Eliminating error-prone manual barcode labeling
by Maureen Perroni, on March 18, 2016
Product labeling has grown into an increasingly complicated aspect of the global supply chain. There is no longer a standard for companies to follow - each individual firm and overall industry must contend with shifting customer demands and a growing body of government regulations.
One issue that is gaining more attention these days is that of supply chain ethics and country-of-origin. Consumers are no longer solely interested in whether the products they buy are safe for them. They also want to know if these products originated in factories where workers are mistreated, or whether the materials being used are the products of countries with severe conflicts taking place. As a result, they are demanding greater traceability and transparency - and governments are following up with new rules in this regard.
The key to traceability is barcode labeling, which makes it possible to track a product's origin and path along the supply chain. The problem is that many businesses continue to rely on error-prone, manual labeling. This is increasingly unworkable in a marketplace where there are so many different requirements for labeling information. Without the right tools, compliance becomes difficult.
Enterprise Labeling Solutions can address this issue by replacing manual labeling with an automated, centralized solution. This cuts down on errors and improves efficiency. The main advantage of Enterprise Labeling is that is becomes much easier for businesses to make changes to their barcode labeling as required by law. This, in turn, means that participants in the supply chain - and the end consumer - will always be able to count on knowing where their products come from.
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