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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.

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.

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 Product ID Labels: How OMNI Saved One Retailer Millions

by OMNI SystemsJuly 1, 2016 14:44

Is it even possible to save millions of dollars on thermal labels?

Electronics Retailer

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.

When tasked with converting from UPS labels to new shipping and inventory tracking labels within 8 weeks, one national retailer turned to OMNI Systems and was able to save millions in annual label costs. 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.

Read the full article at Manufacturing & Logistics IT to learn more >

OMNI Systems To Supply All Thermal Labeling Needs Of Fastest Growing E-Commerce Site.

by OMNI SystemsMay 1, 2016 08:00

 

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, announced that it was recently awarded a new contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the fastest growing e-commerce company. The client sells clothing, toys and home decor products throughout the world through its website.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels arena to ensure smooth operations at all of its Distribution Centers. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said ," Expanding our presence in the e-commerce arena is critical as more and more people buy more online. OMNI's thermal labels play a key role in getting the products delivered, by using only top quality raw materials OMNI ensures that the labels work till the last barcode is scanned at the destination. The label are inexpensive by itself, but it becomes as valuable as the product it is carrying, therefore one can not cut corners and only use the highest quality thermal raw materials." 

OMNI Systems' is expanding its presence in e-commerce vertical by building on its partnership with the world's Largest On-line Retailer whom it has been supplying for over the last fifteen years. This will further facilitate OMNI's continued march to record growth & revenues.

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

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

by OMNI SystemsDecember 1, 2015 08:00

 

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading thermal label manufacturer, 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 Global Manufacturer in the world.

The Client is a publicly traded company with over $8 Billion in Revenues and more than a 200 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels market to ensure smooth operation at each of its manufacturing & distribution facilities to facilitate product delivery around the world.

Dave Irwin, VP of Sales for OMNI Systems said, “OMNI Systems believes in building long-term relationships with all of its partners. This renewal is testament to the successful solutions we've implemented to help our clients centralize their diverse label spend across all Divisions and locations to get better control over the labeling commodity."

OMNI services some of the world's Top Manufacturing and Logistics companies and this contract will further strengthen its position as the market leader for Thermal labels and will facilitate its continued march to record growth and revenues.

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

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 UPGRADED RATING BY DUN & BRADSTREET

by OMNI SystemsOctober 1, 2015 08:00

 OMNI Systems, Inc., the premier manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, announced today that  Dun & Bradstreet Corporation has upgraded its Financial Stress Score to 1611. The score predicts the chance that a business will experience financial distress and is used to forecast a company’s expected performance over the next year. This upgrade ranks OMNI in Class 1 which is the Top 5 Percentile with lowest possible delinquency probability of 0.03%.

Adam DeFrancesco, Founder & CEO of OMNI Systems said, “We are pleased that D&B has reassessed OMNI's financials and upgraded our ratings accordingly. This demonstrates OMNI’s strong capacity to meet its financial commitments and should provide further assurances to our current & future partners to trade with us with complete confidence. Since OMNI has no debt, and no interest payments, our clients receive much better pricing when compared to our competitors. This is a win-win scenario and helps create mutually beneficial long term partnerships we're seeking."

The Dun & Bradstreet Rating is the most widely used credit rating in American business, and provides an accurate assessment of a company’s overall creditworthiness and risk of default. The Rating is computed by D&B when a company submits its financial statements for review and is also influenced by D&B’s data about a company's payment history, demographic and financial information, outstanding suits and liens.

“We are thrilled to receive this outstanding D&B rating,” said Terry McGreal, CFO of Omni Systems. “Labeling is a very competitive industry and having this strong rating will set us apart from the competition and will also help to ensure our continued growth.”

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