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How’s Business?

Graph of business performance

At the end of August 2023 I asked people on our mailing list ‘How’s Business’.  These are a selection of answers I got:

We are not experiencing a downturn, actually, we are looking at expanding our production capacity this year. Our company increases its revenue and profit each year.

Of course, we saw some decline due to the cost of living crisis, energy prices and general war issues in Ukraine. But nothing stopped us producing and shipping the products to our customers.

– Multinational Electronics Manufacturer


We are currently busy here at present, we are just re-starting after our 2-week shut down.

Our labels are mostly used on out of spec products and broken-down machinery which is something we do not really want a lot of, therefore that is why we don’t use that many labels, we like to keep these figures down.

– Multinational Metals company


Our volumes have actually been pretty stable this year against last year, but definitely down from where we were a couple of years ago. One thing we’re trying to put in place that is definitely having a knock on affect onto our suppliers is reducing inventory, where over the pandemic and Brexit we held a lot of strategic stock to mitigate risks, we are now trying to wind that down to a more responsible level, which obviously means to suppliers it does look like our consumption is down in certain areas!

– Multinational Electronics Manufacturer


We are experiencing a full capacity plus in our workload, which is hard work, but very welcome.

– Electrical engineering


As of yet we haven’t seen a decline in business, but I suppose we aren’t the best to gauge the industry off as we are a fairly new business who are still contacting and sampling new customers all the, like I said our business is going from strength to strength at the moment.

We have heard though that the construction industry as slowed down a little over the last few months, but only this week after speaking to some of our customers they are optimistic about the coming months as they have a lot more work booked in their diaries.

– Building Materials Manufacturer


Business is OK, but the poor summer weather hasn’t been good for sales of outdoor products.

– Bathrooms and furniture retailer


We are working at 100% plus at present. We have been busy now for a number of months. I know the CBI surveys say orders are still rather low, but things have improved over the last 12 months.

– Electrical engineering


I would say we are the reverse, probably around 30% up on last year and therefore so are our customers.

It took off at the beginning of the year and has kept at a pretty steady raised level so far.

We don’t do much in the FMCG area which may be the reason.

– Packaging Company


Our shipments are down, partly because we’ve lost a major customer due the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

I’m also told we’ve “shot ourselves in the foot” with voting to leave the European Union, (although I voted remain, so my conscience is clear).

– Engineering

About Our 'How's Business' Survey

Our ‘How’s Business’ survey is by no means scientific.  It’s skewed towards manufacturers and email respondents may be biased, but it gives you an idea of business confidence and what they’re experiencing. 

Struggling Business in the News.

Widely report in the UK media today has been news that July, August and September saw the worst figures for business failure since 2009. 

For us, construction companies aren’t a large market for us, but failures in the construction sector are up 46% on the previous quarter, according to UK government figures.

Overall, in the last quarter, 52 companies per 10,000 went out of business.  That compares to 47 in the previous quarter.

Two quarters statistics don’t tell us a lot about how’s business generally but,  if the trend continues, the buoyant labour market we are experiencing might be the next to suffer, if business failures continue as they have.

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Reduce Labelling risks

Reduce the Risk of Labelling Mistakes – Part 2

Reduce Labelling risks
Faulty labels

In part one we saw that incorrectly printed labels are a leading cause of product recalls and lawsuits. A potential embarrassment for you, unhappy customers and something that antagonises regulators. This is part two – how to reduce labelling risks by checking proofs and label deliveries.

What you’re going to learn is how you can avoid these disasters and have confidence when you buy your labels.

3. Check Your Label Proofs to Reduce Labelling Risks

Once labels are printed they can’t be changed and you’ll need to live with the consequences.  What might be an insignificant typo can turn into a compliance nightmare.

A label proof is a label prototype.  It’s a accurate representation of what your label will look like when it’s printed.  Comes in PDF or physical format.

Usually a proof checks two things – the text that appears on the label and the colours being printed. 

