Horticultural Labels

Horticultural Labels

Horticultural labels typically fall into three categories:

  • Loop lock or self-tie tags
  • Pot pointers and stick in plant tags
  • Waterproof self adhesive
  • Direct thermal labels. 

Professional garden centre and plant nursery customers tend to print using thermal label printers, laser printers or the trusted permanent marker pen.  We supply our clients with horticultural labels to suit all three technologies. Click below to chat with one of our team now.

Loop Lock and Self-Tie Tags

Loop lock labels
Loop lock labels in a variety of sizes and colours

Also known as tie on tags or self-tie tags, these are very popular horticultural labels.

The self-tie loop lock is a simple, quick and easy method of tagging plants, shrubs and trees. The self-tie loop lock is looped round the stem or branch of a plant and then the notched end locks into the “key-hole” shape at one end of the tag.  Contact us if you want some to try.

Coloured Loop lock labels

These are all waterpoof and tear resistant.  Come in a range of colours. For larger quantities these tags can have a perforated tear off segment.  Come in sheet form for laser printing or 4-across on rolls for thermal printing.

Loop lock labels are usually ordered in white, but come in red, green, pink, yellow, orange, purple and blue.  If you need a specific colour or you need your tags printed on one side or both Contact us.

Loop lock labels are made from thick, durable PE plastic or Tyvek.  Tyvek is incredibly tough, resistant to tearing – yet can be cut with easily with scissors.  Because it’s so tear resistant – the tags last longer, it’s recyclable (but not biodegradable) and prints well.

If you want us to print your Loop Locks for you (save you buying a thermal printer), we can print a limited number of sized tags with black text.  If you have a database or spreadsheet of information to print onto the labels – we can do that for you.  Contact us to get details of sizes available and prices.

Call us about Tyvek self-tie labels for your next project.

Plant Pot Pointers and Stick in Tags

Printed Pot Pointer Tags

Plant pot pointers and Stick In Tags are heavy duty plastic tags that come on rolls and can be printed by a Thermal printer to identify plants, print barcodes and indicate prices. 

You can have these tags printed with your logo or other information before you over print them with your own information.  If you don’t have a thermal printer you’re able to write on them with a permanent marker.

These are not suitable to be printed on a laser printer.

They are tough, waterproof and scratch resistent.

They come on rolls and are limited to a height of around 100mm.

Waterproof Labels

Waterproof labels
Durable, Waterproof labels

Waterproof labels are the most commonly found label in horticulture.  Our customers usually need plain white labels for jobs where a good weather resistance is needed and of course a label that can be wiped clean. Usually ordered with a permanent adhesive, they can also be ordered with a peelable or even freezable adhesive.

Used for printing prices, barcodes and product descriptions. Most of our clients buy them in roll form, for printing with a thermal label printer.  One thing to note is that with synthetic (plastic) labels, resin ribbons are needed to ensure a durable, scratch resistant finish.  Resin ribbons won’t fade, giving you labels that will last years.

Our waterproof labels come a wide variety of dimensions, plain white or coloured or pre-printed with your logo or other information.

Contact us and let us know what size, colour and quantity you need.  We also need to know what kind of printer you’re using (so the rolls fit) and if you need it pre-printed. 

If you want us to print the labels for your garden centre or nursery, we print a minimum of 1000 labels in the most common sizes.  Visit our Buy your labels online page for sizes, prices and ordering.

Direct Thermal Labels

Thermal label
Thermal labels don't need ink

Thermal labels are the simplest and easiest labels and popular in garden centres and plant nurseries.  Whilst they are not waterproof, they are in demand because they print without ink.  Load them into a thermal label printer and they’re ready to use.  Usually ordered with a permanent adhesive, they can also be ordered with a peelable adhesive.  If you want to know more, learn about thermal labels here.

Used for printing prices, barcodes and product descriptions. They need to come in roll form, for printing with a thermal label printer.  Unlike waterproof labels, direct thermal labels have a limited life and will discolour if subjected to heat – including the sun – which is a problem if used outside in a garden centre.

Direct thermal labels are made using a heat sensitive coating, making them slightly more expensive than plain paper labels, but because they don’t use ink the cost is roughly equivalent.  What makes direct thermal labels advantageous is the ease of use.  No need to keep stocks of ink ribbons and no need to change ribbons.

Keen to Test Labels in your Horticulture Business?

Tearproof tags
Ultra-tough tear proof tags.

To help you make the right choice, we can send free samples for testing to companies based in the UK. 

Testing is really important, so you can see how different labels, tags and loop lock labels perform when tested on your specific application, under your specific conditions.

Finally, if you’d like to speak with us for expert advice on the best labels, tags, and ribbons, what label printer would be best and what software you need to design and print labels – please contact us by clicking the button below.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question about label printers or label design software, or specific requirement you would like to discuss with us, horticultural or not, please get in touch.

