Author Archives: Jonathan Starks

About Jonathan Starks

Jonathan has spent his entire career in the freight transportation sector having joined FTR in 2001. His expertise includes freight modeling, modal analysis, fleet characteristics, and equipment demand. He is directly responsible for producing FTR's more than 13 million datapoints and 85,000 forecasted dataseries each and every month.

Trans4Cast: Truck Orders

Truck Orders on a Tear After weaker truck conditions that persisted through most of 2016, 2017 was a much better year and truck orders finished the year very strong. And then 2018 hit. January orders hit a near-record level and they stayed above 40k orders in February. Those are big numbers. That we had a… Read More »

Trans4Cast: This is the Slow Season?

Wait…This is the slow time for the shipping industry? Today we’re going to take a look at one of the metrics you see on a weekly basis, the Market Demand Index. The MDI was designed to give us a high level gauge of the supply and demand of the trucking industry. An MDI between 15… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Spot Rates Recovery

After presenting to a group of restaurant chain and food service procurement and logistics professionals last week a couple of points stood out. Here’s the quick takeaway: Spot Rates have recovered, now it’s contract’s turn.   Spot Rates Have Recovered. Now it’s Contract’s Turn. The chart above gave heartache to those in attendance. The pricing… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Hurricanes: Production Impacts and The Recovery

Industrial Production figures for August came out on Friday and the topline news wasn’t positive. Nor should you have expected it to be. Hurricane Harvey shut down a major industrial center for nearly 2 weeks and had impacts that spread out both before and after it. That means that August production was impacted for at… Read More »