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North American Prices and Wage Costs Forecast Services

The most comprehensive outlook for pricing and wage rates to more effectively evaluate the North American commodity markets

With critical data, insight, and analysis, our North American Prices and Wages service allows you to more effectively evaluate the North American commodity markets. Covering over 1,100 prices, the service provides the most comprehensive outlook for pricing and wage rates in North America. Built on our proven forecasting models and enhanced with our in-house expertise on market dynamics we take our estimates beyond broad inflation rates or historical trends to give you the tools you need to make smarter, timely, and more lucrative purchasing decisions.

Clients rely on the service for:

  • Sourcing Guidance
  • Contracting
  • Input cost breakdowns
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting

The North American Prices and Wage module is provided via Connect ®, our client web site, as well as through regular access to our commodity experts through webinars, videos, telephone and email access. Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly analysis keeps clients fully informed of key changes and risks to price fluctuations and market conditions.

What's Included

Reports and analysis

Weekly Pricing Pulse – a snapshot of headline prices indexes

  • Weekly overview of historic price movements for 10 key industrial materials indexes

Monthly Commodity Price Watch – latest price pressures and market changes

  • North American coverage for 40 key commodities – a two-year outlook
  • Monthly newsletter provides analysis of price changes and the fundamentals driving key costs – energy, ferrous & nonferrous metals and chemicals prices
  • Monthly PPT deck examines key trends impacting various markets

Market Insights – regular analysis of the pricing environment by sector and region. The ultimate source for understanding costs and improving supplier negotiations, comprehensive industry and geographic analysis provides:

  • Segmented reviews of prices, supply, and demand by industry and geography
  • Sourcing Guidance section with insight on timing buys for major commodities
  • Dynamic tables outlining market conditions – economic outlooks as well as market drivers
  • Analyst access to discuss latest market dynamics and price implications
Forecasts and data

Ten Year Forecasts updated quarterly – web-based data access allows for easy cost analysis and tracking

  • Forecast of over 1,100 commodity prices and labor rates for US, Canada and Mexico - forecast are presented in Cost Analyzer and Excel spreadsheets on Connect.
  • Historic price data for over 500,000 time series concepts – providing the most comprehensive historic trend pricing service on the market.

Major Forecast Sectors

Tools and calculators

Connect ® Maximize your subscription content with Connect – our state-of-the-art business intelligence platform

  • Real-time reporting: Read updated analysis and commentary as data releases and events warrant
  • Email alerts: Set up notifications for updates to categories of interest
  • Rapid data retrieval: Access analysis and data in a single search
  • Formatting/presentation tools: Format data by relevant indices and build customizable, presentation-ready graphs
  • Flexible export: Export all forecast tables in multiple formats (Excel, PDF, PowerPoint)
  • Automated content refreshes: Save searches and update content automatically

The Cost Analyzer – Puts the breadth of the Pricing & Purchasing commodity price coverage across 60 geographies at your fingertips. The Cost Analyzer allows for deep insight into past and future price changes so you can cut spending, assess your buying performance and favorably negotiate purchase contracts. Providing input cost breakdowns for over 300 commodity areas, the Analyzer enables clients to:

  • Analyze/Alter/Combine individual data series relevant to your business questions in a dedicated workspace
  • Export the data in refreshable Excel workbook or PowerPoint to plug into existing models, tools or applications for further analysis
  • Perform margin analysis on supplier industries
  • Customize or alter 500+ pre-built cost models to check the competitiveness of a supplier's price

Alloy Cost Calculator – allows quick, accurate assessment of metal alloy costs using the latest Pricing and Purchasing forecast. Understand cost breakdowns for almost 300 alloys and specialty steels for North America.

Polymer Cost Calculator – designed for plastics processors and end-users to estimate costs for specialized polymer compounds and blends using the latest Pricing and Purchasing forecast.

The Burden Wage Calculator – estimates fully burdened wages for over 400 US industries including the manufacturing and service sectors. This tool combines the latest price and wage forecasts from P&P with data from the US Census of Manufacturers to produce a time series of wrap rates as well as fully burdened wages. Using the calculator, users can customize industry wrap rates by state and occupation providing more insight into detailed industry labor and associated overhead costs.(Available as an add-on service.)

Client privileges
  • Full access to our Pricing and Purchasing team for ad-hoc requests and questions
  • Quarterly webcasts – Each quarter the Pricing and Purchasing team hosts a one-hour webcast to present our latest price outlook, focusing on how to effectively and efficiently leverage our price and wage data to time buys and negotiate better.
  • Regional Pricing and Purchasing conferences

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