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09.19.17

FTR Reports Final Net Trailer Orders for August Up 9% from July

FTR reports final August net trailer orders rebounded from July, as expected, to 14,600 units.  The August order activity was up 9% m/m and 4% y/y. All trailer segments had small gains with the exception of flatbed, which fell in August after a strong July. Orders have now totaled 265,000 units the last 12 months. Backlogs fell another 11% and are expected to bottom out for the year in September. Production (per day) was unchanged from July. 

09.19.17

CCJ | Used Truck Prices Have Stabilized

Demand for used equipment could be depressed later this year and into next, at least for some segments of the used market, says Don Ake, FTR analyst. Owner-operators and small fleets may be reluctant to buy as they comply with the electronic logging device mandate taking effect Dec. 18, he says.

09.19.17

SCMR | FTR Shares Insight on Hurricane’s Impact on Supply Chains

Although it may be too early to collect any data from this second major hurricane in three weeks, Noel Perry, Partner at FTR and Senior Economist for Truckstop.com says the impact will be significant. Noel told an audience gathered for the 2017 FTR Transportation Conference this week that Hurricane Harvey provided some understanding for what Irma might do.

09.19.17

HDT | FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

Both an optimistic and a slightly pessimistic view of the economy kicked off the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis Wednesday morning. In other words, don’t expect the U.S. economy to pick up much steam over the annual growth that has been around 1.8% the past few years. Conversely, you shouldn’t have to worry much about it slamming on the brakes hard anytime soon, according to Davidson.

09.06.17

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders Continue Steady Climb in August

FTR releases preliminary Class 8 net orders for August at 20,700 units, 14% above July and 50% better than a year ago. Class 8 orders again met expectations as market momentum continues to build ahead of 2018.  August orders should help fill up remaining 2017 build slots.  This is the best August order performance since 2014.  North American Class 8 orders for the past twelve months have totaled 231,000 units.

09.06.17

FTR Conference Less Than Two Weeks Away – Time Running Out to Register

The FTR Transportation Conference is September 12-14 at the historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis, IN. This year’s conference has over 70 thought leading presenters and is the only conference which brings together executives from all the sectors of freight transportation, from equipment OEMs, to shippers, and financial analysts. 

09.06.17

Supply Chain | Battling Back

FTR Transportation Intelligence is forecasting a continuing acceleration for domestic intermodal over the balance of 2017. While we don't expect an increase in the pace of growth in the economy, we are projecting that truck capacity will tighten as the implementation date for the electronic logging device mandate in December approaches. 

09.06.17

AMM | Keep On Trucking... If You Can Find a Flatbed

Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer for Bloomington, Ind.-based FTR Transportation Intelligence agreed, noting that volumes being hauled by dry van trucks have actually been fairly stable with only about three-percent, year-on-year growth while demand for flatbed trucks is a much stronger at 8- to 10-percent year-on-year.