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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.

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.

Read more at Paint and Coatings Industry >

2016 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies Recognizes OMNI Systems

by OMNI SystemsAugust 26, 2016 12:32

We are proud to announce that OMNI Systems has once again been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies. The exclusive list honors companies based on their percentage revenue growth over a four-year period. The list “honor[s] just one thing: real achievement by a founder or a team of founders,” says Eric Schurenberg, editor in chief of Inc. Magazine, “No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great.”

At OMNI, we’re dedicated to sourcing high-quality materials and, with our buying power, providing the lowest costs. Not only that, but we consistently work to incorporate new innovations so that we can provide greater efficiency and better service for all of our customers. Because of that, we’ve been able to achieve double digit percentage revenue growth since our founding in 1990 and be recognized with such an elite group of entrepreneurs.

“We’re proud that this is our sixth time receiving the Inc. 5000 recognition,” says Adam DeFrancesco, founder and CEO of OMNI Systems, “Our ongoing commitment to innovation and growth has allowed us to continue our mission to provide the highest quality thermal label solutions at the lowest prices.”

In addition to being recognized by Inc, OMNI Systems has been previously awarded an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Manufacturing and Distribution and recognized on Printing Impressions Magazine PI-400 list for top US printers.

Want to know more about how our thermal label solutions can help save you time and money? Contact us today >

TOP US RETAILER AWARDS A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RENEWAL CONTRACT TO OMNI SYSTEMS

by OMNI SystemsJune 1, 2016 09:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels, announced today that it was awarded a long-term renewal contract worth multi-million dollars to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top US Retailer.

The Client is a Fortune 100 company with over $40 Billion in Revenues and more than a 1400 facilities across the US. Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will continue to draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Direct Thermal labels market for weigh scale labels application to ensure smooth operations at each of its retail stores.

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 creating a win-win, mutually benefical partnership for the long-term future. By supplying the HIGHEST QUALITY at the lowest prices, we're helping our clients get better control over this mission critical commodity."

OMNI Systems services some of the world's Top US Retailers and this contract will further strengthen its position as the market leader for Thermal labels. 

Contact OMNI today to see how they can help improve your operations while significantly lowering your label spend

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine Reports Why The Country's Biggest Meat Packer Buys Its Thermal Labels from OMNI Systems Since 2000.

by OMNI SystemsApril 1, 2016 08:00

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Large food processors that consume millions of thermal labels each month are turning to specialty converters that can deliver unique consignment and inventory management.

Although most food processors view labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels per month, it is a prime operating expense.

With so much at stake, processors find themselves in a constant quest to find reliable label providers capable of delivering a quality product, consistently, and at the lowest possible price. For many, this means partnering with specialty converters thatcan pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source, in addition to unique consignment and inventory management options. 

Although this can be a tall order, sourcing a thermal label supplier that can deliver all of the above is said to be able to reduce annual labeling budgets by as much as 40%.

“You can run through a couple million thermal labels faster than you think,” says Russell Gayer, manager of printing services for a major U.S. meat processor. 

According to Gayer, Fortune 500 food processors can utilize hundreds of millions of labels per month.  Even comparably smaller operations of $200 million or more in annual revenue can have label budgets that exceed $250,000 a year. 

For meat and poultry, specifically, the information that appears on the label varies depending on whether or not it is a processed or prepared meat or poultry product, an unprocessed meat cut or a poultry product, and upon the type of package or container in which the product is packed and shipped.

However, most packages require multiple labels, including scale labels that list the price per pound, net weight, total price, when the item was packed, the sell-by date, safe handling instructions and often a bar code. Labels are also used to provide nutritional information or to promote a product as “great for the grill” or “keep frozen.”

Labels are also widely used on shipping or institutional containers to impart information mandated by regulators such as product type, handling statement, legend, establishment number, net weight, ingredients statement, signature line, nutrition facts and safe handling instructions.

Far from “blanks,” these labels often come pre-printed from the converter with store name, logos or other branding, as well as fixed information and defined spaces or boxes where variable data will be printed later by the processor. 

According to Gayer, the process of identifying a thermal label converter begins with an RFP to multiple suppliers, followed by careful vetting of each to determine the company’s stability and long-term viability. 

“Obviously price is the ticket to the dance,” says Gayer. “However, we follow up with a lot of questions, so we can learn about the company we are partnering with to determine if itcan deliver the goods consistently.”

For example, in 2000, Gayer contacted OMNI Systems Inc., Richmond Heights, Ohio, for a quote on scale labels in quantities that were in excess of 30 million per month. OMNI Systems, a privately owned label convertor, specializes in pre-printed and blank direct thermal and thermal transfer labels.

To start, he found the initial quote hard to believe. 

“When I got the pricing, I thought surely there was a mistake,” Gayer says. 

When he contacted the company to confirm the price, OMNI Systems explained that it had the purchasing power to procure quality raw materials at extremely low rates. In addition, it operates in a lean, modern, 24/7 operating environment, which results in the savings being passed on to the customer.

Price, though, is only one piece of the equation. Selecting an unreliable label company can lead to range of problems, including inconsistent or late deliveries, as well as raw material, adhesion or other print-related issues. 

