Because Lufkin Strategic Procurement serves both publishing and printing clients across the catalog and magazine industries, we can offer you a unique service: paper price benchmarks to evaluate your paper costs against comparable businesses.

Rather than relying solely on average market indices, you gain specific insight into what companies like yours have actually paid for paper like yours.

Our Paper Price Benchmarks:

  • Cover a 2-to-3 year period to show industry pricing trends
  • Track prices quarterly to reveal any cyclical factors that can be leveraged
  • Display actual paper price data for comparable paper grades and basis weights while maintaining the confidentiality of the comparable businesses

“Lufkin Strategic Procurement provides a unique benchmarking service that allows us to compare our paper prices for various grades and weights to other magazine and catalog publishers on a confidential basis.  This graphic tool prepared quarterly, is a great supplement to our other information and helps confirm our competitive position.  Bill’s years of hands on, high volume paper purchasing experience is put to our advantage in providing us with accurate insights to the ever changing paper market.”
– Nick Elsener, VP Production, Hanley Wood

A Strategic Advantage

This diagnostic tool provides hard data for establishing your paper purchasing strategy, giving you contract negotiating power. You can receive it as part of our comprehensive Paper Purchasing Strategy or as a stand-alone quarterly service.

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Similar benchmarking is also available for printing prices and paper requirements. Contact us to discuss how Paper Benchmarks would benefit your business.