For the first time since HIRI started the Contractor Study nearly 20 years ago, the research has expanded to more than just our biennial report. The expansion has given the HIRI the opportunity to detail more aspects of the contractor group. Part of this new contractor research program is the newly revised research on contractor purchasing.
While we have done research in the past on contractor purchases, it more examined some purchase habits and did not detail the purchase incidences at all. We have adjusted study to more align with how we report on consumer purchases in the long-running Product Purchase Tracking Study.