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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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California’s universal symbol warning a product contains THC.

What are the Guidelines for THC Warning Labels?

Since the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment was signed into law in 2014, it has been up to states to determine the legal requirements for cannabis products. Unfortunately, since laws are on a state-by-state basis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) warning label requirements also vary. The University of Michigan released a study on THC warning labels and label requirements called “Requirements for Cannabis Product Labeling by U.S. State,” offering suggestions for clearer labeling. While legislatures use this paper to prepare new cannabis packaging laws, today’s labeling requirements differ depending on the state. We’re here to help you ensure that you can meet the requirements for medical marijuana and recreational marijuana products.

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Understanding Nutritional Facts Label Compliance

While regulations on food labels date back to the turn of the 20th century, nutrition information was sorely lacking until the 1990s. To help Americans make informed food choices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration passed the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act, requiring food manufacturers to add a nutritional facts label that covers the most important health information for consumers in a clear, concise way. 

Standards are regularly updated to reflect new scientific evidence about nutrition and how Americans eat, so you need to stay up-to-date with new nutrition facts label requirements. 

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Will Your Label Stick? A Guide to Choosing the Best Commercial Label Adhesive

One of the biggest advantages of pressure-sensitive label application is the choice of labels. By choosing different materials for each layer, you can create a custom solution that fits your product’s lifestyle, from application to recycling. This includes label adhesives, which are available in many forms, from easy peel to tamper-resistant. How do you choose the right label adhesive? Several factors are at play, including container shapes and environmental conditions such as temperature and exposure to light.

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Bottles of bleach that meet the label requirements for cleaning products.

What are the Label Requirements for Cleaning Products?

Anything that works well removing grease and lifting dirt probably isn’t the best for the human body. Because of this, label requirements for cleaning products are especially strict, falling under the jurisdiction of international, federal, and sometimes state laws. You need to make sure your cleaning product labels are compliant – but aren’t sure where to start. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you make sure your cleaning supplies have all the needed safety information.

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