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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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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 NEW MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT WITH TOP-3 US FOODSERVICE DISTRIBUTOR

by OMNI SystemsAugust 1, 2015 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the premier supplier of thermal labels, announced today that it has been awarded a renewal contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top 3 US Foodservice Distributor.

The Client is a Fortune 500 company with more than 100 Distribution Centers worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will continue to receive OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels market to ensure smooth operation at each of its DC's to facilitate smooth operations. Each year the Client ships hundreds of millions of boxes and OMNI's top-coated thermal labels ensure that these packages get to the right destination every time. 

“This renewal contract is a great example of what OMNI focuses on every day, which is to create a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with our clients," said David Irwin, OMNI Systems' VP of Sales. "We're not interested in just getting your next order, we're focused on ensuring that your requirements are taken care of every day for the foreseeable future."

OMNI services some of the world's largest companies and a majority of Food Logistics companies rely on OMNI Systems to ensure proper product delivery to consumers. This contract will further strengthen its position as the market leader for Thermal labels and will facilitate its continued march to record growth & revenues.

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

OMNI SYSTEMS, INC, ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM RENEWAL CONTRACT WITH TOP GLOBAL DISTRIBUTOR

by OMNI SystemsJuly 1, 2015 08:00

           OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, announced today that it was recently awarded a long-term renewal contract to supply thermal labels to one of the Top Food and Beverage Distributors in the US, an international company with over 15,000 employees and close to $25 Billion in annual sales with operations in  North America, Europe, Central and South America, Asia Pacific, The Middle East, and Africa.

Dave Irwin, VP of Sales of OMNI Systems said, "OMNI is extremely pleased to extend our successful partnership, a renewal to us is more important than any industry awards that are out there because it further validates our successful business model of providing the HIGHEST QUALITY labels at the lowest prices. Our clients know that they can save hundreds of thousands of dollars without compromising on Quality or Fulfillment, and we will continue to deliver a superior value for years to come.”

With this development, OMNI further solidifies its hold on the Food Logistics industry. Under the supply terms, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in supplying highest quality top coated thermal labels to ensure smooth operations at its 125+ distribution facilities that ship close to a 1 BILLION cases of high-quality beer and food products a year.

This renewal further strengthens OMNI's position as the market leader for thermal labels and will facilitate its continued march to record growth & revenues.

Contact OMNI today to see how we can provide you uncompromising Quality & Fulfillment at savings of at least 20% annually.

Top US Retailer Awards A Long-Term, Multi-million Dollar Renewal Contract to OMNI Systems.

by OMNI SystemsJune 1, 2014 08:00

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.

Top US Turkey Producer Taps OMNI Systems To Supply All Its Thermal Labels

by OMNI SystemsMarch 1, 2014 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels to the US Protein Processing companies announced that it was recently awarded a new multi-year contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by the country's top Turkey Processor. The Client sells a variety of products throughout the country through retailers such as Walmart, Target, Kroger, etc. The Client has more than 5000 employees working hard at close to 50 locations and creating Billions of dollars of annual revenues.

The agreement calls for OMNI Systems to supply thermal labels to each of the clients manufacturing and distribution operations and to ensure smooth operations. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said, "We're glad to have an opportunity to work with the Client and to deliver at every turn. We look forward to proving to them what we've shown their peers over and over again -- improved operations at significantly lower cost."

This contract marks the third time in the last year when a Top US Protein Processor has selected OMNI to provide its mission-critical thermal labels. OMNI Systems' promise of the HIGHEST QUALITY labels at the lowest, fixed prices continues to resonate in the Meat & Poultry Processing market. This addition along with earlier announcements will allow OMNI Systems to continue growing as it comes off a record revenue year in 2013.

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OMNI SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT WITH A FORBES 200 MEAT PROCESSOR

by Nimitt AdhvaryuSeptember 1, 2013 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a new contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top US Meat Processors. The client develops and produces food products and this will further increase OMNI's choke-hold on the North American Protein Processor market. With this new client acquisition, OMNI Systems now supplies 11 out of the Top 20 US Meat & Poultry companies including each of the Top 6 US Poultry companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Processor will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Direct Thermal labels arena to ensure smooth operations at all of its manufacturing plants and DC's. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said ,"The secret is out in the Protein processing markets -- if you're using Thermal labels, you need to buy from OMNI Systems. Day after day, we're adding new clients not only in Food processing, but also Food Distribution and Grocery  Retail industries. We look forward to providing this new and all our clients significant cost savings and increased operational efficiencies." 

This further solidifies OMNI Systems' position as the market leader for Thermal labels used in scale label, price label, case labels, etc. applications in the Meat & Poultry Processing industry and will facilitate its continued march to record growth & revenues.

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

 

OMNI Systems announces New Contract with Top 5 US Beef Processor

by Nimitt AdhvaryuAugust 1, 2013 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a new contract to supply all the direct thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top 5 Beef Processors in the US. This will increase OMNI's stranglehold on the Meat & Poultry market, OMNI Systems now supplies 10 out of the Top 20 US Meat & Poultry companies including each of the Top 6 US Poultry companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Processor will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Direct Thermal labels arena to ensure smooth operations at all of its manufacturing plants and DC's. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said ,"The client went through a lengthy RFP process including on-site testings at their locations before awarding OMNI its label business. They found our top-coated direct thermal labels performed better and saved them significantly. We're excited to add this client to our roster, and look forward to providing others in the Protein Processing industry similar cost savings and increased operational efficiencies."

This further solidifies OMNI Systems' position as the market leader for Thermal labels in the Meat & Poultry Processing industry and will facilitate its continued march to record growth & revenues.

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