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Shippers Could Face Trouble Later In The Year

March 16, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Shippers Could Face Trouble Later In The Year

The environment for shippers is said to be “benign” right now, but there’s rate and supply trouble coming later in the year, according to the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) compiled each month by transportation forecasting firm FTR. Capacity is expected to get steadily tighter throughout the year, climaxing early in [...]

FTR Reports Class 8 Orders Strong Again In February At 22,900 Units

March 9, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News

FTR released preliminary Class 8 net orders for February at 22,900 units, exceeding expectations for the second month in a row. The steady order trend has now pushed backlogs to over 100,000 units for the first time since June 2016. February’s solid order activity continued the trend that began in [...]

Trailer Orders For December Up 35% Year Over Year

January 24, 2017 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News

Trailer orders were strong for the second straight month and exceeded expectations.  December trailer orders were led by good dry van and very good refrigerated van numbers.  Most vocational trailer segments showed a healthy increase as well.  Trailer orders totaled 219,000 units in 2016.  Backlogs rose significantly again and are [...]

November’s Class 8 Truck Orders Are Up 41% from October

December 6, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
November’s Class 8 Truck Orders Are Up 41% from October

FTR has released preliminary Class 8 tractor net orders for November at 19,300 units — which is up 41 percent month over month — right in line with the FTR forecast. The respectable November order activity met expectations as the market is back to tracking normal cycles. Class 8 backlogs [...]

Shippers Conditions Index for September Slips into Negative Territory

December 2, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Shippers Conditions Index for September Slips into Negative Territory

Bloomington, Ind.-based trucking industry analysts FTR said the company’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) moved back into negative territory in September, falling three points from August to a -2.4 reading. The August positive reading was not expected to last and September’s slow but steady build in regulatory drag moved the index [...]

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Modest Market Tightening

November 30, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Modest Market Tightening

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for September retreated somewhat from August with a reading of 5.47. However, the overall positive trend in the index reflects the modest tightening in capacity as additional regulations take effect in 2017. This expected drag on capacity should improve pricing and margins for carriers through [...]

October’s Trailer Orders Up 72% for Month; Down 38% for Year

November 22, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
October’s Trailer Orders Up 72% for Month; Down 38% for Year

Trucking industry analysts at FTR report final October net trailer orders at 20,200 units, which is up 72 percent month over month but down 38 percent year over year, which the company says basically meet expectations. Although dry van orders in October were the highest in 10 months, they were [...]

FTR Analyzes Potential Impact of Election on Trucking Industry

November 11, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations
FTR Analyzes Potential Impact of Election on Trucking Industry

In a note to its subscribers, FTR foresees limited short-term impact to the overall economy — and the transportation industry in particular — as a result of the U.S. presidential election results. Behind this assessment is the fact that the new President won’t take office for three months, and then [...]

Backlog Adjustment Impacts October’s Class 8 Truck Orders

November 4, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Backlog Adjustment Impacts October’s Class 8 Truck Orders

FTR releases preliminary Class 8 net orders for October at 13,800 units, claiming the reported net order number for the month was negatively impacted by a significant cleanup of long-term excess orders by one OEM. With this backlog adjustment factored out, net orders would have been closer to 21,300 units [...]

FTR: Positive Shippers Conditions Index Can’t Be Maintained

October 31, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR: Positive Shippers Conditions Index Can’t Be Maintained

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for August moved marginally up from July to a low positive reading of 1.1 — a rate that cannot be maintained, according to the trucking industry analysts. That’s because shipping rates are expected to increase as available capacity is negatively affected by improved economic conditions [...]