Did You Enjoy IWDC This Year? Label Solutions Recaps the Trade Show

Did you see Label Solutions at IWDC 2021 this year? Kathy and Amanda met a lot of you at Booth 34 (right in between John Tillman and Sonoco). Label Solutions recaps the 2021 version of the IWDC Sales and Purchasing show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at this magic-themed convention.

Opening Reception

The opening reception was fantastic at the lovely MGM Grand. We mingled with the best of the best of the IWDC world! We were proud to join 25 other vendors on the show floor the next day. Thank you to all of the sponsors for such a lovely evening.

Workshops & Presentations

In addition to meeting everyone, the workshops and presentations were outstanding. 

The IWDC warehouse program continues to be a vital part of the welding industry. We got to hear exactly what’s coming next and how we can help your warehousing needs with time-sensitive label solutions.

We also got to see some new products from ESAB and Weldmark that could be revolutionizing automated plasma systems for decades to come. 

The independent owners talked about the pressing issues of their day, including how to move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic eases.

Magical Time

It was always fun to run into Alex Ramon, who was walking through the show and performing some of his signature sleight-of-hand tricks. He’s just as great up close and in person as he is on stage! Thank you for your ability to work a crowd!

Building Relationships

The most important aspect of the IWDC Sales & Purchasing convention centers on the relationships we made at the show. We value each and every one of you, and we’ll deliver on your compressed gas cylinders labels as best as we can.

How Can Label Solutions Help You?

Label Solutions is a proud member of IWDC, and we take pride in our innovative compressed gas cylinder labels that comply with federal regulations and help your welding company. We showcased our Tags on a Roll labels at IWDC 2021 this year!

Need more information? Contact Label Solutions today, and we’ll get back to you! 

Get the Right Labels to Show Off Your Tea Products

Having the right type of packaging and labels for your packaged tea product is vital for success. But what are some of the essential elements of tea labels? Here are several you should consider carefully as you design your labels for production.

Versatile sizes

Whether you prefer wrap-around labels for tins, large rectangular labels covering the front of pouches or intricate tea boxes that feature several different labels on all sides, the options are nearly endless. Choosing a size that best fits your packaging shouldn’t be an issue, but you’ll want to make sure all the important product details are visible and that your branding is exactly what you want it to be.

Beautiful fonts and typeface settings

Labels for your packaged tea products can also feature a variety of gorgeous fonts and typeface settings to achieve the look you’re after. However, you’ll want to make sure your brand name and all other details are easy to read, so it’s advised that you don’t choose more than two different fonts when creating your labels.

Striking illustrations and images

When it comes to tea packaging, your labels can include images and illustrations that conjure feelings of comfort, further adding to the description of each type of plant or tea. Or, you can stick with one particular label image that defines your brand. Either way, a striking image is a great way to make your labels and product stand out from competitors.

A variety of materials

Labels for your packaged tea products can be made with several different materials, depending on your packaging needs. For example, if your package is opaque or plain, you might choose an elaborate label design printed on a white label with many vivid colors to brighten it up. Or, you may choose a clear label to let the tea leaves show through. You can also coat your labels with a gloss or matte-over laminate as a final finishing touch to keep them shiny. Regardless, we always recommend BOPP labels made from long-wearing plastic film and are waterproof, smudge-free, and heat-resistant.

Need labels for your packaged tea products? 

Do you need quality labels for your packaged tea products? Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us for your next production run.

Label Solutions Is Heading to the World Tea Expo! See Us There!

The team here at Label Solutions is proud to announce that we are attending North America’s most extraordinary gathering of the specialty tea industry: The World Tea Conference & Expo! Scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on June 28th-30th, we’ll join other professionals to explore the latest tea trends, distribution channels, and fresh ideas with three full days of buying, selling, networking, and education.

Rob Freeman, Vice President of Revenue Operations of Label Solutions, is proud to host a workshop entitled "Product Label Planning in the New Era."

Join Rob as he talks about some of the most common food & beverage product label issues the industry is experiencing today, and what you can do to prepare for Supply Chain disruption, plan for better label production efficiency, and improving your inventory cycles. Look for his bonus "new trends" marketing segment too.

Objectives:

  • Taking your Product Label to the next level
  • Creating your new product label more efficiently
  • Help to avoid Supply Chain delays

What Is the World Tea Conference & Expo?

The World Tea Conference & Expo is known as the “hub” of the North American specialty tea market. With the $8 billion U.S. tea industry expected to grow to an additional $11 billion, Label Solutions is proud to be a part of the specialty and premium tea market, which holds about 60% of the market share today.

In addition to Label Solutions, attendees of the World Tea Conference & Expo can also take advantage of an even bigger exhibit hall floor this year, which will feature a variety of complementary products and solutions, including:

  • Spirits, beer, and wine
  • Glassware
  • Technology/POS
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Security and insurance
  • Apparel
  • Media apps
  • Cannabis-infused products
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Decor and furnishings

Why is Label Solutions attending the World Tea Conference & Expo?

