Packaging Corporation of America and the $200 Million Gamble In the next 4 years, ecommerce sales are expected to nearly DOUBLE from $2.3 trillion to $4.5 trillion. Ecommerce is becoming the go-to channel for shopping. You can buy anything from personal training sessions to fresh produce online. As the popularity of buying online continues to grow, so does the volume of shipping. Consequently, the demand for cardboard boxes and thermal shipping labels has skyrocketed. This shift has completely revamped supply chain operations for any company with an ecommerce presence. Demand for corrugated boxes and [...]
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Can you imagine a world without paper receipts? Well, it might be closer to reality than you might expect. The key chemical component utilized in the receipt paper is about to become low in supply and high on demand. This shortage is expected to dramatically raise prices on the paper that is used to give us our receipts at gas stations, restaurants, retail shops, and more. With an impending rise in direct thermal paper prices on the horizon, many companies might look to go paperless. So what happened and [...]
Sounds like a gimmick, right? Well, it isn’t! Let’s start from the beginning… Ever wonder how labels are made and sold? … Probably not. But for the sake of this post, I will give you a quick run down. Preparing the label stock first involves deciding on the type of label material to use -- either paper or film. A typical pressure sensitive label is made up of a laminated release liner and paper facestock with adhesive. First Step: Lamination In this step, the release liner is laminated. The [...]
Choosing the correct label type for your application is critical in determining how the label performs for your operation. If the label type you choose is not built for cold environments, it might not stick immediately and may fall off the box after the label is applied. Additionally, the adhesive might actually freeze and cause the label to fail. While the adhesive is critical, so is the application process. There are a few things you must consider when applying your freezer labels in cold temperatures (other than just the adhesive). You can find all of those [...]
Early in the morning on the 26th of June back in 1974, a man by the name of Clyde Dawson stopped into a Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio to pick up a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum. Sharon Buchanan, the cashier that morning took Clyde’s order. But rather than recording that transaction by hand, she simply scanned the barcode -- the first barcode, that is. Personally, that sounds a lot nicer than writing down every. Single. Transaction. All day. Everyday. Since its introduction in the early 1970s, the barcode has taken off, becoming a necessity [...]
Ever wonder why it can be so difficult to get your thermal labels to stick in a cold environment? You may notice problems with ink smearing from the moisture or the labels just not sticking in general. This could be caused by a myriad of problems from poor application practice to simply using the wrong label. Either way: Label failure leads to reprinting, reapplication, and an overall waste of time and money. In many instances, problems can arise with faulty label adhesion in incorrect application temperatures, especially in late fall or winter months when temperatures [...]