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Trans4Cast: Employment is Strong, Why isn’t Freight?

The employment numbers for February came out last Friday, and the numbers looked good. U.S. businesses added another 242,000 jobs in February, an improvement over the 172,000 added in January. The monthly numbers are volatile but if you average the recent months you get monthly gains of 228,000 over the last 3 months

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The Wires are Humming with Regulatory Change

Commentary by FTR Partner and Senior Economist, Noël Perry As expected the FMCSA has announced publication of its long-awaited electronic logging devices (ELD) rules.  Although the rules formally take effect now, carriers will have two years before the devices will actually be required.  This timing is consistent with what

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Trans4Cast Launch! Enhancements to the premier spot market report

The collaboration between Truckstop.com and FTR has been moving along behind the scenes and we are all excited to be delivering the new Trans4Cast into your hands. To order, or to get additional information, go to www.Trans4Cast.com. You will notice numerous changes on the website

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We need a comprehensive highway funding bill – reflection on NYT article

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times by former ATA executive Howard Abramson has caused quite the stir in the trucking industry. Not surprising since it’s titled ‘The Trucks Are Killing Us’. Personally, I have no skin in the game – I don’t buy trucks, drive trucks

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Are we driven by FEAR?

I enjoy reading the posts by Kevin O’Meara at 10x Logistics – you should too (The 10xLogistics Blog). He has highlighted some press items that stemmed from our recent State of Freight webinar (Key Transportation Issues You Need to Know – Click here to view a replay of the event. You

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AKE’S TAKE: Mid-Year Review: Where Freight and the Economy Are Headed

There is much discussion and speculation about where the economy is headed the second half of the year, so it is an appropriate time to check the freight markets and the leading economic indicators to gain some insight. Freight Markets FTR (the undisputed expert on freight) says truck freight (ton-miles

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T – What It Means To Trucking

“New Ways to Think about Driver Retention” was a topic discussed at last month’s Fleet Forum hosted by Heavy Duty Trucking and Fleet Owner magazines at the Mid-America Truck Show. Attendees no doubt expected to hear about new ways to structure salaries and schedule routes, however a much different

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Why Fuel Prices Don’t Ultimately Matter, But Fuel Price Stability Does

Earlier today I made a boneheaded comment during a presentation. I stood in front of a bunch of truckers and said that fuel prices don’t matter. Of course this was not very well received! I immediately realized my error. While I still maintain that I’m correct, I must

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It’s Time for the Trucking Industry to Get New Pants

Imagine a man who worked a desk job for the first three weeks of every month and then traveled to a jobsite and did exhaustive manual labor the last week. During that week in the field, he also had limited access to food. This guy would be able to predict

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Is Hours-of-Service Law Really Making the Roads Safer?

I have noticed recently that truckers are driving differently on the interstate. They appear to be changing lanes more and spending more time in the speed lane. I would not describe this behavior as “aggressive” driving, because it is not dangerous, just different. I do want to be clear that

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