Transport Futures

Providing insight and data for transport decision makers.

Provoking the transportation market for more than 40 years.

Transport Navigator

Noël Perry’s latest thoughts on the market: penetrating, lively, and often controversial.

Public Speaking

We engage audiences of all sizes and makeup, with entertaining and eye-opening material.

Market Research

Providing disciplined and quantified explanations of the heavy freight transportation market.

New & Noteworthy

A New Lease on Life for Diesels
No need to ditch your diesels.

The Structure of Trucking Markets
An important question from a reader.

A Recession in Sight?
A permanent industry cost increase?

2019 Diesel Price
A peek into the mind of the forecaster.

New from Transport Futures

A Profound Logistical Message

Click to watch as renowned economist Noël Perry describes the purchase of birdseed as a microcosm of the growing revolution in logistics.

Transport Futures

Next Session: Monday, March 11, 2019 • 2PM ET

For more than forty years, industry professionals have been depending on Noël Perry when they want disciplined, quantified explanations about what is happening and what will happen in North American heavy freight transportation.

This program, brought to you by Let’s Truck, is bringing Noël to you, a member of our tribe of owner-operators dedicated to improving their business and making the trucking industry a better place to live and work.


Imagine having the ability to react to market pressures a month before your competition, or knowing the best time to make business or purchasing decisions.

Let’s Truck University has launched another course to help you

The Transport Navigator

“If it moves, I’m watching it – and thinking deeply about it. With so much data out there, The Transport Navigator is the place where I share information as soon as it’s available, allowing you to react to market pressures right now.”
⏤ Noël Perry

Imagine your business more successful. Imagine a product that allows you the ability to think about the market, informed by compelling insight. One that you use to make better decisions regarding your day-to-day operations, manage risk, and separate random noise from reality.

The Transport Navigator is precisely that: your compass through the often murky world of transportation data. Take advantage of renowned economist Noël Perry’s penetrating analysis:

Noël Perry

Through Transport Futures, and building on an already storied career as a transportation economist, Noël Perry deals with all matters of freight transport within North America, with special emphasis on truckload, rail, intermodal and domestic water markets.

He follows all aspects of transportation, including: strategy, market sizing, operations, technology, modal competition, pricing, regulation and public policy.

Transport Futures maintains an extensive historical database and will forecast out to 2040.

In addition to transport economics, Noël has an abiding interest in macro-economics and its interaction with transport, as well as the intersection between transport and supply chain design.

What Business Leaders Say About Noël

  • If you think you understand your market position, think again. Noël Perry will challenge your preconceived notions and force you to think of things differently.

    John Larkin Stifel Equity Research
  • A great resource to go back to over and over—there is no questioning the quality of work produced.

    George Grossardt Master Fleet / President
  • There is no one in the industry that thinks as deeply as Noël or brings the unique perspectives that he does.

    Tom Nightingale International Package Shipping / CEO
  • Noël has a knack for providing an unbiased perspective based on the facts at hand helping us to determine how we need to respond.

    Paul Newbourne Covenant Transport Solutions
  • His ability to forecast and make suggestions to enhance operations cannot be matched. The combination of Noël’s winning personality and ease to work with simply add to the success of any project.

    Clarence Gooden CSX / Retired President
  • He is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people regarding freight and the broader economy. Noël’s perspectives are always thoughtful, insightful and provocative.

    Thomas Albrecht Celadon Trucking / EVP, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer
  • When I do find something within his forecast that doesn’t seem quite right, he is always willing to listen and incorporate my feedback into this work. Noël’s excellent interpersonal skills allow him to present his findings in an enjoyable and simplified way, in a manner that everyone can understand, appreciate and ultimately use to his or her benefit.

    Craig Brown Glass - Maverick Transportation / Vice President
  • Nimble in his handling of both small and large challenges, he is your man when dissecting complex problems with the application of analysis and metrics. His receptivity to an array of opinions allows him to formulate, and provide to you, the objective feedback you must have to be successful. Noël is a compass. Use him properly and he will help you find the direction you need to take.

    Mike Ryan Comcar / President
  • “The Transport Navigator” is quite fitting, as it implies using his information to help navigate your position in the industry allowing you to make well thought out decisions. We have used Noël's work for years. It has helped us formulate how we invest, anticipate and behave in certain economic climates.

    Bill Matheson Schneider National / Chief Commercial Officer

Put Transport Futures to work for you.

Capitalize on Noël Perry’s more than 40 years of experience in the transportation industry.

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