Supply Chain Resources
Surging demand, supply chain disruptions and sharply rising costs have significantly altered the economics of our industry. PRINTING United Alliance is continuously monitoring the supply chain situation and we are working on your behalf to minimize the impact of these issues. The Supply Chain Resource Channel has up-to-date information regarding our supply chain and recommended articles to help you remain resilient in a disrupted market.
PRINTING United Alliance is committed to providing its members with timely, accurate analysis of paper related supply chain disruptions.
Forced Labor Law Takes Effect June 21; Apparel Market Prepares for Import Confusion
Importers of products impacted by the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) are bracing for what could be confusion at best or chaos at worst as the law takes effect on June 21. The law targets goods produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR), an area known for dismal human …
The Target Report: Paper Industry in Transition as Printers Face Shortages
As a result of the changes occurring in the paper industry, many printing and packaging companies are struggling to procure the paper they need, the grades they require, at the time they would like, and in a sufficient quantity necessary to fulfill customer orders.
Ocean Shipping Reform Act Becomes Law
On June 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, a bill intended to alleviate supply chain burdens at the nation’s ports. The new law is the first major update of the Act since 1998. The modernization provisions of the Act focus on requiring ocean carriers to adhere to …
Ways PRINTING United Alliance Is Advocating About Paper Shortage and Other Supply Chain Disruptions
Ford Bowers, CEO of PRINTING United Alliance, discusses the dire state of an industry-wide shortage of printing papers and other supply chain disruptions.
Outlook for U.S. Paper Market Amidst End of UPM Paper Mill Strike
Video: Tim Kirchen, Senior VP, Americas, at UPM Raflatac, discusses the settlement of a nearly four-months-long unionized worker strike that caused the shutdown of UPM paper mills in Finland.
Printing Companies Share Their Experiences With Paper Shortages and What They're Doing in Response
Paper shortages are the stuff of nightmares: the kind of existential threat to commercial printing companies that keeps owners and managers up at night. A perfect storm: First, shrinkage of the commercial sector over the past decade means, for paper mills, the manufacture of printing and writing grades are less of a priority.
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Latest Survey Sheds Light on Supply Chain Crisis for Substrates, Consumables
To get the facts on the supply chain crisis, PRINTING United Alliance recently launched the Printing Industry Supply Chain Conditions Survey. Nearly 200 companies, including commercial printers, graphic and sign producers, apparel decorators, functional printers, and package printers/converters, have …
Stay informed with the latest news concerning supply chain developments impacting our industry.
Local Food Magazine Looks to the Community to Print its Latest Issue
Rising costs have threatened the production of Portland-based Kitchen Table. Will a crowdfunding model—and an even bigger magazine—work?
More Paper Price Rises Loom Large
Another wave of paper price rises look set to impact the sector as two manufacturers announce further double-digit increases.
Will Supply Shortages Lead the Restaurant Industry to Greener Packaging?
To-go containers, cups remain in short supply as global disruption challenges growth in takeout and delivery services.
Freight Labor Unrest Is Going Global and Weighing on Supply Chains
Walkouts at U.K. ports, last-minute negotiations for U.S. railroads are among a growing series of conflicts involving workers critical to trade.
Ford can't get enough blue oval badges: supply chain shortages pile up
Driving the news: Ford can't get enough of the blue oval badges that are affixed to the exterior of its vehicles, spokesman T.R. Reid confirmed to Axios.
Biden hails deal to avoid national rail strike as proof unions, companies can work together
President Biden on Thursday hailed the tentative agreement to avoid a nationwide railroad strike as proof that unions and management can work together, taking credit for his administration’s role in making that happen.
Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains as freight rail strike looms
Some travelers are scrambling as a possible freight railroad strike interrupts service along Amtrak's long-distance routes.
Congress divided on how to stop rail strike as disruption looms
Lawmakers are divided on how to avert a national railroad strike that would devastate an economy already plagued by high inflation.
How a Rail Strike Could Wreck Havoc on the American Supply Chain
If freight trains stop rolling, the result could be chaos for business, shortages for consumers, and fresh momentum for rising prices.
Freight rail strike threatens supply chains, prompting White House planning
Federally mandated cooling-off period ends Friday, opening possibility of nationwide strike or lockout.
Baker to Congress: Be Ready to 'Step In' and Avert System Shutdown
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) President Chuck Baker on Sept. 10 sent a letter to Congressional leadership outlining the impact of a freight rail strike on the U.S. transportation network and the economy.
Labor shortages disrupting the supply chain prompt businesses to lean on technology for support
Manufacturing companies are facing a historic employee shortage that shows no sign of slowing down. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported 5 million more job openings than there are unemployed people in the U.S.
Siemens USA CEO: 'We're entering a new era' for chip manufacturing
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerability of global supply chains as economic activity and technological production were drastically reduced because of the shortage of semiconductor chips.
German chemicals firm warns of production chain collapse as Putin squeezes gas flows
German materials giant Covestro warned that the rationing of gas could see some of its sites shut down, as its CEO stressed the importance of reducing the company’s reliance on fossil fuels.