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Ake’s (Final) Take: The Relentless Pursuit of Accuracy

By | September 27, 2022

The relentless pursuit of accuracy …… It can’t be the relentless pursuit of perfection because we are talking about forecasting, and perfect forecasts are as rare as winning the lottery. In October 2013, I became FTR’s Vice President of Commercial Vehicles. I had been considered an expert in the trailer market but was washed out… Read More »

New blog site for Monday Morning Coffee

By | December 6, 2021

We are transitioning the Monday Morning Coffee posts over to our State of Freight TODAY blog. You can find these new posts (and bookmark the page) at https://today.ftrintel.com. You should have received an email this morning from the new site. You are currently subscribed to instant notifications for new posts. If you would like to… Read More »

Ake’s Take: How Demand Outpaced Supply

By | July 14, 2021

Mr. Demand and Mr. Supply were constantly jogging along the Economic Trail.  Most of the time, they ran in tandem, at about the same speed. But sometimes Mr. Supply ran ahead of Mr. Demand and often the roles were reversed. But then, they would instinctively adjust their pace to get back into balance once again.… Read More »

Ake’s Take: Retail Sales Are Vibrant – Where Is The Money Going?

By | May 25, 2021

The federal government has pumped $850 billion of direct stimulus payments to citizens in response to the pandemic (Peter G. Peterson Foundation). In combination with the COVID health mobility restrictions, this cash infusion resulted in changes in retail spending patterns. Since the pandemic started, there has been a surge in retail goods spending as consumers… Read More »

SOF TODAY | Perspectives on the Future, Population

By | March 31, 2021

In any age, the seeds of the future are planted in the past. Technological and economic forces drive changes across the globe, whether we notice it, or not. The once-sidelined electric engine is making a splash in transportation circles. Humans dominate the planet and it has become a big concern whether they will survive their… Read More »

The Economy has Ticked Up as Businesses are Reopening

By | June 3, 2020

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »

As States Are Reopening Some Businesses, an Economic Rebound Will Follow

By | May 11, 2020

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »