Board Converting News, February 7, 2022

BoardConverting Serving the North American Corrugated and Folding Carton Industries for 38 years February 7, 2022 VOL. 38. NO. 6

Consumer Insights Crucial To Closing Complex Sales BY JILL J. JOHNSON

WestRock To Build New Corrugated Plant In WA

WHAT’S INSIDE 5 AICC To Launch First Podcast: Breaking Down Boxes 6 FBA: Shipments Drop In December 2021 10 NAM: Manufacturing Salaries, Wages Rise 4.1 Percent In Q4 24 Supplier Reports: Part 1 The new plant will serve all industry seg- ments and markets in the Pacific Northwest. When completed, the plant will replace the company’s existing corrugated operations in Longview. The new plant will be co-located with the Longview paper mill and will increase the integration of the mill’s containerboard. WestRock has more than 50,000 employ- ees at more than 320 manufacturing facilities, design centers, research labs, and sales offic- es around the world. Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock last week announced plans to build a new corrugated box plant in Longview, Washington, to meet the growing demand from WestRock’s region- al customers in the Pacific Northwest. “WestRock’s corrugated packaging busi- ness in the Pacific Northwest continues to perform well, with strong relationships with customers in attractive growth markets,” said David B. Sewell, chief executive officer, West- Rock. “Our new corrugated packaging plant will enable our team in this region to serve these customers even better in the future, with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will provide new capabilities and efficien- cies for our customers.”

As sale is classified as complex when it involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty, as well as when it involves a larger number of people in the process than just the final consumer. As more people are in- volved in a sales decision, the more complex the sale becomes. Complex sales also do not resolve in one single interaction. When there are multiple decision points, the real goal is to keep the conver- sation moving forward toward the next decision. Recognize there are

competing goals at play too. Your goal is to make the sale; their goal is to make the right decision based on their wants, needs and budget. Your prospect also might be considering competitive offerings, so keep the conversations on going with you and what you offer. Psychographics Drive Buying Behavior In target marketing, there are eight different major variables you can use to define your target audience. When you are looking at a complex sale, the most critical component to understand is the psychological make-up of your prospect. This is referred to as the psychographics of your customer. What drives them and their buying behaviors? To effectively handle a complex sales situation, a deeper consum- er understanding that is matched to decision triggers and promotional strategies is required. These sales situations involve an intricate blend of matching your unique offerings with the competing concerns of mul- tiple decision influencers and stakeholders your prospect brings to the table. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner

26# Semi-Chem. Medium

$1005.00-1010.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1020.00-1030.00 $1050.00-1060.00 $1023.00-1032.00

Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del. Short Ton Del.

$940.00-990.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $955.00-975.00 $975.00-995.00 $958.00-978.00

West Coast U.S. Average

The Price is Right

SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

E. Coast Midwest South-SW S. CA N.CA/WA-OR US Aver.

200# 275#



$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

$73.13 101.29












107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

More box makers and brokers are relying on the containerboard pricing in Board Converting News to negotiate their contracts with end users.

CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.


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AICC To Launch First Podcast: Breaking Down Boxes

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, with hosts Gene Marino, Executive Vice President, Akers Packaging Service Group and AICC Board Chair, and Joe Morelli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Huston Patterson Printers and AICC Associate Board Chair is launching the Associa- tion’s first podcast, Breaking Down Boxes. During the podcast, Marino and Morelli will interview key individuals in the independent paper and board pack- aging space. Michael M. D’Angelo, AICC President, said “AICC members have so many compelling stories to share and with them lessons to embrace. The Independent ex- perience is fascinating and relatable on so many levels. Breaking Down Boxes with Gene and Joe is the best way to share these stories. Listen anytime. There is something of value in each one.”

Marino and Morelli share an interest in leadership and understanding the story behind the successes and failures of those in the independent packaging space. “AICC’s membership is full of people who have such powerful stories of growth, success and even failure,” said Morelli. “Gene and I have been fortunate over the years to hear first-hand what their experiences have been like and ultimately a lot of it has helped shape our own careers. We are both really excited to help share their valuable insight!” A podcast trailer is currently available online. A bonus episode that offers background and insights into the lives of the hosts will be released Monday, February 14. New episodes will be released the first Monday of ev- ery month. The first episode, available March 7, features an interview with Greg Tucker, Chairman and CEO, Bay Cities. The second episode, available Monday, April 4, will fea- ture John Bird, Chairman and CEO, JB Machinery. “Joe and I are excited to deliver to the membership sto- ries and advice from successful industry entrepreneurs. We have been fortunate enough to enjoy similar stories over the years and feel that sharing to a broader audience provides insights into being a better leader,” said Marino. Subscribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all major pod- cast platforms or visit . Gene Marino, left, and Joe Morelli during a recording of AICC’s new podcast, Breaking Down Boxes.


