Trends http://bulktransporter.com/taxonomy/term/7352/more en FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index unchanged in January http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-trucking-conditions-index-unchanged-january <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR&rsquo;s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for January was basically unchanged from December at a reading of 2.7. As detailed in the March issue of the Trucking Update, FTR expects January will be the low point for trucking conditions ahead of an expected bounce as 2017 progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>The election results have put the industry in an optimistic mood. However, FTR cautions that there are risks associated with some economic proposals being considered by the new administration and Congress.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-trucking-conditions-index-unchanged-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-trucking-conditions-index-unchanged-january#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:07:00 +0000 52901 at http://bulktransporter.com ATA Truck Tonnage Index slips 0.1% in February http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-slips-01-february <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.1% in February, following a 2.9% increase during January.</p> <p>In February, the index equaled 138.7 (2000=100), down from 138.9 in January. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-slips-01-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-slips-01-february#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:45:00 +0000 52861 at http://bulktransporter.com FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December remains in low, positive territory http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-shippers-conditions-index-december-remains-low-positive-territory <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR&rsquo;s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for December 2016, as detailed in the February Issue of the Shippers Update, remains just above neutral territory at a reading of 1.9. FTR expects that the current benign environment will make way for rate and supply trouble for shippers as 2017 progresses.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-shippers-conditions-index-december-remains-low-positive-territory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-s-shippers-conditions-index-december-remains-low-positive-territory#comments Trends News Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:03:00 +0000 52571 at http://bulktransporter.com ISA members report a strong start for 2017 http://bulktransporter.com/trends/isa-members-report-strong-start-2017 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The February ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association showed that manufacturers and distributors started the year off strong, with both indices rising in January.</p> <p>The ISA Manufacturer Index increased to 63.5 in January from 58.0 in December. Meanwhile, the ISA Distributor Index increased to 67.2 in January compared to 54.6 in December.</p> <p>For each index, a reading above 50% indicates expansion, while a reading below 50% indicates contraction.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/isa-members-report-strong-start-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/isa-members-report-strong-start-2017#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:19:00 +0000 52321 at http://bulktransporter.com January Class 8 orders jump; medium-duty demand stays steady http://bulktransporter.com/trends/january-class-8-orders-jump-medium-duty-demand-stays-steady <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Class 8 backlogs moved in the right direction at the start of 2017, and medium-duty demand posted consistent results.</p> <p>Heavy-duty net orders jumped to a thirteen-month high in January at 22,188 units, lending further support to the notion that Q2-Q3 2016 marked the bottom of the current cycle. A driver of renewed market strength has been an uptick in demand for vocational equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/january-class-8-orders-jump-medium-duty-demand-stays-steady" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/january-class-8-orders-jump-medium-duty-demand-stays-steady#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:16:00 +0000 52311 at http://bulktransporter.com ATA Truck Tonnage Index up 2.9% in January http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-29-january <div class="node-body article-body"><p>American Trucking Associations&rsquo; advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 2.9% in January, following a 4.3% decrease during December. (December&rsquo;s index was revised up from our press release on January 24, 2017.)</p> <p>In January, the index equaled 138.8 (2000=100), up from 134.9 in December. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-29-january" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ata-truck-tonnage-index-29-january#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:14:00 +0000 52301 at http://bulktransporter.com Nearly 56,000 American bridges on list of structurally deficient http://bulktransporter.com/trends/nearly-56000-american-bridges-list-structurally-deficient <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The length of the nation&#39;s structurally deficient bridges if placed end-to-end would stretch 1,276 miles, half the distance from New York to Los Angeles, a new examination of federal government data shows. It&#39;s a problem that hits close to home.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/nearly-56000-american-bridges-list-structurally-deficient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/nearly-56000-american-bridges-list-structurally-deficient#comments Trends News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:11:00 +0000 52291 at http://bulktransporter.com Fleet Sentiment Survey showing solid fleet environment going into 2017 http://bulktransporter.com/trends/fleet-sentiment-survey-showing-solid-fleet-environment-going-2017 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The quarterly Fleet Sentiment survey conducted in early January by CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR) indicates that truck fleets are on solid ground entering 2017. A majority of measures covered by the survey show either positive Q/Q or Y/Y comparisons.</p> <p>Key results from the survey include:</p> <p>&bull; A combination of the number of fleets and the estimated unit volume of medium/heavy duty truck (primarily Class 8) planned orders for Q1 2017 show a 14% improvement over the same quarter last year.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/fleet-sentiment-survey-showing-solid-fleet-environment-going-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/fleet-sentiment-survey-showing-solid-fleet-environment-going-2017#comments Trends News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:08:00 +0000 52251 at http://bulktransporter.com FTR, CKCVR publish comprehensive fleet maintenance benchmarking study http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-ckcvr-publish-comprehensive-fleet-maintenance-benchmarking-study <div class="node-body article-body"><p>FTR and CKCVR have released a new comprehensive benchmarking study covering fleet maintenance practices including PM intervals, maintenance and repair part and tire costs, preferences for maintenance providers and replacement part purchases.</p> <p>In addition to the maintenance issues addressed in this report, it also includes valuable information regarding average age of vehicles, typical replacement cycles, and other details that may be useful as benchmarking tools for North American commercial truck fleets.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-ckcvr-publish-comprehensive-fleet-maintenance-benchmarking-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/ftr-ckcvr-publish-comprehensive-fleet-maintenance-benchmarking-study#comments Trends News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:06:00 +0000 52241 at http://bulktransporter.com Higher costs beginning to squeeze construction firms, according to AGCA report http://bulktransporter.com/trends/higher-costs-beginning-squeeze-construction-firms-according-agca-report <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The cost of materials used in construction rose markedly faster than the price of completed buildings, according to a new analysis of federal producer price data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that potential restrictions on the use of imported construction materials threaten to drive up the price of infrastructure, buildings and new homes and apartments.</p></div> <p><a href="http://bulktransporter.com/trends/higher-costs-beginning-squeeze-construction-firms-according-agca-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bulktransporter.com/trends/higher-costs-beginning-squeeze-construction-firms-according-agca-report#comments Trends News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:50:00 +0000 52191 at http://bulktransporter.com