Email sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Updated: 12 Aug 2023

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Food Labelling Regulations

Food Labelling Regulations

As a food manufacturer or processor you have an obligation to ensure your labels meet labelling regulations.  In 2016 the European Food Information Regulation was fully introduced and sets out in law what needs to appear on your food labels.  Here’s an explanation of what needs to appear on your labels.

Name of food or drink

The name of your food or drink must be clearly stated on the packaging.  If your food name gives no indication about what is in the item or how it is processed, this information is even more crucial to your consumers.

You will need to add how the food has been processed i.e salted, smoked or dried.  Your name should also include a description to describe any differences to similar products for example a ‘fruit ice cream or ‘fruit drink’ should be made using real fruits.  Whereas a fruit flavoured product can be used using artificial flavourings.

List of Ingredients

As it suggests, this list must include all of the ingredients used in the food or drink, even water and any additives.  You will need to list the ingredients by order of weight, starting with the largest used ingredient and ending with the smallest.  You need to list the ingredient names in the language applicable to where the item is being sold.

Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients

Any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or ingredients made from GMOs must be listed or indicated on the food label. Foods made with GM technology (e.g. cheese produced with GM enzymes) or any products such as meat, milk and eggs from animals fed on GM animal feed do not have to be labelled.

Drinks containing alcohol or caffeine

Drinks or beverages that contain more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol must be labelled with the actual strength of the volume of alcohol. Beverages with high caffeine content, i.e. more than 150mg/l,  have to be labelled with the amount of caffeine that they contain, unless they are based on coffee or tea. This is because drinks containing high amounts of caffeine are not recommended for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Weight or volume

The weight or volume of a food or drink must be shown on the label if it is more than 5g or 5ml. The weight or volume does not have to be exact but must be at least within a few grams or millilitres. Many food types are packages in liquid, e.g. sweetcorn, the drained weight of the food should be clearly displayed. Some foods, such as loose tea and butter, are sold only in standard amounts.

The symbol ‘e’ is used to show that the weight complies with the EU requirement for weight under the average system, i.e. the average pack is at least the weight declared.

Comparing the weight and the price of different brands allows your consumers to make choices on value for money between brands.

Date marks and storage conditions

Nearly all foods must be marked with either a ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date mark so that it is clear how long a product is likely to last once it has been bought and/or opened by your consumers.

The ‘use by’ date is used for foods that have short lives, e.g. milk, meat, fish and are therefore not safe to eat after this date.

Other foods have a best before date, which means that this date the foods may not be at their best but most likely still safe to eat, subject to being stored appropriately.  Storage instructions must be included to ensure freshness. Following storage and preparation instructions should prevent food from spoiling too quickly, lower the risk of food poisoning and ensure the food looks and tastes its best when eaten.

Other guidance on the mode of storage has become universal. For example, a simple star system is used to indicate what temperature the food should be held at and for how long:

* -6°C for 1 week (pre-frozen food only)

** -12°C for 1 month (pre-frozen food only)

*** -18°C for 3 months (pre-frozen food only)

**** -18°C or colder for 6 months (pre-frozen food; can also be used to freeze fresh food from room temperature)

Preparation and storage instructions

Instructions on how to prepare and cook the food must be given on the label if necessary. If the food has to be heated, instructions must be given for the temperature of the oven and cooking time or for how to heat in a microwave (if applicable).  These instructions should ensure the food tastes its best and that it will be thoroughly heated to a core temperature of 75°C, which minimises the risk of food poisoning.

Name and address of manufacturer

Contact details for you, the food manufacturer, who is responsible for the information on the label must be stated clearly. This gives your consumers the opportunity to contact you if they have a complaint about the product or if they need to know more about it.

Country of origin

Your label must display clearly where the food has come from.  You must detail this on the label, otherwise it would be misleading not to show it, e.g. a tub of Greek yogurt which was made in the UK. This includes fresh and frozen meat. The origin of the main ingredients has to be given also if this is different from where the final product is made.

Lot or batch number

This is required under UK law but is not part of the labelling regulations. The lot or batch number is a code that can identify batches of food in the event that they have to be recalled by you, the manufacturer, packer or producer. A date mark is sometimes used as a lot mark, or a lot mark may be indicated by the letter ‘L’.

Other information

Several other details may be included on the label but isn’t mandatory includes:-  recipes and cooking instructions on labels for use of the product. You may wish to include a picture of the product used as a side dish for example, however you must note that the picture is a serving suggestion only, not to show how the food product will look once removed from the packaging.

Allergen information

There are 14 food ingredients –

  • Milk,
  • Eggs,
  • Peanuts,
  • Nuts from trees (such as Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts),
  • Fish,
  • Molluscs (such as mussels and oysters),
  • Crustaceans (including crab and shrimps),
  • Soy beans,
  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats),
  • Lupin,
  • Celery,
  • Mustard,
  • Sesame seeds,
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

– that must always be clearly labelled as they are known to cause allergies and intolerances in some individuals.

According to the European regulation (which started to come into force from 2014) these ingredients or foods must be declared in the ingredients list and be highlighted in a way that makes it stand out e.g. in a different font or in bold. For example, ‘single cream (milk)’ or ‘salmon (fish)’.

