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Cardboard box demand plunging at rates unseen since the Great Recession

Demand and output for cardboard boxes and other packaging material fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to data released by the American Forest & Paper Association and Fibre Box Association on Friday. It’s the latest indicator that consumer demand is eroding following the pandemic. Dwindling savings, inflation, rising interest rates and fears …

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The party is over in commercial real estate. Here’s what to expect in 2023.

An era of cheap debt that helped lift prices on hotels, office buildings and other U.S. commercial properties to dizzying new heights has ended. Borrowers thirsty for financing have watched mortgage rates roughly double in 2022 from the 3% lows, spillover from the Federal Reserve’s inflation fight that could cost several million people their jobs.

Moving Production from China and Taiwan Matters More Than Ever

Many who read this will wonder why it needs to be written. After all, wouldn’t it be obvious? But I have it on good authority from those in the supply-chain-sourcing trenches that most companies do not consider geopolitical risk when choosing countries to source from.