Do you want to print your own labels in-house? Whether it’s for a small business or for manufacturing or industrial use cases, choosing the right label manufacturer can set the stage for success. Here are some questions to help you select a label manufacturer.
1. What are the advantages of working with a label manufacturer directly?
Many label manufacturers have wholesale programs or pricing. Cutting out the middle man has some advantages:
- The company can design labels based on your specifications and needs.
- They will have the latest in cutting-edge technology for making labels.
- Manufacturers may be able to offer you better prices due to higher volume discounts.
2. What types of labels does your company produce?
It's important to work with a label manufacturer that actually produces the types of labels you use. For example, if your label manufacturer only makes thermal transfer labels or direct thermal labels and you need inkjet labels, that's not going to work out too well.
3. What's your minimum order quantity?
Some manufacturers like to deal with orders by the tens of thousands while others may have wholesale pricing deals on cartons or pallets.
4. Will you provide a sample before we order a large number of labels?
If you're ordering labels in bulk, you want to be sure that the labels will work with your application before placing a large order. Make sure to request label samples and test them with your design and application thoroughly.
5. How long will it take to get my labels after I have ordered them?
It can take anywhere from a couple of days (plus shipping to two weeks to several months, depending on the manufacturer, so be sure to find out the manufacturer's lead time. In addition, global materials shortages may affect your order, so it’s smart to find out if there are any current shortages that could delay your order.
6. What shipping method will you use for my labels?
Find out how the manufacturer intends to send your labels: via ground, air, or sea freight -- and from where? The shipping method and speed will vary as well as potentially affect your costs, so be sure to ask.
7. Are the labels compatible with my label printer?
It's important to select labels that will work with your specific label printing solution and its underlying technology and ink type. This includes the label material, adhesive type, label width, and even the size and diameter of the label roll.
8. Can I get non-standard labels or unusual shapes and sizes?
While ordering 4" x 6" labels factory direct shouldn't be a problem as that size is extremely common, you may have difficulty if you need non-standard sized labels. Some manufacturers, however, do offer custom labels and will be happy to work with you on the specs.
Label manufacturers can be a great resource for companies who need to produce customized labels. They often have the latest in cutting-edge technology and offer high volume discounts which can help your bottom line. To ensure you're getting the best deal, it is important to do some research before selecting a manufacturer so that they will meet all of your needs. Requesting samples from different suppliers is also key because not every label will work with each printer type or application.
If you still have questions about how to find the perfect supplier, give us a call today! Our label printing specialists are ready and waiting to partner with you through this process - just like we've done for countless other businesses in the United States and Canada.