The second quarter may prove the toughest in recent history. GDP estimates vary greatly, but all point to a very weak economic environment as long as we do not have COVID-19 contained. We are likely months away from consumers regaining confidence and returning to pre-crisis spending levels. Until then, we will see OTVI well below where we would expect at this time of the year without an international crisis. With volumes underperforming, there is simply not enough freight to keep all of America’s trucks moving. Capacity will be extremely loose as long as freight volumes are contracted.
With that being said, we do believe the retail economy will quickly bounce back when the economy reopens. The problem is that may not be until June or July. We expect carrier closures and bankruptcies will reaccelerate through the second quarter before the economy reopens. The recovery story is likely to be sharp and steep in retail. The rebounding demand for durable goods will be more gradual. The ferocity of labor market change will weigh on consumer’s psyche for several quarters, leading to lower demand for bigger ticket items.
You have selected content that's only available to members of FreightWaves Passport. As a member, you gain immediate access to the most in-depth and informative freight research available. It's your gateway to continuing education.
Members also get:
- Access to exclusive community dedicated to discussing the most important challenges facing freight.
- Monthly and Quarterly Freight Market reports keeping you informed of industry trends.
- Much, much more!
Click below to learn more and sign up today!
Existing Passport subscribers log in above.