ATRI’s latest analysis looked at truck activity across six states from 9 February 2020 through the most recent week ending 18 April, by converting its real-time truck GPS dataset into a truck activity index.
“The GPS data we use is a valuable tool into what is going on in the economy and the trucking industry right now,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We knew from talking to drivers and carrier executives that there were significant impacts on operations as a result of Covid-19, but now, by analysing this data we are able to put numbers and data to feelings and anecdotes.”
From early February into March, the data shows a spike in initial truck activity in the analysed states – documenting the response to high consumer demand for items such as non-perishable food and paper products, as well as the much-needed emergency medical supplies.
The analysis further documents the impacts of the stay-at-home orders that shut down major segments of the economy, with a resulting decline in April trucking operations.