There is hardly any sector in today’s business realm that doesn’t employ the use of labels. Be it pharma, warehouse, agro, food & beverage or automobile, labels from a critical part of the product’s lifecycle and have an important role to play.
Usually, labels are used to convey relevant information pertaining to the products. This information may include ingredients, price, warning, precautions, functioning or even warranty information. These unique pieces and chunks of information are used differently by different people who handle and use the product. However, sometimes information such as pricing, warranty or expiry date may undergo a change. At this stage, one of the vital functions that labels serve is making products more prevalent by concealing the old, out-of-date information. And to achieve this, industries throughout the world use what we call as blockout labels.
Blockout labels are opaque labels that when stuck on an existing older label of a product helps to hide the out of date information and keep it updated. For instance, these kinds of labels can easily convey a price change or enable the use of re-tasked or even inaccurate packaging in the warehouse industry.
Application in Warehousing
There is hardly any other sector that can benefit from blockout labels as much as warehousing.
- Warehousing includes shipping and receiving operations which comprise of multiple players handling multiple levels of operations. Often, blockout labels are used to indicate who is expected to handle material next, and the previous handlers are expected to stick a new blockout label over an existing label to make the next steps clear.
- Another critical application of blockout labels is when shipping containers arrive at a typical warehouse facility; they are often reused to send materials to a new facility. Using a blockout label, warehouse managers can completely hide the outdated information and paste the new container details over the existing outdated label.
- In today’s world of automated processes, blockout stickers have barcodes that when scanned give out information about a container or materials. It is especially crucial that previous labels and their barcodes are not visible; otherwise wrongly scanned items can create a lot of confusion and losses in warehouse operations.
Application in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Another sector to employ the complete use and benefit of a blockout label is the pharmaceutical industry.
- Prescription items often contain labels which are generally applied on the original packaging label. The blockout label enables original packaging information to remain hidden while distributing to patients making only relevant information such as ingredients, safe dosage, precautions and expiry to be visible to the patients.
- Pharma companies need to keep an updated and relevant record of how many medicines have to be supplied to which physicians. Every medicine is the first barcode scanned to keep a record of who it is distributed to, and later rescanned before giving the medicine it to the patient. For a reliable and clear retail barcode record, it is essential to use blockout labels to hide previous bar codes and keep only the latest and usable ones visible and scannable.
Blockout labels are extremely important to keep your product information relevant and up to date. Whether you are looking to reuse an existing warehouse packaging, or you are looking to change the pricing or expiry on your pharmaceutical products, blockout labels from Multicolor Labels can help. With Multicolor Labels, many California, New York, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, and Toronto manufacturers realize improved label functionality, cost reduction and efficiency in their businesses.