Any business that has to ship products to customers, regardless of size, faces a unique set of challenges. Whether it is becoming more efficient, making less errors, or just saving money, coming up with a way to ship to customers can be difficult. With all of the options on the market, which one is the best for your business? Many are turning towards the Integrated Label Solution.
Integrated labels have been a tried and true method when shipping products. Because the shipping form has both a label and paper portion, it can be utilized for many things; not just a packing slip/shipping label. For example, many businesses include return information for their customers. They can easily pre-print the return authorization label and instructions to include in the package. A very similar application is used when purchasing replacement items such as toner, printer equipment, or any other item that could be returned for recycling. The label is there so the customer can return the container and just apply the label and ship. Another great way to use integrated labels is for payment remittance. It is very easy to print the invoice and have the return label information to apply to the envelope right on the form.
What makes integrated labels so special is its simple construction. The standard size is 8.5 x 11”; however, 8.5 x 14” are also popular as well as custom sizing. Because integrated labels come in standard sizes, they run beautifully through laser and inkjet printers. There are also many different stock label constructions to choose from, allowing companies to tailor their usage. Some purchase many different variations depending on the process. If there is a construction needed that doesn’t come standard, it can normally be created. Another nice feature is having the choice to purchase blank or pre-printed forms. Both have advantages and disadvantages. A blank form allows you to customize, and change the integrated label, on the fly. On the flip side, if you are creating a color form, you may use a lot of toner/ink. A pre-printed form can help save on the cost toner/ink; however, if you need to change your form, there is inventory that either must be used or discarded.
Each business must evaluate the best options for them. The nice thing about integrated labels is you can always change your mind if one method isn’t working. Start with a small number of forms and once the process is perfected, order more and save even more money!