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Digital Printing and Inventory Management

Digital Printing and Inventory Management

Inventory management is tough. There are plenty of business service firms out there that would have you believe they can solve your inventory problems, from ERP software, to consultants, to RFID tracking, but the reality is that inventory problems can’t be ‘solved.’ There will always be a tradeoff between keeping too much on hand so you never run out, which increases the chance of spoilage or obsolescence, or you’ll keep too little on hand, increasing the chance of stock outs and unmet demand. This is inventory management’s inherent tradeoff, and every business owner has to make the tough choice of what risk he or she prefers. As printers, we can’t solve your inventory problems for you, but we can make the decision easier. Digital print production allows printers to tailor a label and packaging solution to meet your unique inventory needs. Here is a broad overview of how digital printing makes inventory management easier.

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Five Common Label Mistakes

Label design isn’t easy. There’s no question about it, some projects are more complex than others, but every project is complex and requires attention to detail. A reliable and experienced printer will definitely reduce the likelihood of making a mistake, but even the best printer can’t spot every mistake. We’ve compiled a list of five common label mistakes, what causes them, and how they can be prevented. Hopefully this makes your life a little easier.

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Selecting a Substrate

Selecting a Substrate

Selecting a substrate (or face stock) for your product label may not be as simple as you think. There are thousands of combinations of face stocks and adhesives out there and choosing the right one could be critical to your label’s performance. Here are a few things you need to consider before ordering your labels: application, performance, aesthetic and cost. Listed below are some questions that should help you decide what substrate you need to get the most out of your label. Read more

Crowdfunded Crowdsourced Beer

Crowdfunded Breweries to Crowdsourced Design

Guest Post by: Gretchen Ardizzone at Shout Out Studio

Over the last couple years we’ve watched control put back in the hands of consumers through online funding programs like Kickstarter, where the consumer invests in the ideas or innovations that they want to see developed. One of the things influencing this trend is the increasing desire to support independent or local retail, restaurants, and manufacturers. For entrepreneurs, this method enables them to take their idea straight to the consumer and ask them to help fund it without the hassle of traditional financial institutions.

With the craft beer industry pouring in $10B in sales for 2012, it should come as no surprise that they’ve caught on to the popularity of this funding method as well. Just a few weeks ago, online platform CrowdBrewed.com and another site CraftFund.com were launched to cater solely to the craft brew entrepreneur.

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Labeling a Product Line

Label Consistency

Designing a good label is hard. It takes a good concept, an understanding of the technical applications, a good designer, and a printer that can get it all right. But here’s the scary thing, even if you do everything right to create a great label, you could still end up with boxes full of useless packaging. Why? Consistency. Just because a label was right one time doesn’t mean it will be the next. Really, you might be thinking, in the age of the iPhone and Netflix, printers still haven’t figured out how to make labels look the same every time? Well, the answer to that is that some have and some haven’t, and you need to be able to tell the difference. The difference is the process they are using to create the label. Flexographic is an analog process that requires a lot of judgment and ‘eyeballing’ whereas digital printing is, well, digital. Here are the main areas digital printing can help maintain label consistency:

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Labels with QR Codes

Adding Value to Your Label with a QR Code

Guest Post by: Gretchen Ardizzone at Shout Out Studio

Having a well designed, well-executed label is the first step in attracting attention to your product, but there’s an opportunity for your label to do more. If you want to communicate the added value of your product, you might consider a QR code. QR (quick response) codes aren’t the newest technology to hit the market. In fact, the two dimensional barcodes have been around for almost twenty years. But we’ve seen them more (both good and bad) in the last few years in attempts to stand out in a highly competitive marketplace. When applied thoughtfully, they can provide their benefits.

Some people think the primary use of a QR code is a good way to direct consumers to your website. Not entirely. The reality is that your web address can just as easily be printed on your label, and if a consumer wants to visit your website before or after purchase, they’ll likely do it anyhow. The first question to ask is how engaging is your website? If you’re driving traffic there, it’s crucial that there’s something there to engage them. If it’s just basic company information and where to find your product (which they just did), you might want to reconsider.

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