Tag Archives: Trucking

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 »

Q&A – Commercial Vehicle: Supply Shock

By | October 2, 2020

Following Commercial Vehicle: Supply Shock, the third session of the FTR Engage virtual speaking series, the FTR Experts sat down with Tim Farney (Dana Incorporated) to answer listener questions beyond what was covered during the Q&A within the presentation.

Ake’s Take: Bottleneck In The Supply Chain Is An Economic Threat

By | July 6, 2018

The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI for Manufacturing (Purchasing Managers Index) jumped to 60.2 in June, up from 58.7 in May and rising for the second straight month.  Considering that anything over 50 represents growth, the 60.2 is a robust reading which means everything must be wonderful in the manufacturing sector, right? Well not so… Read More »

Ake’s Take: Let the Good Times Roll – For at Least Two More Years

By | April 12, 2018

GDP is high, and unemployment is low. Manufacturing is booming, and wages are rising. So, everyone is joyous, correct? Of course not, you are starting to see articles claiming that, if things are this good, a recession must be coming soon. So, it is time to again consider what the truck equipment markets indicate about… Read More »

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 »