Do you have a need to produce custom labels? The experts at iGraphics have custom label cost reduction down to a science. Check out our 4 Steps to Reducing Custom Label Costs below:
Step 1) Grouping/Kitting Orders
One of the best ways to reduce cost is to group orders or kit your labels. First, determine if you can substitute materials so more of your labels can be kitted on one sheet. This saves on production time, thereby saving you money. It also reduces the part numbers you manage in your system. Start by kitting labels that are common to many of your different products. Then work on labels specific to each product. You’ll get the most bang for your buck on the common labels as you can take advantage of economies of scale. This may initially require some redesign, but it’s well worth the effort.
Step 2) Material Utilization
When printing labels or for specialty die cut components, it’s important to utilize materials. iGraphics custom orders material in sizes that increase the yield and ensures you’re using the best material.
Step 3) Ensuring Equipment Efficiencies
At iGraphics, we are firm believers in using the right tool for the job. There are many different types of printing and die cutting equipment for labels, tags and die cut parts. Make sure you work with your supplier to understand what process is best and most efficient for the outcome you want to achieve.
Step 4) Economies of Scale
As mentioned in Step 1, if you have several labels that are common to all your products, be sure to print them in kitted form or on a grouped order. That way you can take advantage of printing higher quantities to save money. Also ask your supplier if they can support you directly with a VMI program or through a VMI partner.
In summary, if you want to save money, consider redesigning similar labels so you’re only managing one part in your system (instead of several similar parts). And if you can change materials without compromising the durability or look of the labels, try. They can then be kitted or grouped and printed at the same time, increasing efficiencies and saving costs. Finally, be sure to work closely with your printer to make sure your labels are manufactured using the most efficient equipment.