QR code vs. barcode.

QR Codes vs. Barcodes: How Do You Know Which One to Choose?

Are QR codes better than a traditional barcode? While QR (quick response code) is newer, the choice between technologies comes down to how and where the code is used. While we think of them as two separate ways to add machine-readable data to labels, they’re just a small part of over a dozen common coding standards used around the world. Keep reading to learn more about QR codes vs. barcodes.

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Bags of coffee receiving coffee labels.

Tips and Requirements for Gourmet Coffee Label Design

Making an effective gourmet coffee label takes more than writing some flowery language about flavor profiles. What do you need on your label to meet food regulations? What can you add to the label to make your brand of new coffee more attractive to consumers? How do you get these labels onto your containers? 

Here’s what you need to know to plan the look of your coffee products, whether you’re entering the segment or you’re simply updating your line.

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Example of lip balm labeling requirements.

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Balm Labeling Requirements

Introducing a new lip balm label should be a straightforward process. It’s an established product with standard recipes, packaging, and market categories. You can even purchase a vial labeler that labels small tubes with minimal setup. However, label regulations are confusing. It might require specific phrasing to be legal, including a combination of drug and cosmetics labeling information. Working with regulations on the confined space of a lip balm tube can give you a major headache. How do you pull these elements together to make a compliant yet attractive label? Before you begin, understand the lip balm labeling requirements. Read more

Automatic labeling system.

Improve Your Process with the 8 Benefits of Automatic Labeling Systems

Has your business grown to a point where your labeling process is getting in the way? The initial cost of making the jump to label automation may be high, but so is the return on investment. Automatic labeling machines aren’t just faster than manual labeling (and even semi-automatic labeling equipment), they reduce costs, increase throughput, improve quality, and make production easier. Learn more about all the benefits of automatic labeling systems.

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Industrial label printer applicator in use at facility.

How to Choose the Right Industrial Label Printer Applicator for Your Business

There are endless reasons for printing labels before applying to products: adding expiration dates, changing label information for foreign markets, or adding information for a new promotion or advertising campaign. 

Whatever the reason, an industrial label printer applicator can do more than simply help you make compliant labels. If implemented correctly, this type of labeling machine speeds up production, reduces errors, and cuts operating costs. Here’s what to take into consideration when contemplating an upgrade to this type of machine. Read more

A high speed label applicator machine.

What is a High Speed Label Applicator?

A high speed label applicator is just a really fast labeling machine, right? Well, technically the answer is yes, but there’s more to it than that! 

A high speed applicator doesn’t just offer faster product labeling speed, it also eliminates human error by increasing labeling accuracy while also handling a variety of labels and containers. When implemented correctly, these machines can increase output, decrease costs and reduce damage from improper product handling. In the long run, a high speed label applicator doesn’t just save your company money, it frees up valuable human resources and improves customer service. Read more

Product inventory in a warehouse.

The Important Role of a Labeling System for Order Fulfillment

Order fulfillment is the final step in the supply chain. It requires the coordination of your entire logistics system to gather and ship the right products to each of your customers. Labeling systems can automate several steps in this process while adding error correction systems and inventory management. You may be surprised how many ways the right implementation can cut delivery times and shipping problems, keeping customers happy and costs low. Learn more about the benefits of using a labeling system for order fulfillment. Read more

Candle labels.

Candle Label Requirements, Guidelines, and Best Practices

How do you label a candle? While its design should attract customers, there are safety issues and legal requirements to contend with when labeling candles. If you’re selling any candle products or wax melts in the U.S, you need to meet the industry standards for candle label requirements as well as recommendations from several organizations, including the NCA, FPLA, ASTM, and CPSC. You also need custom candle labels that will stay on your products, even if subjected to the heat of the candle itself. Here’s what you should consider when picking label designs and materials for candles. Read more

Labels being applied by a bottle labeling machine

4 Things to Consider in a Bottle Labeling Machine

Picture this: your business is booming and (finally) ready to move beyond a manual labeling machine, stepping into the big world of labeling automation. But, where do you begin when looking for a bottle label applicator that’s easy to use and a good fit for your business? 

Bottle label applicators have many options, even within models, because many of these products need multiple labels (and manufacturers want machines that have the ability to accommodate several bottle sizes). So, how do you go about choosing a machine that’s right for your product lines? Read more

Plastic bottle with a waterproof label.

Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Labels for Your Products

Worried that your labels won’t make it through the lifecycle of your product due to water exposure? Using water resistant labels can alleviate that problem, but with hundreds of inks, coatings and base stock combinations to choose from, it can be hard to find the right solution.

That’s why it’s important to know the limits and requirements for waterproof product labels: that way you can ask the right questions when choosing a label or a labeling machine. Here are some things to consider when incorporating custom waterproof labels. Read more