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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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2020 industrial marketing benchmarks
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2020 Industrial Marketing Benchmarks For Manufacturers & Distributors

Thomas has been the market leader in the industrial space for more than 120 years helping manufacturers, industrial distributors, and service providers reach in-market buyers and grow their businesses. With a mission to make constant improvements for all our customers coupled with our 120+ years of experience, we thought it might be helpful to give you some benchmarks for your online lead generation efforts.

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Food and beverage industry manufacturer
Manufacturing and Industrial

Challenges And Opportunities In The Food & Beverage Industry

In 2015, Fortune reported an $18 billion loss for the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies from the past five years, driven by millennials turning away from processed foods and seeking healthier alternatives with cleaner labels. Today, that trend continues to grow at an excessive pace, signaling that some demands are more of a long-term standard. But many major food and beverage (F&B) companies have shown that they are not as nimble as smaller companies when it comes to adapting to consumer preferences and there are still challenges the food and beverage industry faces.

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Multi-generational workforce - U.S. manufacturing challenge
Manufacturing and Industrial

Top 4 U.S. Manufacturing Challenges And How To Overcome Them

American manufacturing stands at a critical point in its long history — and how industry leaders view and react to the changing landscape will influence its future. As technology, demographics, and economic climate shift, manufacturers must innovate in order to stay competitive. Manufacturing in particular is positioned for domestic growth and, more than ever, industry leaders must guide their organizations strategically. Let’s take a look at some of the issues facing the industry through the lens of both challenges and opportunities.

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Technology

How Manufacturers Can Stay Connected With Customers Through The Coronavirus Outbreak

To limit the coronavirus spread, many companies have gone completely virtual and the workforce in some states is required to stay at home, with the caveat of essential businesses and manufacturers exempt from these mandates. 

Although the world has seen unprecedented changes during the past few weeks, manufacturers and industrial companies need to keep their customers at the center of their business strategy now more than ever. The world we live in is incredibly digital. So for your customers that still have jobs to be done, here’s how you can take advantage of technology and stay connected with them.

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manufacturing during economic downturn
Manufacturing and Industrial

Continue To Promote Your Manufacturing Business During An Economic Downturn

Many companies worry about how their business will fare in bad economic conditions, but sometimes opportune outcomes stem from times of economic uncertainty — especially for manufacturers.

With seemingly difficult economic conditions on the horizon, there are plenty of indicators that can seem at odds with one another. Recently, the stock market had its worst week since 2008 while sourcing activity for North American suppliers on Thomasnet.com saw record-breaking numbers. Based on a Coronavirus Impact survey conducted this month, over half of the manufacturers surveyed are ‘likely to extremely likely’ to bring production and sourcing back to North America and 47% of U.S manufacturers report they are now seeking domestic sources of supply — likely the reasons for sourcing surge.

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