Government Regulations Lead To Denser Labels

by Maureen Perroni, on November 16, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 5.02.04 PM.pngProduct labels are getting denser with new information, often due to regulations. We've written before about how the demands of a global economy have increased the need for more precise supply chain and product labeling. For instance, we noted that enterprise labeling is a crucial part of bimodal supply chains. Without clear labels, efficient supply chains struggle to function at maximum capacity.

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But the preponderance of labeling isn't the only important development that businesses have to contend with. The labels themselves are also becoming denser with information.

Here are some examples:

  • Food labeling. Food and beverage manufacturers have faced governmental pressure to provide more detailed labels to their customers. Recently, for instance, the federal government required labels on all products containing genetically-modified ingredients. In addition, Nutrition Facts labels are being reformulated to emphasize calorie counts, serving sizes, sodium and added sugars.
  • Medical devices. As lifesaving and life-sustaining medical devices become more intertwined within the fabric of our health system, the federal government has pushed for more comprehensive labeling rules. A unique device identifier system is being phased in over several years that will require each device to have a label that can be read by humans and machines. 
  • QR codes. Barcodes have been used frequently since the mid 1970s, but there are limits to the amount of information they can carry. One advantage of QR codes is that they are two-dimensional, meaning they can display information horizontally and vertically. This means they can hold one hundred times the amount of data as a conventional barcode - often while taking up less printed space.

Government regulations change with some frequency, depending on the priorities of the administration. This will often mean more information for labels. Luckily, an Enterprise Labeling Solution can help firms deal with complex labeling requirements with ease.