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FBA: Shipments Drop In December 2021

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2021

According to statistics recently released by the Fibre Box Association (FBA), industry shipments of corrugated prod- ucts decreased 2.1 percent, from 34.916 bsf in December of 2020 to 34.195 bsf in December of 2021. Average-week shipments also decreased 2.1 percent, from 8.729 bsf in 2020 to 8.549 bsf in 2021. Shipments rose 2.8 percent year-to-date over 2020’s rate. Containerboard consumption decreased 1.3 percent, from 2.7727 million tons in December of 2020 to 2.7372 million tons in December of 2021. Consumption, howev- er, increased 2.3 percent year-to-date over 2020, from 33.0739 million tons to 33.8477 million tons. Container- board inventory at corrugator plants increased 2.4 percent from November to December 2021. Weeks of supply re- mained at 3.3, or zero percent. “U.S. retail sales dropped in December by the most in 10 months, suggesting the fastest inflation is taking a toll on consumers just as the nation confronts more coronavirus infections,” noted Dick Storat in his Scoring Boxes newslet- ter. “Retail sales declined by 1.9 percent last month, as 10 of 13 major markets and sales channels declined.” Manufacturing activity continues to expand across all industrial sectors and it appears there is evidence that supply chain issues are being resolved, Storat wrote.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

34.195 34.916


8.549 8.729


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2021



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2021 2020

416.338 406.776


8.294 8.071


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2021 2020

2.7372 2.7727


33.8477 33.0739


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

2.256 2.203


3.3 3.3


Shipping Days




2021 2020

20 20

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“I am pleased to announce our new executive leader- ship team,” said Rosgaard. “Their diverse set of skills, and backgrounds, along with proven records of performance, will drive even greater success at Greif in the future.” USDA Appoints Three To P+PB The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) has announced three new board members appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Scott Light, Georgia-Pacific; Beth Cormier, Sappi; and Richard Bennett, Pactiv Evergreen, will begin their three-year appointment immediately. An eight-mem- ber Board of Directors oversees the paper and packaging sectors’ national promotion program. 2022 officers are: • Chair, Scott Light, Executive VP, Packaging & Cellulose, Georgia-Pacific LLC • Vice-Chair, Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group • Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Towler, Chief Diversity Officer & VP Global Talent Management, International Paper. • At-Large Member, Rob Melton, VP and General Manag- er, Paper, Domtar • Beth Cormier, VP of Research, Development and Sus- tainability, Sappi • Richard Bennett, VP of Paperboard Sales & Marketing, Pactiv Evergreen • James Harrell, VP, Industrial Americas, Sonoco One seat remains to be filled.

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decreased 4.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. More encouragingly, personal spending has jumped 13.3 per- cent over the past 12 months. With spending lower, the personal saving rate in- creased from 7.2 percent in November to 7.9 percent in December. The saving rate averaged 11.9 percent in 2021, down from 16.3 percent in 2020 but up from 7.6 percent in both 2018 and 2019. The PCE deflator rose 0.4 percent in December. Over- all, the PCE deflator has risen 5.8 percent year-over-year, the greatest increase since July 1982. Core inflation has increased 4.9 percent since December 2020, the fastest pace of inflation since September 1983. Core inflation is likely to remain elevated, even if the first half of 2022 brings some stabilization. The current forecast is for the core PCE deflator to be roughly 2.8 percent year-over- year by the end of 2022. For its part, the Federal Reserve will wind down its asset

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Consumer Insights (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

Prospects who involve many other people in their decisions are always looking through a different filter. One of the ways they do this is by creating multiple interactions or involving multiple other people. Sometimes these buyers believe they need buy-in or support for their decision from other stakeholders. These stakeholders can be both internal or external to the enterprise. Other times they use other people as a way to more carefully evaluate or vet their decision. Sometimes they will seek approve from oth-

