18 May

Are Barcode Labeling Disruptions Causing Downtime in Your Supply Chain? (You Aren’t Alone)

Who would think that a small slip of paper could cause manufacturers such a big headache?

According to a recent poll, 47% of manufacturing professionals are experiencing significant and costly downtime to their manufacturing process due to their existing labeling method[1]. What are the root causes of this downtime?

  • Customer-specific requirements
  • Product-specific requirements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Mislabeling
  • Slow printing speed
  • Printing errors
  • Inefficient process integration

These are just some of the causes of slowdown plaguing manufacturers today. The fact of the matter is, there’s no longer a standard label that will meet all the varied and constantly evolving requirements manufacturing companies have to deal with. Barcode labeling is complex, and companies that are ill equipped to meet these variables will find themselves facing waste, delays, fines, and potentially loss of business.

  • 90% of supply chain professionals believe labeling today is more important than ever[2]

Barcode labeling is a vital, yet often-overlooked component of the supply chain. It directly impacts a company’s bottom line—particularly for manufacturers, one of the top users of labeling.

  • 73 percent of enterprises said operations improvement and cost savings were among the top reasons they invested in barcode technology[3]

Inefficiency is the enemy of the supply chain. Barcode technology should be flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use to allow companies to meet their labeling needs efficiently. If technology constantly requires maintenance, or various solutions don’t communicate with each other, productivity will suffer.

No matter what the specifications of your vendor’s labeling standards are, The SMS Group will work with you to create a streamlined, reliable labeling process. Contact us to learn more.



[1] http://blog.loftware.com/47-of-manufacturers-experience-downtime-due-to-labeling-disruptions

[2] http://www.inkworldmagazine.com/contents/view_infographics/2016-04-20/the-top-5-trends-in-enterprise-labeling

[3] http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/latest-content/single-article/article/quality-barcode-printing-is-vital-to-successful-supply-chains-1/

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