8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes – Part 7: Not Preparing for Oil Based Products

8 Mistakes Blog Series - Mistake #7: Not Preparing for Oil Based Products

More states have legalized the use of marijuana. As a result, a product known as CBD oil has grown in popularity. While different industries use CBD oil for many health-related purposes, business owners must be cautious when dealing with oil-based products.

As a supplier of custom product labels for oil-based goods, Label Solutions is here to share our industry knowledge to help your business succeed. Today, our team addresses mistake #7 of the 8-part blog series, which is not preparing for oil-based products.

The Effect of Oil on Paper and Ink

One of the most popular products expected in retail for 2019 will be essential oils and or CBD infused oil ingredients in foods, drinks, and wellness supplements. One of the most common mistakes relating to oil-based products is that entrepreneurs often forget that oils can soak into paper substrates and or disperse certain inks, even when laminated.

Perceived as Cheap or Unprofessional

Whether your product is on display in retail, or being sampled at a trade show, the last thing you want to be concerned about is your product name and contact information smearing or washing out. Even the smallest drop of oil can seep into a paper label and spread the ink to the point that you’ll have your little tie-dye action on the label. That might look cool to some, but you lose your branding, and the perception with most retail customers will be that your company is either cheap or is not professional.

Best Method Approach

There are affordable films such as polypropylene materials that will allow you to print the look you want while still protecting your branding and product. From cooking oils to industrial grade oils, the approach is the same but may require different types of films and ink solubility, so each bottle and container has oil resistant labels that maintain a professional look.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don’t need to select all the label materials on your own. Your label provider should help you settle on the best solution.

Get Your CBD Labels from Label Solutions

If your business needs high-quality labels to market your cannabis and hemp products, Label Solutions is prepared to deliver outstanding results. We have developed CBD labels that withstand oil leakage and temperature fluctuation, so your product labeling will look sharp and function at its peak performance. Contact the team at Label Solutions to discover the amazing possibilities for your product.

8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes – Part 6: Selecting the Lowest Price, but Approving the Wrong Materials for Your Products

8 Mistakes Blog Series - Mistake #6: Selecting the Lowest Price, But Approving the Wrong Materials for Your Product Needs

Sometimes, no matter how much you try to avoid them, mistakes happen in the workplace. When they do occur, it’s important to take responsibility and handle it positively so you can learn from it, not repeat the same error, and move forward.

Today, the team at Label Solutions continues our 8-part blog series about common mistakes business owners make. We discuss mistake #6: Selecting the lowest price, but approving the wrong materials for your product needs.

Understand What the Lowest Price Means

Sometimes clients buy the lowest priced labels without their procurement department knowing what the label specification requirements should be. It’s always good business practice to shop for the best price, but it’s equally important to make sure you understand what you’re buying for that price.

Failed Labels Can Cost You Money

Label providers vary on the quality of work they do, value-added services they offer, their production expertise, and the quality of material they use. Additionally, the potential hidden costs of lowest price shopping are that once the construction of those labels fails, it could cost you much more than a simple re-order.

Best Method Approach

Establish clear and concise procedures so your production team can forward the necessary criteria for your procurement department to have during the buying process.  

On a separate note, some businesses and manufacturers don’t care how long their brand and contact information remains on their product after the purchase. With this flexibility, they can buy extremely low-quality material, but the outcome is a much lower brand awareness reminder at the end of the product’s use. But if your business model sells a “one-time use” product and all that you need is the label to survive through the POS, then the cheapest materials and lowest price might be your best solution.

Find a Happy Medium

In most cases, brands want strong, eye-catching labels that stand out online, on the shelf, and or on the retail floor. Manufacturers want their labels to remain on their product for two reasons. First, it is so their customers have a reminder of what they need to buy again. Second, it is so their customers can reread product use instructions and label warnings. Even if you don’t require the most expensive materials, using good quality, durable substrates and inks is always a robust approach.  

We Guarantee that Our Product Labels Will Last

At Label Solutions, Inc., we go above and beyond to ensure that our customers receive high-quality and durable labels. Through an intensive quality check performance and our QUV Accelerated Weathering Testing, we arrange it so that outdoor exposure will not damage your labels. For more information, contact us online or request a quote today.   

 

8 Common Product Labeling Mistakes – Part 5: Planning JIT Inventory Too Close to Production

8 Mistakes Blog Series - Mistake #5: Planning Just-in-Time Inventory Too Close to Production; Affecting On-Time Deliveries

At Label Solutions, Inc., we value the success of your business. We’re here to identify some common mistakes made by business owners and inform you about the best methods for managing your product labels. In today’s blog, we cover Part 5 of our 8-part series: Planning Just-in-Time Inventory too Close to Production; Affecting On-Time Deliveries.

What is JIT Management?

Using JIT (Just-In-Time) management is common throughout North America. JIT involves manufacturers and suppliers trying to minimize, or even eliminate, their inventory. This approach relies on suppliers to deliver materials just before production begins. When companies do this method correctly, it is a very efficient way to minimize production costs, but when they do not prepare for a “crisis” situation, they will have nothing in stock to fall back on.

The Challenge of Minimizing Inventory Costs

Minimizing inventory costs is always a challenge. It’s a never-ending contradiction trying to maintain low inventory costs while factoring the percentage of potential new growth.

Calculations can fluctuate from month to month, especially when industries rely on commodity ingredients or when sudden regulatory changes impact them, as we see with the cannabis, food packaging, and health supplement markets. Front runners in these markets practice minimizing their product label inventories, but their needs might quickly change from one day to the next. They do not want to place a one-time annual label order for each SKU. If an ingredient runs out of supply or a regulatory change affects their production profile, they would be sitting on unusable labels that will go to waste.

Best Method Approach

Think in terms of what the bottom line effect will be when factoring how you should manage your inventory. Try not to reduce your list too low — this could cause your company to experience shipping delays when complications arise with suppliers or quality control. You should have at least one-to-two production cycles worth of inventory available for those “crisis” moments. 

Build a Relationship with Your Label Provider

This backup inventory can also help reduce paying for excessive rush fees. Having unexpected demand for a product, especially when companies consolidate production plants, acquire other companies, or have a new product launch. Supplier material shortages can significantly impact internal quality control and delay delivery times. Building a strong business relationship with your label provider is key to working around business demands and potential problems, which in turn, will help your label provider ship on-time deliveries, so your production deadlines are met.

Label Solutions, Inc. Wants to Work with You

At Label Solutions, Inc. we utilize our industry experience and regulatory knowledge to offer unique products and value-add solutions. We contribute to our customer’s success and provide personalized customer care. To learn more about our products and services, visit our site or call 1 (800) 299-9200 today.