Proper labeling is a necessity in modern supply chains. Not only do labels provide workers with essential information such as shipping locations, return addresses, and content descriptions, but their barcodes also enable complete product traceability—a must when it comes to complying with government regulations, especially in the pharmaceutical, food packaging, and chemical development industries.
To perform carton labeling, many companies take a literal hands-on approach— they print out individual labels on adhesive-backed paper and then apply them to cartons by hand. While this method initially appears cost-effective due to the low upfront investment, hand-labeling can create a number of problems including:
- High risk of human error
- Substantial material waste
- Efficiency and workflow limitations
Fortunately, hand-labeling isn’t the only way to outfit shipping cartons with the text, images, and barcodes necessary for successful distribution. With the help of a high-resolution case coder printer like the Precision Series 72, companies can directly mark their packages with important label information and leave hand-labeling in the past.