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5 Label Manufacturing Services that Go the Extra Mile

by OMNI SystemsAugust 1, 2017 14:08

You might be satisfied with your current label manufacturer: they offer satisfactory pricing and delivery. But are you aware of the extra services some converters offer? If not, you may be missing out on opportunities for your business. Here are 5 services that label manufacturers may offer that go the extra mile for your company:

  1. Research and development (R&D): label manufacturers know that there are always new environments and applications that may pose challenges. The best companies will try to stay ahead of these challenges through dedicated research and development. R&D labs can help meet unique and challenging labeling requirements. R&D services with experience and technical knowledge can meet the challenges of extreme environments, including clean rooms, chemical baths and high humidity.

  2. Printhead replacement: at the end of the day, higher quality labels will help extend the life of your printhead. Price is an important consideration, but total cost of ownership can be even more important. Cheap, lower quality labels can put excess wear on printheads, leading to higher printhead costs and more downtime. In addition to providing high quality labels, suppliers may also offer a thermal printhead replacement program.

  3. On-site technical support: you depend on uptime to keep your operations running smoothly and profitably. Factory-trained technicians will repair your equipment on-site and provide preventative maintenance and operator training to extend product life.

  4. Label design: manufacturers often have graphics department ready to put their label design expertise to work for you on custom label sizes, configurations or multi-color labels. Prepress art departments may also be available to put the finishing touches on your artwork when needed, using the latest hardware and software so your labels are ready for the printing and converting process.

  5. Hardware repair: top label manufacturers will have a number of resources and services to ensure your systems are always running. From return-to-depot thermal printer repair to nationwide on-site support, the best partners will help minimize downtime to keep your products moving out the door.

Want to know how OMNI stacks up? Check out our services page or contact us for more information.

Top Grocery Chain Renews Thermal Label Contract

by OMNI SystemsJuly 1, 2017 09:27

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, announced that it was recently awarded a key contract renewal from a leading grocery distribution chain. OMNI will continue to provide all thermal label requirements for the company, which supplies food and drug products in over 35 states.

Under the terms of the agreement, the client will use OMNI’s expertise in the custom thermal label area to ensure the continuation of smooth operation for all of its facilities.

Adam DeFrancesco, Founder, CEO & President of OMNI Systems said, “OMNI Systems believes in building long-term relationships with all of its partners and this renewal is a testament to that. Instead of focusing on just the next order, we are focused on continuing a mutually beneficial partnership for the long-term future, built on our shared goals to drive efficiency in a demanding industry. By supplying the highest quality labels at the lowest prices, we're helping clients improve their control over this critical commodity."

OMNI Systems continues to support the grocery industry by extending the highly successful partnership, while the renewal will support OMNI’s record growth and revenues.

3 Reasons Why Financial Stability of Your Suppliers Matters

by OMNI SystemsMay 1, 2017 14:13

We all know financial stability is essential to keeping your business afloat. You probably have a sharp eye on your company’s revenue, profitability and cash flow. Given how important finances are to your company, are you paying close enough attention to the stability of your suppliers? The following are three reasons you should be regularly checking up on your suppliers’ financial strength.

  1. It signals longevity. Losing a supplier can be a devastating event. Even with redundancies in place, a key supplier closing their business can create a ripple effect throughout your entire supply chain. Financial performance is a top indicator of the likelihood that a company will continue or cease business operations. This data isn’t hard to find, either. Dun & Bradstreet regularly evaluates and ranks companies using Financial Stress Scores (FSS), Supplier Evaluation Risk (SER) and Viability Rating.
  2. It indicates business alignment. One of your main goals is to keep your company successful. You want suppliers who are also dedicated to that same goal, who make it as easy as possible to do business well and keep your customers happy. If your suppliers are committed to profitability and growth of their own company, it is also an indicator that they are going to be equally concerned with your success.
  3. And last, but definitely not least, it impacts your bottom line. Financial strength opens many doors for your suppliers. They can negotiate better supply rates, ink exclusive material deals and can more easily acquire new manufacturing equipment and technologies. Better raw materials rates can translate to lower prices. New equipment often results in higher quality and greater production efficiency. When those things come together, it almost always results in positive changes to your bottom line. 

As manufacturing continues to change and evolve, it is ever important to build supplier relationships with companies who are just as committed to your business’s success as you are. When evaluating existing suppliers or choosing new ones, be sure to consider their overall financial strength. It could make a difference down the line.

