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State of Freight is a series of industry resources from FTR, the leader in market intelligence and forecasting for the North American freight transportation industry. FTR podcasts provide updates for the Trucking and Rail markets, as well as the broader economy. Each podcast includes a slide deck of graphs that can be used in presentations or for internal analysis. For show downloads and to signup for more State of Freight content, go to www.FTRintel.com/podcast.
 
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Step inside the tribe as this show covers the career journeys and brand stories of the people who make freight happen. On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with FreightPlus CEO Stephen Aborn. Aborn started his career in supply chain management with Amazon and is a graduate of Harvard University. He also gave Dooner his first …
 
In this Rail Market Update: Volumes did not bounce back as quickly as expected in some commodity groups. Intermodal could be pressured going forward by ramp and lane closures. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look at t…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we recap surprisingly week data in the spot market for truck freight and some rather encouraging developments in the fuel markets. Plus, we look at how production struggles in the automotive sector are casting a giant shadow in the areas of industrial production, manufacturing, retail sales, and inflation. The …
 
Despite an unforeseeable global supply chain disruption, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was able to continue essential operations and help businesses manage the situation. In this post-pandemic era, the Port continues to invest in technology and infrastructure to handle new consumer demands and a dynamic logistics landscape. Michael …
 
About Episode 94: Hosts Tom and Kelvin are joined by guest Dr. Julie Mendez to consider how to overcome challenges faced by STEM faculty who might be resistant to teaching online or blended courses. Spoiler: It’s about faculty talking to faculty! Podcast Recording Download Transcript: PDF Episode 94 Show Notes: Episode Synopsis via Twitter View com…
 
In this Rail Market Update: July 4th holiday pressures carload and intermodal weaker across the board. Volumes should bounce back quickly as there remains significant freight pressure in the system. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to fol…
 
Refrigerated logistics experienced a renewed following during the pandemic as the demand for reliable and renewable refrigeration solutions became top of mind for the market. But dealing with so many variables across the globe such as climate, energy demands, and infrastructure requires innovative solutions. James Bell, President and CEO of Viking …
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we review job openings and sales in the wholesale sector. Plus, we recap the latest data on the spot market for truck freight, diesel prices, and unemployment benefits. The Trucking Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Trucking, Avery Vise. As this information is presented, you are welcome to foll…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with Shifl founder and CEO Shabsie Levy. Levy has over a decade of experience in the international supply chain industry along with an extensive background in software and digital innovation. Shifl was founded with expertise of the past and a vision of the future to propel global shipping …
 
In this Rail Market Update: Intermodal taking a breather before the peak season surge comes in August. Carload holds onto slow losses as most sectors take a breather at the summer’s halfway pole. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we review the latest employment situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and discuss the number of new trucking companies authorized in June. Plus, we recap the latest data on the spot market for truck freight, diesel prices, and unemployment benefits and update activity related to motor carrier leg…
 
The pandemic’s disruption brought with it sweeping changes to the industry that not only linger but also continue to accelerate, forcing companies to be even more agile than ever. But to be as agile as the market demands, the supply chain has to focus on key factors like visibility, orchestration, and execution and it has to respond quickly and acc…
 
About Episode 93: Hosts Tom and Kelvin discuss themes found in the recent CHLOE 6 report on how higher ed’s remote instruction pandemic response has impacted the landscape of online education. Listeners are encouraged to compare the presented themes with their own observations in order to better understand our field and prepare for the future. Podc…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with FreightFriend CEO and founder Noam Frankel. FreightFriend's cloud-based truckload procurement platform helps shippers and brokers build deep carrier relationships and drive digital execution. A pioneer and innovator, Frankel has spent nearly four decades building operations and techno…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Intermodal taking a breather before the peak season surge comes in August. Carload holds onto slow losses as most sectors take a breather at the summer’s halfway pole The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow …
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we review the latest data on orders for durable goods, inventories, personal income and spending, sales of new and existing homes, and U.S. international trade in goods. Plus, we recap the latest data on the spot market for truck freight, diesel prices, and unemployment benefits and update ongoing developments …
 
A freight market wrestling with capacity concerns presents a number of challenges for shippers particularly in the produce industry. Saavy shippers find ways to mitigate those concerns by properly vetting providers and maximizing their delivery system options to get their goods to market in time. Mat Rasmussen, Vice President of Minnesota Operation…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Intermodal taking a breather before the peak season surge comes in August. Highlights from a conversation with John Schmitter. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look at the graphs and indicat…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with Haul CEO and cofounder Timothy J Henry to talk about getting drivers on demand. In this operating environment where both freight and labor capacity are pushed to the limits, can tech provide a solution? Haul is developing a marketplace that provides trucking companies with a pool of v…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we review the latest data on industrial production and manufacturing output, retail and food service sales, residential construction, and the Producer Price Index for trucking services. We also review data on the spot market, diesel prices, and unemployment benefits for the latest week and recap last week’s Sen…
 
About Episode 92: From her time as CAO of Davis College, guest Dr. Cristi Ford joins Kelvin and Tom to talk about the impressive work of Rwanda’s Akilah Institute in providing educational access to women via a combination of blended learning, competency-based education, and international partnership. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: PDF Episo…
 
