Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Keys to Success: Thermal Barcode Labels in Ann Arbor

You're in business because you excel at what you do.  The management function of your business may or may not be your "gig," but we all know it must be done.  If you're a locally owned business, this work most likely falls on your shoulders. 

A Tale of Success

Your first sale is still vivid in your memory! Since then, you've added a customer here and a customer there, with the hope that you'll be successful enough to move your business out of your basement and into a "real" office space.  Ah, success, that'll be a great day!  One day it happens… Success sweeps you off your feet…. You're floating in a cloud not able to see where you've been or the road ahead.  Chaos ensues and success turns to stress! 

Keys to Success

When it comes to inventory management, chaos can show up anywhere in the process, including in purchasing, production, and sales. Here are some examples of how thermal barcode labels and scanner can be the keys to your success!  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Say Hello to Success with Thermal Barcode Labels in Ann Arbor

The Basics: Thermal Barcode Labels in Ann Arbor
Learn the basics about thermal barcodes labels and be prepared when success arrives!

What is a barcode? 
Products are assigned a unique number.  This number is translated into a scan-able code. Barcodes may be 1D, organized horizontally, or 2D, organized horizontally and vertically. 2D barcodes, being multidimensional, can hold a much higher quantity of data.

How do I print and scan barcodes?
Both types of labels will come on a roll.  To print your own - you will need a printer and barcode label design software.  Barcode labels may be printed on a laser, inkjet, or dot matrix printer, but a thermal printer is designed to produce a high-quality image for labeling needs.  1D barcodes may be scanned with a laser scanner, but a 2D barcode requires an imaging scanner.

What is a thermal barcode label? 
There are two types of thermal barcode labels, direct thermal and thermal transfer. The difference is in the type of printer and the type of label they're printed on.
  • Direct Thermal - No ink is used to produce the image.  An image is burned into a heat sensitive layer of the paper.  This type of label will fade over time (1 year) and is not recommended for use in high temperatures or when there is exposure to sunlight.
  • Thermal Transfer - A heated ribbon is used to print onto a label.  The image produced is long-lasting and durable. 
Choose to excel both at what you do and at your inventory management.  Read more!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

3 Ways to Grow Your Business with Custom Labels

Why not take advantage of the benefits that custom labels can provide for you and your staff? Custom labels are hugely helpful when you run and market a local business. They can perform functions, go places, and make connections that may not otherwise be possible. 

1. Inventory management with bar codes - How do you manage your inventory?  If you were asked how much of a specific product you have in stock, could you respond quickly, or would you need to go to your warehouse and manually count? When you make a sale, is your inventory updated immediately, or do you need to regroup each day to figure out what needs to be ordered or produced? Are you losing out on sales due to poor inventory management? Bar code labels are an important part of an inventory management system and allow you to scan your SKU numbers rather than manually entering each item number, saving you time and money.

2. Product labels – Who are you and who are you trying to reach?  Are your product labels attracting your target customers? Do you have a logo?  With the dizzying array of products and services available, you want your product to stand out.  A well-designed product label can catch the eye of and appeal to your target customers.

3. Promotional items – Where are you? Are you visible in places that your target customers frequently visit?  This can be just about anywhere! Get your business visible in more places with unique stickers, signs, and decals.

No storage space for inventory?  Our customers love our on-demand delivery for their custom label stock.  We store your inventory of blank or custom printed labels and provide what you need when you need it. Read more here!