“Any company can offer product at a good price, but in my opinion you measure a company by how they respond when something goes wrong,” says Gayer. “My experience with OMNI Systems is that in the past 15 years things, do not go wrong very often.” 

However, there was a time when the printing on the scale labels was not properly centered. OMNI Systems “stepped up to the plate and corrected it” immediately by shipping replacements even though it meant taking a $30,000 loss. 

When dealing with millions of thermal labels in rolls of varying diameters, another major concern for processors is inventory management. 

Once the supplier is approved at the corporate level, individual or regional processing plants can access the information and order using the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. 

However, leaving the task of inventory management to in-house staff can result in human error that can leave the processor high and dry.

For this reason, large thermal label converters often offer several vendor-managed inventory options to ensure that label stock is maintained to inventory minimums and replenished quickly from regional distribution centers. This type of program requires the label converter to maintain its own sizable inventory at specific minimums agreed upon with the customer.

“From a corporate point of view, we realize that with the volume of tens of millions of scale labels there has to be significant inventory at the supplier as well,” says Gayer. “So, we worked with them to identify an appropriate minimum/maximum inventory for them to keep based on past order history and projections.”   

For higher volumes, OMNI Systems offers a consignment option that allows the processor to store thermal transfer or direct thermal labels at their facility at established minimums, so stock is available at all times. The processor is not asked to pay for inventory until it has been pulled and reported. 

If required, OMNI Systems can also take control of the inventory process for the end user by tasking personnel to go to the processor’s site to complete inventory counts and ensure label supplies are maintained.

There are many advantages to this type of arrangement, including guaranteed product availability, less cash invested in labels sitting on a shelf and a cost savings by eliminating the need for overnight or expedited fees.

“There are companies that find [the consignment approach] to be very useful,” says Gayer. “Obviously, the advantage is you don’t have to pay for the labels until the point of usage, so I can see the financial advantages to doing business that way.”

OMNI Systems Announces Record Revenues for 2015

by OMNI SystemsJanuary 1, 2016 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, is pleased to announce that it has finished its fiscal year 2015 with record revenues. OMNI's sales have grown double digits in each of the 4 Quarters as compared to the preceding year.
 
"As 2015 comes to a close, we are ecstatic that all the hard work over the past year is demonstrated in our results," said David Irwin, OMNI's Vice President of Sales. "Not only has 2015 been the best sales year in our company's history, but our percentage growth year over year is also the highest. We saw increased market demand for our thermal labels and our proven ability to deliver customized labeling programs for all industries will continue our march in 2016 and beyond," continued Mr. Irwin.
 
OMNI Systems is spreading its dominance in supplying thermal labels to the Food Logistics industry to the Distribution, Retail and Manufacturing industries all the while setting new records for number of customers, renewal rates, geographical coverage, and revenues. OMNI has continually invested in new equipment and systems over the last few years to ensure OMNI can absorb this anticipated growth with ease. 
 
Contact OMNI today to see how we can provide you uncompromising Quality & Fulfillment at savings of 15-35% annually for your labeling requirements.
 
 

TOP US RETAILER AWARDS A LONG-TERM RENEWAL CONTRACT TO OMNI SYSTEMS.

by OMNI SystemsNovember 1, 2015 09:00

       OMNI Systems, Inc., the leader in thermal labels, announced today that one of the country's largest Retailers has renewed its OMNI Systems to supply all of its thermal labeling requirements. The Client is a leader in consumer electronics and distributes more than $40 Billion Dollars worth of products through 1000+ Retail stores. 

    The Client will continue to draw on OMNI Systems' expansive experience in Thermal Labeling arena to supply labels to every Distribution & Processing Center that the Client operates. David Irwin, VP of Sales said, “Our focus at OMNI Systems is in squarely 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 creating a win-win, mutually beneficial partnership for the long-term future. By supplying the HIGHEST QUALITY at the lowest prices, we're helping our clients get better control over this mission critical commodity."

   OMNI Systems' is a leader in Thermal labels that are used in industries such as Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Healthcare, etc. in labeling applications such as Shipping, Bar-coding, Receiving, Product ID, Prescription Labeling, etc.

Contact OMNI today to see how we can help improve your Operations while significantly reducing your label spend.

OMNI Systems Announces New Agreement To Supply World's Leading Video & E-commerce Retailer.

by OMNI SystemsSeptember 1, 2015 08:30

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leader in thermal labels, announced today that the world's leading video & e-commerce retailer has picked OMNI Systems to supply all of its thermal labeling requirements. The Client distributes products to millions of customers around the globe each day through broadcast, Internet, and mobile sales platforms.

The agreement calls for OMNI Systems to supply thermal labels to each Distribution Centers that the Client operates. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said, "We are happy to add this client to our growing roster of electronic retail clients. The client has very specific hardware requirements that needed some unique configurations and after many rounds of testing, our products outshone the competition while saving client significantly year over year. We look forward to proving to this client that they made the right decision on every order."

OMNI Systems' position as the market leader for Thermal labels in Food Logistics industries to expand further into the Retail Logistics arena.

Contact OMNI today to see how they can help improve your operations while significantly lowering your label spend.