The European Union has now officially decided on a definition for organic wine and will allow organic wine producers to identify their wines as organic, rather than the former vague “wine issued from organic grapes” label. The new terminology for the wine labels will state “Organic Wine” or “Vin Biologique.” Gwenaelle le Guillous, the director of Syndicat des Vignerons Bio D’ Aquitaine, told Decanter.com that these is an official logo for organic wines just like other organic products have the right to carry.
The new organic wine-making rules introduce a “technical definition” of organic wine. One of the rules regarding organic wine is that the wine inlcudes 30-50% less added sulphur than conventional wines, also no use of additives such as sorbic acid, and a full traceability processes for organic verification.
This long awaited change to organic wines comes on the hells of the EU’s new quality charter. Wines are now deemed to be organic by practice at both the vineyards and the wine cellars. According to Decanter.com, a total of 3,945 vineyards in France are organic, a number that has doubled in three years and now represents 6% of France’s total vineyards. Decanter.com also reports that The market itself is worth €359m in France, a growth of 11% since 2010, and 90% over the past six years. Ninety-two percent of hypermarkets and supermarkets across the country sell organic wine, offering on average 12 different labels.
To learn more about the EU’s decision on officially labeling organic wine, check out their press release.May 30, 2012
This is a bittersweet blog post for me. I’m writing to announce that my run as QuickLabel’s Marketing Communications Specialist has come to an end. I am off to take on a new adventure, a decision that was not easy to make. As excited as I am for this new adventure in my life it is extremely hard for me to say goodbye to this role at QuickLabel. I have become extremely close with the people I work with, including all of you who are reading this post.
Being in marketing communications is a double whammy for me because the sole purpose of my job is to create relationships all day, every day. So on top of walking away from relationships I have made with coworkers here in the office I am also walking away from relationships I have made with all of you through social media.
My Tweeps and my Peeps!
This was my first “big girl” job after of college and I couldn’t have been more blessed. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of getting to know and learning from an amazing group of social media professionals. From the packaging industry, to cosmetics, to food and beverage, to construction, to manufacturing – even though completely different industries we have all found a common ground through social media where we create content to share with one another and support one another, day in and day out. Thank you for your daily support and joining in on our conversations and sharing our content – we owe a lot of our success to that. You have helped me build QuickLabel’s social media presence from the ground up and I have learned a lifetime’s worth of knowledge from all of you on both a professional level and personal level. I can say that the relationships we have made have shaped me into the person and professional I am today, and for that I will always be grateful.
Customers Who Have Become Friends…
I would like to thank all of our customers who have taken the time to participate in blogs and testimonials about their relationship with QuickLabel and their experiences with our label printers. It’s been a joy getting to know you better and learning about the amazing things your companies do. Many of you even welcomed myself and my co-workers into your business with open arms to participate in one of our projects, your hospitality is greatly appreciated. I know how time consuming projects like this can be so thank you for bearing with me!
I would also like to thank our customers who continue to join the conversation on our social media pages. It’s awesome to be able to keep in touch with you all on a daily basis, solve problems, share experiences, and even become friends. I have loved learning about what your companies do and sharing your story. I have even been lucky enough to meet many of you at trade shows, a truly wonderful experience!
My QuickLabel Family
I am especially thankful all of my wonderful co-workers who have been subject to my off-the-wall ideas for 2 straight years – even allowing me to blog about your personal and work lives for the world to see. You all have been so fun to work with and so easygoing with getting involved with this “new” form of marketing known as social media – thank you for giving it a chance and allowing us to create this awesome community with our customers, industry peers, and friends. You all welcomed a kid fresh out of college to a new state where she knew no one and made me feel at home – yes, I finally admit that Rhode Island is home. I have more adopted work Moms, Dads, brothers, and sisters than I bargained for but I’ve loved every second of it and will miss you all dearly. Thank you for taking such good care of the baby of the QuickLabel family.
My biggest thanks go out to April and Kendall, my QuickLabel partners in crime! You two brought me on to your marketing team and taught me more than I ever dreamed of learning. I don’t think I have ever been a part of such a successful team before in my life – and that is coming from a three sport athlete. You gave me the confidence and support to do what I do and do it well. After many marketing brainstorming sessions, road trips across the country, product launches, marketing seminars, tradeshows, the list goes on and on – you have become two of my closest friends and have made my job so fun and so enjoyable. I can’t even put it into words how much everything you’ve done for me means to me – that says a lot coming from a blogger who’s never at a loss for words!
