Author Archives: Jonathan Starks

About Jonathan Starks

Jonathan has spent his entire career in the freight transportation sector having joined FTR in 2001. His expertise includes freight modeling, modal analysis, fleet characteristics, and equipment demand. He is directly responsible for producing FTR's more than 13 million datapoints and 85,000 forecasted dataseries each and every month.

Trans4Cast – Spot Rates Recovery

By | October 3, 2017

After presenting to a group of restaurant chain and food service procurement and logistics professionals last week a couple of points stood out. Here’s the quick takeaway: Spot Rates have recovered, now it’s contract’s turn.   Spot Rates Have Recovered. Now it’s Contract’s Turn. The chart above gave heartache to those in attendance. The pricing… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Hurricanes: Production Impacts and The Recovery

By | September 21, 2017

Industrial Production figures for August came out on Friday and the topline news wasn’t positive. Nor should you have expected it to be. Hurricane Harvey shut down a major industrial center for nearly 2 weeks and had impacts that spread out both before and after it. That means that August production was impacted for at… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

By | September 18, 2017

Spot market activity has certainly turned around over the last year. Contract markets are slowly adjusting as well. Can we keep the growth going if the industrial sector doesn’t show further improvement? Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture The July report of Industrial Production put out by the Federal Reserve came out on Thursday.… Read More »

State of Freight Webinar: Key Issues in Transportation

By | May 26, 2017

This September 12-14, we are holding our 13th annual Transportation Conference in Indianapolis. As a lead-up to the conference we will be holding a complimentary industry webinar: Key Issues in Transportation.  The theme of this year’s conference is Gaining Traction? Next Year. Next Decade. I will be moderating the webinar discussion which highlights the transportation… Read More »

Trans4Cast – What’s up with Trucking Employment?

By | April 18, 2017

March job numbers were published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on April 7th. The number wasn’t great. U.S. employers added a net of 98k jobs last month. Trucking added 5k, after adding nearly 10k in February. Overall, trucking employment sits at nearly 1.5 million, up about 25k over this time last year. Trucking… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Confidence Surge!

By | April 11, 2017

Consumer confidence as reported by the Conference Board has jumped to its highest level since December 2000. Business confidence (coming from the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index) has likewise jumped to its highest level since December 2004 and is in the high range seen during its 43 year history. Positive, Perplexing, and Worrisome Confidence A… Read More »

Trans4Cast – What does ‘Bid Season’ tell us about the Spot Market?

By | February 3, 2017

Each month FTR conducts a quick poll question during our State of Freight webinars. Earlier this month, we asked about the upcoming bid season for contract freight. Bid season has become less of a season and more of a continuous process, but we still expect to see the bulk of activity begin to ramp up… Read More »