Warehouse materials handling investment areas over the next 18 months U.S. 2019-2021

This statistic depicts the share of warehousing and distribution center providers investing in materials handling equipment and information systems solutions over the next 18 months in the United States between 2019 and 2021, broken down by investment area. During the 2021 survey, 52 percent of respondents reported they were investing in new equipment and/or equipment upgrades.

Share of warehouse and distribution center operators in the United States planning to invest in materials handling over the next 18 months from 2019 to 2021, by investment area

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Release date

March 2021


United States

Survey time period

2019 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

2019 baseline: 246
2020 baseline: 145
Original question: 'In which areas will you be investing over the next 18 months?'
* Warehouse management systems, warehouse control systems, enterprise resource planning systems, customer relationship management systems etc.
** Third-party logistics.

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