Make sure the text is checked.  Sounds easy enough, but when you’ve got lots of similar but different designs, it can be a risk factor.  Where you have to meet compliance rules, a second pair of eyes is a good idea.

Colours are slightly more problematic.  In these situations, a physical ‘wet proof’ is needed.  You’ll need to wait for one to be couriered to you and it might cost money.  Use a colour swatch to ensure it matches your brand colours.

We’ll check your designs first but, at the end of the day, you are responsible for signing off your proofs.

4. Check Your Label Delivery.

We take care of your labels with our packaging – bubble wrapping, quality box materials and tracked couriers, but things can and do go wrong.

Check the labels when they arrive. Make sure they’re not water damaged or eaten by rodents. 

Some of our pharmaceutical clients even test print a sample of labels to ensure quality.

If problems are reported early we can fix them for you.  If they’re left for months, it’s more difficult to fix the problem.

Relax, Enjoy Stress-Free Label Printing

Following these best practices will reduce your labelling risks and keep you free of unwanted regulator attention,  embarrassing recalls and expensive legal cases.

Read part three to learn how to reduce risks during the printing process.

I’d love your feedback on this article.  If you’ve got a moment to comment via email I’ll be able to make it better.

We are here to help. If you have a question, or you would like a  would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

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The Health & Safety Executive

Labelling represents more of a financial risk.  Risk assessments can focus on economic losses.  HSE have some useful risk assessment tools on their website here:

The Institute of Risk Management:

They provide resources and training to help organisations manage risk effectively.

Their website includes a large set of resources, though nothing I could find about labelling.


Last Updated: 27 Jul 2023

Reduce the risk of labelling mistakes

Faulty Printed Labels
Faulty Printed Labels

I don’t need to tell you that the labels on your products are essential.  What you might not realise is that incorrectly printed labels are a leading cause of product recalls and lawsuits. These Labels can lead to embarrassment for you, unhappy customers and unforgiving regulators. It is critical to reduce labelling risks.

Similarly, labels that don’t do their job and fall off or become unreadable can lead to very expensive product recalls, in healthcare – to some potentially serious health consequences and potentially catastrophic legal cases. 

If you’re responsible for labelling, these disasters can call into question your professional competence.  

What you’re going to learn is how you can avoid these disasters and have confidence when you buy your labels.

Find a Labelling Specialist to Reduce Your Labelling Risks

Fortunately, we’ve been helping customers like you reduce labelling risks for thirty years and we’ve encountered quite a few difficult situations.  Here’s how you can have peace of mind and avoid these rare but damaging consequences.

Follow our ‘Perfect Label Process’ and you won’t need to be concerned about getting your labels wrong.

1. Get Expert Help Specifying Your Labels

Talk us through what your labels need to do. 

We have a comprehensive checklist of potential ‘gotchas’ that have caught people out in the past. 

Little things you might not think about, but can lead, at the very least, to an expensive reprint. 

Examples such as peel and reveal labels popping open, labels turning black in the sun or adhesive freezing so labels fall off your products. 

Cutting corners at this stage can lead to costs in the long run.  A consultation need not take more than ten minutes but you will learn the potential pitfalls. 

2. Test Your Labels In The Environment They’ll Be Used.

High temperature label on Alumina ceramic material

Please test your labels before you buy them.  Ensure they remain stuck and remain readable.

Where we can, we’ll send you over some different samples to try.  We’re always keen to provide samples for testing.

Are you printing text onto your labels?  Do you need thermal ribbons for testing too?  We can provide labels and ribbons that are compatible with one another.

I’d love your feedback on this article.  If you’ve got a moment to comment via email I’ll be able to make it better.

We are here to help. If you have a question, or you would like a  would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Useful Links

The Institute of Risk Management:

They provide resources and training to help organisations manage risk effectively.

Their website includes a large set of resources, though nothing I could find about labelling.


Last Updated: 24 Jul 2023

Strategies for Optimising Your Labelling System: Stage One.

