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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: Vehicle 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

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

Intermodal Volume Unexpectedly Weak in July

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index fell more than three points from June to a reading of 0.6 in July, a large drop that nearly brought the ICI into negative territory.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, FTR

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

Steve Sashihara, CEO of Princeton Consultants, talks about digital disruption at FTR's annual conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

Tags: Information Technology, FTR, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization

September 14, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Expect a Freight Recovery, Just Not a Big One

FTR economist Noel Perry said it would be prudent to prepare for the possibiilty of a recession. Photo: Evan Lockridge

While a recovery for freight and the overall U.S. economy is in the cards for the fourth quarter of the year, those attending the first sessions of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday were also told by experts they should not expect a huge boom.

Tags: Economy, Recession, Events, FTR, Business Inventories

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Improved Market

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index improved in July reflecting improved market prospects as a result of moderate economic growth and a regulatory environment that is tightening capacity.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity

September 6, 2016 - Industry News

August Class 8 Truck Orders Will Beat Expectations

Orders for Class 8 trucks in the month of August will be slightly above expectations and a 36% improvement over July’s terrible numbers, according to projections from FTR and ACT Research.

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

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Did Not Improve Much in June

Source: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reveals that trucking conditions in June showed few signs of improvement due to slow freight and a lull in new regulations.

Tags: FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, ELD Mandate

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

High Cancellations Hurt July Class 8 Truck Orders

Photo: Tom Berg

It looks like July was another off month for Class 8 truck orders as industry analysts are predicting some of the lowest numbers since 2010.

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

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall 10% in June

A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Index Shows Less Competitive May for Intermodal Market

Photo: Jim Park

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index dropped in May reflecting a domestic intermodal sector that is still experiencing somewhat difficult competitive conditions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, FTR

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Demand Hits 4-Year Low

Class 8 truck order numbers have hit their lowest point in at least four years, with demand remaining depressed so far in 2016.

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

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Reflect Slow Freight Growth

Source: FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index for April was up over the previous month, but still not significantly better-- reflecting soft market conditions affecting the trucking sector.

Tags: Freight, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Orders Muted in Heavy and Medium Segments

Both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders are projected to have a subdued May, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

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

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Use Profits to Boost April Trailer Orders

Trailer orders increased in the month of April, gaining 15% over the previous month thanks to the dry van and refrigerated trailer markets.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, FTR, Trailer Orders

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Falter in Weaker Economic Environment

Source: FTR

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index fell by nearly 50% in March as a weak economy during the first quarter of 2016 negatively impacted the freight market.

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

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