FTR Associates

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.
By Jeff Berman · September 13, 2013
Trucking market conditions may result in seasonal pricing power for carriers, according to the Trucking Conditions Index released by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates this week.
By Jeff Berman · July 17, 2013
The market environment for shippers remained essentially the same from April to May and is in line with previous months, according to the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · July 10, 2013
Trucking conditions in May remained on a similar track as April, according to the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) released today by freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · May 14, 2013
If things are improving for shippers lately, there is a chance that it will not be lasting, according to the most recent edition of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · May 10, 2013
Freight transportation consultancy says that continued moderate growth in conjunction with HOS and other regulations, will cause trucking rates to firm up in the coming months and improve carrier profitability.
By Jeff Berman · March 25, 2013
FTR said that the SCI represents “deteriorating conditions” for shippers early in 2013, with the SCI forecast expected to continue moving down as the year moves on, approaching negative double-digits by the end of 2013.
By Jeff Berman · January 10, 2013
The TCI, which reflects tightening conditions for hauling capacity and is comprised of various metrics, including capacity, fuel, bankruptcies, cost of capital, and freight, increased nearly two full points.
By Jeff Berman · December 19, 2012
October’s SCI, which represents data for the most recent month available, was -5.0, which represents an almost 2 point improvement from September’s -6.9.
By Jeff Berman · November 20, 2012
The business conditions outlook for shippers appears to continue to be moving sideways, according to the monthly Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By John D. Schulz · October 24, 2012
Trucking will see very solid growth next year as U.S. manufacturing improves but faces a tightening capacity situation because of tougher regulations that could hinder the industry’s ability to hire enough qualified drivers.

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