FTR Associates

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.
By Jeff Berman · September 24, 2012
Business conditions for shippers appear to be on the precipice of a downward slope, according to the monthly Shippers Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · September 10, 2012
Even with the significant sequential gain, FTR said that August represents the second lowest order month for Class 8 trucks since August 2010.
By Jeff Berman · August 6, 2012
Freight transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates recently reported that its preliminary data for July Class 8 truck net orders hit its lowest level since August 2010.
By Jeff Berman · July 10, 2012
The TCI, which reflects tightening conditions for hauling capacity and is comprised of various metrics, including capacity, fuel, bankruptcies, cost of capital, and freight, dipped 4.0 points from 9.1 in April to 5.1 in May, the most recent month for which data is available.
By Jeff Berman · June 14, 2012
Fairly flat business conditions for shippers appear to be the new normal in a way. That appears to be the general consensus of freight transportation consultancy FTR Associates monthly Shippers Conditions Index (SCI).
By Jeff Berman · June 11, 2012
Based on the most recent reading of FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index (TCI), it appears that the trucking sector is showing some signs of solid growth.
By Jeff Berman · June 7, 2012
Freight transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates reported this week that its preliminary data for May Class 8 truck net orders came in at 17,650 units.
By Jeff Berman · May 15, 2012
Business conditions impacting shippers remain largely unchanged, according to the most recent edition of the Shippers Condition Index (SCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates.
By Jeff Berman · April 23, 2012
FTR officials said that the February SCI number reflects a still-strengthening economy, which is reducing the available amount of transportation capacity for shippers.
By Jeff Berman · April 4, 2012
The TCI, which reflects tightening conditions for hauling capacity and is comprised of various metrics, including capacity, fuel, bankruptcies, cost of capital, and freight, was 5.9 in February, down from January’s 6.1 and December’s 7.0.

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