According to the May 2021 U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Retail E-commerce estimates, first quarter 2021 online sales increased 39.1% over the first quarter 2020. The growing prevalence of online purchasing and door-to-door deliveries (e.g., consumer packages, takeout food), even in the absence of COVID, has been accelerating on the heels of the “Amazon Effect”—disruption created by the online, digital procurement in lieu of traditional brick and mortar businesses.
Against this backdrop, and the emerging impacts of corporate sustainability initiatives, water management across the respective pulp & paper and petrochemical supply chains is also being impacted by stakeholder decisions. What is the impact on and outlook for the pulp & paper industry?
In this Research Note:
- Digital revolution forces strategic shift, alternative upside for pulp & paper
- Pulp & paper industry slow to take on advanced treatment
- Pulp & paper sector poised to benefit from growing anti-plastic sentiment