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2 Considerations to Find the Best Warehouse Labels  

Warehouse label barcode scanning

Warehouse labels are used for identification in manufacturing or order-picking processes. These labels come in various sizes, colors, adhesives, and materials that are designed for readability and durability based of off specific application needs.

Labels may seem simple, but they are very important for accurately storing, picking, moving, and shipping items efficiently. Picking the wrong label size, adhesive, or material can bottleneck operations and cause headaches for operators.

The last thing you want is a label that has fallen off or is not readable because it was not designed for your unique application. So how do you make sure you pick the right label to maximize operational productivity and efficiency? Consider the below three questions regarding how bins are used in your application.

  1. Temperature & Environment: What conditions are your labels exposed to?

Temperatures and environmental factors will determine the type of material you need in a label. Are your labels exposed to:

  • Washing cycles or harsh chemicals?
  • Freezer or cooler environments?
  • Hot environments?
  • UV rays and outdoor storage?
  • Grime, dust, and soot?
  • Wear and tear from warehouse movement with carts, trucks, and conveyors?

A label made to withstand freezing temperatures is constructed of different adhesives, materials and ink than labels created for hot or harsh environments. Therefore, it is important to think through each of the conditions your label will be subject to.

  1. Location, Location, Location: Where will labels be located?

Warehouses projects have doubled in the past 10 years mostly due to e-commerce. This has generated a need for bulk storage and high-capacity racking which means it is not uncommon to find items being stored 50 feet or more up in the air.

Long-range scanning for warehouse rack labels has become a necessity to accurately identify products for picking, storing, and inventory management, and the size, material, and location of your label matters.  Here is what you need to know:

  • How far away will your labels be from the scanning operator?
  • How far can your long-range scanner read and at what label size?

With this information you can determine the size and type of label you need. Rack labels being scanned from 50 ft or more will need to be rather large, where labels being scanned from a few inches or feet can be smaller. A reflective label may also need to be considered for long-range scanning to promote accuracy due to the intensity of the returned light to the scanner.  

Ready to take that first step?

Contact TDS today for a free evaluation and recommendations for your Warehouse labeling and scanning processes. We have the expertise you need to get started on the right foot.