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By Jeff Berman · November 30, 2015
Like last month, the current state of affairs was presented in somewhat stark terms in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) recently issued by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · November 2, 2015
FTR said that the current SCI level continues to show the “moratorium” in truckload rate growth during the summer months, adding that it is expected that market conditions will become more difficult for shippers in 2016 en route to the expected negative impact regulations are expected to have on capacity, with the regulatory crunch expected to be in full effect in 2017.
By Jeff Berman · June 23, 2015
With overall market conditions for shippers being largely viewed as difficult, the most recent edition of the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR is calling for more of the same in the coming months, even with signs of improvement in April, the most recent month which the report covers.
By Jeff Berman · June 19, 2014
While over-the-road capacity availability remains tight, the outlook is not quite as dire as it was earlier this year. That was a major theme in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) released this week by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · June 10, 2014
Strong industry fundamentals for the trucking sector appear to be intact, based on the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) recently issued by freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · May 21, 2014
Tight capacity in the freight transportation market continues to be the norm, and that theme was no exception in the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from FTR.
By Jeff Berman · April 3, 2014
Not surprisingly, tight capacity was the major theme of the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) issued by freight transportation consultancy FTR this week.
By Jeff Berman · March 13, 2014
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for January, the most recent month for which data is available, was 8.82 and is up 2.8 points from December, with FTR explaining that gain is indicative of what it described as belated improvement in truckload rates that started to take hold last July, when changes to driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations commenced.
By Jeff Berman · February 28, 2014
Three months of mediocre growth regarding the market environment for shippers came to a halt in December, based on the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · January 23, 2014
The market environment for shippers was largely negative in November, even while improving for the third straight month, according to the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR.
By Jeff Berman · January 10, 2014
Keeping an eye on over-the-road capacity at its current levels and speculating on what its future levels may be has become more than a passing interest for freight transportation and supply chain stakeholders.
By John D. Schulz · January 1, 2014
While truckload shippers can brace for modest rate increases in the 2 percent to 4 percent range in 2014, carrier executives and analysts say that the boost will only offset the consistently rising costs that continue to hamper the sector.
By Jeff Berman · October 10, 2013
Looking at the current state of the United States railroad carload market, the overall take from FTR Associates Senior Consultant Larry Gross is that things have been relatively quiet in terms of year-over-year performance, with signs of improvement going forward.
By Jeff Berman · October 9, 2013
At the recent FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, there were widespread views regarding market factors germane to capacity expansion.
By Jeff Berman · October 2, 2013
The current state of the truckload market is currently being viewed as mostly normal with bits of fluctuation mixed in as well, according to panelists on a trucking panel at last week’s FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis.

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