In fulfilling its mission to cultivate a broader understanding and appreciation of the transportation of household goods moving and warehousing, the MSI launched a research agenda that supports and enhances industry advocacy and image efforts.
The first industry research study commissioned by the MSI in 2008 collected, analyzed and reported U.S. government census and economic impact data on the moving and storage industry, both nationally and broken down by state. The resulting report, The Moving and Storage Industry in the U.S. Economy, proved to be a rich resource for AMSA and its member companies, as well as the media, and its many facts, figures and charts have appeared in print publications, been quoted in speeches, and supported legislative agendas on Capitol Hill and in many State Houses. This landmark study will continue to serve as a valuable resource and a benchmark for industry growth, and provide a foundation for additional research, well into the future.
The MSI commissioned a second study, The Moving and Storage Industry in the U.S. Economy: Overcoming the Challenges of the Great Recession, to update the many facts, figures and profile analysis from the original report with data through 2011, and to quantify the effects of the great recession on the activity, structure, operating practices, and economic impacts of the industry. While the original study of the moving and storage industry revealed important operating practices and profile characteristics, the updated study examines how trends identified in the original study have evolved since 2005 and, more important, identifies and examines new challenges facing the industry in its recovery from the great recession.