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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Printing & Writing Paper
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Printing & Writing Paper?

What is the average price of Printing & Writing Paper?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Printing & Writing Paper. 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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 Printing & Writing Paper?

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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 ?

Market share concentration among printing and writing paper suppliers is high, with the top four vendors generating more than 50.0% of total market revenue in 2021. There are about 7,950 suppliers operating in the market, consisting of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Market share concentration is high due to the significant... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Supply Chain

How do you control sudden spikes in wood pulp or input costs?

Do you have supply agreements with wood pulp mills that facilitate consistent wood pulp prices?

If wood pulp prices increase suddenly, are these costs passed on to buyers?

How do you control the quality of your wood pulp?

Do you source your wood pulp from sustainable sources?

Is your paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council?

Vendor Financials

How do you mitigate bankruptcy risk in the face of overall declining demand for market products?

Does your company generate revenue from other products?

Can I evaluate your balance sheet?

Are you contemplating mergers and acquisitions with another company, and how would this affect your operations?

Customer Service

Do you offer around-the-clock customer service support? What methods can I use to reach your customer service representatives?

Do you have a list of former buyers in my industry that I can contact?

Have you had any major complaints from customers?

How have you developed and maintained customer relationships?


Have you won any quality awards?

What is the average shelf life of each of your products?

How long does it take you to order a product that is not in stock?

What quality certifications does your business possess?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should specify their total budget for the project broken down by paper size, thickness and brightness.

Buyers should see if vendors offer discounts for purchasing particularly large orders.

Buyers may be able to request samples for specialized orders.

Buyers should include how often they will need paper and how much will be paid per order.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should select a vendor that is able to reliably and promptly fulfill the order.

Buyers should have clear criteria by which to rate proposals, weighing quality and cost factors.

Buyers should select a vendor who can offer a high level of customer service.

Buyers can reference the Buying Decision Scorecard section of this report for help creating selection criteria.

Project Schedule

Buyers should outline all key dates in the RFP process, including when the final bid award will be announced.

Buyers should detail a payment schedule and specify when all payments will be completed.

If buyers are looking to make recurring paper purchases, they should specify the length of this contract and include a clear end date.

If entering a long-term agreement, buyers should provide terms for early contract termination.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

There is a high level of supply chain risk in the printing and writing paper market, which reduces buyer power by exposing buyers to the risks of higher prices or disrupted supply. Supply chain risk in this market stems mainly from inputs such as wood pulp, which is the primary... Subscribe to learn more.