OMNI Systems is proud to be the only debt-free thermal label supplier ranked by D&B at the 12AA level viability rating (indicating stability and a strong likelihood of continued operations), with FSS and SER scores of 1 (indicating the lowest risk).

Contact us to learn more about OMNI’s commitment to providing the highest quality labels at the lowest prices.

OMNI Systems Helped National Retailer Save on Key Operating Expense

by OMNI SystemsApril 1, 2017 10:37

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Retailer labels are largely used for shipping as well as for inventory management, so how can companies recognize and reduce this expense? Specialty label converters can pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source.

Although most national and regional retail chains view labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels each month, it is a prime operating expense with sourcing decisions made at the corporate level. With so much at stake, retailers are turning instead to reliable label providers that are capable of delivering a quality product, consistently, at a lower price. For many, this means partnering directly with specialty label converters that can pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source without voiding OEM warranties.

OMNI Systems helped one national retailer by shipping ahead of schedule and saving the customer over 40% in label costs. Read more at Label and Narrow Web >

Can Your Thermal Label Supplier Weather the Storm in the Age of IIoT?

by OMNI SystemsMarch 1, 2017 09:55

With technology growing leaps and bounds in today’s age, manufacturing becomes more and more dependent on such technology for everyday tasks. As outlined in IndustryWeek, increased connectivity and the use of big data are driving waves of manufacturing innovation. Printing and converting are no strangers to this trend. But as manufacturing becomes more dependent on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it also becomes more vulnerable. Old risks such as natural disasters and machinery breakages are now supplemented with new risks from hacking and grid downtime. As we saw just last week, one typo in a service provider like Amazon’s AWS can bring down hundreds of connected services.

So as someone who depends on suppliers for quick and reliable turnaround and delivery, what can you do to protect yourself in the new world of IIoT? The answer is easy: make sure your provider is prepared for any type of disaster. There are three main categories you should ensure your thermal label supplier is prepared for:

  1. Natural Disasters
    Natural disasters can be some of the most devastating, as they are often unpredictable and always uncontrollable. While companies can take steps to reverse hacks, it’s impossible to redirect or reverse a tornado! Fortunately, manufacturers can implement several safeguards and processes to mitigate the impact these disasters can have on their production. This includes holding safety stock in secondary locations, owning and/or leasing multiple plants in different locales, signing reciprocated manufacturing agreements, and maintaining raw material backup inventory. For printers, it is also imperative to have a top-of-the-line fire alarm and suppression systems in place.

  2. IT and Grid Downtime
    Technology and the internet are quickly changing the face of manufacturing, and thus introducing new threats to production. Thermal label suppliers are not immune to these, becoming more dependent on connectivity to run presses and communication throughout the entire supply chain process. Converters keeping ahead of these risks are able to implement safeguards, utilizing cloud backups, mirrored server structure, and even investing in third-party services that provide computers, phones, electricity and internet in the case of a severe outage. 

  3. Security Threats
    While technical and natural disasters typically have more widespread impacts on manufacturing, a physical security threat to a building can be just as serious. Companies who recognize this type of threat implement multiple levels of security, for both the safety of their employees and their operations. Examples include CCTV, pass card/fob entry, limited guest access, outdoor and emergency lighting and security alarms and official procedures. Regular drills are also important. Third-party services, as mentioned previously, can also provide backup technology and even mobile office locations in the case of long-term events.

Whether you’re evaluating a new or existing thermal label converter, don’t forget to consider their levels of emergency preparedness. Thinking of these factors now could save your company countless hours and significant amounts of money in the future.

Want to know how well OMNI Systems is prepared? Contact us to find out.

2016: A Year in Review

by OMNI SystemsFebruary 1, 2017 11:27

As we're working in a new year, we also like to reflect on our efforts in 2016. As a leading thermal label converter, we’re proud to have seen continued growth and industry recognition, putting another impressive year in the books. In 2016, we not only saw record profitability and large sales growth year over year but also received honors for growth and innovation.

In looking back on 2016 and looking forward to the new year, we put together an infographic showing what we’ve accomplished in the past year. Check out the infographic below, then let us know if you’re ready to start working with a custom label printer dedicated to using our capabilities to help your business grow. Contact us to get started.

