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Effect of the economy on warehouse materials handling expenditure U.S. 2015-2020

This statistic depicts the impact of the economy on spending on materials handling to improve warehouse and/or distribution center operations in the United States between 2015 and 2021. During the 2021 survey, 37 percent of respondents reported their company was taking a "wait and see" approach, whereby spending was limited to only those purchases and investments that are critical to sustaining their ongoing business.

How is the present state of the economy making an impact your spending on materials handling equipment technologies, services and solutions?

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Release date

March 2021


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2021

Number of respondents

129 respondents

Special properties

readers of Logistics Management and Modern Materials Handling in January 2018.

Method of interview

Email survey

Supplementary notes

2020 baseline: 145
2019 baseline: 246
2018 baseline: 315
Number of respondents prior to 2018 survey not stated by the source.
* Spending limited to only those purchases and investments that are critical to sustaining our ongoing business.

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