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Understanding The IT Asset Management Lifecycle BY JEREMY BOERGER As anyone who’s ever managed, purchased for, or even just called the IT department knows, they, as an industry, do a pretty poor job of defin- ing precisely what the IT asset management (ITAM) lifecycle looks like. Therefore, it’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to automate both the reporting and the processing of the asset lifecycle. Organizations

Smurfit Kappa Invests $23M On Upgrades To MX Plant UK based Smurfit Kappa reported that it has invested $23.5 million to upgrade its Nuevo Laredo sheet plant in Mexico to become a fully integrated corrugated plant. The invest- ment includes an extension of the building and a new corrugator from BHS Corrugated. The new machine, which recently began op- erating, will have the two-pronged benefits of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 40 percent and doubling production capacity. The Nuevo Laredo plant is located in the Tamaulipas region in Northeastern Mexico, where Smurfit Kappa has strong partnerships in the industrial, electrical appliances and electronics sectors. The region represents 3.3 percent of the country’s GDP and is home to over 200 companies that manufacture prod- ucts for the United States. The increased capacity will streamline Smurfit Kappa’s operations in San Antonio, Texas, where a fast-growing appetite for sus- tainable packaging is demanding larger pro- duction volumes. The investment will also make significant inroads in the plant’s ambi- tious sustainability targets. Its CO2 emissions will be reduced by up to 40 percent due to

have to rely on manual feedback from work orders and visual invento- ries to know what kind of hardware and software is actually being used. Worse, the ITAM team then gets a reputation of being untrustworthy, because they can never seem to answer the questions from business leaders accurately or timely. It’s a big problem. Instead, the ITAM team should be defining IT asset management lifecycle stages in such a way that it’s clear where an asset sits on the lifecycle, and so that the asset can “self-report” and tell us where it is in the lifecycle. Here is your basic IT Asset Management Lifecycle in 5 easy steps:



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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.

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$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

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#



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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

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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Smurfit Kappa Invests (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1)

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significantly less transportation between Smurfit Kappa’s Nuevo Laredo and San Antonio plants. “This investment reinforces our commitment to being an important player in the growth of the Mexican market,” said Laurent Sellier, CEO, Smurfit Kappa the Americas. “It will also strengthen our partnerships within the sectors

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SUN Automation Partners LMC, PARA Appear Together At ACCCSA Expo Glen Arm, Maryland based SUN Automation Group part- ners Latitude Machinery Corp. (LMC) and PARA appeared together at the 40th Annual International Convention and Exhibition ACCCSA in the capital city of San José, Cos- ta Rica from June 14-16. Held at the Hotel Real Intercon- tinental, ExpoACCCSA the event featured more than 90 vendors, the largest display of the latest technologies and solutions in the Latin American corrugated industry. The expo provided the corrugated industry in Latin America with a platform to continue proposing solutions that improve efficiency, effectiveness and competitive capacity. As LMC and PARA expand their reach into the Americas through strategic partnerships, such as that with SUN Automation Group, their presence at ExpoACCCSA

showcased their commitment to providing a high level of service and innovative corrugated solutions. “Our goal was to speak directly to our customers in Latin America to understand the challenges they face and provide the right solutions for their operations,” said Bri- an Kentopp, Vice President of Sales at SUN Automation Group. “With such a broad portfolio of corrugated equip- ment across these partnerships, we aim to service their needs above and beyond a ‘one size fits all’ approach.” At the year’s expo, LMC highlighted its flexo folder glu- ers and rotary die cutters. Known for its reliability, LMC equipment is a global success with machine sizes ranging from mini to jumbo. PARA showcased their ELEVA palletiz- er and satellite system designed for rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers. ELEVA is a high-speed palletizer with bundles turner, doubler, and layer disposition, installed on a unique monoblock, taking significantly less real estate. Its compact design allows facilities to optimize loading and shipping times, maximize their shop floor and increase safety for operators. Visit for more. NAM: CPI Rises At Fastest Rate Since 1981

Accordingt to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM), consumer prices rose 1.0 percent in May. Growth in food and en- ergy costs remained very solid, up 1.2 per- cent and 3.9 percent in May, respectively, with gasoline prices up 4.1 percent. Exclud- ing food and energy, core consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in May, the same pace as in April. The Consumer Price Index has risen 8.6 percent over the past 12 months, up from 8.3 percent in April and the fastest year-over- year pace since December 1981. At the same time, core inflation (which excludes food and energy) increased 6.0 percent year-over- year in May, down from 6.2 percent in April and 6.5 percent in March. Core inflation in March was the highest since August 1982. The current forecast is for year-over-year growth in the CPI to be 6.0 percent at year’s end, with core inflation at 5.0 percent. These data will continue to put pressure on the Federal Reserve to act aggressive- ly and decisively on inflation. The Federal Open Market Committee raised the federal funds rate by 50 basis points at its meeting June 14–15 and it will make similar moves at its July 26–27 and September 20–21 meet- ings. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month March 2022

The Index of Consumer Sentiment plummeted from 58.4 in May to 50.2 in June, the lowest reading on record. Americans continued to worry about inflation, with uncer- tainties related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This survey is highly correlated with gasoline prices, and with that measure hitting all-time highs, it should not be a sur- prise that consumer confidence continues to fall. That said, consumer spending has been largely resil- ient and in April, U.S. consumer credit outstanding jumped 10.1 percent at the annual rate. Revolving credit, which in- cludes credit cards and other credit lines, soared 19.6 per- cent in April. Americans dramatically increased their will- ingness to take on new debt. Overall, U.S. consumer credit outstanding has risen 7.5 percent over the past year, the strongest year-over-year reading since November 2011. The week ending June 4 saw 229,000 initial unem- ployment claims, the highest since the week ending Jan. 15. These data have gradually trended higher since reach- ing 166,000 claims in March, which was the second-lowest reading in the history of the series and the lowest since Nov. 1968. Even with initial claims accelerating over the past three months, the data continue to reflect progress over the past year. At the same time, the week ending May 28 saw 1,306,000 continuing claims, the same pace as in the prior week and remaining the lowest level since the week ending Dec. 27, 1969.



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

37.675 37.992


8.190 8.259


Industry Total

Year-to Date

March 2022



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2022 2021

102.648 102.938


8.019 8.170


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2022 2021

3.1027 3.0967


8.4866 8.4625


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Mar. Feb.

2.2693 2.3081


3.4 3.5


Shipping Days




2022 2021

23 23

64 63

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Domtar Sets Safety Goals Aligned With Its Sustainability Agenda Domtar announced that it has set two ambitious safety goals and has identified pathways to achieve them, as it looks towards 2030. 1. Attain zero actual serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) for employees and contractors, with a focus on SIF pre- vention. The company will work toward this goal by en- hancing proactive prevention programs across all of its facilities with a consistent, company-wide approach. The company also plans to shift from tracking OSHA’s total frequency rate (TFR) to tracking OSHA’s lost-time fre- quency rate (LTFR), which offers a stronger correlation to SIFs. 2. Reduce lost-time frequency rate (LTFR) by 63 per- cent from 2020. Domtar aims to be in the top decile of sim- ilar companies reporting LTFR data to the American Forest & Paper Association. The company will also work to reach an annual safety goal of 0.10 or less by 2030. To achieve this, it will track leading indicators and focus on managing risk assessment efforts and behaviours that result in reduced exposure to life-altering events. “As we developed these six focus areas for our sustain- ability agenda the next several years, we knew that safety goals will continue to play a vital role,” says Paige Goff, Vice President for Sustainability at Domtar. “While many

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ICG Welcomes Tavo Packaging, GLBC, And All Color Printers As New Members

The Independent Carton Group (ICG), an association of 21 independently owned and operated folding carton manufacturers, has welcomed Tavo Packaging of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania; All Color Printers of Deer Park, New York; and The Great Little Box Company (GLBC) of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. All three companies were voted into the association at its quarterly meeting at Winston Packaging in Winston-Salem, North Caro- lina, on March 17, 2022.

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Tavo Packaging ( ) was founded in 1978 by Hal Tay- lor in eastern Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. Today the company is run by a second generation of Taylors with David Taylor as CEO and brother Jeff Taylor as President, father Hal remaining as Chairman of the Board. The brothers have grown the business that specializes in high-vol- ume, high-quality folding cartons for the Quick Service Food and Food Service sectors, into a powerhouse of long run efficiency. “In the past year and a half we have embarked on an expansion proj- ect adding 77,100-square-feet of manufacturing and warehouse space tak- ing our footprint to about 250,000-square-feet” says David Taylor. “We were extremely fortunate to be able to grow like this in these challenging COVID times but our customers needed us to do it.” Taylor says they have been eying the ICG for at least 15 years and is pleased to now be part of such a great group of companies. “The ICG brings us three main benefits that will make us a better supplier to our cus- tomers, contingency planning; in case of a catastrophic incident, buying power; to help us stay competitive and education and peer learning for all our employees. These are the things we need to continue to make our business strong and growing,” says Taylor. Great Little Box Company ( ), like the ICG itself, is cele- brating their 40th anniversary this year. In April of 1982 Robert (Bob) and Margaret Meggy purchased Great Little Box from receivership and with one sales person, a guy who could operate the machines and Bob him- self, the journey began. Today under the leadership of the 2nd generation, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 The newest members of ICG with board members at the association’s quarterly meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. From left, Jeff Taylor, Tavo Packag- ing; William Bogue, All Color Printers; Steven Bogue, All Color Printers; Doree Quayle, GLBC; Keva Sonderen, Sonderen Packaging/ICG Board Member; Brad Tindall, GLBC; Jay Willie, ICG Executive Director; Jim Hamilton, Colbert Packag- ing/ICG Board Member; and Jim Hodges, Royal Paper Box/ICG Board Member.

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All Color Printers ( ) is a 36- year-old folding carton converter with it’s roots in commer- cial printing. Founder Billy Bogue bought the three-man shop he was working at in 1985 and started the family business. As it is today, All Color Printers is a typical fam- ily, blue-collar business in Deer Park, New York, on Long Island. Today Billy and his wife Peggy’s two sons, Steven and Will are running the company. The company is now at about 100 employees and has expanded to a second manufacturing and warehouse facility in Wilkes-Barre lo- cated in northeast Pennsylvania. “Dad is still active in the company but now calls himself a ‘Project Manager’ as he oversees the company’s expansion and installation proj- ects, and dad is still hands on” says Will Bogue, Vice Pres- ident and second son. The family business is in their blood, Will tells of how his older brother Steven showed up at the plant right after graduating from high school. His father asked what he was doing there and Steven’s answer was “I work here now”. A few years later Will came into the business and the two brothers have continued to build the business together. “Our father was so pleased to hear that we were admitted into the ICG. He knows that knowledge is power and we plan on leveraging the knowledge sharing aspect of the group to help propel us to the next level” say Will. ICG is a growing association of 21 independent folding carton companies from 15 states and Canada. For more information, contact the ICG office at (203) 270-7578.

Brad Tindall (President) and Christine Tindall (Chief People & Culture Officer), Bob and Margaret’s daughter and son- in-law, the Great Little Box Company is not so little any- more, with close to 500 employees throughout the com- pany. GLBC now offers a one source packaging solution, manufacturing corrugated, folding carton, labels, protec- tive packaging and the distribution of shipping supplies. The company over the years has grown through strate- gic acquisitions, and most recently acquired Ideon Pack- aging as COVID-19 began. “The synergies between the two companies were great and aside from product, Ideon was also a family-owned company with a focus on People and Culture, while providing great service to the market” says Doree Quayle, Divisional President, Retail Packaging and heading up the Folding Carton and Label Divisions. “The heart of our company is our people” Quayle contin- ues, “growing our people, will help us continue to grow our company, and it is key to note that growing our people comes first”. Excited to be a member of ICG, Quayle sees the mem- bership as a cornerstone in the company’s continued growth. “With our focus on our people and the ICG’s em- phasis on knowledge sharing and training, the synergies are endless. Combine that with the mindset that multi-gen- erational entrepreneurial leadership brings to companies and the match for our company is obvious” says Quayle.

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Bobst, Michelman, Specialty Papers Collaborate On Packaging Solution Bobst last week hosted a webinar to discuss an innovative new solution for the creation of high-barrier, sustainable, fi- ber-based food packaging, developed in conjunction with Michelman and UPM Specialty Papers. Called oneBARRI- ER FibreCycle, its base substrate is UPM Solide Lucent™, a responsibly sourced and recyclable kraft paper espe- cially well-suited for packaging, thanks to its high density, folding performance, and overall coatability. The paper’s smoothness, porosity, and mechanical performance make it an excellent foundation for achieving optimum barrier properties. As noted by Janne Varvemaa, Director, Products & Technology, UPM Specialty Papers, “By itself, our Solide Lucent paper is not ready for end-uses where high barriers

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Similarly, the company has set another milestone in the market with its new multi-application head for the CorrBox Solution. It is based on the innovative technology behind the Baumer hhs PX 1000 cold glue applicator, which is sig- nificantly more tolerant of viscosity fluctuations thanks to a newly designed electromagnetic drive that achieves a 42 percent higher closing force (compared to the PL-500 pre- decessor model). The multi-application head guarantees premium gluing results even at the limits of the viscosity range, without requiring complex parameter settings. With its high closing force, even adhesives that have thickened after long idle periods can be reliably dis- pensed. The nozzles on the multi-application head can be lowered into an optional water bath that effectively pre- vents them from drying out, even over extended periods, and eliminates any contamination or residue build-up. The PX 1000 multi-application head displays excellent start-up behavior as a result. “Customers are starting to report that the multi-applica- tion head doubles the duration of uninterrupted produc- tion between two cleaning cycles. In other words, it cuts cleaning in half. The risk of gluing errors is reduced to the same extent. Another advantage is the up to 60% reduc- tion in glue consumption,” says Walther. “Baumer hhs has made these significant savings possible by using an opti- CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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3controller – something that was only possible before with a camera system. The list of new functions also includes edge detection. In this case, the PGD 1000 checks the inside and outside glue lines towards the outer edge to reliably prevent inside gluing – and further increase the reliability of the overall production process. The CorrBox Solution is modular. Customers can choose from various models, a number of different control and monitoring functions, as well as optional software fea- tures. Due to its open architecture, the system can grow along with the needs of customers long term, meaning it offers them future-proof equipment and the assurance of a secure investment.

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Step Five - Disposed AKA: Retired, Lost/Stolen, Sold, Destroyed, Trashed, Re- moved From Service Definition: The asset has been removed from the comput- ing environment permanently and is no longer the proper- ty or concern of the organization. For both hardware and software assets, so sort of evidence should be generated documenting the handoff between the old owner and the new one. You’ll notice something very particular about these definitions - they are mutually exclusive. That means something that is “In Use” can’t be in any other stage. For example, something that is Disposed can’t be on the shelf in inventory. It’s gone. Something that’s In Use can’t be sitting on the truck on its way to be delivered. The IT Asset Management Lifecycle - Look For The Data With these new definitions in mind, we can identify data attributes that will signal an asset has moved from one as- set lifecycle stage to another. (But let’s change the order a little bit, to make it a little easier to describe…) Installed : If an asset is installed, you should see it ac- tive on your network. For hardware, end-users should be

Definition: The asset has been physically received and is being made ready for use in the computing environment. In the case of software, documentation from the publisher acknowledging your organization has more use-rights to their software.

Step Three - Installed AKA: In Use, Deployed, Implemented, Active

BCN(US)202109(o)(出血5mm).pdf 1 2021/9/7 下午 03:50:46 For hardware, more manual effort will be required. A technician should really inspect the hardware for defects, ensure it still has some useful life in it, then clean, clear, wipe, and reinstall the base image before declaring it ready for redeployment. Step Four - Recovered AKA: Returned, Fit for use, Recycled, Harvested Definition: The asset has been removed from the comput- ing environment temporarily, with the intent it will be used again. For software, little evidence is needed to show the use- right has moved back into inventory. Best business prac- tice is to ensure the software is uninstalled from the origi- nal computer. Otherwise, you could be penalized for it in a software license audit! Definition: The asset is active in the computing environ- ment. This works for both hardware and software assets.











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detected logging into it, it has an IP address and network name, it is consuming power, it appears on network scans, etc. Software installations should detected and reported on by a “command and control” tool like Microsoft’s MEM, JAMF, VMWare vCenter, etc. Disposed : You should have a certification, receipt, or something else that shows your organization no longer

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Jeremy L. Boerger, the ITAM Coach, founded Boerger Consulting with the idea of helping organizations “cut their software budget without buying less software.” He also speaks profes- sionally to pass along his 20+ years’ experience to the next generation of

then it is a good bet someone skipped a step. And a skipped step could mean skipped protections, unautho- rized installations. Both could signal a serious cybersecu- rity breach! Inventoried & Recovered : This is the trickiest part. We know they’ve been purchased because we have docu- mentation saying so. We know they haven’t been thrown away because we don’t have a document staying so. We know they aren’t deployed because they’re not showing active in the network. Therefore, the only place these de- vices should be is in your warehouse or staging area. And that should be an easy walk to look and find it. The Asset Management Lifecycle – The Big Payoff By reorganizing your hardware around this kind of an IT asset management lifecycle, you will know with a much higher degree of certainty what hardware is being used and what isn’t. Consequently, you’ll know what software needs to be licensed because it’s (almost always) running on the deployed hardware. The real impact will be felt in the cost savings this kind of trustworthy data can provide. A common question asked of ITAM managers is “How much is our ITAM program sav- ing the company?” The answer is simple: how many assets (hardware or software) were moved from the “Recovered” state to the “Inventoried” state. The reasoning is very sim- ple: every interrupted purchase is money saved!

ITAM and SAM professionals. His book, “Rethinking Infor- mation Technology Asset Management,” is in paperback and ebooks. Visit George H. Weyerhaeuser, Great- Grandson Of Founder, Dies At 95 Seattle, Washington based Weyerhaeuser Company has announced the passing of George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr., long-time former leader and great-grandson of founder Frederick Weyerhaeuser. Weyerhaeuser served as pres- ident and CEO from 1966 to 1991 and continued to serve as Board chairman through 1999. He oversaw significant growth of the company, including a number of major tim- berland acquisitions, and had an enduring impact on the evolution of forest management at Weyerhaeuser and across the industry. He was 95. “George was an extraordinary person and leader — one of the most influential in the history of the indus-



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try,” said Devin Stockfish, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over his many years as president and CEO, he brought transformational changes to our company, in- cluding important advances in sustainable, high-yield forestry and wood products research, as well as expansion into over- seas markets, among many other achievements. He left a tremendous legacy and will be greatly missed by everyone in the greater Weyerhaeuser fami- ly and community.” The Weyerhaeuser family is planning a memorial ser- vice for later this summer. Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest pri- vate owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. It owns or controls approximately 11 million acres of timber- lands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands un- der long-term licenses in Canada. The company manages these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. Wey- erhaeuser also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in America. The company is a real estate invest- ment trust. In 2021, it generated $10.2 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,200 people worldwide. George H. Weyerhaeuser

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