Always store paper flat in its own packaging. Boxes and ream wrappings are designed specifically to protect the paper against moisture, dirt and damage during transportation and storage.
Packaging protects paper. The polyethylene seal on ream wrappers offers many benefits. Dirt or plastic particles cannot get on to the surface of the paper if it's inside the wrapping and static electricity is unable to build up.
Paper needs time to adjust to the surrounding temperature and humidity. Problems can be avoided if when pallets of paper are stored elsewhere, possibly in the cold, can be allowed to adjust to a new room temperature and humidity before use. The time it takes a full pallet of paper to adjust to a new environment depends on the difference in temperature between the store-room and the new surroundings.
The stock market
Once a buyer establishes what paper is needed, next comes market economics. WhatTheyThink.com and CAP Ventures (www.capv.com) released their monthly Print Buyer Pulse Index compiled from print customers. The goal of the index is to provide real-time analysis of end-user print demand.
CAP Ventures reports, "There was a slight increase in the percentage of companies that plan to purchase print (79.2 percent for January) compared with last year (72.6 percent in December). A higher percentage of companies in all company size categories and annual print spend categories indicated they plan to purchase print in the current month. Traditionally, December is a slower month for printing with many customers completing their holiday printing in the fall."
Each of the print customer size categories had a slightly more negative six-month outlook in January compared with December of last year. The research suggests that demand for print will continue to be sluggish during the first half of 2002, but not experience the declines that plagued 2001, says CAP Ventures.