FTR Schedules a Complimentary State of Freight Webinar: 2019 Demand Drivers

For 18 months or more, the focus in transportation has been almost exclusively on the capacity side. While capacity clearly remains a big issue, the bigger question for 2019 and beyond might be the strength of and outlook for freight demand. We will review the outlook for some of the major factors that drive freight transportation demand in the broader economy.
Highlights include:

  • How manufacturing demand will affect the freight transportation industry.
  • Inventory cycles and what to expect throughout 2019.
  • The construction/housing market and factors around labor vs demand.
  • Employment and consumer spending and the FTR view on whether it will last.
  • Energy’s impacts on economic growth moving forward.
  • Distortions in Trade Flows.

This is a thirty-minute webinar moderated by FTR Chief Operations Officer, Jonathan Starks. Presenters will include FTR experts, Eric Starks, Chairman & CEO, and Avery Vise, VP of Trucking. Participant Q&A session will be held after the presentation.
Avery Vise, FTR’s VP of Trucking commented, “For many months strong freight demand has been a given; the question has been the ability of carriers to handle it. We are transitioning into a period when both sides of the ledger are a consideration in pricing and planning. This is why it is important for us to take a closer look at the broader economy and assess the conditions that will have a broad impact on the freight transportation marketplace.”
State of Freight: 2019 Demand Drivers
January 10, 2019 11:00-11:30 AM EST | 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM PST
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This is a complimentary webinar that is open to the public.
Registration to attend is required prior to the webinar date and can be completed by clicking here:

For more than two decades, FTR has been the thought leader in freight transportation forecasting in North America.  The company’s national award-winning forecasters collect and analyze all data likely to impact freight movement, issuing consistently reliable reports for trucking, rail, and intermodal transportation, as well as providing demand analysis for commercial vehicle and railcar.  FTR’s forecasting and specially designed reports have resulted in advanced planning and cost-savings for companies throughout the transportation sector.

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