If there is no ingredients list, for example on a bottle of wine that contains sulphites, the food or ingredient must be highlighted somewhere else on the label.

In the regulations, allergen information is not allowed to be repeated anywhere else on packaging. However, sign posting to the allergen information in the ingredients list is allowed. This means allergy advice boxes or statements to warn customers when a food contains an allergen or has a cross-contamination risk with an allergen are no longer allowed.

However, they can be used to direct your consumers to the allergen information in the ingredients list.

The new regulations also ensure that allergy information is provided on non-pre-packed food in restaurants and cafes, either displayed on menus or available on request.

Seven out of ten severe allergic reactions occur when people eat outside of their home so this should be especially helpful to your consumers with food allergies and intolerances.

Mandatory ‘back of pack’ nutrition labelling

From 13 December 2016, a nutrition declaration on the back of pack has been mandatory for pre-packed foods and has to be presented per 100g/ml or per portion.

The following needs to be included: energy value (in kJ and kcal), and amount in grams of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt.

More information can be included but is not compulsory for monounsaturates, polyunsaturates, starch, fibre, vitamins or minerals.

If a nutrition or health claim is made on the packaging then the nutrient in question must be declared

Voluntary front of pack labelling

Repetition of certain nutrients from back of pack labelling is allowed on a voluntary basis, so if you feel your consumers will benefit from this then go ahead!

In the UK, following new government guidelines, a consistent front of pack labelling scheme has been implemented combining guideline daily amounts (GDA) traffic light colour coding with high, medium or low text.

 If you have a colour label printer , BarTender (the label design software we tend to recommend) is able to dynamically print the ‘traffic light’ colours when printing from a database.

 

Voluntary front of pack labelling

Repetition of certain nutrients from back of pack labelling is allowed on a voluntary basis, so if you feel your consumers will benefit from this then go ahead!

In the UK, following new government guidelines, a consistent front of pack labelling scheme has been implemented combining guideline daily amounts (GDA) traffic light colour coding with high, medium or low text.

 If you have a colour label printer , BarTender (the label design software we tend to recommend) is able to dynamically print the ‘traffic light’ colours when printing from a database.

 

A note on labels

The food labels we provide you with will be manufactured with a Grade A BRC/IoP (British Retail Consortium and Institute of Packaging) accreditation.  That will give your larger retail customers piece of mind.

Just because you need to meet certain regulations for your self-adhesive food labels doesn’t mean you can’t be imaginative and have an eye-catching label.

We can create labels in pretty much any shape for you, from circular to rectangular or even a custom shape to suit your design.

We offer labels with high definition colour, foils, short and long term life and special freezer adhesives all in accordance with the food safe regulations you need to adhere to.

Remember, your product label is a very important marketing tool so you must set the right tone for your product. This is true of any product but especially food. In a supermarket filled with choice, your product needs to show that it will be delicious and high quality, so the label needs to portray this to your customers.

You need an outstanding label to reflect your high quality food and that gives all of the information the customer requires.

Printing your food labels in-house

If you need to overprint a custom label with any changeable information, BarTender is the label software that we recommend (having worked with it for twenty years).  BarTender can be configured to automatically embolden, italicise or underline any of the ingredients or allergens who you need to highlight to your consumers.  It can also automatically create the food ‘traffic lights’ from data in a database. Click here to find out more about BarTender and it’s wealth of capabilities.

Call us today on 01359 271 111 to discuss your food label requirements or email info@expertlabels.co.uk.

Click on the following link to find out more about what you need to show on your labels: https://www.gov.uk/food-labelling-and-packaging/food-labelling-what-you-must-show

High Temperature Heat-Proof Labels and Tags

High Temperature Heat-Proof Labels and Tags

We supply labels that are perfect for your industrial applications

If you work in an industry that requires high-temperature labels, you understand the importance of having a dependable product.

Using an alternative label material that is not designed for the demands of your
environment may cause the label to fade or become illegible if they are exposed to excessive heat. Conversely, high-temperature labels and tags are ideal for these applications, as they won’t melt or become distorted at high temperatures.

Specifically, our labels can withstand temperatures between 250 °C and 1250 °C, making them perfect for the food, steel, and manufacturing industries where it is critical to effectively monitor samples or batches exposed to harsh conditions.

We can supply high-temperature labels and tags in different colours and finishes. For example, they can be branded with your company logo. More specific text can be overprinted with variable information, such as serial numbers, batch codes, or barcodes.

Some common uses include tracking metal products, labelling food items in ovens, products undergoing autoclave processes, ceramics, and sanitary ware. To sum it up, choosing the right high-temperature label ensures safety and compliance in your workplace, without sacrificing the legibility of crucial information.

Not all High-Temperature Labels are the Same

We understand that the required temperature resistance depends on the industry, with some clients’ labels needing to withstand temperatures up to 1250 °C, while others only need to be resistant to 250 °C. Whatever you need, it’s crucial to choose the right label for the job.