The supply chain industry took center stage during the pandemic as the entire world had to adapt to a new way to work and live. Thanks in large part to the essential services of logistics professionals, life is finding its way to a new normal. It’s only fitting to celebrate the industry on National Logistics Day, established June 28th, 2019, by Log…
 
The pandemic may have permanently altered how supply chains operate globally especially with its continuing impact on capacity in the marketplace. Combined with accelerated e-commerce demands, shippers have had to become more agile and adaptable to be able to address these key changes. Rick Thomas, Senior Vice President of Business Development for …
 
In this Rail Market Update: Intermodal has not bounced back from Memorial Day the way carload has quickly recovered to pre-holiday marks. Service issues rear their ugly head again. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with Hyliion founder and CEO Thomas Healy to get the inside story on Hyliion and Healy’s career journey. A mechanical engineer by trade with a passion for racing and motorsports, Healy founded Hyliion in 2015 to bring the advantages of hybrid technology to commercial fleets. Under his lead…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we review the week in the spot market and diesel prices and talk about indications of some stress in the economy, including consumer inflation and job openings. Plus, we recap last week’s House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee action on the transportation bill that includes some significant legislation…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Holiday effects push loadings weaker in the latest week. Intermodal and carload should bounce back next week . Service issues rear their ugly head again. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and loo…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with owner-operator Wayne Cragg to talk about life behind the wheel of a big rig, driver health and how to become a social media influencer in trucking. Cragg is here to dispel myths about driving and shines a lot on the real truth of what happens on 18 wheels. He’ll answer every question …
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we dive into the jobs report for May, address the ongoing surge in new entry in trucking, and discuss important legislation that is starting to move in the House of Representatives. We also talk about a bit about diesel prices, manufacturing, and unemployment and say hardly anything at all about the spot market…
 
About Episode 91: Redesigning courses from one modality to another was a rushed necessity in the early days of remote instruction, and it might be an expectation of some administrators post-pandemic. Join hosts Tom and Kelvin as they unpack what listener Jerry Dougherty has termed “intermodal learning.” Podcast Recording Download Transcript: PDF Ep…
 
The supply chain industry relies on its workers having the right tools in hand to gather critical information for customers and stakeholders. These tools need to provide mobility, accessibility, and durability for everyone from warehouse workers to truck drivers to last mile delivery. The new Toughbook S1 from Panasonic is purpose-built for the mos…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Carload sectors are stable in most cases; automotive on the rebound. Intermodal is steady at high levels, but there seems to be a cap at present levels. Service issues rear their ugly head again. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presente…
 
Behind the cargo and containers of the industry is a vast amount of data that has to be gathered, processed, and shared across an ever increasing network of logistics partners. Ensuring proper compliance while providing comprehensive visibility are just some of heavy data demands that requires the right technology for an efficient process. Darrell …
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with SmartHop CEO/co-founder Guillermo Garcia to talk about living the American Dream. Guillermo’s passion to elevate smaller fleets stems from his experience as a fleet owner himself. His trucking roots can be traced back to his native Venezuela, where his career began as a master product…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we examine spot market metrics that moved in opposite directions and diesel prices that hardly moved at all. Plus, we talk about unemployment, orders for durable manufactured goods, inventories, home sales, consumer income and spending, and U.S. international trade in goods. The Trucking Market Update is hosted…
 
On this episode of FreightWaves Insiders, Dooner catches up with Embedded Ventures Co-Founder & CEO / General Partner Jenna Bryant. They’re talking about how venture capital works, what’s investible in supply chain, how to get ahead in a world that’s only 4% female, and more. Subscribe to FreightWaves Insiders wherever you get your podcasts and nev…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Carload sectors are stable in most cases; automotive on the rebound Intermodal is steady at high levels, but there seems to be a cap at present levels. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look …
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we discuss first quarter revenues for trucking and parcel/local delivery and examine the latest data on housing starts and home sales. Plus, we talk about a spot market that showed volume and rates moving in opposite directions and a diesel market that gave us about the best bad news we could have expected. Als…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Carload sectors are stable in most cases. Intermodal operating at high levels, but it is unclear how much upside remains. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look at the graphs and indicators y…
 
In this week’s Trucking Market Update we discuss consumer inflation, why it matters, and what’s causing it. We also dig into data on retail sales, inventories, industrial production, manufacturing, and pricing for trucking services and equipment. Plus, we discuss the resiliency of the spot market during the week after International Roadcheck and re…
 
About Episode 90: President Gregory Fowler of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) joins hosts Kelvin and Tom to discuss distinctive ways that our individual institutions can innovate to create opportunities for unique groups of students by meeting them where they are. Podcast Recording Download Transcript: [PDF] Episode 90 Show Notes: E…
 
In this Rail Market Update: Carload sectors are stable in most cases. Intermodal operating at high levels, but it is unclear how much upside remains. The Rail Market Update is hosted by FTR’s Vice President of Rail & Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. As this information is presented, you are welcome to follow along and look at the graphs and indicators y…
 
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