Is it time to rethink your barcode labels?

Does Size matter?

Often companies have used the same size label format and barcode size for years; it’s probably reached a point where no one actually knows why the decision was made in the first place! Truth is, although barcode scanners and thermal overprinting technology has improved immeasurably over the years it has, perhaps, not seemed important to change the spec of your barcode labels.

Here’s why you should think about reducing the size of your barcode labels:

smaller labels take less time to overprint, plus with more labels per roll, you reduce the overall time it takes to change rolls.

What about GS1 standards?

We’ve proved to our customers time and again that they can often save money without compromising on quality. Just ask us for some free of charge samples and put smaller barcode labels to the test. We’ll even provide a report to confirm scan quality against GS1 standards.

Here’s how much you could save:

In our example we’ve illustrated the saving produced by reducing your barcode label size by just 5mm – from 25mm – 20mm.

This would produce:

An equivalent saving of 20% in thermal label material costs plus, if you use a thermal  printer, a 20% saving in ribbon costs

Saving of up to *eight hours per million in time taken to overprint your labels!

In this example if you are overprinting 1 million barcode labels per month this small change could save a whopping one working day per month in overprint time alone.

Talk to us about helping you become more efficient, saving money and the planet, without compromising on materials or lower quality labels.


* Assumes print rate of 200mm per second ie 1,000,000 x 25mm =25,000ml 34 hours print time versus 1,000,000 x 20mm = 20,000ml 26 hours print time