Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical
data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far
surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the
Global manufacturers are beginning to understand that
labeling solutions need to accommodate an increased level
of complexity by including languages, regulatory information, pictograms, lot and batch number, brand information
and more. The question is, what is the best strategy for
accommodating this level of labeling complexity in the
global supply chain?
Utilizing Enterprise Labeling Solutions can enable companies to address complex labeling challenges while improving
efficiency, accuracy and speed, as well as delivery time and
cost savings. Here are seven reasons why Enterprise Labeling is
crucial for an optimal global supply chain.
1. Speed. The manufacturing industry is retooling
with new technologies and automating at unprecedented speed, and labeling solutions must keep up.
Enterprise Labeling provides manufacturers with
the ability to dynamically manage labeling and
support the extensive variability brought on by the
global complexity of products, new automation
technologies, customer requirements, geographies,
languages, and standards. By automating labeling on an enterprise-wide basis, manual effort is
minimized, throughput increases and response time
2. Standardization. Standardization of labeling
throughout the supply chain solves a multitude of
problems, preventing mislabeling, relabeling.
As supply chains become more interconnected and
complex, businesses are adopting standards for
enterprise applications across their global foot-
print. Today’s labeling solutions must provide the
ability to integrate with existing data sources and
enable standardization for a consistent approach to
What a discovery to realize that standardization actually allows for much more flexibility in addressing
labeling, enabling you to leverage centralized data
sources throughout your supply chain operations.
With Enterprise Labeling, a wide variety of labeling
demands can be accommodated seamlessly across
the global supply chain.
3. Customer Responsiveness. Proactively and rapidly
meet customer requirements to gain a competitive
edge. Enable companies to maximize operational
efficiency and meet business requirements.
Changes to labels are often driven by customer-spe-cific requirements that are more demanding and
variable today than ever before. Businesses which
view labeling as a key enabler in customer responsiveness find increased opportunities to better
serve their client base and drive revenue. Enterprise
Labeling can proactively and quickly accommodate
the widest range of customer requests.
4. Change Management. When change is the norm,
the power of Enterprise Labeling wins the day and
manages changes on a large scale swiftly and easily.
Companies faced with unpredictable business
requirements can make label changes with the
advanced business logic contained in Loftware’s
Enterprise Labeling Solutions. Label formatting and
content can be changed dynamically to support
a myriad of different label combinations with a
minimum number of label designs. A wide range
of regional, language, customer and regulatory
requirements can be modified as needed, while
enabling the automatic routing of print requests.
By: Deborah Grant, Manufacturing Industry Manager, Loftware