Time To Reflect?

The festive season is now behind us and for many the sales period is in full swing, some may be hoping that the traditional January sales will bring some relief, if the Christmas period was disappointing. So for many businesses, this may be a good time to reflect and consider if there could be way in which the business may have benefited by using some different technology, or looking at way to sort out problems that could have occurred at the point of sale.

Were the scanners reading the barcodes at each and every pass, or did a few misreading codes hold up proceedings? If this is the case, were the codes damaged, could they have benefitted from over laminating or was it the printing that had become obscured? At Data Label, we have a wealth of experience in barcoding and will be able to offer solutions to most of the problems that could occur at the point of sale, we will be happy to discuss with you the very best of barcoding for just about every problem that a product may encounter when leaving your premises before arriving safely at the customer destination.

With in excess of over 25 years we have produced labels of every description and we have, today, the best in digital printing equipment which allows us to produce barcode labels that will never let you down at point of sale. Please visit the Data Label website,www.data-label.co.uk, email us at sales@datalabel.co.uk or give us a call on 01293 551520 and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.

Custom security and barcode labels

We are used to seeing barcode labels on just about every product; their use has grown to unprecedented heights. We now take this simple series of lines for granted and we have come to rely on it, particularly in business.

Just as barcode labels have had a huge impact on the market; custom labels are also now starting to make an impact into business lives. We have seen how custom barcode labels can and do provide the label with the all important brand identity, this has, over a period of time, lifted the humble barcode from being a functional item to one which is sending out a marketing message.

By using a custom label, your brand awareness will be certainly improved, and your own brand awareness will be lifted as all the labels can be printed with your brand name. Other things such as graphics or messages can also be put on the custom labels.

We offer a huge variety of custom labels which includes personalised labels, custom printed labels, labels made from different materials and labels of different sizes and shapes. Contact one of our advisors, we can help you in choosing a custom label and run through the range of options, we have a custom label that will be just right for you.

Asset Label information

We have seen how an asset labels can be invaluable to business to ensure that computers, printers, Xerox machines, fax machines, office furniture and electrical appliances are protected and easily identified. Using asset tags is a simple procedure, and they are also a cost-effective method of identifying, tracking and preserving an organisation’s property.

The loss of an asset can really have a negative impact on the finances of a company, so it is necessary that managers make the best use of things of value to the organisation. The label or tag is fitted to the item and it is essential that the adhesive is strong enough to ensure that it will not peel off, otherwise it becomes worthless.

However just what can be printed on an asset label? Well it is almost unlimited but the major items would be: Barcode information, Serial or part number, Marketing copy, The company name and logo if preferred, Safety information, Perhaps some details of the product, or what it contains.

With very few restrictions on what can be printed on an asset label, it becomes clear that tasks such as stock taking become very much easier; simply scan the asset label and the information is transferred to the company data base.

If you believe that asset tags can help on your business, contact us and we will be happy to talk you through the full range of benefits asset tags can bring to your company.

Working for your business 24/7

How would you like a salesman to work for you every day of the week without pay; now that would be something wouldn’t it? Well it is possible through window stickers and these can be on cars, shops, vans, house windows, just about anywhere.

We have a lot of experience in producing window stickers for businesses, clubs, visitor attractions and more. They’re used to keep track of stock, for security and for promotion and this is where the car window sticker really comes into its own.

The stickers can be any size and shape that you want in a huge variety of colours of your choosing. We do not have to produce huge quantities of stickers either; this can be as low as just one hundred, which can be a trial for a new promotion perhaps.

The window sticker can be made to go inside or outside a window, self cling if you want to remove them and use elsewhere, or you can have them permanent. Most of the stickers we have made are for use in cars, but we have supplied them for boats, shops, and even for teenagers’ windows.

Let us know what the sticker is likely to be used for and we will advise you whether to have them supplied as single pieces, on sheets or on rolls, the most cost effective solution is on a roll. Request a quote today by calling our friendly and efficient customer care team on 01293 551520. Alternatively, fill out our quick and simple online enquiry form and we’ll call you. We’ll come straight back with a quote, and we can usually deliver within 4 working days.

Basic uses for the barcode

We are all familiar with the barcode, it is on just about every conceivable product that has been made for many years now, and so familiar is it to us all that most of us do not even notice it any more. However, how many people realise the numerous functions that can be performed with the barcode? Put simply, barcodes have become part of our everyday lives.

So what, apart from the familiar pricing information we see at the cash register does the barcode do? They can be used for the identification of property or important documents as an example. This way they are the ideal way to track inventory or stock movement. They can even be used between departments or organisations, possibly to monitor the life cycle of a product is another use for the barcode.

What we do know is that by using barcodes greatly reduces the amount of data errors; no longer do we have to rely upon the human form of entry by hand into registers, computers or manuals. When a barcode is read by a scanner the data in a database is updated automatically, very cost effective and a way which will reduce man hours and business overheads greatly.