Optimised labelling is your destination
Destination: Organised Labels

As the head of operations, labels are a small, but critical part of your operation.  If labels are causing you a headache in – let me help guide you through optimising your labelling – build a fast and efficient labelling system that you can be proud of.  Imagine a labelling system that’s efficient and accurate. A system that takes data from your ERP system and produces labels with barely any human input. Labelling that’s efficient and easy.

Let’s look at how we can improve your label printing process.

Assess Your Current Labelling System.

The first step in optimising your label workflow is assessing and evaluating your existing labelling system. 

  • Do you have any obvious improvements you can make? 
  • Where are you encountering errors and problems? 
  • What parts of your system are slow and tedious? 
  • Are there points at which data needs to be entered?
  • Which areas could potentially stop your operations? 

Getting a picture of the hardware and systems you use will also help set the scene.  What information feeds into your labels and where is that information coming from.  Assessing your labelling involves studying work and data flows. The study will involve talking to your team and mapping your labelling system.

We’ve got a whole set of questions that you can download here.  Answer what you can and send it back to us here for advice.

Streamlining Label Creation and Design.

  • Do your labels have to meet all of the needs of the stakeholders needs in your organisation?
  • Is marketing happy with each consumer facing label design?
  • Do your labels meet all of the regulatory requirements?
  • Could you use your labels to build engagement with customers?
  • Who designs labels in your organisation? Are there multiple people?  
  • Are there label design guidelines to help designers? 
  • Are your labels clear and consistent across the range of designs? 
  • Do you have software that maintains the central library of label designs?

Next Steps to Creating Optimised Labelling

Labelling operations, even in a small organisation with a handful of printers, can become complex.  When labels, ribbons, hardware, maintenance, software, data management and training are considered, the complexity soars.  

The more complex a process is, the greater scope there is for inefficiencies.

Pick up the phone or send an email and find out how we can help you build a worldclass labelling system you can be proud of.

Do you like what I’ve written here?  I’d love your feedback so I can make it better for new readers.

We are here to help. If you have a question, or you would like a  would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Useful Links

  1. GS1: An international non-profit organisation that develops and maintains global standards for product identification, including barcoding and labelling.

   – Website:


Last Updated: 10 Jul 2023

How Label Design Boosts Your Brand

As the head of marketing, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your brand is well-known, well-regarded, and properly represented in all marketing communications – including packaging.  Label design is the key to perfect packaging.

Packaging and labels are one of the final touch points for consumers on their journey to purchase. Quite often product packaging and labels are the only weapon at your disposal – posters and websites don’t appear on the supermarket aisle.

How to Make Your Packaging Stand Out and Win the Sale

First – does your product or brand occupy space in the customers mind?  If they do then much of the battle is won.  Packaging doesn’t need to tell a story – it just needs to be identifiable and accessible.  

If your marketing budget doesn’t reach the consumer before the supermarket then responsibility for winning the sale lies with your packaging and labels.

So let’s look at some tactics your labels can use to leave the supermarket in your customers hand.

Eye-Catching Label Design - is Critical

This is the job of the packaging design team.  We don’t design labels for customers – we specialise in sourcing perfect labels or your money back – but we do work with some pretty talented designers.  Contact us and we’d be pleased to introduce you to label design experts.

As you’d probably expect, we see a lot of labels come through our hands.  Anyone can tell in an instant those labels which have been designed by a professional.  If your product has moved out of the hobby phase then please invest money on professional design.  Professional label design will yield one of the best returns on investment you’re likely to encounter.

Choose a Designer Who Knows the Tricks of the Label Trade

Some of the tools your designers can use are foiling and spot varnishes.  These label features make your products literally shiny objects, just begging to be picked up. 

Whilst adding shine to your products does increase the costs of your labels, it instantly adds a 20% premium to the sale price of the product. 

After all, your eyes tell you more about the perceived quality (and price) of a product, way before you taste or smell it.

Do you like what I’ve written here?  I’d love your feedback so I can make it better for new readers.

