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.

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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

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 Mistakes Blog Series – Mistake #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.

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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).

Contact Label Solutions, Inc. Today

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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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