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3-Ways Your Current Printing Services Could Be Hurting Your Product

Do you use a printing service to create and manage labels for one or multiple products? A printing service provides benefits such as faster turnaround times, access to advanced technologies, and abundant design choices. By choosing a service for this task, overhead is drastically reduced in the following areas:

•    Printing Technology & Inks
•    Material Inventory
•    Additional Staffing Costs
•    Label Printing Waste

Unfortunately, the wrong printing service is detrimental to the success of any product, whether it be a food item or the latest technology trend. You may be using a professional provider and taking hits without even knowing it. So exactly how does a printing service reduce the quality or sales of consumer merchandise?

Here is an example: Sally has a new emerging frozen product with a promising future, but her printing provider is using the wrong materials or methods to produce the commercial label. Once the packaged item hits the retail freezers, the label begins to become unreadable or may even fall off. This is simply bad for business because the label she paid for cannot withstand the environmental conditions it will be subjected to during the item’s shelf life.

1. Using the Wrong Methods

The chosen printing processes will make a big difference regarding reliability, quality, and turnaround. These processes must match the needs of the product to be successful. Labels used to sell batteries are far different than ones you might need for an emerging medical product. The design must match exposure conditions, retail shelf location, and consumer needs to make the sale. Several printing methods are available, but not every one of them is the right one. If the label is not being printed in the right manner, it will cost you in multiple ways.

2. Poor Material Choices

It is easy to cover the aspect of choosing a material and/or adhesive that works for the product packaging. However, a forgotten aspect of this is ensuring the design matches the materials used to create the label. For example, the wrong combination will make the label hard to read or in some cases cause it to be overshadowed by the competition. Additionally, poor choices or inability to access better ones will result in the label fading, falling off, or becoming hard to identify. The result is a product that gets overlooked by the customer thus promoting the competition.

3. Non-Cohesive Colors & Design

The overall color scheme and design of a label contributes to product branding success. Dull colors, poor graphics, hard to read fonts, a visually unappealing shape, or the wrong finish will decrease the value of a product in the eyes of the customer. If your current printing service has not done well at making these areas cohesive in conjunction with the labeling material, then your product will be the one to suffer.

At Flexo-Graphics, we understand how important it is to have the right melting pot of processes, materials, adhesives, design elements, and finishing. We offer custom labeling, large quantity, distribution, and design services to our customers to ensure they get the right label for their product. Give us a call today to learn more!

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How to Pick the Best Commercial Labels for Your Product

Picking a commercial label to market a product is a unique art based on several concepts. The art behind labeling involves making the right choices for a beautiful appearance as well as all the necessary informational elements. Labeling offers critical information to the consumer, may contain the tracking bar code, and helps your merchandise stand out amidst similar competitors. The following factors equally determine success:

  • Packaging Materials
  • Label Adhesives
  • Colors, Designs, & Finishes
  • Storage Environment
  • Shipping & Handling Conditions

Considering the amount of time spent to develop a product, it is just as vital to put forth the same dedication to this retailing aspect. Packaging and labels are the first thing any customer will see when viewing the item online or in a physical store. The label needs to be eye-catching, informative, and portray the idea of your product. Here are a few tips to ensure your commercial label does its job:

  1. Packaging, Materials, & Durability. If the adhesive and materials do not work for the packaging, then the label will not stick or become difficult to read. Should a permanent adhesive be used or would a removable label work better? Not every permanent adhesive has the same durability and it is essential to ensure the chosen one will work under the exposed conditions. Additionally, certain products require vital information to reside on the label, which should remain there for the duration of use to prevent a direct violation of federal law. This is an important consideration regardless of the product type.
  1. Environmental Conditions. Products exposed to outside weather conditions, extensive handling, cold environments, or prolonged heat must be able to maintain their labeling. A good example of this is drink products that are exposed to both room temperatures and cold. In some instances, the label may also be exposed to liquids or chemicals. The materials, adhesives, and finishes have to be durable enough to withstand these conditions.
  1. Amount of Content. The information placed on a commercial label must be legible, easy to understand, and remain intact. Overall design including where this content is placed will play a pivotal role. One option is to use a fold out label as on medicines if a large amount of content is necessary. Another is to use more than one label to convey the details.
  1. Overall Visual Appearance. Colors, graphics, and finishes contribute to the overall appearance of a product. Graphics determine if the item gets noticed over the competition. Finishes contribute to this factor as well as protect the label when exposed to certain conditions. Some papers are treated to provide a glossy or smoothed finish while others may be colored, metallic, or transparent. Each of these visual qualities determines the overall consumer appeal of any product.

Flexo-Graphics offers several printing method, material, design, and distribution choices. Whether you already have a design that needs to come to life or need a little help in achieving the perfect commercial label, our staff can provide the right information for making these important decisions. With the right design, a product will easily stand out amidst the competition and be the success you have envisioned.

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Vodka No Look Labels: There’s Actually a Lot to See!

Vodka is a clear liquor. So are gin and quite a few others that aren’t household names. That being the case, why is emphasis now placed on the clearness of vodka from a product label standpoint, while those other distillations could be as clear as spring air and not get a special notice?

One of the main reasons — at least in the Western Hemisphere — is our perception of how the drink can be consumed has changed considerably in the new millennium.

