Board Converting News, May 2, 2022

Inflation Busters (CONT’D FROM PAGE 30)


“Customers are more willing to absorb increases during inflationary times when they can see it makes sense in the marketplace.” Waiting too long risks losing the opportunity, especially if inflation leads to a serious economic down- turn. “No one wants to absorb a price increase during a Today’s unexpected return of inflation has changed the operating paradigm for businesses large and small. The Great Recession of 2008 had sparked the habit of relying too much on just-in-time delivery of supplies to trim cash investments. Further, the recent willingness of custom- ers to accept price increases was exacerbated by supply chain disruptions. Now businesses must modify their cashflow manage- ment, inventory practices and pricing policies to reflect both rising costs and supply chain disruptions. “The boom- ing economy of recent times has allowed companies to pay less attention to market developments and still be fine,” said Anderson. “But now in a time of inflationary price increases, they have to do better. The job of manag- ing is tougher than ever before.” recession.” New Rules How Well are You Battling Inflation? Are you taking the right steps to mitigate the costly effects of inflation? Find out by taking this quiz. Score 10 points for each “yes” answer. Then total your score and check your rating at the bottom of the chart. Have you instituted the following practices? 1. Running periodic cashflow forecasts 2. Maintaining accounts receivable aging reports 3. Accelerating account collections 4. Stretching accounts payable, if appropriate 5. Keeping in close touch with customers 6. Identified the most valuable customers 7. Increasing productive communications with suppliers 8. Ensuring the compliance of any loan covenants 9. Trimming inventory while bolstering critical items 10. Raising prices judiciously What’s your score? 80 or more: Congratulations! You have gone a long way toward protecting your business from costly inflation. Between 60 and 80: It’s time to fine tune your financial management. Below 60: Your business is at risk. Take action on the suggestions in the accompa- nying story. Dealing With Banks By carefully managing cashflow, businesses can alleviate the profit erosion caused by inflation. In the accompanying article, experts describe how accelerating receivables, de- laying payables, raising prices, and fine-tuning inventory can help preserve the bottom line. Left unattended, a decline in profits can result in a dan- gerous financial condition: a breach of the terms required

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hhs is a global leader in advanced gluing, camera verifica- tion and quality assurance systems for the packaging indus- try. Zero-defect quality and elevated production speeds are key parameters in the manufacturing of corrugated boxes. With hhs Xcam Box Monitoring and non-contact flap gluing of corrugated board, hhs offers every option for quality as- surance in the production of boxes with flexo folder gluers. BLOWER APPLICATION COMPANY (BLOAPCO) BloApCo has served the corrugated industry since 1933 with a variety of scrap handling solutions, including Hori- zontal Floor Shredders, Trim Cutters, and Material Handling Fans and Conveying Systems. BloApCo Shredders allow for continuous shredding and pneumatic removal of sheet waste stacks of all sizes, roll slab, cores, and carton scrap.


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