At Label Solutions, we are excited to join many other business professionals, including tea shop owners, distributors, retailers, specialty grocers, and more, at this one-of-a-kind event. More than 30% of the attendees only exhibit at this single event, so it’s genuinely an exclusive opportunity to network and consolidate the purchasing process.

Come and see Rob to get some tips on your tea labeling!

Benefits of attending the World Tea Conference & Expo

At the World Tea Conference & Expo, the professionals at Label Solutions eagerly anticipate learning about new developments and trends in the specialty tea industry while meeting suppliers, owners, and operators. We’re excited to provide solutions specific to these companies’ needs, help vendors achieve sustainability goals with their labeling, and network with specialty tea producers and manufacturers.

We hope to see you at this fantastic event! As always, we are here to help you achieve your labeling goals and meet the needs of your specific product, so please contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us.

What Happens If Dirt Gets on Your Adhesive Labels Before Shipping Your Products?

Dirt can find its way onto your adhesive labels in many different ways: through direct contact with fingers, a dirty storage environment, or by adhering to packaging materials that are coated in dirt. 

Regardless of how the dirt comes into contact with adhesive labels, the result is never good. It’s very difficult (if not impossible) to use a label once it’s come into contact with dirt.

Label Solutions explains what to do if this happens to you.

How Does Dirt Affect the Application of Adhesive Labels?

If your label gets dirty during the application process or it is placed on a package that is coated in dirt, the label will have a hard time sticking to the textured surface. Essentially, texture reduces the surface area available for the label to stick to, leaving gaps that may appear bumpy and unprofessional from the customer’s point of view. 

In short, dirt will ruin your labels. Once they’re affected, they won’t adhere correctly and they are likely to peel. This will make your product look less attractive over time. 

What to Do If Dirt Gets On Your Labels

If dirt gets onto the front side of your labels, you may be able to wipe it off with little difficulty. However, if it touches the adhesive side of your labels, they will be impossible to clean thoroughly. You will need to dispose of the labels and replace them.

How to Prevent Contamination With Dirt

Here’s the bottom line: Once your labels are contaminated with dirt, they won’t stay stuck. You’ll need to replace the dirty labels before shipping the product off to any customers or you’ll risk damaging your brand reputation.

However, there is some good news! There are ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Primarily, it comes down to proper storage and maintaining a clean packaging environment.

 

  • Store adhesive labels inside an airtight plastic bag or container.
  • Keep labels off the ground by storing them on shelves.
  • Regularly clean your packaging/labeling environment to prevent dust and dirt buildup on surfaces.
  • Avoid touching the adhesive when applying labels manually.

 

Need to Order New Adhesive Labels?

If your labels are no longer usable, the experts at Label Solutions are available to help. We can provide high-quality labels and tips on how to store and apply them properly so you won’t ever have to deal with dirty labels again. Contact us today for more details.

How to Fix Common Problems With Your Adhesive Label Applicator

Excessive downtime spent troubleshooting production issues can cut into your profit and hinder your productivity. To help you get back up and running faster, here are some of the most common problems companies face with adhesive label applicators, and most importantly, how to solve them.

Problem #1: The label material has excessive die strikes.

Die strikes are one of the most common problems with automatic label application. A die strike is a specific part of the label production process that must be done correctly by the label manufacturer. Otherwise, you might end up with labels that don’t properly separate from the liner. It’s caused by adhesive (from the back of the label) getting into the lining.

Although all labels have die strikes, excessive die strikes are a quality control issue, and they will cause issues with automatic application. For example, the labels may not completely peel off the liner or they may jam the adhesive label applicator.

The solution: If your labels have excessive die strikes, you should consult with the label supplier. The supplier will need to correct their label production process to prevent these issues from occurring.

Problem #2: The label liner is peeling or curling.

If your liners are behaving like this and are refusing to cooperate with your adhesive label applicator, high temperatures and humidity might be the problem. If your production environment is very humid, your label liners may expand or curl, which can cause jams.

The solution: Store your labels in airtight plastic bags and on low shelves in your production facility (high shelves will be much warmer). You should also store your labels standing up with the hole facing vertically or hang them on a rack. This will keep the labels from sliding on the liner.

Problem #3: Loose or wrinkling labels.

If your labels are applying smoothly, it may not be an issue with your adhesive label applicator. Instead, it is likely a problem with your container. Very small irregularities in your containers could be the cause of your labels not sticking properly due to an inconsistent shape. 

The solution: You may need to shop for a new container supplier that provides higher-quality packaging. You may also want to talk to your label supplier to ensure that you’re purchasing the right type of label materials for your packaging.

Avoid Some Adhesive Label Applicator Issues With High-Quality Labels

Too often, common problems with label applicators stem from poor-quality labels. Label Solutions offers the highest-quality labels for a variety of industries and needs. Contact us today to find out how we can create the perfect labels for your product.