Why Waste Potential? How to Optimize The Label System Site Survey
How much value and use optimization are you getting out of your automatic label applicator? Sure, it’s a machine that puts labels on your boxes, merchandise, etc., and when it’s working right, you really shouldn’t have to worry about it at all. That’s the whole point of using a Labeling Systems Manufacturer in the first place. It takes care of all your labeling details so you don’t have to worry and can instead focus on the key components of your business to make it more successful.
But are you really getting everything out of that choice that you can? Could the labeling system’s flexible applications, software vendor potential, automatized convenience be further enhanced and customized to your specific challenges? Could it provide an even more unique labeling solution that makes your life not only easier but ultimately transforms your production into increased profit by optimizing the output of your bottom line?
“Chances are, your business is merely scratching the surface of its potential, and that’s just sad. There’s a lot you’re likely missing out on from your labeling machine that translates into real dollars and cents of wasted capital.”
Why The Labeling System Manufacturer Survey is So Critical
That’s where the importance of your Label Vendor Site Survey (also known as Labeling System Manufacturer Survey or Labeling System Site Survey) comes into play. Because if a vendor doesn’t know what your labeling needs are, right down to every intricate detail, how in the world can they provide you everything you want?
Chances are, your business is merely scratching the surface of its potential, and that’s just sad. There’s a lot you’re likely missing out on from your labeling machine that translates into real dollars and cents of wasted capital.
Here’s how to not only provide your Label System Manufacturer with everything they need to give you optimal service but how to ultimately know if they are the ideal choice to make your wildest dreams come true. The automatic label applicator space has become increasingly competitive these days. If you’re truly not getting the very best labeling to meet your needs, you’re practically flushing revenue potential down the drain.
Here are some FAQs your provider needs to ask, and what you need to consider in your answers. Plus, we’ll even tell you what you need to ask your labeling provider, and if they can’t provide, why it may be time to shop for a better solution.
Nuts and Bolts Stuff: Sales, Production, the Nitty Gritty
Your Labels System Manufacturer should first ask about the basics of your business. And while this relates to the essentials of what you do, it’s the nuts and bolts, the meat and potatoes that often defines your greatest needs. Your provider may very well be able to retrofit a label applicator solution that dramatically improves what you’re getting from your systems.
- What are your sales and production needs?
- Where do you need to place the label, and how often does that change down a single production line?
- What size of labels do you need, and how varied does that size need to be for a variety of products?
- What’s your budget and scope for a specific project?
“Those labeling problems that practically make you bleed tears? That’s exactly where your Label Systems Manufacturer should be flying in like Superman to save you.”
Blood, Sweat & Tears: Pain Points and Customer Concerns
Now that the conversation’s rolling, it’s time to dig into those pain points:
- What are your labeling challenges and frustrations?
- What are your automation roadblocks?
- What are your customers’ biggest concerns?
- What keeps you awake at night?
- What drives you bat-stinking crazy?
Don’t hold back. Now’s not the time to be timid. Let them have it, the whole stinking lot of it, even if you have to wash it down with aspirin, a glass of water, or maybe something even stronger.
Those labeling problems that practically make you bleed tears? That’s exactly where your Label Systems Manufacturer should be flying in like Superman to save you. And if they aren’t, either they don’t know enough about what you need, or they simply can’t provide a viable solution. It just might be time to find somebody who will.
“…are they providing you real value for investment, an intrinsic ROI benefit that makes a premium automatic label applicator worth the commitment? Are they really able to serve your labeling needs today, and more importantly, will they be able to grow and evolve to meet your demands in the future?”
Back to the Future: Planning for Tomorrow, Right Here and Now
Now it’s time to break out your crystal ball, dust off that Tarot Deck of a business plan. What do you see trending in the next six months to a year, or even further down the line? In today’s world, we need to plan for tomorrow’s transformations yesterday. Can your labeling system readily adapt and even anticipate what’s coming down the proverbial conveyer belt of technological evolution and business needs? Because if you can’t keep up, let’s face it: you’re going to be left behind.
- What further automation will you need?
- What level and intricacy of control will you require in the future?
- What enhanced labeling technologies, such as print & apply, inkjet or linerless, do you anticipate needing?
- What additional machine integrated solutions do you think will be necessary down the line?
Feedback: Filling Out the Customer Comment Card
Finally, we come to the “customer satisfaction” part of the survey where you can feel free to leave your comments. What can your Labeling Systems Provider do better? Because we can all improve with some constructive criticism. If your provider doesn’t know what they are missing, how can they possibly fill in the gap?
- How can your provider better streamline communications?
- How can they be more supportive and hands on?
- How can they better serve your needs?
- Where can they be better cost competitive?
Your Own Personal Assessment: Is Your Provider Really Offering the Best Solution?
This isn’t really part of your provider’s survey, but it should be part of your own personal survey of your provider. Are they really providing you the flexibility you require in an automatic label applicator, and if not, are they truly able to?
How optimized are they on cost? And we’re not just talking about who offers the cheapest labeling machine, but are they providing you real value for your investment, an intrinsic ROI benefit that makes a premium automatic label applicator worth the commitment? Are they really able to serve your labeling needs today, and more importantly, will they be able to grow and evolve to meet your demands in the future?
If the answer is no, or even buried somewhere in a blurry gray area, it may be time to start shopping for someone who can. Not sure how to find that perfect provider? Don’t worry. We have the solution. Our helpful free guide, “The Secret to Planning a Labeling System,” walks you through it, step by step. Download it today.
Download our 360a Labeling System Vendor Site Survey for an idea of what a Labeling System Manufacturer Survey looks like.
Got a question about your label application machine or labeling needs? We’d love to chat. Contact us anytime. We’d be happy to meet you.