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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.

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FTR Conditions Indices and Equipment Orders

SOF TODAY January Issue >

  1. The Global Economy - Risks in 2017
    By Steve Graham, Partner, FTR
  2. 2017: Year in Transition
    By Jonathan Starks, COO, FTR
  3. Forecast Risk - A Few Lessons the Election Taught Us
    By Noël Perry, Partner, FTR

SOF TODAY February Issue >

  1. Trump and Trade: Risks for 2017
    By Steve Graham, Partner, FTR
  2. A Lesson in the Skies
    By Larry Gross, Partner, FTR
  3. Oakland Provides Hope for Port Productivity
    By Larry Gross, Partner, FTR
  4. Update on Regulatory Impacts
    By Noël Perry, Partner, FTR

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SOF TODAY March Issue >

  1. Rob Hart provides a guest commentary on why those interested in autonomous trucking need to add the term “machine learning” to their vocabulary for self-driving vehicles. 
  2. It appears the trade rhetoric of the Trump campaign may well find expression in actual policy. Larry Gross explores what might it mean for intermodal.
  3. Noël Perry quantifies some of the effects on truckers and truck rates from winter storm Stella.
  4. Hunter Harrison has a secret sauce that makes him the best rail CEO since the legendary E.H. Harriman of Union Pacific. To understand that, one has to understand the economic assumptions under which contemporary railroads are operated. Noël Perry walks through these eight critical assumptions.
  5. Steve Graham looks at the shale revolution and the war between OPEC and domestic producers. How this plays out in 2017 and into the future will determine how much we pay for a gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.