A Classic Liquor Reinvented 

No long ago, vodka was a beverage that only the most intrepid drinkers consumed straight. However, unlike gin, whose strong essence of juniper berries begs for dilution in cocktails, a sip of vodka doesn’t have an overpowering effect on our olfactory receptors. The pungent rush of alcohol is there, but it lacks a hard aftertaste, as long as we’re drinking a brand that doesn’t have impurities.

In the ever-evolving world of alcoholic beverages, vodka’s clean finish makes it a liquor we now savor straight, dressing it up with a practically endless variety of flavors that come through strong, unlike the “hints” of ingredients we pride ourselves on perceiving in bourbon.

The perception of vodka as a stand alone drink — particularly for its homogenous taste — can be visually communicated to consumers using unique labels known as “vodka no look labels”.

Plenty of vodka brands go in a different direction, using opaque labels, wrap around bottle graphics that are as dizzying as the drink itself, and wild, colorful images of flavor indicators (pineapple, cinnamon sticks, smores, etc.).

Moreover, vodka no look labels are a prominent labeling trend like the other visual elements, creating a look that could be great for your distillery’s bottles, depending on their appearance and your vision for the brand.

No Look Labels: What They Are

Vodka no look labels are usually made from polyester, which has a clear, glossy finish; a glossy, transparent finish; or a matte, transparent finish.

If the bottle has a frosted look, the matte option is popular. If the bottle is clear, one of the glossy options is commonly selected. The goal is to create a bottle and label combination that coalesce to create a uniform aesthetic, along with the distillery’s graphics and information.

When made from tough polyester and applied with permanent, water-resistant adhesive, vodka no look labels have important added benefits: They are virtually impervious to moisture, are difficult to scuff or tear, and don’t peel at the edges. These qualities make the labels a perfect option for avoiding label damage that can occur during packaging, shipping, unpacking, and stocking.

Interested in Vodka No Look Labels?

If so, we’d like to learn about your brand, and present some no look label options to help you decide if the “no look” is the right look for your distinctive product. To learn more, call us today at (262) 790-2740, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Coupon Shopping: Capturing Seasonal Sales With Dry Peel Labels

“Dry peel labels” is a curious term to those outside the product label industry. They’re labels with a thin layer of non-tacky, temporary adhesive that keeps them in place but lets you remove them with ease. They’re usually flexible for easy removal, and you often see them as coupon labels. In fact, the terms “dry peel label” and “coupon label” are used synonymously.

If you’ve ever seen a product on a store shelf, thought about buying it, and then noticed a peel away label that sealed the deal, you’ve likely encountered dry peel labeling — a technology helpful for businesses looking to capitalize on discounted seasonal product offerings.

A Strategy for Seasonal Coupons

Seasonal coupons are like seasonal products: For the best result, you need to offer them at the right time. However, seasonal marketing research has taught us that there’s often more than one right time to use dry peel labels to sell seasonally; there are actually at least three good times to use them.

Let’s say you’re a distillery selling a 32 ounce bottle of fine winter edition bourbon. The drink costs $58.25 — a bit pricy for the “beer pocketbook”, but you have room to lower the price with coupons, capturing sales from consumers who like to mix the business of coupon counting with the pleasure of whisky sipping. Below are three strategic times you could deploy dry peel labels.

  1. Shortly After the Season Begins

High-interest customers will pay full price when your product hits the shelf; others will be interested but pass, wondering if the price reflects something unique among bourbons; and others will take one look at the price, and go for a bargain brand instead.

After you’re most passionate customers have made their purchase, sales drop — partly because people consume fine bourbon slowly. This can be a good time to lower the price a bit and capture sales from those passersby who gave the product a long look but didn’t open their wallet. Their interest is still high. Your marketing professional advises you on the price drop.

  1. Again as Seasonal Sales Heat Up

About midway through the season or a bit earlier, some of your competitors drop their prices to move more units. If you don’t follow suit, it can have the psychological effect of making your product seem more expensive than it really is. You need to drop the price to compete, so out come your next round of dry peel labels.

You capture sales from those interested browsers who passed, and some of your highly price conscious prospects may decide to buy, too. You also get some hits from customers who paid full price and loved the product. They like to cellar nice bourbon — and yours fits the bill.

  1. Again as the Season Ends

The holidays are over, but it’s still cold outside, and bourbon is a classic drink for knocking off the chill. Like your competitors, you lower your price again. Your profit margin per unit falls, but you make up the difference by selling more units to your most price conscious customer segment. Repeat sales from your other segments pour in, too. A good deal is a good deal.

At season’s end, you realize a meaningful return on investment (ROI) from dry peel labels.

From Hypothesis to Reality

This three-part scenario of capturing sales with a series of discounts is a general but realistic scenario for using dry peel labels to sell seasonally. You could change the look of the labels with each price drop (using a Christmas themed label for November and December, for example), or you keep them the same.

Your marketing professional will advise you on the timing of discounts, what messages to include on the labels, and designing them with branding in mind. Flexo-Graphics will produce the custom labels you need, using our expertise to give them the right print technology and materials for shipping, storage, presentation, and wear.

Interested in capturing seasonal sales using dry peel labels to entice coupon shoppers? Contact us today at (262) 790-2740, or email us through our contact form. We’d love to help!