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  • Polypropylene Label

Polypropylene Labels – Everything You Need to Know

Polypropylene Labels - Everything You Need To Know Does your company need labels that are capable of withstanding harsh environments and challenging applications?  If the answer to that question is yes, then Polypropylene Labels might be a perfect fit. Polypropylene labels are popular for companies that need a more durable label as these have the best combination of value and strength compared to other film labels. These labels offer strength and durability that a common paper label cannot.  Simply put, for some applications, a paper label doesn’t have the durability, longevity or resistance required [...]

  • Paper Mills

Paper Mills Have the Power (To Finally Increase Prices)

Paper Mills Have the Power....To Finally Increase Prices The advent of the Internet has revolutionized many industries in the past 20 years, and maybe none more so than the paper industry.  As the Internet and digital publications have grown, consumers began to gravitate away from newspapers and magazines. This exodus away from print media caused the demand for P&W (printing and writing) grade paper to decline significantly.  In turn, many paper mills began repurposing their mills away from P&W grade paper towards a more profitable segment: PSA paper. In the short term, this led [...]


How China is Killing Another American Industry

How China is Killing Another American Industry It’s no secret.  Our President is obsessed with it.  Chinese companies are taking American manufacturing jobs. The trade deficit is real and it is crippling the United States.  The gap between goods imported from China to the United States and American goods exported to China is all the way up to $375.2 billion, which is the highest it has ever been.   How has the gap grown so significantly? Most economists agree that the trade gap is due in large part to two main factors: lower worker wages [...]

  • PCA Revamps Operations in eCommerce Boom

PCA Revamps Operations in eCommerce Boom

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 to discount thermal labels 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 [...]

  • How China Plant Closures are affecting the label & receipt industry

How China Plant Closures Are Affecting The Label & Receipt Industry

How China Plant Closures Are Affecting The Label & Receipt Industry 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.   [...]

  • Save with Smith Corona Labels

Save Over $324,000 With Smith Corona Labels

Save Over $324,000 With Smith Corona Labels 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 [...]


Freezer Adhesive – What’s the Deal?

Freezer Adhesive: What's The Deal? 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 [...]

  • Barcodes, labels, and more are used to identify and move product

A Go-To Guide for Barcode and Shipping Labels

A Go-to-Guide For Barcode & Shipping Labels  In the early morning of June 26th, 1974, a man named Clyde Dawson stopped into a Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio to pick up a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum. Rather than record the transaction by hand, the cashier simply scanned the barcode — the first barcode. Since its introduction in the early 1970s, the barcode has taken off, becoming the industry standard for cutting costs, saving time, and accurately recording and storing information. Businesses rely on data to drive key insights and decisions in their [...]