Label Branding Checklist

  • Have I engaged a designer to work on my labels?
  • Have I put our designers in touch with Expert Labels so they’re able to take advantage of the whole range of label features?

We are here to help. If you have a question, or you would like a  would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Useful Links

See our ‘Premium Labels‘ article

CEO Today Magazine Article: Why Product Packaging Is Essential To Your Branding Strategy

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2023

Tracking your assets

Scanning asset labels

Tracking your organisations assets is not something many senior finance managers look forward to.  Asset tracking is a side project that typically gets forgotten about and is seldom at the forefront of management’s minds, but for a relatively modest investment, you can unlock the full potential of your organisations assets, eliminate unnecessary spending and really sweat your assets.  

What you don’t have a handle on you can’t manage, and other than the people in your organisation, what’s more important than the assets at your disposal.

What I’ve written here comes from years of experience implementing asset management systems using the Wasp Mobile Asset system, mainly in large schools and public institutions, but the experience is equally valuable in any organisation that has thousands of assets that need to be managed.  

Wasp isn’t the only asset management software out there – but it is built on decades of experience mobile data collection.


  • Having a list of assets effortlessly maintained.   
  • A report of what assets have been bought – and who they are assigned to.  
  • Hold on, this is the sixth tablet Bob has bought this year – what’s going on?  
  • Why are we buying another CAD printer when we already have three of them.  
  • The ‘calibrator’ was used 77% of the time this month – probably time to look at buying a second one.  
  • Van 1 and 7 are due for their annual service this month.  
  • The water boiler in the canteen is broken – who do we need to contact to get it looked at… 
  • The van was only used three times last month and the depreciation is currently at £3,000 this year – do we really need to own a van, could we just rent one when we need it?  Who’s responsible for the van – it’s Bob in sector 4A – I’ll ask him about it.  
  • No, you can’t buy more chairs – we already have 221 of them.  Go find them… 
  • The Ops director puts in a capex request for a particular machine – but it was only used for six days last month.


Setting up your Asset Management System Project

Assign project responsibility.

Define what success looks like. Here’s ours:

  • “A comprehensive shared digital asset register including assets that are of capitalisation value or that are difficult to manage (such as computers which might not be valuable but need management).
  • Relevant data in the database – such as value, purchase date, supplier (if new item with a warranty), service requirements, service history.
  • Assign asset management responsibilities to an Asset Manager.
  • Record of asset utilisation.
  • People trained to enter the data into the asset management system.
  • Data automatically synced to and from the main financial system.
  • Accurate asset loan records created.
  • Regular asset audits are undertaken quarterly and a review of assets undertaken.”

Perfection is the enemy of progress. You can build the database as you go and add functionality. You can choose to identify the most valuable or most important assets first and when you have that process bedded in, go back and record the rest. You’re aiming for 80% of the benefit from 20% of the effort.

Maintaining your digital asset system

Assets in – You already have a purchase order and capital purchase system.  The bulk of that information from those records need to be copied across to your chosen asset database.  Ask us how we can help with that – using Zapier it’s possible to link certain financial systems to a range of asset management applications.  

All new assets need to be labelled and added to the asset database.  That means a process where someone physically checks the asset in and applies an appropriate label or tag.  They need to record where the asset is and who in your organisation is responsible for it.  If this works for your organisation, once a month run an asset purchase report and go on an asset hunt with labels in hand.  

Assets out – This is the most difficult part of the asset management process.  You have a clear asset purchase authorisation process, but likely nothing so strict to cover disposals.  The person responsible for the asset needs to be made aware of their assets being disposed of.  In many cases they won’t.  How do you manage this?  The answer is frequent asset audits.

Loans and returns.  To run an efficient loan and return system, you need a secure store and trustworthy people who record assets in and out.  Practically, you could offer a self record system and undertake periodic audits to ensure the assets are being recorded accurately.  An inexpensive code entry on the door and camera can confirm who is and isn’t recording the loan.  

Do you like what I’ve written here?  I’d love your feedback so I can make it better for new readers.

