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Embossed vs Debossed Labels: What’s Better for Your Product?

One of the biggest trends over the past few years in product packaging is the use of texture.

The most popular way to add texture to labels is to change the actual shape of the printed materials. Usually, this is done with embossing or debossing.  Both printing methods make an impression on the paper stock, but there are a few differences.

If you’re making the choice between embossed vs debossed labels, you need to consider the printing process for both and know what kind of paper stock you need.

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Your Guide to Creating the Most Eco-Friendly Labels

If you want to reduce the environmental impact of your products, you need to consider every part of them, including the labels. Eco friendly labels aren’t just recyclable stickers. To reduce your products’ impact on the environment, you need to account for several factors:

– Is the label made with sustainable materials?

– Does it interfere with container recycling?

– Does the choice of materials reduce the total energy and resources used during manufacturing?

– Does it reduce the pollutants released into the environment?

– Does it take into account real world recycling access and consumer habits?

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How to Make Perfect Coffee Bag Labels: Your FAQs Answered

Since 1950, the National Coffee Association has periodically released trend reports covering how Americans enjoy their coffee.

Last year, they found the growth of single cup brewers leveled off, while drip brewing remains the most popular method for making homemade coffee. Americans are still more likely to brew coffee at home than they were before the pandemic, and they’re increasingly consuming flavored coffees. For coffee businesses, this means it’s a great time to start selling bagged ground and whole coffee beans.

Applying label materials on flexible coffee packaging can be challenging. Small companies also need to manage printing costs of custom design coffee bag labels along with quick turnaround times. Slowing down production time means slowing down profits.

So how do you get labels on a bag of coffee? And more importantly – how do you make sure your product labels stick? With the right label materials and systems – and the right information, of course – it is possible. Easy, even!

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Label Paper FAQs. Let’s Talk About the Differences

One of the most important aspects of quality printing is the label paper, also called face stock. Label paper creates the structure that holds on to the permanent adhesives, print and coatings. While we call it “paper,” it’s actually made of a range of natural and synthetic materials.

So, given the wide range of label papers available, how do you know which one is right for you? The short answer is that it varies based on the type of label printer you’re using.

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Best Practices for Using Clear Labels

Whether you are looking for packaging labels, return address labels, product labels, etc., clear labels are a great alternative to opaque labels, because they offer new ways to display your products.

Clear product labels highlight what’s inside clear containers, and they can use the color of opaque containers as part of their design. Only the print is visible on these stickers, letting you get the look of a die-cut sticker or a printed container without the high cost. These features have made simplified prints with clear labels a major design trend.

However, using these labels also comes with unique issues. Making print visible and easy to read is difficult, while these crystal clear labels put package imperfections front and center. These best practices will help you solve design and application issues before you place your first transparent label order.

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What’s the Difference Between Waterproof Labels and Weatherproof Labels?

What’s better for your business – waterproof labels or weatherproof labels?

These two label categories have a lot in common, but they’re designed for different purposes. A waterproof sticker can withstand moisture exposure, while a weatherproof label is designed to handle a range of environmental hazards, including UV light exposure and extreme temperatures. Weatherproof label materials aren’t always waterproof but have multiple protective properties to help them survive the elements.

How do you know which type of product label is right for you? We’ve broken down the properties of these labels, so you know what’s best for your small business. Read more

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The Most Commonly Used Types of Label Applicators

How many types of label applicators are there? Well, if you take into account every option, there are hundreds! Which ones are the most common? That depends largely on what you’re packaging and the size of your business.

Knowing how and where each type of label printer and applicator is used can help you narrow down your choices when you’re looking for new equipment. Here’s a breakdown of each applicator type based on how and where they apply labels.

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Amazon FBA Label Requirements

When Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) launched in 2006, it revolutionized small business logistics. Instead of coordinating shipping, inventory management, warehousing, refunds and returns independently, Amazon sellers can hand over these responsibilities to Amazon FBA for a flat fee. Thanks to the company’s extensive network of Amazon fulfillment centers, it’s possible to get items to customers faster with less overhead than most alternatives.

However, it doesn’t always make sense to let Amazon do all the work. While they’ll print and apply your product’s shipping labels that comply with their internal tracking system as part of their label service, it’s usually cheaper to add them during packaging.

So, what are Amazon’s FBA Labeling requirements? Let’s go over all the information you need to make sure your product packaging is ready for Amazon shipping.

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FDA Cosmetic Labeling Requirements: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to cosmetic labeling, it takes time to design a label that meets all legal requirements, no matter what your packaging looks like.

To make the situation even more frustrating, labeling requirements for cosmetics are unusually confusing. It’s not always clear what is and isn’t a cosmetic, and a misbranded product can cause serious delays for your place of business, ultimately affecting when your products hit the market. Not only that, but regulatory information can be difficult to understand.

Here’s what you need to know to ensure you’re meeting the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) cosmetic labeling requirements while giving consumers the information needed to make informed decisions.

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Is Your Glass Labeling System Letting You Down? Here Are the Keys to Success

While metal and plastic containers are entering new markets, there are still many cases where glass containers and glass jars are the best solution. Glass is a great choice for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages because it’s non-reactive, completely non-permeable, and can handle pressure from carbonation. If you’re packaging highly reactive chemicals, glass is often the safest way to transport them. Glass is also available in a range of colors that block UV, visible, and infrared light for added protection.

However, glass labeling can be difficult. Like any container, glass presents unique challenges caused by complicated shapes, product handling, and manufacturing inconsistencies. Here’s how you can work around these problems to get consistent, eye-catching glass bottle labeling.

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