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How to navigate print’s new normal

Noticed some changes in the paper industry?

Us, too. We’re here to break it all down for you, including why these changes are occuring, what to expect next, and how you can keep business churning.

at a glance

Paper inventory is in high demand.

The cost of containers has skyrocketed. In part because of supply and demand, increased consumer spending, port delays due to COVID-19 protocols, and retailers preparing for the holidays earlier than usual.

Inventories are low.

Most paper imports have been forced to reduce volumes, causing higher demand for domestic mills which are either depleted or running low.

Coated freesheet is facing a critical tipping point.

North American mill inventories are out of stock and selling everything they make, while the import supply chain remains very challenged.

Mill inventory isn’t going back to normal levels anytime soon.

Variabilities in the supply chain mean rising YoY costs for land freight, ocean logistics, and input costs.

Strategically positioned value partners are less likely to face major impacts.

That means suppliers who had integrated supply chains established before the pandemic and partners with enough scale to absorb some volatility.

Explore the issue

Article 1


The paper industry has gone berserk

Why you need to care about operating rates


Article 2


Are you handling the supply chain or is it handling you?



Operating rates are high, here’s what that means


What’s going on with coated free sheet?

okay, so things are a little messy.

What can you do to keep business going?

VERITIV is here for you.

Veritiv proudly presents the strongest paper manufacturers in North America and our key private brands are sourced primarily on an integrated supply chain. So, if you need inventory, our Veritiv sales professionals are at the ready.

Connect with a Veritiv Sales Representative to discuss the best options for your business in today’s challenging climate.