Label Solutions Compares Vinyl and BOPP Labels

Vinyl and BOPP labels are popular choices at Label Solutions, and it’s easy to see why. Both materials are durable, and they give you a beautiful look when colorful logos and print appear on them. Today’s blog from Label Solutions compares vinyl and BOPP labels as you decide which one is better for you.

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Durability

Both vinyl labels and BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene) labels are durable, but for different reasons. These materials create a permanent bond, which makes them perfect for sticking to disposable materials, such as paper, cardboard, and thin plastic. However, vinyl is better in extremely cold environments and is much better for outdoor storage. BOPP works well for food labeling when you have refrigerated items.

Transparency

Clear BOPP labels are the clear winner when you want a label that appears see-through. This material lets you design labels that complement or contrast the material behind it. For example, you have a clear label that showcases the texture of your premium apple pies behind a white text that stands out from the natural background of the top crust. BOPP also comes in white. Vinyl labels simply can’t do this because of the way the material is made.

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Moisture Resistance

White and clear BOPP labels offer excellent moisture resistance. Consider BOPP labels for meat and sausage processing, cheese and dairy, jams and jellies, wines and beverages, as well as dressings, sauces, and marinades. Vinyl also has very good moisture resistance, but it does better in frigid applications such as frozen foods that sit in temperatures below zero for extended periods of time.

Thickness

Vinyl labels are more rigid and thick than BOPP labels, so you should steer clear of vinyl if you have curved containers. Vinyl also works better for larger containers. There’s a rubber-like smell when it comes to vinyl, so make sure you put it on carton containers rather than individual, smaller packages.

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Label Solutions for BOPP and Vinyl Labels

Label Solutions collaborates with you to determine the best labeling for your products. Our experts listen to what you need and give you an accurate quote based on what you say. Contact Label Solutions or call 1-800-299-9200 for a free quote.

Why Is BOPP a Great Material for Labels?

Production of the BOPP film in a warehouse

Selecting the right label material is a critical decision. You may know that BOPP is useful for many applications and environments, including food containers and packaging labels. But what is BOPP, technically? Is it the best material for your product label? Read today’s blog from Label Solutions to find out.  

What Is BOPP?

BOPP is a popular label material made of plastic. It stands for Biaxially-Oriented (BO) Polypropylene (PP). Biaxially-oriented refers to the production process that stretches the film over two directions, making it stronger and more transparent. Polypropylene is a versatile polymer that’s used in labels, food packaging, clear bags, and many other things.  

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Types of BOPP Labels

The Label Solutions team uses two kinds of BOPPs, white BOPPs and clear BOPPs, to produce quality, customized labels for many applications in many industries.  

White BOPP

The most common BOPP label is white, which is non-toxic, extremely durable, and moisture-resistant. It has a strong permanent adhesive that sticks well to many surfaces. Manufacturers of health, beauty, and personal care products prefer white BOPP material for their labels. But white BOPP is also used for food labels. If your products may come in contact with oils or water, contact Label Solutions about our specialized BOPP materials.    

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Clear BOPP

Clear BOPP label material is durable and moisture-resistant, and it provides the additional benefit of virtual invisibility. When you apply it, clear BOPP appears as if there’s no label, which lets your product shine through. Clear BOPP even works on dark-colored containers and glass bottles. Wine and cosmetic products, in particular, love to achieve the “no-label look.”   

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Additional Benefits of BOPP Material

BOPP is tear-resistant, accepts many formulations of ink, and its price-point is competitive. Its moisture resistance and adhesive quality make BOPP an excellent choice for surfaces that could get wet or messy. 

Label Solutions Quick Tip: Do you prefer paper over plastic labels? If you have a specific application and quantity needs, Label Solutions can help. Contact our team to discover which custom printing materials are the best fit for your products. 

Discover Endless Possibilities at Label Solutions, Inc

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8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #8: Not Properly Testing New Labels and New Product Surfaces

At Label Solutions, Inc., we make the success of your business our first priority. We’re here to pinpoint some common mistakes made by business owners and provide advice on choosing the best methods for managing your product labels. Today on the Label Solutions blog, we cover the final installment of our 8-part series: Not Properly Testing New Labels and New Product Surfaces.

Testing the Label Is Important

Not testing new labels properly is one of the most common and overlooked issues. Whenever one of our clients launch a new product or changes the intended surface conditions for label application, testing the label is always extremely important. This is especially critical when dealing with high quantity orders.

Best Method Approach

Testing parameters should be outlined by you and your label provider so both parties understand how long the label and the ink consistency should remain on the surface after purchase and use of the product. There are wide variations of testing, so it will depend on the type of product and the intended industry.

For example, testing hand-applied durable labels on powder-coated metals for the boat and trailer industry requires a completely different testing method compared to tests for typical food and beverage products that are machine applied. Usually, with uniform container products like food clamshell packaging, beverage cans, and supplement jars, all you will need to do is make sure to test labels on your production line, so your team is confident with the results.

In summary, preventing just one of these mistakes can be huge cost savings no matter if your company is a start-up or a large corporation. Even if these eight common mistakes do not directly apply to your own issues, hopefully, the “Best Methods” approach will give your company ideas about how you can prepare for future product releases, reduce product label issues, and improve your own quality control metrics.

If you have topics relating to product labeling that you would like us to discuss, please write to info@easylabeling.com. Be sure to save this article and forward it to your peers for future reference.

Label Solutions, Inc. Can Help

Label Solutions, Inc. prints labels for businesses across many verticals, from industrial applications to consumer products. We also offer exceptional label-to-surface testing services, such as waterproof, durability testing, and more. Contact Label Solutions, Inc. today for more information.

8 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #6: Selecting the Lowest Price, but Approving the Wrong Materials for Your Products

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 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #4: Not Accepting Alternative Sizes of the Label 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.

Request a Quote From Label Solutions, Inc.

Label Solutions, Inc. offers perfect custom labels for every industry, from beer and spirits to nutraceutical products. Request a quote today for any type of label order you have in mind. Big or small, we can do it all!

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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