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.
Shortage of Paper Endangers Rebound of Graphic Industry World-Wide
Several members of the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF) warn that the current paper shortages will have severe repercussions in the supply of print products for all economic markets and endangers the rebound of the graphic industry after the pandemic.
Roundtable With Prominent Lawmaker on Capitol Hill Addresses Widespread Paper Shortage in the Printing Industry
PRINTING United Alliance took its role seriously as the largest member-based printing and graphic arts association in the U.S. to advocate and draw attention to the ongoing scarcity of printing grades and skyrocketing paper prices, as supply levels fail to keep up with overall industry demand.
Addressing the Challenges in the Paper Supply Chain
It seems businesses are finally bouncing back after the past two years of the pandemic. However, even though business is picking up, there is one glaring issue: The availability of paper stocks has become limited and unpredictable, and as a result the price of paper stock is inevitably increasing.
Shipping Prices Could Be About to Skyrocket (Again)
The average cost to ship a 40 ft. container from China to the U.S. West Coast could soon hit up to $8,000 for a yearlong freight contract, a record high and a significant increase over last year's average of $5,500.
Planning Ahead to Address Paper Supply Challenges
Business is picking up, but the availability of paper stocks has become more limited and unpredictable, which in turn has caused paper prices to increase. Supply chain issues have been making headlines across various manufacturing segments, and the printing industry is no exception.
The Powerful Case for US Book Manufacturing in the face of Global Supply Chain Challenges, Paper shortages and Rising Distribution Costs
During these dynamic, fast-paced, early days of 2022, business agility and laser focused attention to detail can provide domestic US book manufacturers with a unique and lasting opportunity to gain market share.
PRINTING United Alliance conducts research to help you gain perspectives on mitigating supply chain disruptions and offsetting risks.
The Supply Chain Crisis: How Deep, How Printers Are Responding, and Who Is Going to Win
The supply chain crisis has affected the printing industry as deeply as any recession. Consequences range from rampant cost inflation to clients moving from print to electronic alternatives. How are printing companies responding?
Stay informed with the latest news concerning supply chain developments impacting our industry.
Examining Paper Shortages and Publishing Worker Unrest
The publishing industry faces continuing supply chain issues and paper shortages while another set of challenges have appeared in early 2022, employee resignations and work/life balance.
UPM Strike: Despair as Union Rejects Proposals
Printers and print buyers are in despair after the Finnish Paperworkers' Union rejected the four UPM strike settlement proposals on the table.
U.S. Inflation Jumped 8.5 Percent in Past Year, Highest Since 1981
Prices have been driven up by bottlenecked supply chains, robust consumer demand and disruptions to global food and energy markets worsened by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Russian War Worsens Fertilizer Crunch, Risking Food Supplies
The war has pushed up the price of natural gas, a key ingredient in fertilizer, and has led to severe sanctions against Russia, a major exporter of fertilizer.
Gartner Identifies Three Actions for CPOs to Navigate Packaging Shortages
Supply instability and rising costs prompt chief procurement officers to adopt new approaches to ensure enough materials such as pallets, plastics, corrugate, metal and glass.
Can a Label Shortage Bring Global Supply Chains to a Halt?
If retailers, manufacturers, and transportation providers can’t get paper labels, the entire supply chain could quickly reach a crisis, and even grind to a halt.
Four Ways to Unshackle the Supply Chain
COVID-19 has caused many supply chain challenges, but being proactive and aggressive can help manufacturers reduce potential headaches. Four tips are highlighted.
UPM Strike Extended Again
Strike action at UPM will run for an unprecedented four months, after the Paperworkers’ Union announced a further extension until 30 April.
New Supply Chain Risk: 22,000 dockworkers who may soon strike
In a world contending with no end of economic troubles, a fresh source of concern now looms: the prospect of a confrontation between union dockworkers and their employers at some of the most critical ports on earth.
The Supply Chain Crisis Is About to Get a Lot Worse
A seemingly endless supply chain crunch has fueled interest in tech that promises to track problems or predict where new ones might occur.
WPCF Warns on Paper Shortage Endangering Industry Rebound
Members of the World Print & Communication Forum (WPCF) have warned that the current paper shortages are endangering the sector's rebound after the coronavirus pandemic.
What to Say to Customers about Supply Chain-Driven Shortages and Delays
It's important that customers have confidence in their supplier’s ability to proactively manage disruptions, so let them know what actions you are taking today, and keep them updated on longer-term strategy.
Supply Chain, Rising Raw Material Costs and Workforce Shortages Top Concerns for Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers released its Q1 2022 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, which shows manufacturers’ significant concerns around inflation, hiring and potential tax increases.
Packaging Industry Faces "Catastrophic" Economic Blows as Russia Threatens to Block Oil and Gas Exports
The packaging industry could be facing “catastrophic” price rises for oil and gas, as Russia threatens to cut off all supplies to Europe.