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Pallet labels or pallet license plate labels as some call them, may seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of things, but they play a crucial role in the smooth operation of any warehouse management system or supply chain. Packaging engineers, product managers, sourcing managers, and purchasing agents need to understand the importance of pallet labeling to ensure that their products reach their intended destinations on time, in the right quantity, and in the best condition.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using warehouse pallet labels, the different types of labels available, and how adding color can improve your warehouse operations.
Problem: We had a company come to us that wanted to add color to their current pallet labeling system. They wanted to use color to indicate different things and make it easier for the warehouse people to locate and distribute the pallets. Having their pallet label all white, it was hard to differentiate the information on the labels and where each pallet should go. An example would be if the pallet was going to the East Coast, they would indicate that with a red stripe. If it was going to the west coast, it would be indicated by a green stripe. Color would play a very critical role in their operation. Color could also be used as a date code. There are many use cases for putting color on labels.
Solution: I introduced them to a product called RevealPrint. It is a direct thermal paper label that you can put up to seven color zones on the labels and when you print in the section of the label, it turns the color you pre-determined. The customer did not have to change the way they were printing labels or how their equipment functioned. It was almost plug-in-play and a win-win all around.
Benefits Of Pallet Labels
Pallet labels provide several benefits, including:
Improved efficiency: With clear and concise labeling, warehouse staff can easily identify pallets, products, and locations, reducing manual labor and increasing productivity.
Enhanced accuracy: Pallet labels eliminate potential errors, such as misplacing or losing products in transit, and make inventory management along with shipping easier.
Better traceability and tracking: Labels provide complete information about the product, such as its source, destination, and contents, which allows stakeholders to trace the product throughout the supply chain. Using barcodes, RFID and color make for a perfect solution.
Regulatory compliance: Some industries require specific labeling standards to ensure that products are compliant with safety and quality regulations. Warehouse pallet labels help align with these regulations and streamline compliance.
Types of labels for distribution or warehouses
There are several types of pallet labels available. These include:
Plain paper labels: These labels are cost-effective but not durable and can’t withstand environmental factors such as humidity, moisture, and temperature fluctuations. These include thermal transfer and direct thermal labels.
Synthetic labels: These labels come in different materials such as polyester or polypropylene (BOPP). They are more durable and can handle environmental impacts much better than plain paper labels.
RFID labels: These labels can incorporate radio-frequency identification technology, enabling automated data collection of various product information, and promoting faster and more accurate inventory management.
How to Choose the Right Labeling System
When selecting a pallet labeling system, consider the following factors:
Label design: The design should be clear and concise to ensure legibility and quick identification.
Durability: The label material should be durable enough to withstand environmental impacts like temperature changes, moisture, and humidity. Synthetic labels are often better options than plain paper labels.
Regulation compliance: Ensure that your labeling system is compliant with industry-specific regulations that require specific labeling standards.
Budget: Consider the cost of different labeling systems and identify which options cater to your budget in the short and long term.
How to Implement Warehouse Pallet Labels
Once you’ve selected a pallet labeling system, it’s time to implement it. Here are some best practices to help ensure a smooth implementation process:
Train your staff on the labeling system and its specifications to ensure that everyone understands how to use it correctly.
Develop clear labeling protocols that outline how to label each type of product and ensure compliance.
Use quality printers and software to create crisp labels. Companies typically use thermal transfer printers, but direct thermal printers offer a unique option of printing in color.
Audit your labeling system periodically to ensure that it’s working as intended and update it as necessary.
In conclusion, warehouse pallet labels are beneficial for packaging engineers and product managers in many ways. With clear and concise labeling, warehouse staff can quickly identify product information, improving efficiency, accuracy, and traceability. Choosing the right labeling system for your warehouse operation involves considering factors such as label design, durability, regulation compliance, and budget and color. Once you’ve found the right system, it’s essential to implement it carefully, train staff, and audit it regularly to ensure optimal performance.
For more information on how we can help you improve your warehouse pallet labeling, give us a call at 888.972.5234 or Email Us. We are here to answer any questions you have.
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