Given the range of requirements, it is essential to understand that each label type has its own unique set of attributes and applications. Some labels are designed to withstand high temperatures for extended periods of time, whereas others are only suitable for brief intervals.

Specifying the right label can contribute to safety and compliance in your workplace by preventing key information from melting or disappearing. Subsequently, you can ensure the label remains clear and legible throughout the product’s life.

Additionally, it is crucial to keep in mind that some labels can be applied in high-temperature environments, while others can only be applied at ambient temperature. Furthermore, certain labels require specialized equipment for proper application.

Industrial worker applying high-temperature label using specialised tool

How much would I pay for High-Temperature Labels?

As heat-resistant labels are a specialized product, the cost varies according to the label size,
volume and the heat-resistant requirements. With our extensive experience of over 20 years in the design of labels and tags, you can rest assured that we can assist you in optimizing your label design. 

We aim to minimize any unused space and help you reduce the cost of your high-temperature labels and tags. Fortunately, with our expertise, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having high-quality, cost-effective labelling solutions.

Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that incorrect identification of high-value items can lead to hidden costs.

High-Temperature Label Products

Material Type Temperature RangeDetails
Treated Polyester LabelsUp to 250 °C
  • Use standard thermal transfer printer with matched resin ribbon.


  • Applied by hand.


  • Multiple colours and wide range of sizes.


  • Suitable for different temperature ranges.
Polyimide Adhesive LabelsUp to 350 °C
  • Use standard thermal transfer printer with matched resin grade ribbon.


  • Applied by hand and suitable for exposure up to 350 °C for short periods.
Aluminium Foil Base Adhesive with Inorganic TopcoatUp to 600 °C
  • Aluminium base material with a smudge-proof coating and with a silicone adhesive.

  • Thermal transfer topcoat can be printed onto using a specialist thermal transfer ribbon.

  • Apply using specialist tool at temperatures between room temperature and 450 °C.

  • Can withstand short-term exposure up to 600 °C.
Ceramic-coated Polymer Film Adhesive LabelsUp to 1250 °C
  • Designed to be stuck to high-temp metal, ceramic and glass.


  • Thermal transfer printed with specialist high grade resin-based ribbon.


  • Resistant to chemicals, heat, shock and scratching.


  • Apply using specialist tool at temperatures up to 1250 °C.


  • Specially made to order. There is a lead time of up to six weeks for these labels - and they come in limited sizes.

Keen to Test on your Application?

Thermal-transfer ribbons, also known as inks, must be carefully selected to match your labels.

To help to ensure you make the right choice, we can provide samples for testing to companies based in the UK. Additionally, we are happy to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement for your confidential projects. This has the great benefit of allowing you to see how they perform when tested on your specific application, under your specific conditions.

Finally, if you’d like to speak with us for expert advice on the best labels, tags, and ribbons, please contact us by clicking the button below or downloading our briefing sheet.

As always, we are here to help. If you have a question, or specific requirement you would like to discuss with us, heat-resistant or not, please get in touch with our. Email sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

BarTender Cloud – The Next Generation of Label Design

BarTender Cloud

BarTender Cloud – The Next Generation of Label Design

Seagull Scientific, the name behind the industry leading BarTender label design software, have been on a journey. Several years ago they realised they needed to set up their best selling label design software to operate in the cloud.  Like other SaaS providers, Seagull decided to charge ongoing subscription charges rather than one off outright purchases.  Their journey started with charging an annual maintenance charge on software purchases. The next step – in competition with their rivals was to create a proper cloud based solution.

Read on to see what’s so special about BarTender cloud, but first a little background.

In September last year we were invited to train to be BarTender Cloud resellers – with the launch of their new cloud product.

A couple of months later BarTender Cloud was further improved with the addition of the label design component.

Now BarTender cloud is a fully fledged cloud based label design application.

Range of databases to connect to BarTender Cloud

So What is BarTender Cloud?

If you’ve used any other label design app, then BarTender cloud works just the same – you choose the label dimensions and add elements to the design, like barcodes, text, images and so on. 

BarTender Cloud is the same as the desktop app – except with a few added features.

Ability to design labels from your browser

Any browser. A browser on a tablet, a Mac (something BarTender didn’t previously do) or a PC. 

If you want to print labels from your mobile device, that’s possible (though it isn’t easy to design labels).  Use BarTender’s printing app for iPhone and Android.

Shared library of label templates. 

Using the template library you can choose from hundreds of designs that experts have made for you – you just tweak it to meet your needs.

Not only do these save you time, but these designs comply with the rules of your industry. Filter the ever growing set of templates by industry or compliance standards.

You even get the required logos and industry specific barcodes.

Easy to get design expertise to help you.

No more sending files back and forth – simply ask your design expert to log on and design your label for you. (Let us help you with your cloud label design).

Centralised library of label designs.

In the past you needed to buy BarTender’s Enterprise edition if you wanted a centralised library of designs. Now you have that with BarTender cloud. 

You can set access permissions – allow groups or users the ability to just print – or perhaps they can edit but not delete. 