Undertaking Audits

Auditing assets

This is where barcodes turns a real headache, something you put off, into a well oiled machine.  With barcodes on each asset, the same colour and located in broadly the same place, with the right software, your audit looks like this: 

  1. Scan the room ID barcode.  
  2. List of assets recorded in the room appears on your handheld terminal.  
  3. Go round and scan each asset barcode. 

Assets are checked off your list as you scan them.  Assets that shouldn’t be in the room are reported when they’re scanned and the asset manager can move them from their old location to the new one. 

Eventually you have a handful of items that should be there but can’t be found.  When you know what you’re looking for it’s easier to find them.  Can’t find them?  Carry on with the audit and hope they reappear in different locations.

Dealing with lost or stolen assets

When your assets don’t appear anywhere in your organisation – they’ve either been disposed of without following procedure, they’ve been destroyed or they’ve been stolen.  Review the list of missing items with the person responsible for them. 

After a few reviews, the responsible person will ensure assets are properly disposed of or keep a closer eye on their assets.  If you need to make insurance claims, you have all the information you need in front of you to make a claim in minutes.

For the first time ever, you have a comprehensive list of what’s missing and you can make informed decisions.  

As the head of finance, you need these reports without the time and hassle getting the data.  Following the advice in this article, you can have this.

Choosing the right asset tracking system

Asset tracking device

Choosing the right asset management software makes all the difference.  You’re looking for a system that:

  • Has fields that you can customise for your organisation and purposes 
  • Intuitive and simple so everyone, even temps or contractors can use it – imagine handing us your site plan and having us work through your locations and check your assets.  Leave us to do your audit. 
  • Shared – so your ops manager can see what assets she has at her disposal, or managers can see what assets they are responsible for.
  • Permissions – so the right people can view, but not edit records.
  • Audit trail – so you can see who made what changes
  • Mobile terminals – you need to be able to manage assets at the point of recording.
  • Difference depreciation methods and formulas
  • Cloud based and integrated with your finance system

The strength of your electronic asset register lies in the audit.  If the fixed asset audit isn’t done because it’s expensive, difficult or time-consuming – your asset register, and all the decisions that go with it are flawed.

Expert Labels can help you with your asset tracking

Use us to come in and do your asset audit for you.  We know how the software works and because it’s been properly set up, outside contractors like us can do the work without disrupting your department’s work.

Asset Tracking Checklist

  • Who is responsible for tracking assets?
  • What does success look like – have I defined it?
  • Have I found a digital asset tracking system that meets my needs?
  • Have I got a defined process for booking in assets?
  • Have I got a disposal system for old assets?
  • Have I got somewhere secure to store assets?
  • Have I trained people to check loan assets in and out?
  • Have I scheduled asset audits and planned to review the results?
  • Have I set up useful asset reports?
  • Have I trained my operations colleagues to use the other features in my asset tracking system such as maintenance records?

We are here to help. If you have a question, or you would like a  would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Useful Links

Read the ‘8 Tips for successful asset labelling‘ article

Learn about RFID labels here.

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2023

From Chaos to Order: How Labels Transform Your Warehouse

Warehouse racking

You’re reading this because you want a really efficient warehouse operation.  In this article I will show you the part warehouse labels play in making your warehouse more efficient.  Warehouses can’t operate without labels and this article summarises what you need to know.

You’ll learn about:

  • Rack Labels
  • How Sticky Should Racking Labels be?
  • What to Print on Your Warehouse Labels
  • Floor Labels
  • RFID Labels
  • Warehouse Label Checklist.
  • Useful links

Labels play two parts – firstly, in your warehouse infrastructure and secondly in keeping track of your stock. This article will concentrate on your warehouse infrastructure.

Rack Labels

Rack labels act as signs to direct pickers to the right locations in your warehouse. Hand written labels aren’t a solution in large warehouses.  Print your labels and if you want to be efficient, you’ll need barcoded rack labels. 

