTR, showing a 12% increase from the previous month.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

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