Retire old designs to a ‘retired designs’ folder and only give certain users access to the current designs.

Folders in BarTender Cloud
Shared folders of label designs

Reduce Support Costs

No need to install software and support the software on your own servers.  This is all handled by BarTender Cloud.  Expert support can be provided quickly and easily by BarTender specialists such as ourselves – without us needing to be on site or needing access to your server.

Easily Share Label Printing

Have your manufacturing partners – in other countries – print your label designs on their printers.

Integrate

Using the Automation version of BarTender Cloud, you’re able to connect your label designs to Excel online, Google Sheets, Oracle,  Microsoft Azure and SAP. 

Just like the desktop version of the software, you establish a connection to your data source and link the elements of your label to the fields in your database. 

Now you can capture data from across your organisation and feed it into your labels – one source of data for every label. 

BarTender Cloud has prebuilt connectors so you can connect without the need for coding skills.

Print-driver free printing

BarTender Cloud Printer Driver
BarTender Cloud Printer Driver

With BarTender cloud, you no longer need to have drivers for your various printers.

BarTender Cloud will auto-discover your local and network printers and automatically print using one of nearly 8,000 Seagull Drivers specially made for thermal label printers.

BarTender Cloud Pricing

BarTender Cloud comes in two versions – Automation and Essentials. 

Essentials lets you design labels and create data entry forms for your labels.  You can connect to databases and you can print to any number of printers.

Automation gives you the ability to store more data – up from 2GB for Essentials to 5GB, call upon more data integrations options and a higher level of support (i.e. live chat and phone).

Interestingly, Seagull are charging based on the number of labels you print each year.  Prices start for printing 10,000 labels and go up to over 250,000.

BarTender Cloud is charged on an annual basis with an initial ‘provisioning’ fee, which includes training to get you up and running along with two label designs made for you.

For exact costing, contact us here for an up to date price.

Try Before You Buy

Taking BarTender Cloud for a test drive is easy.

Click on this link

Complete the form and you’ll get access to trial period of BarTender cloud.

Useful Links

Useful BarTender related links:

See our guide to label design and printing software.

BarTender training

Last updated: 9 May 2024

Bekaert: A Case Study on High-Temperature Labels

Bekaert: A Case Study on High-Temperature Labels

The Right Tools in the New World

Identification is an important part of any process that needs to track objects.  But how do you track items that get heated to more than 500C?  That was the problem multi-national technology company Bekaert, specialists in advanced metal transformation and materials solutions, had.  This is how we helped them solve that problem with the help of barcodes and ultra high temperature labels.

Our client Bekaert tells us how they use ultra-high temperature labels to make their operations world class. With Bekaert’s focus on operational efficiencies, they’re able to create sustainable growth and success.

The Story of Bekaert

Bekaert first started designing wire products in Belgium back in 1880. They have since grown into a multinational group with operations across Europe, North America, Central and South America and Asia.

From humble beginnings, Bekaert now produces cutting edge metal fibres for a variety of industries, including concrete reinforcement, armoured wires and magnetic wiring. Working with multiple industries requires complex production processes which need to be carefully managed to maximise potential and minimise errors.

One operational efficiency that Bekaert uses in their production process is a barcode based tracking system, which means parts need to be clearly identifiable throughout each stage of production.

These barcodes can’t be printed onto regular labels however, due to the fact that production involves a furnacing process which can reach temperatures of 500°C. In order for the parts to continue through the entire process without the need to change labels (a process which takes time and leaves the potential for errors) the parts need to be labelled with high temperature labels.

Barcode labels - after exposure to 500C

Where We Come In

Expert Labels helps Bekaert streamline their production processes by supplying temperature resistant labels, capable of withstanding temperatures more than 1000°C, with a special adhesive to ensure the labels can handle anything thrown at them during these processes.

The barcode tracking system, using the specialised, high temperature labels ‘reduced the number of quality complaints relating to the application of incorrect labels, overnight’ according to Bekaert’s General Manager.

The presence of these labels during the furnacing process has led to ‘no deterioration in product quality’ whilst increasing the efficiency of production as a whole.

In the past Bekaert used to replace tracking codes after the heating process which led to mistakes and took valuable time.  The new high temperature labels means Bekaert is able to save valuable ‘operational time and eliminate the errors’ by having barcodes move around the whole process without needing to be replaced.

Bekaert extensively researched the options available to them with the help of Expert Labels to find material options that could perform throughout the production process as well as finding an adhesive that could maintain contact with a metal part under the extreme conditions of the furnacing.

The services that Expert Labels provide for Bekaert allow them to focus on their products that have 144 years of quality and experience behind them and assist in minimising the potential errors that can impact a company of this size and reputation.

Long-term Partners

At Expert Labels we have over 30 years of experience dealing with specialist material labels, and pride ourselves on our ability to find new, forward-thinking solutions to all processes that involve labelling solutions.

Our continued relationship with Bekaert ‘has made a massive difference’ to their production experience. This difference is what can separate an efficient process from one that hinders your company’s growth and development.

