8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #4: Not Accepting Alternative Sizes of the Label to Allow for Better Pricing

8 Common Product LabelingMistakes - Part 4: Not Accepting Alternate Label Sizes to Allow for Better Pricing

If you are a business owner experiencing challenges with your labels or label providers, Label Solutions, Inc. is here to help. Many business owners often make mistakes when they are planning their product labels and packaging. We have identified these mistakes to help you avoid them and achieve success.

Today, we explain Mistake #4: Not Accepting Alternative Sizes of the Label to Allow for Better Pricing. Stay tuned for more blog posts as we continue this 8-part series!

Find Better Price Points

If your product needs a label with a dimension of 5.25 X 6.75 inches, for example, there might be a better price point offered to you by switching to a slightly different dimension label of, say, 5 X 7 inches. Obviously, you need to make sure the new dimension would fit your product(s) and work with your production line. But, if alternate dimensions are within the scope of the project, a modified SKU could potentially cut down on cost and production time.

Best Method Approach

You might not have the time or ability to change your label if you already market that product in retail stores. But, if you are changing your branding, creating a new label style, or releasing an entirely new product, this is the ideal time to consider implementing better continuity between your products. This could include elements such as matching colors and label/packaging design.

Combine Multiple Products

In addition to updating your SKU's, this might also be an opportunity for your company to consolidate multiple products onto a universal label size. By applying the same sized labels to multiple SKU's, you can increase efficiency regarding repeated label orders, especially for label printers that use digital printers. Combine this approach with your expected annual quantity estimates and you'll be positioned for very efficient ordering options as your company grows.

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Check out the next post in our 8-part blog series, Mistake #5: Planning Just-In-Time Inventory Too Close to Production; Affecting On-Time Deliveries.

 

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8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #3: Not Sharing Your Production Run Schedules With Your Label Provider

8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes - Part 3: Not Sharing Your Production Schedule With Your Label Provider

At Label Solutions, Inc., we provide valuable resources to help your business succeed. You can find resources in our 8-part blog series featuring the common mistakes made by business owners as they plan their packaging and product labels. With expert industry knowledge, our team wants to help you forgo these mistakes so you can be successful

Today, we address Mistake #3: Not Sharing Your Production Run Schedules With Your Label Provider. Stay connected to our blog for each section of this 8-part series!

Utilize Supply Chain Management

Some of Label Solutions' largest accounts have the most efficient, real-time tracking Supply Chain models in North America. But even they cannot avoid impromptu orders for their products, stemming from an increasingly high customer demand. It is a good problem to have, but it is an issue, nonetheless. Manufacturers utilize Supply Chain Management to notify their suppliers of their monthly order forecasts, which in turn helps suppliers manage their materials and deliveries more efficiently.

Backdate Your Label Production Schedules

On the other side of the spectrum, when small businesses share their production schedules with a supplier, it means that both parties (the manufacturer and label provider) understand when to expect higher or lower order quantities each month. Label providers should backdate their label production schedules, so they have the materials available to handle your busier months while ensuring on-time deliveries.

Best Method Approach

Supply chain management (SCM) models are excellent examples of the best approach. Although SCM's are designed for scalability and real-time tracking, the benefit to you also helps your label supplier. For example, our large retail and industrial manufacturing clients notify the Label Solutions team to produce their labels according to their Supply Chain portal demand schedules. This, in turn, allows label suppliers to allocate production time and materials more efficiently for your last-minute rush orders.

Use an Excel Report

Smaller companies can take a much more simplified approach (without the SCM tracking) to help their suppliers manage their orders — even if they do not use supply chain management.  An Excel production report that runs over a 12-month time frame is ideal. If your label provider does not already practice this or a similar methodology, it might be time to start looking for a more proactive label provider. If you're unsure you want to share your information, then you might consider requiring your label provider to sign an NDA (Non-disclosure Agreement).

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Label Solutions, Inc. offers a variety of products you can choose from to make your label stand out. Whether big or small, we label it all. If you're ready to get your order going, contact one of our friendly representatives to get started on your project.

Be sure to read the next section in our 8-part blog series, Mistake #4: Not Accepting Alternative Sizes of the Label to Allow for Better Pricing.

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8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #2: Applying Product Labels Incorrectly

8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes - Part 2: Applying Labels Incorrectly to Your Products

Label Solutions, Inc. helps businesses who experience challenges with their current labels or label providers. Many business owners make small mistakes as they are planning their product labels and packaging. The Label Solutions team wants to address these errors so that you can prevent obstacles and reach maximum productivity.

Today, we cover Mistake #2: Applying Labels Incorrectly to Your Products. Continue to follow our blog for each installment in this 8-part series!

Consequences of Unevenly Applied Labels

Whether the label is applied to the product surface by hand or automatically with a label applicator, the label itself may not be applied level or evenly. Besides this being a major branding issue, this could also affect how the barcodes are scanned and could eventually impact your delivery times while trying to correct a batch.

Best Method Approach

There are construction alternatives that you can select to potentially reduce the impact of incorrect label application. For example, products with certain label adhesives allow your production team to reposition the label within a few minutes before the tack completely sets to the surface. The type of surface (cardboard, metal, plastic, glass, etc.) and the type of adhesive will determine how much time your production team will have before the tack sets.

Apply Labels First

A good example of this best practice can be seen in the beverage market. Whether the client produces a uniquely crafted beer or a rare ingredient infused into a new health drink, labels that are auto-applied to bottles and cans will sometimes experience equipment tension issues that need to be recalibrated. Once labels are applied off-alignment, a delayed tack setting can allow the label to be quickly repositioned by hand when needed. The best practice is to apply labels prior to filling the bottles and cans, instead of filling first and then applying the label to your production line. This is because excess spillage from filling can interfere with most adhesives.

Reposition the Adhesive

This same repositionable adhesive is excellent for large equipment production assembly lines that apply prime (branding) labels and warning labels by hand. Even with large wide-format labels, the adhesive tack can be formulated so your employees have a few minutes to adjust, straighten, and smooth away trapped air bubbles once it has been placed on the surface. This option can help reduce label inventory waste and additional production material wastes, as well as avoid delaying production time. More importantly, this option keeps your brand and your warning/instructional labels looking fresh.

Contact Us For Your Beverage Labels

Label Solutions, Inc. understands the importance of applying labels correctly. Whether you own a supermarket, a brewery, or a manufacturing facility, we can offer you a solution. We produce a variety of first-rate food and beverage labels at a competitive price. For more information about our services, contact us online or call 1-800-299-9200 today.

Stay tuned and check out the next installment in our 8-part blog series, Mistake #3: Not Sharing Your Production Schedules With Your Label Provider.

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