GS1 Terms

Glossary of useful GS1 terms

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The GS1 system has a language of its own, and it’s handy to have a glossary to refer to when getting started. You’ll hear some terms and acronyms quite often, including barcode types and language (symbology). It can be confusing at first, but will become easier as you go on. Understanding these terms is essential to implementing barcodes with your …

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Why do you need barcodes for your food business?

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The everyday “beep” of the barcode reader at the checkout is something we are all familiar with. But many small to medium sized food producers often think of barcoding products as an expensive burden. However it’s also the best way of growing a business through access to major retailers, while establishing a better known brand. The food and beverage industry …

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Seven reasons why your barcodes might be failing

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There are many reasons as to why barcodes fail, but they can usually be grouped into two categories: poor printing and poor data quality. Failures due to poor printing are easier to detect because they will be visible to the eye, but data errors are more difficult to spot. You may need to go through all of the barcode quality …

European Business Awards (EBA) 2016/17

NiceLabel selected as one of 10 recipients for The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy in the 2016/17 European Business Awards

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NiceLabel has been named as one of the finalists and Ruban d’Honneur recipients  in the 2016/17 European Business Awards. It is one of only 110 finalists announced after over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries were engaged in the competition, and, among these, one of 10 finalists for The ELITE Awards for Growth Strategy of the Year. The European Business Awards …

Labeling Trends 2017

What labeling trends will we see in 2017?

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“Labels and Labeling” recently asked me to provide my thoughts on what labeling trends will impact us in the new year. 2016 marked a year of transition. Historically, companies viewed labeling as a background process. That started to change as many moved away from fragmented solutions and decentralized labeling operations to centralize labeling processes and standardize on label management systems. …

How Much Does Your Current Labeling System Cost You?

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When we talk about the cost of business systems, we often refer to the actual cost of purchasing or subscribing to install and use a system. At most, we recognize basic additional costs such as maintenance, licensing and training, which are associated directly with the installment and functionality the product. However, there are many other direct and indirect costs that …

Part 1: Why Companies are Modernizing Labeling Systems to Address Today’s Labeling Challenges.

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As with every business system on the market; technology, digitalization and business growth affect labeling systems; presenting new challenges. Essentially, these challenges push companies to look for alternative ways to handle their needs and modernize their systems. In a recent webinar with Domtar, NiceLabel VP & GM Lee Patty talks about today’s labeling challenges and gives valuable insight on why …

Smart manufacturing at the center of the fourth industrial revolution

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In the fourth industrial revolution (also known as Industry 4.0), smart factories will be able to reconfigure themselves in response to changes in demand; industrial scale USB ports will control thousands of sensors and computer-enabled devices in a plant, enabling them to change to different tasks and modules in an instant. This is the vision of Professor Detlef Zühlke at …

Software as glue – connecting smart technology with manufacturing

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“There’s a new era of manufacturing,” General Electric’s President of Transportation Jamie Miller told an audience of manufacturers at a major industry conference in Chicago in May. “The Industrial Internet isn’t just a probability, it’s really here today,” said Miller at MESA 2016. Additive 3D printing, lean and virtual manufacturing, sensor-based technologies and supply chain optimization are revolutionizing GE’s operations, …

 

Getting control of labeling

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It goes without saying that once you design a label, it needs to be printed.  Many companies are experts when it comes to the basics of label design. The part has some businesses scratching their heads is how to best “manage” all of those labels and the “printing process” that goes along with them. Many companies use “hard coded” or …