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FTR Schedules State of Freight Webinar: Year in Review

This webinar will review an extraordinary year in transportation that saw major stresses on capacity and rates growing at a pace we haven’t seen in years. We will discuss the impacts of the truck driver shortage and the deterioration in rail/intermodal service metrics in the first half of the year and where things stand heading […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders Fell in November to 27,500 Units as Few Build Slots Remain Available for 2019

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for November fell to 27,500, as the market winds down from five consecutive months topping 40,000 units.  November orders were the lowest total this year and the weakest since September 2017.  However, the drop off in order activity was expected, as OEM’s have nearly filled their order […]

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FTR’s September Shippers Conditions Index Continues to Improve with Positive Trend Expected Into 2019

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for September reflected continued improvement in the environment for shippers with a new reading of -7.6, more than one point better than August. Overall conditions are still not favorable for shippers but FTR’s SCI measure is expected to steadily moderate in 2019.  Increasing capacity and productivity in both truck and […]

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FTR Reports September Preliminary Orders Shatter Previous All-Time Record

September trailers orders were a tremendous 56,000 units, exceeding the previous record from October 2014 by over 10,000 trailers. Orders continue to exceed expectations with September units 59% higher than August and up 133% y/y. Trailer orders for the past twelve months have now exceeded 400,000 units. The OEMs opened up their order boards for […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders Continue at Record Levels in August

FTR reports that preliminary North American Class 8 orders for August hit another all-time high of 52,400 units, just surpassing last month’s total by 300 orders.  Class 8 orders were again exceptionally strong in the U.S. market, with most OEM’s racking up great order months. Orders were even m/m and up 153% y/y. Orders continue […]

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FTR Continues to Expand Annual Transportation Conference

Registration is live for the 2018 FTR Transportation Conference. In its 14th year, this annual conference brings together all the different aspects of the freight transportation world into one place. With over 80 of the industry’s leading speakers and panelists, and 450 attendees, the conference is the premier transportation forecasting event of the year.   […]

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February Reflects a “Best Ever” Environment for Carriers

    FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for February reflects an environment for carriers that has never been better. The current reading of 15.41 is the highest since FTR began tracking the conditions index in 1992. The index jumped four points from the January reading and could improve still more through (at least) Q2, fueled […]

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FTR Reports Preliminary January Trailer Orders In 40,000 Range for Third Consecutive Month

  FTR reports preliminary January orders in the 40,000 range for the third consecutive month.  If the numbers hold when final orders are reported, this will be the first time in history that the industry has been at those levels in any 3-month period.  Dry van totals were elevated again and refrigerated van orders were […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders for January at 47,200 Units- Highest since 2006

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders were at 47,200 units, significantly higher m/m at +28% and y/y up 116%.  January Class 8 orders surpassed even the strong Q4 2014 activity and were only lower than the orders from early 2006. The North American equipment market continues to strengthen as we move into 2018. […]

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Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Freight Transportation in Gulf Region – Nearly Ten Percent of U.S. Trucking Impacted

It turns out that severe weather disruptions almost always involve water. Since the most potent source of water is evaporation from the ocean’s surface, the majority of U.S. weather disruptions are near salt water coasts. And, because people and businesses like to be near coasts, oceanic storms have big effects, including on transportation. Hurricane Harvey […]

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