Your labels need to be clear, readable from a distance and logical – so that temporary staff can work out how to find things as quickly as possible.  

Rack labels need to be custom printed, as your warehouse is unique.  To help make your warehouse logical, colour labels are an advantage. 

If your warehouse labels are damaged then you need a source of replacement labels that can be reprinted to fit into your warehouse labelling system.  That might mean buying extra blank labels and overprint them in black if you need replacement labels.  Contact us to overprint your blanks if you need us to.

Rack labels need to be durable, scratch resistant labels.  They need to be waterproof so they can be wiped clean if needed.  Rack labels need to be as large as possible.

How sticky do my rack labels need to be?

“When I used to think of my rack labels, I used to think I needed them as sticky as possible, but when I had to reorganise my racking labels, removing super sticky labels then become a long and labourious job.” 

Yes, with a scraper and plenty of isopropanol alcohol (for dissolving adhesive, not for drinking) the labels will come off.  However, ask us for labels with peelable adhesive and when you need to reorganise your warehouse, the job becomes a whole lot easier. 

But I move my rack labels regularly…

If moving labels is a regular activity in your warehouse, ask us about magnetic backed racking labels.

Remember magnetic racking labels can be moved around easily and they can also be re-labelled easily.  If you decide the label needs to read differently just apply another label over the top and reposition on your racks as you need.

What do I print on my rack labels?

Rack labels are usually printed with a location identifier in ‘human readable’ format, along with a barcode.  

The larger the barcode, the easier it is to read from a distance.  The size of the barcode depends on two things: how large the rack label is (and this in turn depends on the size of the racking) and how many characters are encoded in the barcode.  The fewer digits, the larger the barcode can be.

Long range barcode scanning
Long Range Barcode Scanning

Sometimes rack identifiers are all printed at at ground level, with different levels logically placed together for easy scanning.  Sometimes the location identifiers are strictly placed in the same place for each bay and need to be read by elevating the reader sometimes several levels up. With high performance barcode scanners and a large barcode, codes can be scanned from 10m – 20m away – which is usually more than enough for most warehouses. You need to decide what works best for you.  If you want sample labels contact us and we can print you some for testing.

With long range barcode scanners and large, readable warehouse labels, your forklift drivers should be able to operate efficiently in your warehouse without leaving their seat.  This way of working will lead to faster picking and a more efficient warehouse. 

Floor Labels

Along with rack labels, warehouse floor labels are an option.  There are obvious complications and limitations with floor labels.  Damaged or dirty labels are difficult to read by humans and particularly with barcode scanners.

If floor labels are the only option then be prepared to replace them from time to time.  Consider them consumable and have a plan in place for reordering them.  Speak to us about how we can keep a stock of blanks in place for custom printing.

Your warehouse floor labels can be printed using barcodes, QR codes, and human readable text.

Usually your labels are made from a durable plastic material, but even then, will wear out.  Consider locating labels in recessed housings or buying etched metal labels which will outlast any plastic labels. 

RFID (Electronic) Warehouse Labels

RFID labels are sticky labels with an electronic chip embedded in them.  The chip enables the information on the label to be read electronically from a distance.

A roll of clear labels with RFID tags embedded within
These clear RFID labels would be buit into your labels

How is this different from barcode labels?  Barcode labels need to be seen by a reader.  If they are dirty, damaged or covered by something (like overhanging pallet packaging), they can’t be read.  Perhaps they are hidden behind something else – then a barcode can’t be read.  RFID readers, providing they are within range, can be read by waving the reader in the direction of the label.

If you need RFID labels for your warehouse, contact us.  We are able to make relatively short runs of RFID labels in a range of sizes and to a range of RFID standards.

Whilst these labels are more expensive and the readers are an added cost, if reading barcodes present a problem and RFID labels might be a solution to improve your warehouse’s efficiency, then RFID warehouse labels will pay for themselves over time. 

Call us for advice about RFID labels.

