The three cases of copy paper cost exactly the same as the box of carbide inserts shown in the lower left. The cases weigh a total of 150 pounds giving them a value of $0.15 per ounce. The box of inserts weighs 1.6 ounces giving them a value of $232 per ounce. By comparison, the price of silver today is $15.43 per ounce. Yet, we order and ship the the mission critical and "precious metal" cutting tools the same way we do the paper. They ship on the same trucks, are delivered to the same docks on the same packing slips.
Perhaps a different tier of service is in order with specialized distribution centers, more secure and traceable shipping, packaging and accounting. Treat it like jewelry.
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