Since its launch at November’s Pack Expo in Chicago, Laddawn’s Print Designer has generated a terrific buzz. We knew it would.
When we hear from distributors across the country about how they do business, they note that it’s changed very little in more than a generation. At home, they shop online at places like Amazon or search with Google. But at work, buying packaging supplies, they still use the phone, email or fax machine for almost everything. Virtually everyone tells us they wish it was as easy to get what they need done at work as it is at home. We believe the next decade is going to be about bringing consumer-quality websites and apps to the B2B marketplace. This is why we introduced the new Laddawn.com in 2015. It is the platform that allows us to bring the best customer experiences to life online.
Print Designer is the first addition to the site, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Have you tried Print Designer yet? Hundreds of your colleagues have. They’re telling us that Print Designer is so simple that anyone can design a printed bag and get a lead time, pricing and technical drawings in minutes. Ask your Laddawn Customer Relationship Partner for a demo today. Better yet, log on and dive right in.
We also have good news to share on pricing. While controlled production gave domestic polyethylene manufacturers the leverage to secure cost increases throughout 2016, they entered the new year with higher inventories. Pricing gains have begun to retreat. Now, even though overseas supplier cost changes have been more moderate, we are pleased to extend meaningful price relief to all imports, too.
Pricing on all stock items in the January catalog have been reduced 4%.
A small handful of specialty items, including static shielding, black conductive, preopened bags, shrink, and C&A have not changed. Of course, big savings on packing list envelopes, vacuum pouches and liners were passed on a few months ago.
Domestic ethylene production reached record highs in 2016 and more facility expansions are underway. Additionally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is forecasting reasonable energy costs. We look forward to a more stable and competitive market for polyethylene throughout the new year. On behalf of all of us in Atlanta, Boston, Cedar Rapids, Dallas and Reno, here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
Happy New Year,
Ladd and Dawn