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The importance of labeling a product

One of the first actions to be carried out for the control of logistics processes is the identification of each of the products and / or assets involved.

The identification by labeling of a product is equivalent to the proper name or official identification code of a person, since this labeling offers an identity by means of which it can be traced through any number of processes that are carried out.

An item, brand, company, family, or product model can be assigned to an item, but a unique ID or key can also be assigned that allows businesses to track their products from manufacture to delivery to the end user; even up to the end of its useful life.

A product can be identified as necessary, either by a barcode or RFID tag for example. The data that a label can contain is as much as is needed, and can be encoded in a barcode or an electronic label (rfid tag).

In addition to the data visible and readable by an operator, the coded data allows actions or administrative processes to be carried out through an application that meets the needs of a business.

Imagine, for example, a refrigerator, whose maintenance service is nearby.

One of the ways to perform this service would be:

  • Find out the refrigerator model
  • Find locally a representative of the manufacturer brand
  • Request information about the service
  • The representative checks if it is possible to perform the service
  • Schedule that service

The importance of labeling a product

However, seeking to perform many of these tasks quickly, the following could be considered.

  • Locate the product label and within it the model, serial number and date of manufacture.
  • Call the manufacturer on the phone marked on said label
  • Schedule a technical visit using a database of nearby representatives

Food labeling

As a general rule, the necessary information for a food product is printed on a label, in this way it will be possible to know different information that is very useful when choosing between a similar product to another.
The data that labels generally contain are:
- Product name
- Brand
- Date of Expiry
- Weight or grammage
- Short description of the product
- Maker
- Barcode

Labeling a product

Label materials and glues
There are a wide variety of labeling materials on the market that are selected based on the environment of use. In the same way, there are different formulations of glue for various uses.
Both components help to ensure the best performance of a product label based on its intended life cycle. Some examples of product labels can be found in our on-line catalogue
Asset Tagging
Fixed assets of an organization are also identified, since traceability is added to each of them, allowing monitoring and collecting information on each asset, facilitating decision-making in this regard. (See features of the AssistPro ADL Fixed Assets system)
Labeling for Inventory Control and / or WMS
Another of the processes where the labeling or identification of products is of vital importance is the control of inventories or processes associated with storage.
It is essential to track each product throughout a warehouse and even before and after being stored. A successful RFID tag or tag allows us to locate in the first instance how many products are within a warehouse (inventory control) and in a more complex way the physical state of each product, its exact location, its expiration date, its scheduled dispatch date, date of receipt, supplied as part of an order, etc. (WMS system).