To see how we can use specialist labelling materials to streamline your business, from high temperature materials to cryogenics and compostable materials; please get in touch with us by phoning 013 5927 1111 or by emailing us at info@expertlabels.co.uk.

Useful Links

Bekaert Homepage

Check Berkaert: 

https://www.bekaert.com/en/

High Temperature Labels

High Temperature Heat-Proof Labels and Tags

Last Updated: 19 Mar 2024

Driving Warehouse Efficiency: A Guide to Successful Labelling in 2024

Warehouse Management

Driving Warehouse Efficiency: A Guide to Successful Labelling in 2024

Building on the innovative solutions discussed in our previous article on High Tack and PiggyBack labels, this article we will touch on more game-changing practices in warehouse management.

These solutions make sure your products are safe and secure, even when it’s tough to clean them or there’s need to be kept in secure packaging.


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Waterproof Labels

Just like PiggyBack labels, waterproof labels are especially useful when a product needs cleaning. However, unlike PiggyBack labels, waterproof labels last through the cleaning, even when using a strong solution.

Great for outdoor storage and entry areas, these labels can withstand heavy rain. A great choice for racking labels, they last for years, making cleaning easier than traditional paper labels, and reducing waste by removing the need for costly and time-consuming reprints of worn-out warehouse labels.

By preventing damage to key labels, waterproof labels proactively ensure warehouse operations remain efficient and that bad weather’s impact remains outside the warehouse.

Tamper-Evident Labels and Tapes

Mixing different products in warehouses can be a big problem. It can impact product quality, certification and control, and potentially the safety of customers.

To help with this, special labels and tapes that show if a package has been opened are important. Place these on incoming packages and storage boxes, and it’s very difficult for batches of products to become mixed, or for products to be interfered with before reaching their intended user.

They might say ‘Void’ or ‘Opened’ to show if something’s wrong. This is a simple, but secure solution are easy for managers across multiple industries to implement, and important to think about.

Barcodes and QR Codes

Barcode Types

Barcodes and QR codes, integral to warehouse management since the 1980s, become even more important to supply chains for traceability and the versatility of their applications. Beyond categorizing products and logging them in computer systems, barcodes help:

  • Expiry date tracking
  • Returns processing
  • Maintenance date tracking for various systems
  • Links to Instructions
  • Identifying hazardous materials
  • Automatic label printing through pallet label scans

Barcode versatility:

With over 100 barcode types, each offers unique advantages. When considering a barcode solution, reach out for some friendly advice by sending us an email, giving us a call or clicking our Chat button.

Barcodes work well with the types labels we previously mentioned, making things run smoother. QR codes also work with these labels and are especially handy because you just need a phone to use them, and they’re more flexible and easier to set up than regular barcodes.


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Barcode Printing in Your Warehouse

You can use software, like Seagull Scientific’s BarTender, to easily print barcodes and QR codes at your own warehouse. The only requirement is a label printer connected to your computer, it’s a budget-friendly way to access these solutions. If you only need it for a small project, we also provide label printing services. Just reach out to us at sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call 01359 271 111. We’re here to help!

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Consumers becoming more eco-conscious and willing to travel, attend mass events, PwC survey reveals

Half (50%) of global consumers say that they have become more eco-friendly in the past six months, with Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern consumers leading the way, a new study by PwC has revealed. Read the full article here: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/news-room/press-releases/2021/global-consumer-insights-pulse-survey-2021.html

Last Updated: 20 February 2024

How Piggyback Labels Can Make Warehouse Management Easier

Warehouse Effeciency

How Piggyback Labels Can Make Warehouse Management Easier

Ultra sticky, high tack adhesive labels are very important in warehouses where losing a label can make extra work for you.  Also – I want to show you something you might not have come across before and show how you can benefit from them: Piggyback labels.

Let’s take a look at high tack and piggyback labels for warehouses.

High Tack Labels

In the world of management it’s almost always true to say; “The Simplier, The Better”.  Less is more.

Take High Tack Labels, for instance – you might never have thought about them.  These labels barely warrant a second thought, but using high tack labels in place of standard labels could make your labelling better and your life easier. 

As the name suggests, high tack labels are a level above standard permanent labels, in terms of stickiness. 

The adhesive is extra sticky when you put it on the item and becomes even stronger once it’s set over the course of 24 hours. 

Some materials such as certain types of plastic or more commonly, wooden pallets and corrugated card, need a different type of label adhesive in order to stick securely.

We can help you with waterproof/scuff-proof plastic labels, matte paper, gloss paper and speciality labels all with High Tack adhesive.  In fact most label materials can be supplied with a high tack adhesive, with the exception of biodegradable or compostable labels.  We can also supply any colour, shape or size of label.

If your operation has problems with permanent labels falling off key items or you need labels that you can stick, with peace of mind, contact us for some high tack label samples for testing. 

Testing is important, as temperature can affect the performance of adhesive.  Try before you buy.

