Truck News


  • Truckload pricing could rise 4% this year: FTR

    January 13, 2017 6:51AM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking rates in the US will increase by about 4% this year, according to a projection from industry forecaster FTR. In its monthly State of Freight webinar, FTR transportation economist Noel Perry, said truckload contract rate increases

  • Trucking conditions to improve next year: FTR

    December 13, 2016 7:16AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the US pulled back slightly in October, ahead of expected market improvements in 2017, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index. Current readings of the index are in low positive territory, FTR reports.

  • US trucking conditions moving in carriers’ favor

    November 22, 2016 10:03AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the US are improving, which should boost pricing and margins for carriers through the end of next year. That’s according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index, which came in at 5.47 in September,

  • Rate increases next year could exceed expectations: FTR

    November 10, 2016 2:07PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The latest forecast from FTR suggests it’ll be more of the same next year for the US economy, growth at a rate of about 2%. However, Bill Witte, economic expert with FTR, said during a webinar today

  • Impact of Trump election on trucking won’t be immediate: FTR

    November 9, 2016 2:52PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Industry analyst FTR issued a note today, suggesting there will be a limited short-term impact to the overall US economy and transport industry as a result of last night’s election result. The forecaster notes President Elect Donald

  • US truckers doing ‘okay’: FTR

    August 9, 2016 8:21AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — US trucking conditions remained lackluster in June, according to FTR’s latest Trucking Conditions Index. “While not overly positive, the June TCI reading of 2.9 indicates that trucking operators are still doing okay – not great, but okay,”

  • Trucking stuck in neutral as inventory-to-sales ratios remain high: FTR

    July 14, 2016 12:41PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — High inventories and loosening capacity are making it difficult for transportation companies to raise rates. Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer of FTR, explained during a State of Freight webinar today inventory cycles are one of the variables

  • US trucking conditions worsen

    July 14, 2016 7:51AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Trucking conditions in the US have deteriorated to their worst state since 2011, according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index. The May reading of 1.69 was down nearly five points from the previous month. FTR says

  • FTR report shows declining trailer order activity for March

    April 19, 2016 4:04PM by Truck West

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – US trailer net orders are down 35% month-to-month and 39% year-to-year for the month of March, according to an FTR report, which is the lowest order activity since July 2013. But despite the low numbers, orders have

  • FTR index shows slow truck freight growth for January

    March 15, 2016 12:21PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Growth in trucking transportation fell for the month of January, according to FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index, meaning current carrier capacity can easily handle freight demand. But FTR is warning that the present market could begin to show

  • News Equipment

    Class 8 orders fall into stable pattern while medium-duty orders accelerate

    March 4, 2016 8:58AM by Truck News

    February Class 8 truck net orders held steady in February, at 17,650 units, according to the preliminary report from FTR. That was down only 2% from January and down 43% year-over-year. FTR noted the results are falling into a more

  • Product Equipment

    Isuzu’s new 2018 Class 6 offering unveiled at Work Truck Show

    March 3, 2016 11:29AM by Truck West

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – While many companies were revealing their products for 2017 at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind., Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada offered up its 2018 Class 6 F-Series medium-duty truck, the Isuzu FTR. The truck is

  • News Equipment

    Trailer orders cool in January

    February 19, 2016 12:15PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A 30% drop in January net trailer orders shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the strong order numbers posted in December, FTR reports. There were 17,900 units ordered, down 30% from December and 37% from January 2015.

  • Trucking to remain “relatively stable” through 2016: FTR

    February 18, 2016 7:21AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rose two points to 10.88 in December, reflecting stable conditions for carriers. The stable operating environment reflected in the index is expected to remain through 2016, FTR reports, describing the rest of this

  • Could trucking costs decrease by a buck a mile by 2030? FTR thinks so

    February 11, 2016 7:39PM by James Menzies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — On the same day Google made news for patenting a driverless delivery truck, industry forecaster FTR predicted trucking costs could decrease as much as a dollar per mile within the next 15 years. Speaking on a Webinar