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The Pixelle Mill Closure: What It Means For The Labeling Industry

The Pixelle Mill in Jay, Maine is one of the most efficient paper mills for making release liners. And now it's closing...at the height of a release liner shortage. With pulp prices continuing to rise and with no other facility like the Pixelle Mill coming to the rescue, the labeling industry is in real peril. Here’s what we know about how this event will affect us.

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Why the Paper Industry Isn't Attractive (to Investors)

If you’ve paid attention to the paper industry over the last decade, you’ve noticed a considerable decline in the amount of paper mills; particularly those that make labels. Investments keep these mills running but there’s been a considerable lack of funding over the years. Why? Well, the paper industry isn’t that attractive to investors.

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Why Use an Unwinder/Rewinder With Your Inkjet Printer

Having the right tools to upgrade your inkjet printer helps create an efficient label line and saves your business time and money. One example is using an unwinder or rewinder. These accessories sit in front of or behind your inkjet printer to offer additional benefits from using larger rolls to convenience and speed for applications. Looking to learn more?

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2022 in Review: The Label Industry

As 2022 wraps up, it makes sense to take a look back at which events made the most impact in the labeling industry. Would you be surprised to find out it wasn’t just one thing? From strikes to mill closures to severe shortages of key raw materials, a domino effect started at the beginning of the year that hasn’t stopped. Let’s take a look at how this year treated labels and what we can expect for 2023!

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Why The North American Paper Market Rejects Glassine

With paper shortages still affecting the label industry, there’s one alternative option we haven’t seen make its way onto the scene: glassine. Almost every other country uses glassine for release liners except North America. But why is that? We’re taking a look at the process of making glassine and why this material is rejected by the North American market.

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The TEKLYNX Label Software Your Epson Printer Needs

Unlike other inkjet printers on the market, Epson doesn’t come with its own design software. If you’re looking for a solution, TEKLYNX is a leader in barcode software with several options that might be the best choice for your business. We’re taking a look at their CODESOFT version to see how well it works with the Epson ColorWorks printer.

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Return to Sender: A 2022 Guide to Holiday Returns

Unhappy with the holiday gift you received and looking to return it? Knowing when major retailers accept returns after purchase dates is the key to making holiday returns easy. But if you miss that return window, yule be out of luck. Smith Corona has created a list of top brand names in an easy-to-read infographic for your holiday return deadlines.

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Review of the Epson ColorWorks C4000

You can spend a lot of money on a brand new inkjet printer. But what if you’re just getting started and are looking for a cheap but good option? The Epson ColorWorks C4000 combines key qualities of inkjet printing in a compact printer that won’t break your wallet. But how do you know it’s right for your small business? Our printer review will help you decide.

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'Tis The Season: 2022 Holiday Online Shipping Guide

The holidays are a super stressful time, and nothing adds to that stress more than ordering gifts online. But how can you guarantee your order arrives in time for you to wrap presents? Not knowing can drive you crazy. We’ve put together a list of shipping methods from top retailers so you can meet your holiday shipping deadlines.

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Review of the Epson ColorWorks C6500A

Looking for a color upgrade to your black and white thermal printer? Epson specifically designed their C6500A with you in mind. The newest addition to the ColorWorks-6000 series, this inkjet printer might be the game changer for your business without the need to empty your wallet. Let’s check out its features in our latest printer review!

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How Inventory Glut Stole Holiday Warehouse Space

Prepping your warehouse for the holidays means managing your inventory. But what happens when your inventory is overflowing and there’s no space left? That’s what retailers had to deal with this year thanks to a huge inventory glut. To move products, this unique issue needed some unique solutions. We spoke to warehouse and retail experts to learn how retailers managed.

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How To Load Fanfold Labels into a Zebra GK420T

So you’ve decided to use fanfold labels with your desktop printer. Great! Most desktop printers have the ability to use fanfold labels. But trying to figure out how to load them into your printer may be tripping you up. Looking for steps to load fanfold labels into your printer? This quick, easy how-to guide will walk you through the process.

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The Unavoidable Shift From Paper to PET Liner

A release liner shortage is hitting paper-based products hard. Now with the Pixelle Mill closure set to remove even more material from the market, the industry is shifting to the closest alternative: PET liner. But just how did we end up in this volatile situation? And how are major suppliers and customers dealing with this necessary transition?

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