When Price Should Not Be Procurement’s Primary Consideration…

In October I attended Gasworld’s North American Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Gas Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. The small conference was packed with a high percentage of decision-makers in the compressed gas industry from around the world. It was an impressive gathering, and the topics discussed were very informative.

I had the opportunity to meet quite a few executives during the event. One of which was reporter, Paul Ericksen, from IndustryWeek.com. We spoke about a number of topics relating to the compressed gas industry. 

Paul recently published his article, “More Boeing Hypocrisy—and Suppliers Will Feel the Fallout”, published on IndustryWeek.com on November 22, 2019. Paul took the time to understand what manufacturers go through when managing their regulatory compliant product labels, orders, and delivery times. Below is an excerpt from Mr. Ericksen’s article:

 

…You may be familiar with labels and barcoding as used in factories and everyday commerce. In the CO2 industry, however, product and process identification take on a significantly higher role.  Why? The extremely low storage temperatures involved make this a dangerous industry for anyone involved in distribution. In fact, there are extreme standards and regulations relative to CO2 distribution overseen by OSHA and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Additionally, there is an important difference between CO2 labeling and labels used in everyday commerce. Specifically, equipment used in product CO2 storage and distribution have long lives. As a result of this—as opposed to labels as they are typically used in factories—decals in distribution are subjected to significant, almost unending, material handling, throughout the supply chain; i.e. they are used as a form of “returnable container.” For this reason, the decals applied to these products must be robust. This implies being resistant to extreme fluctuations in temperature, being waterproof, having the ability to avoid condensation flux, fading and/or the loss of adhesion.                                                                                                             

Why? In addition to safety and identification issues, the gas industry is highly regulated, meaning that should OSHA or DOT find a lack of—or damaged—decal, there can be significant fines. Because of this, it makes a lot of sense for a distributor of CO2 (or other gas) to put a high emphasis on the decals they use. In other words, price should not be the primary consideration when distributors source their decals. Click here to read the original article.

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How to Choose the Right Kind of Label for Your Project

Labeling is an aspect of branding and a method of product identification. At first, choosing the right label for your project can be difficult. There are many types of labels available that vary in size, shape, function, and color. There are also many factors to consider before you begin, and the expert team at Label Solutions is here to help. Today, learn how to choose the right type of label for your project.

What Are Some Different Types of Labels?

We want you to be familiar with the different types of labels so you can make the best decision. A label may be classified as a brand label, a descriptive label, an informative label, or a grade label. Not only do product labels identify the brand, but they also provide important details such as ingredients, nutrition information, shelf-life, and safe handling practices.

Additionally, not all labels are standard square-cut and one-sided. Some unique types of labels include:

  • Reseal labels
  • Dry peel labels
  • Fold-out labels
  • Specialty die-cut labels
  • Prime labels
  • Shrink sleeve labels
  • Pressure-sensitive labels

Consider Your Label Size and Shape

The size and shape of your label will vary depending on your preferences, your product, and your target market. Before you select a label size, consider how much information you want the label to include. How you would like your product to be displayed is up to you. These days, the most common labels used are rectangular shaped with square or rounded corners. When they are paired with the right material, these rectangular labels can be used for many applications, such as beverage bottles, shipping boxes, and more.

At Label Solutions, our digital printing capabilities will give you plenty of options to work with, whether you need a standard label size or a large decal. If your project involves color or coding, we can help. Our graphic design team can create a completely new label design or you can submit your artwork and we will start with your existing portfolio.      

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Consider Regulatory Requirements

Next, be aware of any rules and regulations for your products about labeling. For example, there are nutritional labeling regulations for food manufacturers. Tobacco companies are required to include health warnings on cigarette packages. So, when choosing labels for your project, account for enough space to include statutory warnings, nutrition facts, and any other regulations required by your industry. 

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Label Solutions Inc designs and prints custom labels that uniquely promote your brand. Our friendly representatives are here to help, and we go to great lengths to ensure client satisfaction. If you are ready to get started, request a quote today for the job you want.

Three Common Label Pains Explained – Label Solutions Inc

The cost of interruption for a product label failure is something that no manufacturer or brand wants to experience. There are 3 main problems that businesses, just like yours, encounter time and time again that can delay or even stop production. Read on to see how Label Solutions can help you to decrease your pain with labels and more importantly how we can keep your production line moving.

A Poorly Constructed Label

If you aren't familiar with working with an oil-based product, the material that your label is printed on is definitely one that should not be experimented with. Label Solutions has the experience of working with oil-based products successfully. Don't take the chance of choosing the wrong label supplier when it comes to the longevity of your label.

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Long Lead Times

Some of our customers have expressed that their previous label supplier had a 3+ week turnaround time. Here at Label Solutions, we know that time is precious, and you can't be waiting that long for your labels. We think you will be pleased with our standard production time. Give us a call to get your exact ship date!

