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May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls Despite Positive Environment

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell slightly in March despite positive economic conditions, reversing an upturn from the previous month – but capacity is expected to tighten.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Rates

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Climb 4% in April

Class 8 truck orders had a solid month in April, meeting expectations and beating the previous month, according to early numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

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

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

Despite Seasonal Decline, Trailer Orders Stay Strong

Source: ACT Research

Despite falling compared to the previous month, net trailer orders in March remained robust, posting significant gains compared to last year.

Tags: ACT Research, FTR, Stifel Nicolaus, Trailer Orders

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February Moves Up in Expectation of Tightened Market

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February took a positive step, as the company's analysts expect the index to approach a double digit positive reading by the end of the year due to the combination of freight growth and still-planned regulatory headwinds in 2017.

Tags: Regulations, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity, ELD Mandate

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, ACT Report Steady Growth for Class 5-8 Sales in March

Class 8 truck orders for March have beat expectations for the third month in a row, according to FTR. While relatively flat compared to last month, they're up over last year.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR, ACT Research

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Slated on Fleet Productivity Ups and Downs

Photo: Freightliner

CK Commercial Vehicle Research held a survey in March to examine where fleets are gainging and losing productivity and it will be holding a webinar with FTR on April 14th to discuss its insights.

Tags: Productivity, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Webinar, FTR

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

‘Better Year Ahead’ Despite Flat Trucking Conditions Index

Source: FTR

FTR has released its Trucking Conditions Index for January, showing an unchanged reading from the month before of 2.7. Conditions are expected to improve in 2017 as a result of a rebounding economic environment.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, ELD Mandate

March 3, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Trucking Index Dips Before Projected Bounce

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions index declined in December, reflecting soft conditions that affected the industry in the second half of 2016.

Tags: NAFTA, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Orders Hit 13-Month High in January

With the preliminary numbers rolling in from ACT Research and FTR, it is looking like January was a banner month for both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders.

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

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

Photo: Tom Berg

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to realize a solid increase in December, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

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

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Dry Van Surge Powers Trailer Orders Past Expectations

Photo: Tom Berg

Trailer orders in November beat expectations by a wide margin due in part to large orders placed by large fleets, according to the latest trailer numbers from analysts at FTR and ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Conditions Point to Tightening Capacity

Chart: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October, while currently in low positive territory, remains on course to reflect improving conditions for carriers as capacity tightens from regulations being implemented.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

November Class 8 Truck Orders Indicate Stabilized Market

There was a significant and expected increase in Class 8 truck order activity during the month of November, according to preliminary numbers from FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Orders, FTR

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Tightening Capacity

Source: FTR

FTR's September Trucking Conditions Index shows a reading of 5.47, down somewhat from August’s reading.

Tags: Regulations, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Donald Trump

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Dry Van Orders Hit 10-Month High in October

Net orders for all trailer types were up in October compared to the previous month and essentially met expectations, according to a report from FTR.

Tags: Trailers, FTR, Trailer Orders

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Trump Impact Minimal in Short Term

President-elect Donald Trump Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Economists with freight transportation forecasting firm FTR are convinced that the election of Donald Trump will not much move any economic needles much for at least six months. Not because the 45th President of the United States won’t accomplish anything right away, but because the wheels of government don’t spin any faster for a new Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FTR, Donald Trump

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Early Class 8 Order Numbers Flat for the Month

Class 8 truck orders are projected to be essentially flat in October when compared to September, according to preliminary numbers from analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

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

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Capacity Fuels Improved Trucking Conditions

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index saw an increase in August fueled by tighter capacity brought about by looming regulations.

Tags: Utilization, Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

October 24, 2016 - Industry News

Tighter Utilization Boosts Intermodal Competitive Index

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index rebounded in August to a reading of 2.16, easing some of the concerns of the previous month’s weak reading, according to FTR.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

October 4, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

September 26, 2016 - Industry News

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

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Purchasing, Survey, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, FTR

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Future Transportation Will Require a Whole New Playbook

FTR's Noël Perry and Larry Gross talk about the future of trucking and other freight transportation modes on the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indiana. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: FTR, Intermodal, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

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