1st quarter U.S. GDP growth came out at -2.9%. Is this cause for ongoing concern? Most economists say not. FTR’s analysis of historical data, however, raises serious cause for concern. by Noël PerryDownload PDF >
Down to the Wire on the West Coast
From all accounts, the talks are proceeding in an orderly and respectful fashion, and the parties are optimistic. However, it would not be at all surprising if the contract expires without a new settlement in place. by Larry GrossDownload PDF >
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FTR is the industry source for Transportation Intelligence. From freight demand to system capacity to equipment production, FTR adds over 270 years of industry experience into business decision-making. Our subscribers rely on FTR’s freight forecasting trends for improved forecasting in shipping, trucking, rail, intermodal, equipment, and financial communities.
FTRs thought leaders provide top-tier industry analysis for freight forecasting with a total transportation approach. FTR combines a deep understanding of freight demand and the underlying economic fundamentals by tracking more than 13 million data points each month, with historical and modal-specific insights. With a pure focus on the U.S. and North American transportation systems, FTR provides unbiased perspectives and expectations for the future.
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There is a growing demand to better understand how the economy impacts freight, driver labor, and truck capacity. The Trucking Update is your monthly source for independent analysis. FTR's unique measurement of truck freight gives you a complete overview of the U.S. truck market, and it focuses on near-term freight volumes, truck utilization, pricing, and trucker economics. This trucking report will help experienced managers evaluate today's truckload market.
Commercial Vehicle Reports
Manufacturers need to understand how the economy impacts freight and capacity. FTR’s Truck & Trailer Outlook provides freight and equipment demand forecast for the North American commercial vehicle market, including Class 8 Truck, Trailer & Medium Duty (Classes 4-7). This commercial vehicle report has expanded coverage of transportation and logistic issues, freight segmentation, commodity analysis, modal analysis, truck productivity, and capacity utilization.
Successful shippers need to know what to expect, and they should also know when to adjust their strategies. The need to understand the overall transportation environment is becoming a necessity, but it is also a daunting task. The FTR Shippers Update is a monthly report providing essential information on North American freight, including freight volumes, capacity situation, transport costs, shippers conditions, and additional information on truck and rail capacity utilization.
Railroads need to be able to identify if there will be enough rail cars available to haul all of the goods now and into the future. Whether you are buying or building new railcars, companies need to be able to identify trends, and turn those trends into opportunities for growth in the market. FTR’s Rail Update Service will give you a clear understanding of freight demand and risks associated with the economy, transportation, and, more specifically, the rail industry.
A company involved in intermodal needs to be able to readily identify where growth is occurring and what type of equipment is moving. The Intermodal Update gives you all the essential information on the North American intermodal situation, including volume trends by traffic lane, trends in equipment type and size, trends in imports and exports by port region, and much more.