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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!
More companies are discovering the secret to simplifying their shipping process with integrated labels. Integrated labels have been around for a while and businesses large and small are utilizing their great ability to save cost, time and costly quality assurance issues.
To determine if it is worth switching to an integrated labeling solution, a business needs to evaluate how much it costs to ship out a package with their current method. Calculating the time it takes to apply the label and packing slip is very important as well. Paying an employee to handle the shipping label and packing list is a time involved process. Even if you save 15-20 seconds per carton, you have just improved productivity getting more cartons out the door. This alone will save you money over time.
Quality assurance is an area that deserves attention. When a line worker has to match a packing slip with a box with a shipping label, it is easy to see how errors can occur. And unfortunately, these errors cost both time and money. The sheer number of staff to figure out an error, after it occurs, can stretch over several shipments. This means unhappy employees and, more importantly, unhappy customers. The integrated label is great as the shipping label and packing list can be on one form, reducing errors and reducing the time it takes just to match everything up. Many businesses have decided to stop adding the packing list to the outside of the carton, and put it inside instead. This makes an integrated label that much better! Just peel off the shipping label, drop the packing list in the box, and then apply the shipping label. That easy!
There are many different styles of integrated shipping forms that are available right off the shelf, giving you the ability to customize your form from start to finish. This is perfect for the companies who change things up often on their packing slips. For some businesses, the cost of toner alone is enough to go with pre-printed forms. Basic information such as company logo, and fields that show on all forms, are printed right on the form and then ran through their printer saving on overall toner costs. And even with all of the options out there, maybe a company has a special application and the label structure does not work for them. This is another instance where going with a custom printed integrated label may be worth the cost. However, regardless of stock or custom, integrated labels can be a great addition to your shipping process. It is definitely worth the time to see if they fit into your business model.
Custom labels are great options to use on promotional and mailing materials (along with on products themselves) because they are usually available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and even some are full color labels. This is great news to marketers and advertising specialists within a company, as they can design a custom label suite to go with their overall marketing material design and campaign.
Label printing can usually be done in conjunction with other marketing material printing, depending on the company and what materials are needed. Having an overall cohesive look that flows from the flyers, to the products, and then the custom labels, can look a lot more professional and create a longer-lasting impression on the intended audience and consumer base.
In order to make sure the custom labels are in line with the design of the other marketing materials, be sure to have the designer use the exact same colors (finding these out is simple with the Eyedropper tool on Photoshop) and have the same design elements. Similar design elements that should be included are any logos or strong lines or graphic art that is featured on other marketing materials or the actual products.
Because most people will identify the strongest parts of the design first, these are what should be absolutely included into any design elements of all the surrounding marketing materials. If these include clip art or custom illustrations, these are usually relatively easy to re-size or copy over to a new design template from the previous initial marketing material design.
If a company isn’t sure how to blend their existing marketing material designs with a new custom label order, hiring a graphic designer or working with a designer at the label printing service is the best way to ensure that the label matches the overall design efforts of the marketing campaign.