Inbound Logistics | September 2022

THELASTMILE Logistics Outside the Box

Students need a lot of school supplies, and school supplies need a lot of supply chains. These supply chain and logistics stats make the grade. Acing the Back-to-School Season The paper notebooks market is expected to grow to USD 16.55 billion from 2020 to 2025. The countries with the highest import tariffs for pencils and crayons are Iran ( 41.7% ), Egypt ( 34% ), and Ethiopia ( 29.7% ). Crayon maker Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year—that’s an average of 8.2 million crayons daily, or more than 340,000 crayons per hour. In some instances, shipping line Maersk sourced backpack components from 23 countries in a process that can take up to 60 days and requires almost 90 different suppliers . The pulp and paper industry uses between 33-40% of all industrial wood traded globally. Germany is the #1 exporter of acrylic paint, exporting more than 16,000 paint shipments from 370+ suppliers to date in 2022. Sources:, OEC, Crayola, Maersk, World Wildlife Fund,

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