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ers to confirm their decision is the best option. These people can be your best sales allies, or they can be a roadblock to prevent you from achieving the sale and adding them to your long-term customer list. Decision Triggers Move Sales Decisions After you gain a foundational understanding of the characteristics of your consumer, during a complex sales process, you need to find out what will trigger your consumer to make the final decision to purchase your product or service. It might be a budget issue, a family member or co-work- er. Sometimes it will be the involvement or approval of an outside advisor or board of directors. It might be circumstances in the future causing their concern or hesitation. Whatever decision triggers might influence your prospect, be sure you address them in your sales presentation. You need to understand what drives your consumer. Also make sure you engage with anyone who is a decision influencer in your consumer’s life. The most effective way to gain this insight is to ask deep probing ques- tions that go beyond the basics on the surface. Think carefully about the questions you ask your prospects. You need to ask questions that provide you with a thorough understanding of the psychological drivers of your prospect. You also need to understand the psychological drivers and deci- sion barriers of the others who influence them who may be involved in the sales process, even if only behind the scenes. Use the psychographic profile of your typical customer to adjust your sales pitch to leverage the consumer’s emotional responses. Then stra- tegically influence the multiple decision points that you have with your prospect to better leverage the knowledge you gained through the use of probing questions. This process makes your sales effort more professional and effective. Prospects Make Many Decisions In A Complex Sale If you are engaged in a complex sale, keep in mind that your prospects are making many decisions during the buying process. The first decision

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is to talk to you via telephone or email. The next decision would be to come in and meet with you. The third decision might be to bring other people into the discussion with you. The next decision might be that they have to bring the rest of their work team or their spouse. They might need to talk with their internal financial advisors or to their professional advisors such as a banker, accountant or at- torney. An additional decision might be to narrow down their competitive alternatives. In sales, your role is to guide them through each of these decision points to give them comfort in moving their next decision toward buying from you. Your goal is to re- main the present and focused advisor guiding throughout the sales process. Make sure you provide them with the right information they need as they move through their sales cycle. Recognize you may not be the right fit for

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“We treat all of our jobs as high-end that demand quick makereadies and fast running speeds,” says Dobrzynski. “The new Koenig & Bauer Optima 106 die cutter has in- creased our productivity and output with excellent results.” One of the most advantageous features of the Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 flatbed die cutter is its grip edge removal system, according to Dobrzynski. This unique system features pneumatic clamps that fix the wooden templates for optimal and secure positioning and reduc- es makeready time. Effective removal of grip edge trim is achieved on each job so there are less downstream steps on each job, which saves time and related labor expenses. He is also pleased with the Koenig & Bauer Optima 106’s complete automation system, a step-up from his previous non-Koenig & Bauer die cutter. The new die cutter pro- vides Crossmark operators with less touch points. Like the Koenig & Bauer Optima 106, the Koenig & Bauer Allpro 110 folder gluer has proven to increase Crossmark’s capacity for its growing job demand. Dobrzynski specified the folder gluer in a unique configuration to provide 4-cor- ner, 6-corner, and back folding as well as the ability to fold and glue lightweight paper, sometimes with runs as long as five to 10 million at a time. The Allpro 110 has delivered at 400 meters per minute with better technology, more au- tomation, and ease-of-use for Crossmark’s operators with touchscreen control panels and memory settings.

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St. Louis, Missouri based Sauer System reported that it has entered into an agreement with Jansen Reliance to rep- resent them in the West Coast Territory, which consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Mon-

tana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The agree- ment was effective January 1, 2022. “As Sauer System’s line of tooling solutions and mechanical upgrades for flexo folder-gluers, printer-slot- ters, corrugators and floor slitters has grown, it has become clear that

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The iCorr® product line with on-line monitoring, data col- lection, remote diagnostics and troubleshooting brings an unprecedented level of technology and support to the box plant at your finger tips 24/7. The iCorr platform and its line of support products are a key contributor to the BHS vision of Box Plant 2025. As we enter 2022, we will be expand- ing the Digital and Logistics install base in North America with the start-up of additional iMotion systems. (You can learn more about BHS Intralogistics and the family of BHS iMotion product offerings at ) “Following the blueprint for Box Plant 2025, the BHS digital printer RSR® (Roll to printed sheet in real time) con- tinues its path forward. Keep your eye open for announce- ments throughout 2022, it will be an exciting year for the BHS RSR®. To learn more about BHS iCorr®, iMotion, RSR® (Roll to printed sheet in real time) and how Box Plant 2025 can transform your business, contact your local sales rep.. “In 2021 we continued with multiple corrugator installa- tions which included the full range of corrugator products offered by BHS; from multiple 110-inch 1500 FPM corruga- tors, 132-inch corrugators, dry ends, wet ends, etc. With the growth the corrugated industry has seen in recent times we are fortunate to enter the year with a significant CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

