The plastic sheeting industry has seen a recent increase in the cost of polyethylene raw materials that could cause negative impacts on companies as we move into construction and growing season. Here’s how it could affect your business and what you can do to prepare.
What’s Causing the Increased Pricing for Plastic Sheeting?
The current instability of the world’s petroleum market is a condition brought about by the conflict in Ukraine. According to NBC, experts are predicting that this will ultimately lead to higher plastic resin prices globally. When you couple an unstable market and, continued labor shortages with product demand, the result is higher costs to you, the customer. Companies that rely on overseas suppliers may end up overpaying for materials and delaying projects for months while waiting for shipments to arrive.
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What Can Your Company Do to Prepare for Plastic Sheeting Price Increases?
“A winning effort begins with preparation.” ~Joe Gibbs
- Communicate with your customers, so they can also prepare. With the growing season in full effect, the peak of construction season around the corner, and everything else going on in the world, reassure them you are doing all you can to meet their needs.
- Take a current inventory count of what materials you have in stock and create a forecast of future project needs. You can order early to allow for long lead times or order more so you don’t run out.
- Be proactive with your suppliers and vendors. Ask them if they are expecting a price increase to determine if you have an opportunity to buy more at a less expensive price.
- Buy American-made products. As a US-based supplier, Americover offers plastic sheeting products created and distributed right on our home turf. Local manufacturing allows for growers and builders to bypass many of the plastic sheeting supply challenges related to imported products, such as ocean freight rates and shipment delays.
While we can’t solve the global supply chain issues, we can be transparent about the challenges and work closely with our best customers to navigate these unprecedented times.
Give us a phone call and talk with one of our sales representatives to request pricing and discuss the needs of your projects at 760-388-6294.
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