Transportation Insights & Analysis



Preparing for 2021

Prospects for the Global Economy in 2021

2021 is likely to be a year of transition. The introduction of a vaccine is good news but the disease will not vanish overnight. What can we expect for the global economy and what do the prospects look like for US freight markets? 


The 2021 Outlook Q&A

Following The 2021 Outlook, the final session of the FTR Engage virtual speaking series, the FTR Experts sat down to answer listener questions beyond what was covered during the Q&A within the presentation.


Complimentary Webinar: Preparing for 2021

With another unknowable year ahead, FTR is offering you complimentary access to Preparing for 2021, next week's State of Freight Webinar. As you move to accomplish your business goals for the year, plan to join FTR on January 14th for the insights you need to stay ahead of the competition. REGISTER NOW


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November State of Freight TODAY

FTR Engage — The 2021 Outlook
In November, we invited our State of Freight TODAY subscribers to join us for The 2021 Outlook, our final virual speaking session from FTR Engage. The replay is now available along with a followup Q&A podcast that are both filled with insights that will help you plan for the new year.
DETAILS: Following the presidential election, we wrap up 2020 and explore what impact this may have on the economy and transportation markets. We also review some of the key issues that have emerged during the year with an eye for how they might impact 2021. Hear from each of FTR’s experts regarding their expectations for the different parts of the freight transportation market in the new year.






October State of Freight TODAY

The State of the Global Economy

The September reading of the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) composite leading indicator came in at 98.8 in September. Coronavirus is impacting different countries with different economic impacts. As we approach 2021, it may be wise to ascertain what the OECD index can teach us about the future.


C-Suite Synopsis

A strong start to the fourth quarter is the result of robust underlying consumer demand and inventory restocking, especially in retail. This combination has led to a need for speed among beneficial cargo owners that is creating port congestion and other issues in the supply chain.


The Future of Rail & Intermodal Q&A

Following The Future of Rail & Intermodal, the fourth session of the FTR Engage virtual speaking series, the FTR Experts sat down with Ross Corthell (Packaging Corporation of America) to answer listener questions beyond what was covered during the Q&A within the presentation.


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September State of Freight TODAY

Maritime Piracy: It’s a good life Out at Sea
In a world of a pandemic and not so good economics, it might be time for a small break from the usual topics and take a cruise on the wide and wild seas. Amid the pandemic, the Jolly Roger flies high.

Industry Assessment - Lumber
About two-thirds of the lumber produced is used in construction. Chipboard, particle board, oriented strand board, fiberboard, and other high-tech products have claimed a larger and larger share of the market over the last 40 years.

Assessing Trucking’s Recovery Q&A
Following Assessing Trucking’s Recovery, the second session of the FTR Engage virtual speaking series, we sat down with the FTR Experts to answer listener questions beyond what was covered during the Q&A within the presentation.

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August State of Freight TODAY

FTR Engage — The Economic Restart
August brought us the first session of FTR's ongoing virtual speaking series, FTR Engage. The full replay is available now along with an addition Q&A podcast session. This replay provides an economic-focused look at the transportation markets and sets the stage for the additional modal-specific sessions of FTR Engage that follow.
Session Details: The U.S. and global economies have experienced unprecedented events in 2020 - the shutdown and restart of economic activity in order to control the spread of a pandemic. As the restart phase continues several questions emerge: Are we in a stable economy? What is our new normal? Will we regain the ground we have lost? Watch this session now for an assessment of our current economic reality.

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July State of Freight TODAY



July State of Freight TODAY

Oil prices have firmed. But for how long?
Oil prices have recovered in recent weeks despite the slow global economic recovery. This article provides an overview and insights into demand vs sentiment, production cuts, and outlines the long road to normalization.


Chemicals Markets Assessment
Chemicals are derived of basic chemicals (organic and inorganic), fertilizers, plastics, coatings, cleaners, and pharmaceuticals. Because of the high degree of internal movements, the analysis of transportation is very complicated.


Key Issues in Transportation Q&A
Following our annual Key Issues in Transportation webinar, the FTR Experts took additional time to go through all of the Q&A we received. Read the responses to these questions in this article.

Topics covered in the Q&A include trucking, intermodal, rail, equipment, volumes, utilization, DAPL, Canadian grain movements, demand forecasting methodology, payroll protection program, and much more.


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