Labelling Solutions

Sustainable products need sustainable labelling

By Ken Moir, VP at NiceLabel

pressure from consumer buying habits and industry regulations to become more sustainable. Regardless of whether it’s in packaging or the supply chain, extra waste is becoming less tolerated. Errors in labeling often result in the scrapping of otherwise sellable perishable goods, creating waste and impacting sales. Therefore, getting labels processed quickly, and right first time, while minimising resource usage has never been more important. Here, we consider how digitised labelling enables companies to increase the efficiency of their logistics processes, mitigate risks of mislabelling and reduce unplanned downtime, and how the ability to print labels through a modern label management system in the cloud can help.


LABELLING IN THE CLOUD Cloud labelling offers organisations plenty of benefits, from the ability to centrally store labels and access them from anywhere to

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cross all sectors, products are being designed with sustainability in mind, with many organisations under

quality assurance cost savings and the opportunity to more efficiently manage labelling by easily scaling printing to third parties. Running labelling in the cloud can also support enhanced sustainability for businesses. Organisations can reduce the IT infrastructure they need and therefore also their environmental footprint by reducing servers and their electricity consumption. Moreover, the latest cloud labelling solutions are increasingly able to work seamlessly with cloud-connected printers as part of a fully integrated infrastructure. Users can print labels from any application or device in their network directly to their printers, no local infrastructure required and zero environmental footprint. They don’t need to install a PC or any drivers locally. Instead, printing can be driven and delivered via a mobile device. A multi-tenant labelling software-as-a-

service approach extends these benefits further, enabling businesses to create and distribute labelling quickly and efficiently while keeping the resources expended in doing this to a minimum. It effectively

boosts sustainability by allowing users to do more with less, while eliminating the need for an expensive and resource-intensive footprint on site.

Labelling users no longer have to seek out their own local hardware and keep their internal IT busy with their labelling-related requests. And they no longer have to worry about time-consuming and resource- intensive systems installation and deployment or needing specialist IT resources. Cloud labelling can help reduce environmental impact as companies can avoid needing to print labels at one location to then ship to other locations and suppliers, all of which would add to the footprint of the labels on their travels. Over and above the benefits of cloud labelling, organisations can also advance their sustainability goals by implementing a label management system that allows centralised control of label design and printing throughout the business or across multiple sites. Templates are stored centrally, and

access is given on the basis of role, so that

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