By using a simple hand held scanner anyone who needs to access the data held on the barcode is able to have this information easily and quickly, a sure way to improve business efficiency. Systems which have barcodes can provide up-to-the-minute information about numerous things and they are to hand in the blink of the scanner.

Asset Tracking

The effect of the recession has meant that many companies are delaying the purchase of new equipment until such time as finances improve. Whilst spending money on asset labelling and tracking might seem to be an expense that a business could well do without, but in the long run it could prove to be very helpful in saving money.

If the decision has been made to postpone the purchase or replacement of existing assets, it might be a good idea to conduct an equipment audit in order to prevent any items or goods from being stolen or misplaced. This also serves a dual function of analysing the security of the business and taking additional measures if they are needed.

Asset labels are a simple tool that can be used to record as well as identifying valuable business equipment. These asset labels are a valuable tool when performing auditing of all the business equipment, helping to keep track of all the company’s goods. The printing of asset labels can be done on aluminium foils and polyester material both of these are very durable materials and can be attached to almost any surface. There are also some asset labels which leave a ‘void’ mark indicating that the label has been tampered with.

Asset labelling and tracking programmes increase the efficiency of organisations, which through them help to determine exactly which piece of equipment is where at any given point in time. The tracking programme also keeps track of useful information such as date of purchase, repairs and maintenance.

Using customised labels to create a product identity

One thing that is sure to that your product is noticed by customers and that is by using an attractive and well designed customised label. This will create awareness, the most important thing when establishing a brand identity.

Well customised and designed labels are going to be noticed by customers. This is sure to increase the sales for your company ensure that your company profile is at the forefront. With our custom label service we can create the exact label you require, tailored to your needs, specification and run size.

We will be happy to use your artwork, or we can help you through our art department, design a customised label that will ensure that your product stands out among the others that crowd the market. Your label can printed on most substrates including vinyl, paper, polyester and a range of tamper evident material.

Barcodes do not present a problem as we handle all major barcode systems; including the most popular EAN (retail) codes, code 39 and 128 symbologies. The all important adhesive can be applied to suit your precise needs including peelable, permanent and extra permanent adhesive.

Call us on 01293 551520 or email sales@datalabel.co.uk and we can talk through your ideas and give you a quotation for your customised labels.

Asset tags and remote working

Today many people are field based or even work from home and less emphasis is placed upon the time when a business may have had a stable number of staff who all worked in the office; then there was no need to track company items. Add to that turnover of staff is now more prevalent, with people moving jobs around twice as often as they did just a few decades ago.

Because of this and the fact that companies are now offering more flexibility in terms of work location it’s often the case that company equipment will be removed from site. Naturally tracking the location of valuable equipment such as laptops mobile phones and similar items makes it imperative that these items have asset labels on them. By tagging office equipment, managers don’t have to worry when company assets are removed from company premises.

When an asset tag or label has been fixed to valuable equipment, the item is less likely to be stolen or be lost as the person using the item will be careful to look after the item properly. We have a wide variety of asset labels and tags to offer to business, these include vinyl, polypropylene, polyester, aluminium, tamper evident, or destructible vinyl asset labels and stickers. Give us a call and we will be pleased to discuss all the options with you.

Long lasting durable labels

Product labels do not always live in a clean environment and there are times when dirt, dust and grime can just about render a label unreadable, such as a warehouse label, or one where the product is likely come into contact with these sorts of conditions.

Taking warehouses an example, some have environments in which many labelling products simply aren’t up to the job. It is in these conditions that a label can become unreadable, fall off and this can lead to stock being misplaced if the label becomes damaged. To prevent this from happening it is necessary to have a label which is designed to withstand the rigours of these conditions and this applies particularly to labels which are fastened to pallets. Pallet barcode labels are made from 3M white or silver polyester and when these are fixed to the pallet remain they will remain in situ for as long as they are needed. The main advantage to this material is that it can be wiped clean and the dirt removed from it, also the printed information will always be readable and will not discolour.

Other labels which are perhaps used in factories, will need a more permanent labelling solution, these can include container barcode labels. These labels can be attached to just about any surface including polyethylene and polypropylene and by over-laminating on the surface of the labels, ensures that they are extremely durable and very long lasting

Barcoding Summary

We have seen that barcoding has been part of the technology infrastructure of business for many years. While the technology is not new, the many uses for bar coding do not stand still and we are today seeing many new applications which re only just becoming relevant.

We can say that is does not matter what your needs for a barcode maybe, we at Data Label will have come across it before and the technical staff can assist you in developing exactly what you need for the most appropriate barcoding solution, help you will symbologies for that are best suited for your requirements. Barcodes on their own will not drive down costs, it depends upon its application but correctly used barcoding will increase efficiency and take away human error by the use of this clever automation of the data collection process.

For over 25 years we have produce labels of every description and we have, today, the best in digital printing equipment which allows us to produce barcode labels that cam be in full colour or simple black and white. Please visit the Data Label website, www.data-label.co.uk, email us at sales@datalabel.co.uk or give us a call on 01293 551520 and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.

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