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July State of Freight TODAY

February State of Freight TODAY

Restarting the Industrial Economy

The great disparity between the rebound in consumer market versus industrial is illustrated by comparing orders for van trailers, those hauling consumer goods, and those for flatbed trailers, used for transporting industrial goods. For the 2020 September-December time period, van orders were up an astounding 160% over the same period last year. Flatbed trailers were up only 31% (still respectable).

Paper Industry Update

Production declined sharply in the first half of 2019, but had mostly
recovered before manufacturing slowed suddenly in March and April due to Covid-19. Output mostly recovered by the end of 2020, although even without the extraordinary pressure of the pandemic, production has been declining for five years.

Where are oil prices heading?

The price of oil has rallied more than 50% since October after vaccine approvals and rollouts began to surface. OPEC capped its supply in February and Saudi Arabia will reduce its production by 1 million barrels a day over the next few months. U.S. stockpiles declined to their lowest level in 11 months in mid-February, a factor that is supporting a price increase. The cold weather across the nation in mid-February is also boosting demand..


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July State of Freight TODAY


January State of Freight TODAY

Chipping away at the recovery?

Makers of goods using semiconductors – cars, commercial trucks, TVs, smartphones, etc. – are sounding alarm bells about a global chip shortage that is causing manufacturing delays as consumer demand bounces back from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.


The FTR Jobs Smoother

During the last year, we had such unprecedented levels of employment change that the Jobs Smoother we typically look at didn’t tell us what we really needed to know. Does that change in 2021?


Trucking's Entry Surge

Technology, competition, and legal constraints had already set the stage for healthy growth in the number of new for-hire trucking operations. Then came the pandemic, and things really got interesting.


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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. VIEW THE REPLAY 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.