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Industry Lead Times

Industry Lead Times As the global pandemic continues, the pressure-sensitive label industry has experienced a massive increase in demand. This demand increase combined with supply chain issues has had rippling effects throughout our industry. This page is dedicated to providing the most up-to-minute updates in the label industry.   Updates to the Current Industry Lead Times (Last Update: March 4, 2021 ) 3/03/2021- DLS Announces Lead Time Delays Affecting Thermal Ribbon  3/01/2021- Price Increase Inevitable for Essendant  2/16/2021- Diversified Label Systems Provides Updates On Raw Material Delays 2/15/2021- General Data Forecasts [...]


No Normalcy – How The Pandemic Effectively Evolved Retail

No Normalcy - How The Pandemic Effectively Evolved Retail It goes without saying that COVID-19 has caused a detrimental impact on all retail businesses worldwide. The daily routine of going out to shop, browsing along store aisles, and chatting up the checkout counter has been shelved. For the clothing industry, this hit has been catastrophic. As of March 24, 2020, over 47,000 well-known store names across the U.S. have had to temporarily close the doors of their brick-and-mortar storefronts.  For as many as 15,000 stores, this move could become permanent. Businesses are scrambling to [...]

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Top 10 Packaging Design Innovations that Could Change 2019

Top 10 Packaging Design Innovations that Could Change 2019 There are so many different types of packaging designs, but what is a packaging innovation? Over the years there have been significant updates and breakthroughs in the packaging world to make package designs more desirable for customers and more environmentally friendly. The updates aren’t stopping now, are there are plenty of new packaging design ideas that have either just hit the market or are planning a market release in the future. Either way, these packaging innovations could change how we shop and consumer products, all [...]

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New Changes to California’s Proposition 65 Warning Labels

New Changes to California's Proposition 65 Warning Labels Proposition 65, another name for the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law that aims to protect drinking water sources from harmful toxic substances. By requiring warning labels, this law aims to reduce or eliminate exposures to chemicals that can cause cancers, birth defects, and other reproductive problems. These include any substances known to have a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer over a 70-year period or that can cause birth defects. [...]

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Your Company and FSMA Compliance

FSMA Compliance The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, was signed into law by former president Barack Obama in January 2011. The FSMA gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate how food is grown, harvested, processed, and transported. With the cold supply chain rising and showing no signs of slowing down, the FSMA is needed now more than ever. Why is the FSMA Necessary? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million people get sick due to [...]

  • Produce Traceability Initiative

Benefits of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) and Why Your Business Should Participate

Benefits of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) Produce Traceability Initiative, or PTI, is a voluntary program designed to help companies in the produce industries maximize their tracking and tracing strategies.  They aim towards a standardized industry approach to how fresh produce products are labeled and tracked. PTI is an industry-led initiative that is aiming to get its participants to use case level tracking, electronic record keeping and using Global Trade Item (GSI) system standards for product information.    Here are some of the many benefits the Produce Traceability Initiative offers: Gives confidence [...]

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Price Increases in the Labeling Industry

Price Increases in the Labeling Industry For the first time in over twenty years, the labeling industry is seeing multiple price increases. Almost everything that is used to create a label is seeing price increases, from paper to silicone to the freight. Everyone is facing the same problem, and no one is used to these price increases, but here at Smith Corona, we are still doing everything we can to get you high-quality labels. With new announcements from Avery, Raflatac, Green Bay, Mactac, and others, thermal labels prices will increase once again by 3-6% in [...]


Millennials’ Eating Habits Are Revolutionizing Food Logistics

Millennials' Eating Habits are Revolutionizing Food Logistics Millennials are changing their eating habits, and the market is rapidly evolving to keep up with all 75 million of them. Whether it be what foods they prefer or how they shop, the marketplace is drastically changing to meet new demands. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, millennial households are buying more unprocessed foods, like fruits and vegetables, rather than processed foods, such as pasta and potato chips. Millennials are turning toward food that is healthy, fresh, and organic. [...]