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Inflation Remains Flat – Oil Prices Up

By | May 14, 2018

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »

Tariffs in the next few weeks, could have a big impact over the next few years

By | April 2, 2018

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »

Ake’s Take: How the Capacity Crisis was Born

By | March 20, 2018

The U.S. trucking industry is experiencing a capacity crisis, with insufficient numbers of trucks and trailers to haul an ever-increasing amount of freight. FTR’s measurement of Total Truck Utilization is currently at 97% (meaning 97% of all trucks are in use). The index is expected to hit 100% later this year. While it is an… Read More »

Ake’s Take: Christmas Lights Shine for a Bright Economy

By | January 11, 2018

An unusual economic indicator that I track is “Outdoor Christmas Lights” (OCLs). OCLs are a coincidental economic indicator, providing information about the current state of the economy. This indicator is only relevant when the economy is getting weaker or growing stronger, and its measurement is highly subjective – more observational than measurable. Also, it is… Read More »

AKE’S TAKE: Holding Five Wild Cards and Not Knowing What’s Trump

By | April 11, 2017

The following is extracted from an article I wrote for World Trailer Magazine which attempted to describe the impact on the trucking industry (and business) of the election of Donald Trump as POTUS.  While the information below is not “news” to most Americans, it does provide a good summary of our current situation. Everything Changes… Read More »

Monday Morning Coffee: Economy Trend Continues Through 2017

By | November 28, 2016

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »