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Buying activity for packaging materials
Manufacturing and Industrial

Buying Activity for Packaging Materials in 2020

Buyers are actively searching for new supplier partners for their packaging materials needs in 2020

Buying activity from engineers & procurement professionals sourcing on Thomasnet.com has seen strong growth in 2020 for the packaging materials space. At a glance, the following major sourcing KPIs have seen a YoY increase vs. 2019:

  • The number of sourcing sessions for packaging materials has grown by 25% 
  • The number of RFIs submitted directly to suppliers through Thomasnet.com grew 140% 
  • The number of supplier evaluations taking place on the Thomasnet.com company profiles of packaging material suppliers grew by 55% 

2020 Sourcing Activity for Packaging Materials

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North American manufacturers reshoring
Trends

Reshoring Is Creating Opportunities For North American Manufacturers

Why are reshoring efforts accelerating?

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and heightened global trade tensions, companies in North America are working to reshore and find more localized supplier partners to create resilient supply chains. For manufacturers, service companies, and distributors in the United States & Canada, this means there will be an increase in the number of opportunities that become available in the form of supplier evaluations from new buyers.

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Business Tips

The Manufacturer’s Playbook for Shifting to Direct to Customer Selling

How Manufacturers Can Build a Strong Direct to Customer Sales Model

For many manufacturers, leveraging a network of distributors and resellers has historically been the simplest way to get their products to the end-users.

Working with third-party distributor groups has provided logistical support & warehousing, sales support, and existing relationships with regional end-users to allow manufacturers to focus on other pressing matters like product design, process development, and quality control.

However, in the face of COVID-19, the shift toward direct-to-consumer sales has accelerated.

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industrial marketing agency
Marketing Strategy

What To Expect When Hiring An Industrial Marketing Agency

Digital marketing is an ever-evolving practice that requires a great deal of attention and expertise. Creating comprehensive strategies across multiple digital channels can seem like a daunting task when you take into consideration the other daily challenges you’re facing running a business, especially when industrial marketing isn't your expertise. To make sure they’re creating strong marketing campaigns that accomplish specific business goals, many companies turn to marketing agencies for assistance.

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We are using the power of our platform to aid in the mass shortage of critical supplies. If your company can help provide supplies, capabilities, or materials for products such as N-95 Masks and Tyvek SuitsPlease let us know.

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