This Digital, Cloud-Based Label Printing System Improves Manufacturing for Ecommerce Businesses
According to Entrepreneur Europe, global ecommerce sales are up a whopping 20 percent in 2020; And, considering that businesses are increasingly looking for ways to reduce human-to-human contact throughout their supply chains, it makes a lot of sense.
With global economies fluctuating unpredictably, it is difficult for businesses to act with certainty over the long-term future of market trends. Fortunately, digitalisation, and an overall shift in favour of online stores, is something we have seen develop with ever-increasing momentum for the last decade.
TechRadar state that “the impact of the Coronavirus on our societies has expedited digital transformation on a scale no-one could have predicted”; and, in light of growing demand for cloud-based label printing systems - for the more and more businesses managing manufacturing remotely - this blog will discuss the ways in which NiceLabel’s Cloud-Based Label Printing System can revolutionise E-commerce businesses’ supply chains.
Why Traditional Label Printing Systems Require Updating
Traditional label printing systems have depended on efficient supply chain infrastructures to weave between factories, warehouses, and distribution centres. These legacy printing systems take a sort of 'one-way funnel' approach which sees assets being handed through the supply chain in a slower, riskier fashion than is necessary. These systems make for less adaptive operations.
For businesses dealing with a multitude of different brands, warehouses can see as many as 10 on-site printers. At these on-site printer locations, labels would typically be batch printed, carried to the production line and manually applied. It is a frustratingly inefficient process that gives rise to mislabelling. As businesses integrate more and more technology into supply chains, mishaps like incorrect labelling can detract from the benefits of incorporating solutions such as RFID (Radio-frequency identification) and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies – both of which work together to ensure your business’s assets are trackable, locatable and constantly communicating updates (if you’re not familiar with RFID or IoT technology, drop our team a message so we can help you better understand the value they can add to businesses).
For every label required throughout the production process, there is a corresponding digital template. With stand-alone legacy printers, templates are often stored on overloaded hard drives and transported between printer locations. It is laborious, and extremely problematic when labelling templates need to be updated collectively.
In summary, all of the additional manual steps required for traditional printing systems – on top of the decentralised nature of using legacy printers - make it difficult for businesses to implement a process of effective quality assurance. So, what is the solution?
NiceLabel’s digital label printing system enables users to centrally manage their labels, uploading them remotely and accessing them from anywhere. Whether your business has several warehouses or often needs to collaborate on designs from afar, this printing solution makes a world of difference for creating, sharing, and printing labels with improved consistency, agility and expenditure.
With the ability to standardise label formats throughout a supply chain, organisations can better protect themselves against counterfeiting and diversion, and make their automation of inventory management more efficient (i.e. they can better their use of RFID tags or other). With the added perk of being able to use this system across a whole host of different label printer interfaces, customers are not restricted to a certain manufacturer, and printing can be streamlined across the board.
We couldn't say it any better than NiceLabel: “those who wish to flourish in the still-rising ecommerce industry must ramp-up rather than slow down”. CEO Satya Nadella stated that “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months”, and to ride the wave of digitalisation with maximum impact, we encourage all businesses to seek out flexible solutions that ensure long-term adaptability for success.
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