PiggyBack Labels

Piggyback labels
Piggyback labels

Now, let’s delve into PiggyBack Labels.  Piggyback labels are also known as dual-layer or Tandem labels. Imagine them as a collective of smaller labels hitching a ride on a larger counter part — a practical approach not just for keeping similar labels organised together, but also for enhancing efficiency in warehouses and packaging processes.

These sub-labels, printed with barcodes or tracking codes, can transform into a kind of item journey log. It shows where the item has been and where it’s going to go.

Piggyback labels are usually made from paper and can be printed over – either on a printing press or using a thermal transfer (or direct thermal) printer (Learn what a thermal printer is here).  If you need colour print, piggy back labels can be overprinted with a colour label printer.

In a warehouse setting piggy back labels are the perfect solution for tracking items going to different storage areas. 

You can use piggy back labels for tracking and managing inventory with a primary label for product information and a secondary label for tracking different components.

For shipping labels – the address or tracking code section of a piggyback label can be taken off and attached to a manifest, for example.

Talk to us if you have a project that you think Piggyback labels might be the solution.

In conclusion, PiggyBack Labels not only keep things organised but also act as smart trackers, making it easy for people to follow the rules and making the management of a complex warehouse easier.

Simplify your operations with PiggyBack Labels.

How To Get Started With High Tack and Piggyback Labels for Warehouses

Explore the benefits of High Tack Labels and the simplicity of PiggyBack Labels today. Contact us to discover how these simple solutions can transform your warehouse management game.

Email sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call us on 01359 271 111.

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Piggyback Labels

Read our Piggyback Label Product Page – a summary of what they are and what you can use them for.  Click here: https://expertlabels.co.uk/applications/piggy-back-labels/

Label Adhesive

If you’re keen to learn about label adhesive here’s the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure-sensitive_adhesive

Last Updated: 22 Feb 2024

Use Your Warehouse Operation to Reach Your Efficiency and Environmental Goals

Optimized warehouse management through strategic labeling for efficient operations

Use Your Warehouse Operation to Reach Your Efficiency and Environmental Goals

As we step into the new year, we’ve got fresh goals and plans on the horizon. Two possible opportunities you’re looking at are making your label printing faster, cheaper and easier.  The other big area in 2024 is meeting sustainability goals and reaching your net zero objectives. 

Your warehouse is a key part of your business and improving efficiency and sustainability can go a long way to reaching goals for the whole businesses.

This article will help you understand the benefits of stock labels and how you can go about meeting environmental goals.

Stock Labels

Label printing

A “stock label” is essentially a blank label that’s ready to go without any extra costs for design or cutting.  They are generally in stock, ready to be shipped in one or two days.

These labels are made in bulk, keeping the expenses low since there’s no need for special design work or cutting equipment.

Although they have some limitations in terms of size, colours, and materials, when paired with your own printing system, these labels become quite flexible.

The only real restriction is the quality of your printer and label-making software.

They can be made from long-life, waterproof plastic (for rack labels for example) or low cost paper and can be used with desktop or larger industrial printers.

The beauty of these labels is that they can be used for various purposes.

They’re handy for categorising shelves, printing shipping and return labels, ensuring quality with traceable labels, and prominently displaying expiration dates. This helps prevent material waste and keeps consumers safe.

By integrating stock labels into your printing setup, you gain a practical solution for warehouse management.

It cuts down on waiting times and gives you the ability to produce more of a particular label type, putting you in control.

In a nutshell, stock labels, when used with your printing system, are a convenient, cost-effective and efficient way to manage warehouse label printing.

Biodegradable Labels

Biodegradable Paper labels 10 months old
Biodegradable Label from 2020

More and more options for biodegradable labels are popping up each year. This is either because businesses aim for sustainability or due to increased demand from customers.

Ensuring that packaging complies with recycling and composting rules is crucial now.

Warehouses play a big role in moving towards a sustainable future and achieving net zero targets. This is because how an organisation packages, transports, and stores items is centered around the warehouse.

Various biodegradable labeling choices are now available, and often, they’re just as good as non-biodegradable ones. You can get waterproof labels made from recycled plastics or sustainable materials.

Different biodegradable options are becoming more common, and you can even print on them, using your existing printing setup for the majority of biodegradable labels.

In 2021, half of consumers saw themselves as environmentally conscious, a 20% increase from 2019. This number is likely to go up, with 81% of consumers expecting companies to be environmentally conscious by 2024.

If you’re keen on embracing eco-friendly labelling and packaging, we can help. It’s not straightforward to find the right materials and navigate the differences between various label materials.

Fortunately, we’ve been working with sustainable and recycled/recyclable labels for many years. We’re well-positioned to help you test and estimate the costs for such labelling.

Ready to Make Your Warehouse Smarter and More Efficient?

Contact us here for help working through the eco-label landscape. Let us sort out an environmentally friendly label solution for you today – be ahead of the competition and meet your environmental goals now! Email sales@expertlabels.co.uk or call us on 01359 271 111, we’d love to hear from you.

