4 Signs It’s Time to Evaluate Your
Barcode Labeling System
20 February 2015
Evaluating your barcode labeling system could reveal inefficiencies and sources of error. Implementing a better system can reduce costs by 50% and cut development time by 75%. Some businesses have replaced legacy systems with newer solutions that double productivity for half the cost. These benefits can be identified by a simple evaluation. So what is holding you back?
For most companies, labeling is a necessity, but not a focus. Maybe labeling in your company is a “set it and forget it” process. But when was the last time you “set it”? How do you know when it’s time to take a closer look at your labeling process?
These are four of the most common signs that it’s time to evaluate your barcode labeling system:
1. Business Growth or Acquisition
Business growth means that it’s time to move beyond the basic label design software into an enterprise label management solution that can handle your more complex labeling needs. Whether your company is adding locations, expanding production, hiring more people who will touch the labeling process, or even rebranding – these can all affect your barcode labeling system needs.
If your business is growing, merging, or being acquired, it’s time to take a closer look at your labeling system.
2. Increased Complexity
Increased barcode labeling complexity can result from any number of factors. Whether it’s business growth, industry regulations, customer requirements, or expanded product offerings, your barcode labeling process can become more complex every year.
Do you find yourself buried under hundreds, if not thousands, of barcode label files? In a recent TEKLYNX survey, 62% of users surveyed said they had over 100 label files. This makes it all too easy for production employees to accidentally print the wrong label, wasting time, stock, and money. It might be time for an upgrade to labeling software with database integration, permissions management, or automatic label printing. Watch our video to learn how TEKLYNX barcode label products can grow with you.
If you work in the chemical, food, manufacturing, or healthcare industry, you’re no stranger to industry-wide labeling regulations. Don’t worry! Many businesses find that after going through the evaluation and upgrade process, everything about barcode label design is easier and more efficient.
3. Quality Concerns
Have you noticed inconsistencies between the barcode label on the screen and what comes out of the printer? Errors like this can lead to label reprints, customer returns, and loss of production time. Barcode label software that provides What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) label printing can help solve these problems using embedded printer drivers.
Embedded printer drivers are designed to help your specific label design software speak to your specific printer, and can also make print speed quicker. If you’re noticing declining quality in your barcode labels, it may be due to outdated software, printers, or incompatible printer drivers.
4. Changing Technology
The only constant in technology is change: changing operating systems, changing business systems, and changing hardware.
When the time comes to make a change like upgrading your company’s operating system, it’s also time to take a look at your barcode labeling system. Make sure you stay on the latest version of your labeling software to ensure compatibility with the newest operating system. Options like Software Maintenance Agreements (SMAs) and Subscription Licensing make it easy.
When you purchase new printers, are you getting the most out of their features? Make sure to take a closer look. Sometimes all you need is a new embedded printer driver, but taking a little time to look at the bigger picture can drive long-term improvements.
If it’s time to evaluate your labeling system, give us a call at 414-837-4800 or fill out our form to request a free label design process assessment.
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TEKLYNX Enterprise Label Management eBook
TEKLYNX Summit of Success Video