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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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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 11-13, 2018

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 August Issue >

  1. Hurricane Harvey Disrupting Freight Transportation in Gulf Coast
    By Noël Perry
  2. Canada Intermodal Growth Outpaces US
    By Larry Gross
  3. Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture
    By Jonathan Starks
  4. What's Up, Or Down, With the US Dollar in 2017
    By Steve Graham

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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


SOF TODAY September Issue >

  1. Supplemental Issue Covering the FTR Conference
  2. Find articles highlighting key issues from the conference.


SOF TODAY October Issue >

  1. Hurricane Analysis - Signs of Returning Towards Normal 
    By Noël Perry
  2. Trailer on Rail Resurgence Holds Driver Shortage Warning
    By Larry Gross
  3. Momentum Builds for Electric Vehicles, but There are Obstacles
    By Steve Graham
  4. Ake's Take: Super Gridlock is Super Good for Business