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Consumers becoming more eco-conscious and willing to travel, attend mass events, PwC survey reveals

Half (50%) of global consumers say that they have become more eco-friendly in the past six months, with Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern consumers leading the way, a new study by PwC has revealed. Read the full article here: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/news-room/press-releases/2021/global-consumer-insights-pulse-survey-2021.html

Last Updated: 26 January 2024

How’s Business?

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

– Electrical engineering

And

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

And

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

– Bathrooms and furniture retailer

And

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

And

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

And

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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Tips and Tricks for Security Labels

Security Ink labels

Tips and Tricks for Security Labels

Counterfeiting is where your products are copied and sold as genuine. Counterfeiting has two effects – a short-term loss in sales and long term damage to your brand’s good name. Counterfeiting is a slow poisoning of your brand, when consumers are fooled by the fakes and think your products are shoddy, low quality and – in the case of pharmaceuticals – potentially lethal.  Frustrating though it is, there are ways to protect your brand. In this article, you’ll see how security labels can use  electronic tags, security inks, micro-printing and watermarking to make copying your products less attractive to the thief.

Electronic Tags (RFID and NFC Tags)​

Electronic Tags (RFID and NFC Tags)

Electronic tags come in two types. 

  • NFC (Near Field Communication) tags and
  • RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) tags.

They use the same technology you find in your contactless payment cards. 

RFID labels have three advantages over Barcodes. 

  1. First, they can contain much more data than a barcode or QR code. 
  2. Secondly, they can be written to (barcodes can only be read from). 
  3. Thirdly, technology exists where they can be protected from cloning.  Most barcodes can be copied quite easily.

How do Electronic Tags prevent counterfeiting?

They let people check if a product is real by checking in a database. The advantage electronic tags have over barcodes (which also point customers to a database on the internet) is that data about the item can be stored on the electronic tag.  No need to connect to the internet.

They make it easier to track items through the supply chain.

They make it more difficult to copy the item identity.

Security Inks and Printing Tricks

UV Inkls like this bank note
UV Inks hide information on your labels

Now, let’s talk about security inks. They’re special because they have hidden features that counterfeiters often fail to notice. Some of these inks glow under certain lights and others appear when they’re heated.  These are quick ways to check authenticity.

Brand owners can use these inks to make sure their products are real, at different stages of the supply chain. It also gives a chance for brands to make their products unique, so customers can tell they’re getting the real deal.

UV Light showing security seal
UV Light showing security seal on Aircraft lifevest.

The advantages security inks have over other means of protecting your products are cost and convenience.  Compared to electronic tags, it costs much less.  A UV light is easy and low cost.  Most consumers have a hair-dryer they can use to check their purchase with heat reactive ink.

In the image above, the security seal is printed with UV ink.  When the airline engineer shines a UV lamp under the seat they can see the seal securely in place.

Security inks are easy.  Shine the right kind of light and you can see your message.  This can be deployed in the supply chain quickly and easily.

Serious counterfeiters will check for special inks – but it still adds an extra level of security that not all will look for.

Watermarking and Micro Printing

Watermark

Watermarking is like a hidden mark on a label that you can only see from certain angles. It’s not impossible for the counterfeiters to copy, but makes copying your product more difficult (and expensive).

The disadvantage with Watermarking is that Watermarks are usually seen when they’re held up to light – and with labels being applied to solid objects – this technique might not be the most practical.

Micro-Printed Text

Close up of banknote with microtext

Micro-printing is the near microscopic text you might see on bank notes. Typically, it’s text that’s one third of a millimetre tall.  In the example above the words “10POUNDS” are barely visible to the naked eye, but someone carefully examining your products could see the absence of microtext. 

The printing technology needed to make such small text isn’t easy to find, so it makes life harder for counterfeiters.  Luckily we have printing presses that are able to print micro text.

What Are The Consequences of Counterfeit Products to You?

Protecting your products against counterfeiting is expensive.  You will need a range of expensive countermeasures. 

If you have done a careful risk assessment and decided that the potential downside of fake products is worth protecting against – we can help. We’re able to help you with all the safeguards you need to protect your brand and products.

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Counterfeit Goods: Impacts on Consumers and the Economy

We all like to feel like we are getting value-for-money on anything we purchase, but sometimes a bargain can leave us feeling cheaper than expected when it turns out to be a counterfeit, sub-standard imitation of the real thing. Read the full article here: https://consumeradvice.scot/counterfeit-goods-impacts-on-consumers-and-economy/

Trade in Counterfeit Products and the UK Economy – 2019 Update

Learn more of the statistics here: https://www.oecd.org/governance/risk/trade-in-counterfeit-products-and-the-uk-economy-2019.htm

What Are NFC Tags? A Beginner’s Guide

The popularity of smart devices has skyrocketed in recent years. And the more powerful smart devices become, the more we can use them to interact with our environment. A seamless user experience for connected living needs efficient solutions to transmit data and trigger events — near-field communication (NFC) is one of the elements that enables devices to connect with each other to exchange data. Learn more here: https://www.nomtek.com/blog/what-are-nfc-tags

Last Updated: 29 November 2023

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