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Print Quality

Do you have small print on your label? Does your current supplier have issues with registration? Are you looking for something new to help elevate your look without raising your cost? Our print quality is of the utmost importance to us. You will be hard-pressed to find a company that works harder than Label Solutions at making sure your labels are of the best quality.

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Learn More With Label Solutions Inc

For more information or to speak with someone regarding your more specific needs, please give us a call at 1-800-299-9200 or drop us an email at info@easylabeling.com. We are proud to provide high-quality label printing services and excellent customer support. Give Label Solutions Inc a chance to take the pain out of ordering your product labels.

 

Label Solutions Inc. Identifies Industry-Specific Packaging Trends

Industry-Specific Packaging Trends for 2019

If you’re a business owner, you understand the importance of adapting to new trends and staying ahead of the game. Due to new advances in technology, mass production is shifting towards specialized brand packaging. The more you can visualize a future trend and include it into your packaging strategy, the more benefits you will receive. Today on the blog, Label Solutions, Inc. identifies some industry-specific packaging trends for 2019.

Personalized Beverage Labels

Digital printing gives label providers the ability to customize packaging and include personalization in their products. Personalized labels have been trending up for the past few years, and they continue to propel the industry in 2019. Individuals are able to relate to the product and identify with the personalized packaging. This element of identification is what makes the trend a major success with beverage labels. For example, Coca-Cola’s Share a Coke campaign attracts consumers when they see their name on their favorite Coke beverage. It’s difficult to say no to a bottle label that screams your name.

Another example is Bud Light’s custom NFL team cans, which have been a trend in recent years. Hardcore football fans are the intended audience, and these fans are more likely to buy beer with their favorite team’s logo on display.

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White Labeling

White label branding (also called private labeling) is a practice where one company produces a product or service, and another company rebrands it to make it look like their own. Many manufacturers are using white labeling across multiple industries. Grocery stores like Walmart buy other brand’s products, place the store’s Great Value brand on the labels, and sell them at a lower price. All kinds of products are sold under the Great Value brand. Various companies provide these products and package them with the Great Value label (rather than their own) in support of Walmart.

While white labeling is common in grocery stores, it also applies to the nutraceutical industry. Label Solutions, Inc. offers convenient private labeling programs for nutraceutical products. Contact us today to learn more about our programs.

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Label Solutions, Inc. Can Help

Label Solutions, Inc. delivers extraordinary quality in each label we produce. From nutraceutical supplements to food and beverage labels, our experienced team can help you decide which label is best for your products. Start by requesting a quote or call 1(800) 299-9200 today.

Label Solutions, Inc. Looks at the Year’s Top Packaging Design Trends

2019 Packaging Trends

The packaging for your product represents your company’s brand identity. There are many opportunities for businesses to refine their brand in the packaging design process. Since your customers appreciate quality design, your packaging needs to be eye-catching, for both online and physical product sales. This general preference for attractive design has remained constant, but the details of design trends are evolving with consumer choice. Today, Label Solutions explains this year’s top packaging design trends that any business can capitalize on.

Digital Printing

Typesetting and other mechanical processes are trending out, and digital printing is taking over in 2019. Computer generation is the new standard for designing physical product packaging and creating graphics or logos to enhance brand appearance.   

Label Solutions, Inc. produces digitally printed labels, including custom labels, prime labels, and more. Customers utilize our digital printing services for everything from seasonal packaging to multi-SKU labeling. The top product brands benefit from personalized packaging because it connects to consumers on a personal level and immediately attracts their attention.

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Sustainable Packaging

When it comes to product packaging, it’s important that companies and designers think green to reduce landfill waste and save energy. Consumers who are concerned about the environment value sustainable brands. Many studies have shown that millennials would pay more for a product with sustainable packaging, such as recycled aluminum. With this rising demand, we anticipate that more businesses will emphasize sustainable product packaging and use it to increase sales this year.

Transparent Packaging

Transparent packaging, also called peek-a-boo labeling, is trending again in 2019. When consumers select an item at the store, they want certainty that they’re buying a quality product. Transparent labels leave a clear, cut-out area on the back of the product package, and you can flip it over to see the product itself. It’s a “sneak peek” or “show and tell” of what’s inside the box. A transparent packaging design communicates honesty to the customer, and it can help your business build trust.

Minimalist Packaging

Bright, cluttered packaging designs circa the 1990s and 2000s are now trending towards cleaner designs. Customers value simplicity, and labels that have too much-complicated content can turn people away. Minimalist packaging is meant to remove excessive wrapping and clutter until only the basis remains. Whether you sell cleaning commodities, beauty products, or nutraceuticals, minimalist labels are more pleasing to the eye and clarify your brand to create a lasting impression on consumers.

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Trust Label Solutions, Inc. for Your Digital Printing Needs

At Label Solutions, Inc., we develop and print high-quality labels that are eye-catching and functional. We have digital printing technology and fresh ideas to meet our customers’ needs for convenience and performance. If you’re ready to get started or you want more information, contact one of our team members for a quote.