Making the switch to integrated labels from a traditional shipping label form style can be a bit stressful at first; especially when you have a different process already in place. Management personnel, or anyone responsible for the purchasing decisions, will need to be convinced that moving to integrated labels for all shipping needs is the way to go before they can be ordered. There are several different points that can be brought up in order to persuade the management team that the move to integrated labels from traditional shipping label forms is a great way to go. Here are a few things to remember:
Integrated labels can be more cost effective than regular single-sided labels because they eliminate the need for the additional packing list template and paper. Combining the packing list and the address form into one product will help decrease overall shipping and packaging costs. You can just simple drop the packing slip inside the box, and apply the shipping label on the outside carton. No need to add a “packing slip enclosed” pocket on the outside any longer.
Because the packing slip and mailing address form are combined into one product, it can help shipping employees save time by printing the packing and address information all at once. In some cases, a packing slip is printed separately from the address label leaving the slip to be matched up with a shipping label. Not only is this time consuming, but the amount of errors associated with the wrong packing slip or shipping label jumps tremendously. Because the integrated label can print both items, the time savings can add up to significant productivity gains and help reduce shipping errors.
In some cases, printing packing lists and mailing address labels can product excess waste after they are either affixed to the packaging or inserted into the shipment, along with the products. Utilizing integrated shipping labels can help cut down on this excess waste. Integrated labels do produce some waste, but in most cases, this is less than when the packing list and mailing address form is separate.
These are just some of the benefits that can convince management to approve and order integrated labels. Moving to a different labeling system can be difficult at first, but soon enough, most employees and management will appreciate the change. Especially when your profits are up…and expenses are down!