What You Need to Know About Barcode Labels

Barcodes come in over 100 styles (known in the trade as symbologies), however, our recommendation is you consider just two barcode styles – code 128 or QR codes.

Barcode Types
Some of the hundreds of barcode styles available

Code 128 barcodes are compact, you can encode upper and lower case characters along with numbers and symbols – in fact 128 different characters.

Code 128 barcodes also include a built-in check digit so barcode readers know they’ve scanned the correct digits.

QR Code labels
QR Codes can contain web addresses

QR codes are what are known as 2D barcodes. They can encode hundreds of characters including website URLs. QR Codes can be designed in such a way that even if they are marked or scratched they are still readable.

If you need to encode more than just aisle and bay information than QR codes could be useful.

Thinking outside the box, it’s possible to change the information encoded in the QR code after it’s been printed.

As mentioned earlier, the larger the barcode, the longer the read range.

Barcode labels can be printed on to plastic or paper – though plastic would be more practical for your warehouse.

Ask us to print your barcoded warehouse labels – or print them yourself using your thermal label printer.

If a barcode reader can scan a QR code then it will scan a 1D barcode.  Not all 1D barcode scanners will read 2D codes – let us know the make and model to check the scanner specs if you’re in doubt.

Warehouse Label Checklist

  • What is the maximum size my rack labels can be?
  • What needs to be printed on my labels?
  • Will I have labels at ground level or at bay level?
  • How many colours do I need?
  • Can I source blank warehouse labels for over-printing?
  • Do I need labels that can be removed (magnetic or peelable)?
  • Have I ordered samples so I can test readability and durability – or possibly how peelable they are.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific design requirement you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Useful Links

The UK Warehouse Association is a good place to learn all things warehouse related.

Free online training courses for Warehouse Management from

Learn about RFID labels here.


Last Updated: 15 May 2023

Metal Fabrication

Labeling Solutions for the Metal-Fabricating Industry

In the metal-fabricating industry, the proper identification of inventory items is essential to ensure smooth and efficient operations. Misidentifying parts or products can lead to costly mistakes, production delays, and even safety hazards. That’s why choosing the right type of label for your needs is crucial.

Heat-Resistant Labels

One of our most popular labeling solutions is our heat-resistant labels for hot metal. These labels can withstand temperatures up to 1300°C, making them perfect for use in high-temperature environments. They are made from specially designed materials that can resist heat, flames, and chemicals, ensuring that your inventory remains properly identified even in the harshest conditions.

Extra-Durable Labels

Our extra durable labels are designed to withstand heavy usage and exposure to harsh elements. These labels are made from materials that can withstand scratches, moisture, and chemicals, ensuring that they remain legible and intact even after prolonged use. They are perfect for use in outdoor or industrial environments, where regular labels may not be sufficient.

Streamlined Inventory Tracking

RFID labels are an innovative solution for businesses in the metal-fabricating industry that need to track and manage their inventory in real-time. These labels contain a small chip and antenna that can communicate with RFID readers, allowing for automated data collection and tracking. 

By using RFID labels, businesses can streamline their inventory management processes, reduce the risk of human error, and improve accuracy. This technology can also help businesses identify areas where production processes can be optimized, leading to increased efficiency and cost savings.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific design requirement you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

RFID and Security Labels

Ultimate Protection for Your Assets:
Expert Security Label Solutions

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s crucial for businesses to have reliable and effective tracking and security solutions; that’s where we come in. We are proud to offer our clients innovative security and RFID label solutions that help improve their business operations and keep their assets and data secure.

A roll of clear labels with RFID tags embedded within
A roll of clear labels with RFID tags embedded within

What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a technology that uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information, which can be read by a reader. RFID technology has been used for many years in various applications, such as inventory management, asset tracking, and supply chain management.

Why Choose RFID Technology?

  • Efficiency: RFID technology allows businesses to track inventory and assets in real-time, reducing the need for manual checks and saving time.

  • Accuracy: RFID technology offers a higher level of accuracy compared to manual methods. This helps prevent errors and reduces the likelihood of lost or misplaced items.

