Best Practices for Supply Chain Disruption

This is a summary of an article posted to Contract Pharma. Read the entire article here. 

The COVID-19 outbreak changed everything in the U.S. economy. Companies will feel the pinch, especially small to mid-size businesses. When delivery times can’t be accurately tracked and layers of additional delays begin to add up, on-time delivery metrics begin to break down.

Here are several best practices and methods to keep in mind when you’re up against delays from your product label vendors.

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1. Build-Up Inventory in Case Your Vendor Experiences Supply Chain Delays

This sounds like common sense, but companies balance inventory requirements and allocating too much storage space. This is where climate-controlled labeling is a huge deal. If you aren’t already allocating for additional warehouse space in temperature-controlled areas, your inventory costs can quickly sneak up on you. 

Keep in mind that your product label is usually the face of your brand at POS (Point of Sale), and depending on your specific industry, the label may need to follow strict regulatory compliant guidelines. So, properly storing your product labels to ensure readability is extremely important and is often overlooked. 

2. Have a Backup Plan for Using an Alternative Label If Your Supplier Uses Material from China

If your production times continue to suffer delays due to lack of supply from China, one idea might be to start testing other types of label materials immediately, like ones that are readily available in the U.S. This may take additional time to get approval for companies that have a strong marketing brand. But it’s better to work through this issue rather than being completely shut down because your label supplier(s) can’t get the right materials that your marketing and production teams approved during the original product run.

Always test new label materials, inks, and adhesives through your production lines and/or your label auto-applicators. Just making the decision to switch to a new label material without properly testing and not considering how it will affect production time can back-fire at the worst time. 

3. Share Your Production Calendar with Your Label Supplier

With so much automation in our lives today, it’s still important to have solid business relations with your label provider. More experienced “solution based” label converters will have a dedicated team that can help you avoid the headaches during supply chain disruption.

Understanding your customers’ seasonal demand each year and having a production schedule to share with your label account manager can help improve your long-term inventory operations. Remember that label account managers usually know or have access to information about replacement materials best suited for your product’s surface and how the label is applied to your product, either manually or automatically.

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Our goal for this article is to get you to think about how you can plan around future supply chain disruptions and avoid production delays without taking on excessive risk. Although labels may seem like the smallest part of your production worries, it is still a key component of the overall final product. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.

Social Distancing Floor Signage in the Workplace

Social Distancing Floor Signage

When considering floor signage placement and quantities throughout your facilities, it’s a good idea to understand what the type of floor surface, foot traffic, cleaning frequency, and industrial equipment traffic will be on them long-term. 

One of the latest trends for businesses today is social distancing floor signage for their offices, warehouses, production plants, and point-of-sale locations for their customers. Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) departments rely on these signs and can manage their placement.

As you begin to consider what social distancing floor signage you need for your department(s), the quality of the material can be just as important as the messaging or branding you decide for your floor signage.  

Discover some key points to factor when selecting floor signage for your business:

1. What type of surfaces do you plan to adhere to the signage? Meaning, do you just need social distancing floor signage to be applied on carpet for your offices? Or do you have a warehouse where there is heavy fork-lift traffic and the facility’s cement floors require disinfectant chemical cleaning each day or week? Different substrates require different label adhesives and materials so they can last as long as you need them. You also have to balance the fact that eventually you may need to remove the labels.

2. If your locations need social distancing floor signage to be replaced monthly or every quarter, work with your label provider so they offer optional pricing for the rest of 2020. If you don’t need additional signage for the rest of the year, then just buy whatever quantities you need. But if you know ahead of time that your company culture has changed to accommodate for long-term floor signage messaging going forward, then remember to take advantage of the higher-quantity pricing discount.

3. If you replace floor signage very frequently, such as in healthcare facilities or food production plants, you might consider selecting durable 12-inch labels on a roll instead of ordering individually cut and packaged wide-format labels. Another option might be to avoid floor signage altogether and consider hanging banners from the ceiling. If your facility already has good overhead lighting, hanging banners can be useful reminders for your employees.

4. Now that the social distancing floor signage has quickly come into high demand, keep in mind that similar companies to yours will need those same solutions. Be sure to work with your label supplier so they can help you pre-plan and order in advance as you implement your project.

5. How important is your social distancing floor signage? Compare the importance of reminding your employees’ behavior versus keeping a fresh new look at your point-of-sale locations for your customers. Or is safety the most critical factor where your employees or customers need directional arrows, 6-foot distancing reminders, and “wait here” signage? Trending for these needs seem to vary not just between industries, but also with urban versus rural activity.

