Labeling Requirements Keep Getting Trickier, but Rapid Label Changes Can be Easy
by Ashley Tartaglia, on November 29, 2021
As companies strive to improve their time to market, a common challenge is finding an efficient way to manage a plethora of label variations. Every product has different labeling needs, depending on industry, customer, etc., and these needs can change rapidly and unexpectedly at any given time. That means that it is crucial not just to stay on top of trends in regulations and customer requirements, but also to have a fast, reliable way of implementing mass label changes when there's something new to be accounted for.
Managing labeling variations is getting more complicated because there are more requirements to fulfill than ever before. For one thing, regional and regulatory requirements globally are quickly expanding and on top of that, companies are typically putting more pressure on suppliers to adapt quickly to their requirements. Altogether the result is a time-eating, frustrating constraint on companies who can face missed delivery dates, hefty fines, lost revenues, and dissatisfied customers if an error is made.
Understand that while the proliferation of labeling templates is the “natural” outcome of creating a label for the precise needs of each situation, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by starting from scratch and creating an individual label for each product. A labeling approach that requires a new template for every unique scenario is too clunky to meet the demands of a fast-paced business environment. Additionally, if that system makes it difficult for business users to make quick label changes without the help of IT resources, it is not responsive enough to keep you on pace.
Modern labeling solutions enable business users to make quick label changes, regardless of the industry or product. This way, users aren’t delayed by or reliant on IT resources to make changes (which can often have turnaround times as long as weeks even for simple alterations based on a new requirement), when a prompt reaction is needed.
Compare this to a system in which business users can directly make changes to one template and have them apply to all products in a given group. By leveraging business logic, you can configure rules that populate information exactly where it is needed, dynamically changing label content based on data and allowing you to minimize your total number of label designs. This reduces the required administrative overhead and streamlines label changes no matter how many requirements you need to juggle.
To see how an Enterprise Labeling solution works in practice, check out this customer case study and see how Loftware Spectrum helped Quest Medical to meet difficult regulatory requirements while reducing labeling turnaround time by 70%!