  • Security: RFID technology provides an added layer of security, making it difficult for unauthorized individuals to access sensitive data or assets.

  • Cost: RFID technology offers a cost-effective solution for tracking and managing inventory and assets. The technology helps businesses reduce labour costs, increase productivity and optimize their operations.

RFID Solutions

At Expert Labels Ltd, we offer a range of RFID solutions to meet the needs of our clients. Our solutions include RFID labels and tags. We can also provide customized RFID solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Our RFID labels are designed to be durable and reliable, ensuring that they can withstand the rigors of various environments. Our RFID tags can be attached to different types of assets, allowing businesses to track and manage them in real-time. 

Security Labels

In addition to RFID solutions, we also offer security labels. Security labels are tamper-evident labels that help businesses prevent unauthorized access to their assets and data. They are designed to be difficult to remove without leaving a visible mark, making it easy to detect if someone has tampered with them.

Our security labels are available in various designs and can be customized to meet the unique needs of our clients. We can provide security labels that are resistant to water, heat, and other environmental factors, ensuring that they remain effective even in harsh conditions.


At Expert Labels Ltd, we are committed to providing our clients with innovative solutions that help improve their operations and protect their assets and data. Our RFID and security label solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of our clients, and we are dedicated to delivering high-quality products and exceptional customer service.

If you’re looking for reliable and effective RFID and security label solutions, look no further than Expert Labels Ltd. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific design requirement you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

Web of Printed Labels

In-House Printing

Effortless Label Printing:
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In today’s business environment, having an efficient and cost-effective labelling system is essential for businesses of all sizes. Labels play a critical role in branding, product identification, and safety, among other applications. However, not all companies have the resources to invest in printing equipment, software, and stock, which is why Expert Labels offers an in-house label printing service that provides an excellent solution to this problem.

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Expert Label Printing Solutions

Expert Labels is a company that specializes in providing high-quality labels for a variety of applications, including product labeling, asset management, barcode labels, and more. Our in-house label printing service offers a flexible and cost-effective solution that is suitable for small and large businesses. Our state-of-the-art printing equipment enables us to produce high-quality labels in small or large quantities, quickly and efficiently.

One of the benefits of using Expert Labels’ in-house label printing service is that it saves businesses the cost of purchasing printers, software, and stock. These expenses can add up, especially for smaller companies that do not have a significant budget for such investments. With our service, businesses can save money by ordering labels as and when they need them, rather than having to invest in equipment and stock upfront.

Web of Printed Labels
Web of Printed Labels

Another advantage of using our in-house label printing service is that it enables businesses to have greater control over their label designs. Our team of experts can work with businesses to create customized label designs that meet their specific needs. This customization can help companies to stand out in a crowded marketplace and differentiate their products from their competitors. Additionally, our labeling experts can advise on label materials, adhesives, and finishes, ensuring that labels are suitable for their intended use and meet regulatory requirements.

Our in-house label printing service is also ideal for businesses that require fast turnaround times. We understand that businesses need to react quickly to changing market conditions, and our printing service enables us to produce labels quickly and efficiently, ensuring that businesses have the labels they need when they need them.

Some of Expert Labels Ltd In-House Equipment
Some of Expert Labels Ltd In-House Equipment

Expert Labels’ in-house label printing service is suitable for a wide range of applications, including product labelling, asset management, barcoding, and more. Our labels can be used on a variety of surfaces, including paper, vinyl, polyester, and polypropylene, ensuring that they are suitable for any application.

Summing up, Expert Labels’ in-house label printing service provides a cost-effective and flexible solution for businesses that need high-quality labels but do not have the resources to invest in printing equipment, software, and stock. 

Our service enables businesses to have greater control over their label designs, ensures fast turnaround times, and provides expert advice on label materials and finishes. Whether you need labels for product branding, asset management, or barcoding, our in-house label printing service can meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more about how our labelling experts can help your business succeed.

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As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific design requirement you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. Email or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.