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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

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SOF TODAY November Issue >

  1. CSX's Newest Intermodal Ramp 
    By Noël Perry
  2. Economic Risks in 2018
    By Steve Graham
  3. Don't Get Too Giddy About GDP Just Yet
    By Don Ake
  4. Questions and Answers on Trucking Electrification
    With Clayton Slaughter


SOF TODAY Janary Issue >

  1. Are We Feeling ELD Effects Already?
    By Avery Vise
  2. Service will be Key for Intermodal Growth
    By Todd Tranausky
  3. The Global Economy: Risk and Opportunities in 2018
    By Steve Graham


SOF TODAY December Issue >

  1. The Capacity Situation in Four Slides
    With impact on truckers/shippers/equipment
    By Noel Perry and Jonathan Starks
  2. The Future of Coal: Is Coal Doomed?
    By Steve Graham
  3. L.A. Fires Impact on California Freight Market
    By Jonathan Starks


SOF TODAY February Issue >

  1. The ELD Pivot
    By Avery Vise
  2. Higher Rates and Higher Volumes, Regardless of Modal Choice
    By Todd Tranausky
  3. Turmoil in the Financial Markets: What Next?
    By Steve Graham