supplier labeling

Mastering compliance with cloud-based supplier labeling

Ken Moir Cloud computing Leave a Comment

Supplier compliance is key for organizations to ensure their good keeps moving through the warehouse quickly. It also helps avoid delays caused by labeling errors. But rather than forcing compliance and putting at risk the positive relationships that are crucial to successful supplier management, businesses can and should adopt a standardized process that offers another way forward. In this article, we look …

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Disorganized labeling is a chilling epidemic: The cure is digitization and modernization

Lee Patty Food and beverage, Industry news Leave a Comment

New technology, government regulations and shifting consumer demands for more choice, convenience, healthy ingredients and transparency are making cold chains – and all food supply chains – increasingly complex. This is especially true when it comes to labeling. Unfortunately, label design and creation are often relegated to a background operation, and many businesses are still using dated and disparate systems. …

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Streamlining supply chain processes in the cloud: Reduce your inventory and move product through the warehouse faster

Ken Moir Cloud computing, Industry news Leave a Comment

All business processes are under scrutiny in today’s competitive marketplace, regardless of the industry. Businesses cannot afford to ignore legacy process and systems which add cost and time to their products and services. In many industries margins are slim and delivery expectations can be almost instantaneous; it can make the difference between being profitable or not. For those businesses which …

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Cloud-based labeling system: An essential business continuity tool in the age of remote collaboration

Lee Patty Cloud computing, Industry news 1 Comment

Today, every company faces the reality that a plan for business continuity is essential. The size of the company doesn’t matter – business continuity does, and with every manufacturer needing to label its products, label management is a key process that must keep running to ensure inventory can quickly move through supply chains and reach retailers and consumers as fast …

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Driving efficiencies across the pharmaceutical supply chain: How centralized label management can play a key role

Ken Moir Life sciences, Pharmaceutical Leave a Comment

We are seeing pharmaceutical supply chains digitizing across the world. It is a process that involves the implementation of AI, big data analytics, large-scale automation, digital twins and a plethora of other technological advancements that are helping to revolutionize the whole industry by breaking down siloed processes, departments and facilities. Yet despite all the focus on digitization, many companies have …

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Ecommerce in a challenging climate: How cloud-based labeling is changing the game

Ken Moir Cloud computing, Retail Leave a Comment

As the ease and one-click convenience of online shopping grows in popularity, the ecommerce industry faces enormous demand. This trend is particularly prevalent in the UK, which has the highest share of online sales in retail trade across Europe. However, in times of crisis, ecommerce goes beyond convenience – offering a critical lifeline for consumers who cannot access or purchase …

supplier labeling

Five common challenges to supplier labeling – and how to solve them

Mari Waldron Cloud computing, Industry news Leave a Comment

In working with our customers to digitally transform their labeling, we see firsthand the challenges they face when trying to extend their standardized, digitally-transformed labeling process to their suppliers.  Here are the five most common challenges we see (and how we solve them): Challenge #1: Suppliers often have vastly different IT infrastructures and varying levels of technical knowledge. Their IT …

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Efficient labeling in the SAP world – How digitization meets the need for speed

Ken Moir Industry news, SAP Leave a Comment

SAP is fundamental to the way many of the world’s largest brands run their manufacturing warehousing and supply chain operations. That is why it is key that automated labeling runs seamlessly and efficiently within the SAP environment.  In the past, label production in SAP has often been a highly-complex, IT-managed procedure. Historically, in this environment label changes have often taken …

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Anatomy of a UPC Barcode

Marko Vrbnjak GS1 Leave a Comment

To learn something effectively you need to know the basics. The GS1 Handbook – How To Barcode Your Product tells you all about what barcodes do, what the GS1 does and how you can create, print and verify your barcodes. But before going on, let’s talk about basics. This post will analyze the structure of the UPC barcode, because understanding …

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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 …