WBENC Certifies Label Solutions Inc. as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Label Solutions Inc., one of North America’s leading producers of durable product labels for the manufacturing industry, is proud to announce certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). With this certification, Label Solutions adds the distinction of becoming one of the printing industry’s few women-owned businesses in the United States. This certification also enhances their long-standing reputation as specializing in both regulatory compliant and high-quality prime product labels for some of the country’s top brands.

The company’s president, Karen Stevens, is excited about the new certification, but recognizes the importance of continuing to deliver exceptional product labels for manufacturers and their private label customers.

“Earning our WBE certification is an exciting opportunity,” stated Stevens. “As a small business located in Southwest Missouri, this will help us offer even better competitive pricing when bidding on projects against our largest competitors. What’s more, our WBE certification will help several of our largest Fortune 500 accounts achieve their own corporate initiatives.”

Label Solutions was certified by the Women's Business Development Center-Midwest, a Chicago based regional partner organization of the Women’s Enterprise National Council (WBENC), utilizing WBENC’s national standard of certification. The process is meticulous and includes an in-depth review of the business to confirm it is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by women.

ABOUT LABEL SOLUTIONS INC.

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.

How Humidity and Moisture Affect Adhesive Labels

Adhesive labels must achieve two missions. They must convey the right messaging, and they must remain durable on the substrate for as long as possible without degrading. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we explain how humidity and moisture affect adhesive label performance.

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Affixing Labels

Some adhesive labels are hard to affix to surfaces in high heat and humidity. If possible, you should attach labels in a carefully controlled environment before the items leave your facility. Improperly affixed labels can fall off. On certain products, retailers can’t sell them without a label. You lose money because the retailer has to either return the product or throw it away.

Adhesive Label Storage 

It is important to always store adhesive labels in a climate-controlled environment. Maintain relative humidity as close to 50% as possible. Room temperature should be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Although you might need to affix labels to products or containers that are cold, storing labels in the proper conditions lets them last longer. 

Problems Due to Humidity

Adhesive labels face several issues due to high humidity. Edges may lift or curl. Lifting and curling could make the label fall off eventually. Added moisture can cause labels to fade quickly, rendering them useless. Soft pressure adhesives may fail altogether, while ink may smudge or smear in high humidity.

Problems Due to Heat

Humidity and heat go hand in hand. Because adhesive labels absorb moisture more readily than the substrate, high and low temperatures affect the labels first before the substrate. Quick changes in temperature could lead to curling and peeling. Low temperatures could turn moisture into ice crystals, which then quickly cover the label in moisture when the temperature rises quickly. Sudden temperature changes degrade the labels faster than gradual changes.

Solutions

A viable solution to mitigate humidity and temperature problems is to go with adhesive labels that aren’t made of paper. Polypropylene and vinyl are two common materials that resist moisture and temperature swings. Another way to combat degradation via environmental conditions comes from acclimating the labels to their surroundings. Before affixing labels, store them at the same temperature as the substrate for several hours.

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Label Solutions and Adhesive Labels

Label Solutions can help you mitigate or eliminate problems of moisture and temperature for your adhesive labels. Our team can design labels with sharp graphics, outstanding adhesives, and high-tech products that stick to many types of substrates. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.

Why You Need Sharp Graphics on Custom Labels

A well-written custom label allows you to engage customers with your message and branding. Your label can also provide important instructions or warnings for customers, businesses, and regulatory agencies. However, a great label requires more than just words and text. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we explain the benefits of sharp graphics on custom labels.

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Better Visuals

Graphics on custom labels create better visuals. Your products stand out with intelligent and creative graphic design elements. Consider developing a branded color palette and font portfolio for your business. This will ensure that every product and promotional material is complementary and cohesive. 

Warning and instructions labels need sharp graphics to draw attention and communicate clearly. A custom label with a large flame on it instantly lets someone know there’s a fire hazard. There’s no question of what the label is trying to convey.

Instant Communication

Excellent graphics on custom labels communicate what else is on the label or in the container with just a glance. A bottle of mayo looks white, but a graphic with a sandwich on it denotes the product without looking closely at the label. Supplements are the same way: consider a nutraceutical that supplies vitamin A. 

In the vitamin A label design, you might include a branded orange carrot graphic to intuitively communicate what nutrient is in the bottle. That particular color orange might be a part of your branded color palette, and is reinforced when used elsewhere in the design.

Warning or instruction graphic design elements can help to communicate clearly and quickly. A broken glass graphic denotes something fragile is on the inside. A hazard graphic with a man trying to lift a large parcel denotes the object is heavy and needs special treatment. Graphics make these warnings stand out on a box, container, or apparatus.

Brand Identity

Custom labels give you distinct advantages in product sales. If all things are equal with a rival product, a great graphic design on your label makes you stand out from the competition. Suppose your wine bottle looks exactly like a competitor’s. Even the text uses the same font. However, your label has a distinct graphic that showcases the name of your brand. Better brand identity expands your customer base, wins new customers, and improves your market share.

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Custom Labels by Label Solutions

Label Solutions provides all sorts of labels for your company. We make labels for individual products, large boxes, warnings, machinery, parts, and more. 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.

 ABOUT US:

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.