How Innovation Impacts Label Converter Production

by OMNI SystemsJanuary 1, 2017 11:13

Innovation: a frequently used buzzword. But, when applied as part of a consistent growth plan, can greatly impact how a thermal label converter does business. For a converter, innovation means keeping abreast of industry changes, like the shift we saw in 2016 towards more efficient presses and hybrid solutions. Additionally, innovation requires constant review and improvement of internal processes to remove redundancies and time demands.

For OMNI Systems, innovation means that we’re constantly looking for new ways to grow our thermal label business – in 2016 that meant we needed to respond to growing demands by investing in new manufacturing technology. Watch our video below to learn more about our commitment to growth and see some of our newest presses in action:

Want to learn more or take advantage of our growing capabilities? Get a quote or contact us today.

Durable Thermal Labels Offer Advantages to Paint Manufacturers

by OMNI SystemsDecember 1, 2016 15:04

Although most paint and hardware retail chains view paint can labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels each month, it is a prime operating expense with sourcing decisions made at the corporate level. With so much at stake, such retailers are searching out reliable label providers that are capable of delivering a quality product consistently at a lower price. For many, this means partnering directly with specialty label converters that can pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source without voiding OEM warranties.

Retailer paint can labels are used not only for inventory management with SKU, barcode, product name, order number and a variety of variable data, but also to convey the paint’s exact color formulation. This paint formula is critical so it can be precisely recreated and color matched for repainting or touch ups, provided the label is durable enough to be read or better yet, scanned, years later.

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5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Thermal Label Converter

by OMNI SystemsNovember 3, 2016 13:45

Selecting a thermal label supplier for your business can be a daunting task. For many companies, the right label converter can mean millions of dollars of annual savings and supply chain efficiencies. When evaluating a new supplier, it is important to ask the following questions:

  1. What certifications do they have? There are many certifications a converter can acquire that indicate their commitment to manufacturing best practices, safety, and innovation. Manufacturing companies should abide by current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), helping to ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards, as well as minimize the risks involved in manufacturing.
     
  2. Are they financially stable? Several tools can help you evaluate a companies’ financially stability – check their Dun & Bradstreet rating, do an internet search for any financial awards, such as Inc 5000, or review their information on Morningstar. Any credible supplier will also be willing to provide additional information on their finances – look for companies with low or no debt and solid bank references.
     
  3. Do they offer additional services? Some label suppliers will focus on just that, supplying labels. But the best converters additional services as part of their overall portfolio – from inventory and supply chain management to additional printing services, research & development, technical support and more. After all, they are label experts and should be offering their expertise to their customers in all aspects of their business.
     
  4. Do they have contingency plans for disaster situations? Many times, a label converter will have one or two manufacturing plants located in a limited geographical area. Check with the company to find out where their manufacturing and distribution centers are located, and what safety measures those locations feature. The best suppliers will have contingency plans in place for a natural disaster, manufacturing outages and human security outlined in detail for each of their locations.
     
  5. And, last but not least, how do their prices compare? Well-established converters with a history in the label industry have the ability to create unique relationships (pricing agreements) with raw material providers, and those savings result in lower prices on your thermal label contract. They will be constantly striving to drive raw material costs down and find efficiencies in their equipment and processes that will help you save money in the long run.

Once you’ve done your research and asked these questions, it should make the process of selecting a thermal label converter much easier and faster, and could help you save thousands (or millions) on your thermal and RFID label needs. Want to know how OMNI System stacks up? Request a quote to find out.

Thermal Label Printing and Inventory Management Saves Food Processors Up to 40%

by OMNI SystemsSeptember 12, 2016 12:57

For large food processing operations, labels are a critical buying decision, with sourcing decisions often made at the corporate level.

With so much at stake, processors find themselves in a constant search to find reliable label companies capable of delivering a quality product consistently and at the lowest possible price.

That’s a tall order. However, some food processor buyers have discovered that OMNI Systems has a competitive advantage that provides the best quality labels at the lowest prices: bulk purchasing of thermal label media. Because OMNI buys label media in bulk, and because it’s the country’s largest consumer of thermal media, it can use its purchasing power to pass on these savings to its customers.

Combine this with its unique consignment and inventory management programs, and OMNI can cut your annual labeling budget by as much as 40 percent!

One major meat processor needed to partner with a company that would provide cost-efficient, high-quality thermal labels and inventory management solutions, which they found in OMNI Systems.

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