barcode facts

Fun facts about barcodes

Marko Vrbnjak GS1 Leave a Comment

They don’t get much attention, but barcodes are one of the most important inventions ever. They have an incredibly important role in improving the way businesses capture and share information, as well as optimizing the movement of items along the supply chain. The story of barcodes begins with Joseph Norman Woodland who, inspired by Morse code, drew the first ever …

Serving size changes

How will the change in serving and package sizes affect your nutrition labels?

Susan Gosnell Food and beverage Leave a Comment

Since the FDA announced the changes in nutrition label design in May 2016, one of the most discussed topics has been the adjustment of serving and package sizes. These will impact both nutrition label information and design, especially with packages larger than one serving that can be consumed in one or multiple sittings. Learn about the new FDA regulations so …

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Cost of a failed barcode scan

Marko Vrbnjak GS1 1 Comment

Barcodes aim for at least a 99% accuracy and scanning rate. That’s ambitious, but the 1% error rate adds significant costs to the supply chain, making successful barcodes extremely important. In fact, GS1 frequently points out, “Barcodes should scan right the  first time, every time!” It’s not difficult to see how big an impact barcodes make. Consider how many barcodes …

FDA Nutrition Facts label

What are the main changes to the FDA Nutrition Facts label?

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In May 2016, the FDA announced changes to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The well-recognized food label design will keep most of its characteristics, but some declarations will no longer be required and new declarations will be added. All nutrition label changes can be grouped into three categories: design changes, declaration changes based on scientific findings, and changes …

European Business Awards

NiceLabel’s growth strategy among top ten in Europe

Metka Silar Sturm Industry news 2 Comments

NiceLabel was selected among the top ten European companies with the most successful growth strategy at the European Business Awards final in Dubrovnik on May 4.   The European Business Awards, Europe’s largest business competition, is set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community. 33,000 businesses from 34 countries were engaged in the competition, …

Medical Device labeling

A recap of the Medical Device Packaging & Labeling Summit

Susan Gosnell Medical Devices 2 Comments

Last week, medical device manufacturers from across the U.S. came together to discuss the constantly changing world of labeling at Q1 Productions’ 6th Semi-Annual Medical Device Packaging and Labeling Summit. While abiding by FDA labeling requirements presents ongoing challenges for these companies, topics like localization and translation also dominated much of the agenda. This group is always candid and open …

label management system

Dairy Reporter explores how NiceLabel helped a large food company gain competitive advantage

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Dairy Reporter recently sat down with NiceLabel VP Marketing Ken Moir to discuss how the world’s largest manufacturer of organic dairy products standardized its label management for all of its industrial printers. The next generation technology enabled the company to streamline production and position the company for future growth. The solution is applicable to any food and beverage company. The …

printing modernization

Explore the modernization of printing with NiceLabel

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By Miso Duplancic, Head of Product Management As the leading developer of label management software solutions, NiceLabel is witnessing a new readiness on the part of many companies to adopt a next generation approach to labeling.  In the past, companies traditionally followed a rudimentary labeling process and used label design packages. Now companies in industries across the board recognize the many …

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 …

food retail barcodes

Why do you need barcodes for your food business?

Marko Vrbnjak Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

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 …