For additional information about ordering your labels or social distancing floor signage this year, here’s a link to an article about Best Practices for Supply Chain Disruption.  Although this article may seem like a product label article for the pharma industry, it was actually written as a general article that can be applied to most businesses.

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Label Solutions Inc (video). is a commercial label converter that produces durable pressure-sensitive product labels for some of the top industrial manufacturers and retail brands in North America. Located in Missouri, they specialize in digital printing, flexography, and wide-format solutions which gives them the ability to adapt to their client’s time-sensitive needs, product development, and ongoing label changes. Label Solutions now offers a new cloud-based technology that gives their customers a faster way to expedite artwork approval revisions more efficiently from multiple locations around the world.

Custom Labels for Industries Responding to COVID-19

The entire world has been rocked by the Coronavirus pandemic. Healthcare providers and health officials are scrambling to contain the virus and care for people who are sick. Industries combatting the COVID-19 outbreak are trying to keep up with high demand for medical supplies, EPA-registered disinfectants, sundry items, medicines designed to fight coughs and colds, and dietary supplements touting immune support.

If you’re in one of these industries, you need the proper labeling for your products. Today’s blog from Label Solutions explains what custom labels we can make for industries responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Medical Equipment Suppliers: Medical Oxygen Tanks

Custom labels for medical oxygen tanks must follow protocols for all types of compressed gas cylinders. Warnings and safety precautions need to be clear. However, labels must also be convenient. Tags on a Roll® by Label Solutions makes it easy to determine if a medical oxygen tank is full, in use, or empty. These labels stay securely on the top of each tank just below the cylinder head. Healthcare providers are scrambling to find enough oxygen tanks to supply ventilators across the country, and each tank needs compliant labeling.

Consumer Packaged Goods: EPA-Registered Disinfectants

There have been a lot of news headlines about EPA-registered disinfectants. Stores are struggling to stock shelves with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol. These substances kill germs on surfaces to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Custom labels for consumer packaged goods (CPG) must meet specific regulations outlined by the EPA and FDA.  Your design and graphic files must have the proper instructions and your ingredient lists must be clear to avoid misuse.

Dietary Supplements: Immune Support Nutraceuticals

Consumers are turning to dietary supplements and nutraceuticals that tout immune support to bolster their bodies’ defenses against infections. Pharmacies and health food stores continue to have problems stocking dietary supplements, particularly those containing zinc and vitamin C, designed for supporting your natural immune system. Products that deal with coughs and cold symptoms in children and adults are also in very high demand.

Expedited Custom Labels by Label Solutions

Label Solutions provides custom labels for a variety of industries combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our team can expedite orders if you need high-quality labels with a rapid turnaround time. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.

Wide-Format Printing: Label Solutions Can Print the Banner You Need

Excited lady showing printed banner to manager

Label Solutions, Inc offers wide-format printing services for our growing customer base. If you require immense visuals, we can print graphics up to 58” wide and many feet long. Today’s blog topic is wide-format digital printing. Learn more about what we offer and why a business banner is a worthy investment.    

What We Can Do

At Label Solutions, we understand that the quality of your banner reflects the quality of your business. We’re prepared to tailor a result that meets your budget and advertising needs. Using wide-format printing, we have the technology and talent to produce labels that look great and provide maximum durability. Here’s what we can do for you:

  • Large decals
  • Sheeted labels 
  • Window and Floor Graphics
  • Indoor or Outdoor Banners 
  • Signage
  • Kit labeling 
  • And more!

This year, make your business stand out with a customized banner from Label Solutions.

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Why Might I Need a Banner?

Large banners are an excellent way to promote your business and attract potential customers. You can use them for the following purposes:

  • Trade shows
  • Presentations
  • Grand openings
  • Sporting Events
  • Sales and Specials
  • Housing Promotions

Whether you’re looking for party decorations, retail promotions, or in-store ads, Label Solutions can help. 

Solutions for All Applications

Outdoor weather can be harsh. It would help if you had a banner solution that withstands rain, wind, sun, and any other element of nature. Consider our laminated banners, which take durability to a whole new level. The material is tear-resistant, heavy-duty, and performs well in either outdoor or indoor environments. For these reasons, custom laminated banners at Label Solutions are a reliable choice for many businesses.   

Label Solutions Quick Tip: If you’re looking for a banner that will attach to steel or glass surfaces, you’re in good hands. Our adhesive technical capabilities are extensive. Also, if you need a banner for personal reasons, such as a graduation celebration, anniversary, or birthday, we offer in-house design services.  

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Are You In Need of a Supersize Job?

Supersize jobs are no problem for our experienced team. We have a proven track record of success. If you’re looking to partner with a professional label printer, contact Label Solutions today. You can also reach us directly at (417) 859-6850. 

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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