BHS CORRUGATED Baltimore, Maryland: Greg Grdinich reports, “First and foremost, we would like to wish ev- eryone a healthy and happy new year as we enter 2022. As we all experienced, 2021 proved to be an- other year with many challenges but also showed the tremendous role the corrugated market plays in our economy. We enter this year with a very positive outlook for BHS Corrugated, as well as the corrugated industry in general. “As we witnessed in 2020 and again in 2021, our busi- nesses had to make some quick shifts to adapt to an ever- changing world. As mentioned in last year’s report, BHS Digital and Logistics was prepared for the changing dy- namics of the world and our industry. Our iCorr® products were utilized at a rapid pace to support our customers and employees worldwide in 2020 and the positive experi- ences from our customers further fueled the growth of the iCorr® product line in 2021. “The use of iCorr® and iCorr® Assist Glasses allows BHS to bring the technical expertise to site remotely; cov- ering all areas from a service visit to a corrugator start-up. Greg Grdinich

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AIR CONVEYING CORPORATION is a recognized leader in the industry of Pneumatic Conveying Systems and has been in business since 1968. As an equipment manufacturer rather than simply a sales organization, we have complete control over the quality of material and products which make up your proposed system. Our equipment is found in Printing, Folding Carton and Corrugated plants throughout the country and the world.

backlog not only for 2022 but also beyond. The installa- tions in 2022 will once again span the entire portfolio of products. BHS Robotic offering upgrade solutions for non- BHS corrugators, as well as robotic solutions in the box plant and beyond is prepared for the future. “The year 2021 brought about major changes as BHS Robotics moved into a new facility with expanded capac- ity to keep up with the growing demand. BHS Robotics is just another example of our commitment to the corrugator and beyond. Continuing the development of our ‘Life Cy- cle’ philosophy and product offerings we are poised for growth in this area in 2022. From full maintenance pro- grams (M2P) to programs designed around scheduled visits and customer demands (PEM), we have the right solution to fit your requirements. As with our machinery growth, so has the M2P product grown. “BHS Corrugating Rolls continues to set the industry standard; consistent quality to industry leading profile de- signs, BHS Corrugating Rolls is positioned to help you in every capacity. BHS continues to be the leader in corru- gating rolls in North America and worldwide by produc- ing the most corrugating rolls with shortest lead times and most importantly, at the highest quality. The BHS product offering NICE Rolls® (Not Including Capital Expenditure) roll programs, as well as our C.A.R.E (Corrugating Roll Cart

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strap-to-strap distance of adjoining bundles. This unique design allows it to strap two bundles simultaneously with- out separating the bundle after slitting. By simultaneously strapping, the MAX-Q increases bundle throughputs by 50 percent from 32 per minute in the current SQ4A Tandem System to 48 per minute. “In addition, the MAX-Q features an innovative, pat- ent-pending variable-length roller conveyor that enables a 48 percent reduction in line space compared to the SQ4A Tandem System, from 160.8-inches to only 83.6-inches. The space-saving shorter footprint simplifies the high- speed conveying of unstable small box bundles that com- plicates conventional bundling systems. “EAM-Mosca’s next generation of bundling systems en- ables box makers to take full advantage of faster flexos and bundle splitters in response to increased demand for small boxes. “Also introduced in 2021 is the five headed CTV-So- niXs®. An all-electric unitizer designed to allow high throughput when strapping units requiring closer strap spacing, a higher number of straps per unit or more units per hour. The CTV combines the speed, reliability and longevity of prior EAM-Mosca SoniXs® unitizers with a narrower version of the SoniXs® strapping head that al- lows strap spacings as close as nine-inches with up to five heads per unitizer. “Heads and tracks may be placed at spacings of 9, 9,

Exchange) continue to grow. Not only do they alleviate the need for upfront capital investment but they also take away the burden of corrugating roll planning and execution. The NICE product grew in popularity throughout 2020 and 2021 keeping pace with the increase in corrugated output in the market. Allow us to review your corrugating rolls and together develop a solution allowing you to optimize pro- duction while BHS cares for your corrugating roll needs.” Call (410) 574-1550. E-mail EAM-MOSCA Hazle Township, Pennsylvania: Randy Wright reports: EAM-Mosca Corporation has had a busy 2021 and is excit-

ed to announce the introduction of their two newest strapping systems, the MAX-Q SoniXs squaring bundler, and the CTV SoniXs unitizer. “Well known for the highly suc- cessful SQ4A Tandem System, EAM-Mosca’s new MAX-Q reinvents the conventional Tandem System

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for squaring and strapping bundles by combining proven technologies with new designs and product handling. “The new system, which is designed to be used behind a box slitter, integrates two strappers whose position can be varied inside a fixed-length chassis to align with the


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