6. Your product has some space constraints but so what? You can squeeze in a label somewhere. Does Purchasing know this? What if you need a very special size or label shape? That means the label manufacturer will have to order a new die and get it shipped to them.
7. You were planning to print some of your own labels to save money. It’s only a start-up operation, after all. Do you even have a printer? Have you ever printed labels before? Where are you going to find a label printer you can quickly set up and start printing? Does that mean you will need label printing software? Is there some type of complete printing system that could save the day?
8. You didn’t realize the labels needed to handle some tough conditions. You just found out your product is being designed for a really rigorous application and the labels will have to hold up to the same requirements. Purchasing said you will have to test some label samples to see which one will work best on your product. There’s a good chance that the label material you need will have to be specially ordered and take extra time to be made.
9. On top of all this, you forgot that you need a “UL Recognized” label to go on your product. Gee, you don’t even know what “UL Recognized” means? Where do you find a UL label printer that can help you out? Is that going to mean you need a special label material? What is UL?
10. Whoops – The purchasing department is closed for a holiday and so they won’t be able to even order your labels for a few days. That’s definitely going to hold up shipping your product to your customers! Guess you might as well give up and go home…
Next Time – Plan ahead for all your labeling needs! Let EIM help you.