Truck News


  • Consumers driving U.S. economy, as business investment stalls: FTR

    November 14, 2019 12:58PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Business investment has dried up due to uncertainty over trade tensions, but consumer spending remains strong and has kept the U.S. economy moving forward. Consumer spending is the most critical component of the economy, since it drives

  • News Equipment

    Class 8 orders bounced in October, but remained subdued

    November 5, 2019 3:02PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – North American Class 8 orders came in at 22,100 units in October, according to preliminary data from FTR, marking the strongest month since November 2018. However, they remained well off a year ago, down 51% year-over-year, and

  • Shipper conditions remained positive in August

    October 24, 2019 8:32AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Shipper conditions improved in August, reflecting a still-positive rate outlook, according to the latest FTR Shippers Condition Index. The August reading of 6.4 was up from July, but lower than June’s 8.8 reading, which FTR says likely

  • News Equipment

    Trailer orders bounce back

    October 16, 2019 10:30AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trailer orders rebounded in September, to 19,000 units according to preliminary figures from FTR. That marked the strongest month since February, as some fleets began placing orders for 2020. Orders were up 81% compared to August, but

  • Trucking environment ‘mediocre’ for carriers: FTR

    October 11, 2019 11:20AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The environment for carriers was “mediocre” in August, according to FTR’s latest Trucking Conditions Index (TCI). Active truck utilization edged down to 87.4%, and is expected to remain below the 10-year average of 91% through 2020, FTR

  • News Equipment

    September marks all-time high for Class 8 retail sales

    October 9, 2019 2:57PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – September set an all-time record for Class 8 retail truck sales, according to FTR. U.S.  Class 8 retail sales totaled 28,200 units, up 4% from the previous record in December 2006. Sales were up 20% from August,

  • Shipper conditions remained positive in July

    October 1, 2019 12:36PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers cooled in July to a still-positive 4.3 reading, according to FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index. The index pulled back from a reading of 8.8 in June, reflecting a mixed freight environment with the industrial

  • Trucking conditions moved positive in July

    September 19, 2019 9:20AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the U.S. improved slightly in July, with a reading just above neutral at 0.28. Lower diesel prices offset the effects of lower capacity utilization, pushing the index into positive territory for the first time

  • News Equipment

    Truck and trailer dealer welcomes return to normal

    September 12, 2019 1:46PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Stoops Freightliner and its network of truck and trailer dealers isn’t sensing that the drop in new equipment orders is anything to lose sleep over. Instead, Brian McCoy, president of Stoops, said the current environment marks a

  • News Equipment

    Fleets say reliability, safety top priorities when spec’ing equipment

    September 12, 2019 1:17PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Reliability and safety systems are two priorities for fleets when spec’ing new trucks, according to a panel of fleet executives speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference here Sept. 11. Robert Haag, vice-president of operations for Perfect Transportation,

  • News Equipment

    Truck and trailer orders normalizing, not crashing: FTR

    September 11, 2019 8:34PM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Class 8 truck orders have fallen sharply in recent months, but FTR forecasters aren’t sounding any alarms, and say the drop marks a return to more normal levels. Eric Starks, CEO of FTR, also chalked the decline

  • The new normal: Slow, steady growth

    September 11, 2019 11:48AM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There’s little sign a recession is imminent, but economic growth will continue to be slow and steady. That was the projection from Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist with Kleinhenz & Associates, who gave an economic update at the

  • News Technology

    Connectivity revolutionizing cargo tracking, trucking

    September 11, 2019 10:49AM by James Menzies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There are more than 10 billion devices connected throughout the world, and this rapidly growing Internet-of-Things will change how product is tracked through the supply chain. Bill Green, senior technical staff member, packaging technology with IBM Systems

  • 8 technologies that transformed trucking

    September 10, 2019 11:34AM by

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – FTR’s annual transportation conference is a forward-looking event; a chance to explore emerging issues, predict trends, and gain insights into things like artificial intelligence. But Avery Vise, FTR’s vice-president of trucking, set the stage by looking at

  • News Equipment

    Class 8 truck market ‘at a turning point’: FTR

    September 5, 2019 11:07AM by Truck News

    Class 8 truck orders in Auust were 80% lower than a year ago, but up 4% from July, according to preliminary data from FTR. Orders totaled 10,400 units, and have been averaging 11,000 per month since May. FTR says OEMs