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Welcome to the State of Freight TODAY, a monthly newsletter with expanded analysis and commentary for the freight transportation industry. I am excited about the great work that we will be showcasing and I hope that it brings up even more important questions that we get to help you solve in the future.

Cheers to you on your path towards more Transportation Intelligence!

Eric Starks 
CEO & Chairman

Trucking Conditions Index 
The TCI is designed to summarize a full collection of industry metrics, with a reading above zero indicating a generally positive environment for truckers. Readings above 10 would signal that volumes, prices, and margins are likely to be in a solidly favorable range for trucking companies.
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Shippers Conditions Index 
The SCI is a compilation of factors affecting shippers transport environment. Any reading below zero indicates a less-than-ideal environment for shippers. Readings below 10 signal that conditions for shippers are approaching critical levels, based on available capacity and expected rates. 
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Intermodal Conditions Index 
The Intermodal Competitive Index is a compilation of factors affecting the competitive posture of the domestic North American intermodal sector versus over-the- road truck. Any reading below zero indicates a less-than- ideal environment for intermodal, while readings above zero are meant to communicate relatively favorable conditions. The ICI looks at a variety of factors including truck capacity, fuel prices, rail service, intermodal rates, and so forth. 
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Class 8 Orders 
Every month FTR tracks order numbers for all major North American OEMs.
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Trailer Orders 
Every month FTR tracks order numbers for all major North American OEMs.
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FTR Events

FTR Transportation Conference
September 12-14, 2017 

Industry leaders will converge in Indianapolis to deliver the most complete and comprehensive outlook on freight transportation in North America.  Learn More >

FTR Conditions Indices and Equipment Orders


SOF TODAY July Issue >

  1. Infrastructure and Truck Tonnage
    By Noël Perry
  2. Bayoone Bridge Raising Bar for East Coast Ports
    By Larry Gross
  3. Mid Year Review of the Economy
    By Steve Graham

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SOF TODAY May Issue >

  1. Holding Five Wildcards and Not Knowing What's Trump 
    By Don Ake
  2. The Return of Rates 
    By Jon Starks
  3. Picking a Program: Fleet Management
    Dick Kloster
  4. Coal and Oil: A New Reality for the Energy Markets
    Steve Graham


SOF TODAY June Issue >

  1. The Economics of 33' Double Combination Trailers
    By Noël Perry
  2. Car Type Highlight: Tank Fleet & Open Top Hopper
    By Dick Kloster
  3. How Robot Cars and Trucks Will Impact Everything 
    By Steve Graham