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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Paperboard & Packaging Papers
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Paperboard & Packaging Papers?

What is the average price of Paperboard & Packaging Papers?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Paperboard & Packaging Papers. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Paperboard & Packaging Papers been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Paperboard & Packaging Papers yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Paperboard & Packaging Papers?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Paperboard & Packaging Papers with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The paperboard and packaging papers market has a high level of concentration. While there is some competition among suppliers, the top four companies in the market control more than 50.0% of total market revenue. Market share concentration has increased due to substantial merger and acquisition (M&A) activity during the past... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Paperboard Production & Delivery

Is your production process halted by paperboard types? If so, how does that affect the availability of products in stock and your delivery schedule?

What is your delivery schedule, and can buyers in supply agreements develop custom delivery schedules?

What is your return policy on low-quality or defective paperboard shipments?

What is your lead time for one-off and volume purchases and supply agreements?

Market Competition

As a large supplier, do you have minimum purchase requirements when working with small and midsize clients?

How has significant market competition affected demand and pricing for your paperboard and packaging papers?

How does your company differentiate itself in the market? How does this benefit you financially?

How do your products compete with other forms of packaging? What are your product advantages?

Substitute Competition

How is the increasing adoption of plastic as a primary packaging substrate affecting paperboard margins?

What are you doing to remain competitive as buyers move toward plastics and other packaging substrates?

How diversified is your product portfolio?

How have paperboard prices been affected by the prevalence of substitutes?

Product Content & Quality

What grades of paperboard do you produce?

Which paperboard grades offer the highest durability and tensile strength?

Which paperboard grades offer surfaces that are good for on-package printing?

What specific paperboard grades do you offer with recycled content?

What is the post-consumer content percentage for these grades?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should state the range of their budget for paperboard products and related goods.

Buyers should explain the length of the contract they are looking to make.

Buyers should clarify the exclusivity of the contract and usage of third-party suppliers.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate potential suppliers based on the quality of the materials used for the production of paperboard products, including grade durability.

Buyers should assess the ink transferability of each product, particularly if buyers intend to add print to products once procured.

Buyers should ensure that vendors will be able to make deliveries in a timely and consistent manner without any damage to the products.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers need to provide the date that RFP proposals are due, dates for interviews and the date the award will be announced.

Buyers should indicate when and how often deliveries will need to be made during the contract period.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

There is a medium level of supply chain risk for suppliers of paperboard and packaging papers, which undercuts buyer power by raising the risk of price increases or supply disruptions. Most of this risk comes from wood pulp mills, as wood pulp accounts for about one-third of average supplier revenue.... Subscribe to learn more.