I know the next person to step into this role will be in great hands and that our customers and followers will welcome them with open arms. So, cheers to the future and thank you again for all of the lessons learned, countless laughs, and valuable relationships made. I am truly a lucky girl!
Keep in touch with me on Twitter! – @KateGinter
Check out some of my favorite QuickLabel memories!
Considering that it’s the state’s official crustacean, it’s safe to say that Maryland is known for its love of the blue crab. For the past 67 years, one company has been in the business of making this local delicacy even more delicious: J.O. Spice. “J.O. Spice is the flavor of Maryland!” said Kathleen Duncan, one of the company’s enthusiastic employees. “When you enjoy seafood in our state, especially crabs, I can almost guarantee that you are tasting J.O. Spice.”
People in the Chesapeake Bay area ask for J.O. Spice crab seasoning by name. One of Maryland’s best kept secrets, J.O. Spice’s seafood seasonings, spices, batters, breadings, and soups are also used in virtually every crab house and seafood restaurant along the East Coast – pretty impressive!
Cracking Into Custom Label Printing …
Whenever there is a special event going on in the Baltimore area, crab lovers want to incorporate their favorite meal into the event. J.O. Spice’s custom-labeled spices and seasonings have become popular wedding favors and are often paired with their personalized crab mallets.
Printing Custom Spice Labels Since 1945
Since their opening in 1945, J.O. has been custom blending and custom labeling their line of spices for restaurants. “We’ve always offered custom labeled seasoning and spices,” explains Duncan, “but as technology has advanced so has the demand for custom labels.”
When J.O. Spice realized they needed to bring label printing in-house in order keep up with the demand for custom labels, they had some decisions to make. One was to find an in-house label printer capable of printing the kind of labels they wanted to offer to their customers.
When they discovered QuickLabel Systems, J.O. settled on two of our color label printers: the Zeo! light-duty inkjet label printer and the Vivo! Touch production-capacity label printer. “The Vivo! Touch and the Zeo! label printers have advanced the quality of our label printing needs,” said Duncan.
J.O. Spice’s local sales engineer, Tony Bucci, explains, “the Vivo! Touch was a solution that provided J.O. Spice high quality, full color labels like their Zeo! but is much faster & less expensive (per label).” Bucci gave an on-site demonstration of the Vivo! Touch at J.O. Spice and they were pleased with what they saw, “as soon as I was able to demonstrate the Vivo! Touch and show them the productivity there was no looking back.”
Old-Fashioned Customer Service
If you’re interested in ordering seasonings or spices with personalized labels or custom-engraved mallets, J.O. Spice makes buying as easy and personalized as their products. All you have to do is make an old-fashioned phone call to 1-800-537-5714 or send an email to Ginger (email@example.com), Marketing and Sales Manager and tell her what you want on your personalized product.
Kathleen Duncan will then come up with a design based on what you’re looking for and send you a proof. Duncan is a seasoned (no pun intended!) graphic artist who loves what she does. “Most customers approve their proofs the first time around and are very happy!” Once the custom label proof is approved, payment can be made by mail or over the phone. “It’s old-fashioned personalized customer service throughout the whole ordering process all the way up to the arrival of your products!” Duncan proudly explained.
Duncan loves hearing the customers’ expressions of appreciation when they see the finished product. “The emails and referrals I receive from happy customers is overwhelming and makes my job very rewarding.”
As far as picking her favorite label, Duncan said she can’t – every label she designs is unique in its own right. Duncan strives to tailor each personalized spice label especially for each wedding couple or for each special event. “It’s always fun to let your imagination run wild while designing,” she said. “Seeing the finished product is rewarding. Most times it comes out better than I imagined!”
“It’s amazing how much personality you can bring out in a label by the use of design and color. Now that we have our Vivo! Touch and Zeo!, our color selection is endless.” With “vivid and bold” label colors, Duncan said that she can create label designs from “bold and sassy to simple and understated.”
Luckily, the fact that her QuickLabel printers really deliver makes the time spent designing custom labels for her customers well worth it. “Printing our own labels in house has allowed us to print a quality label at an affordable price which allows us to offer custom labeling with a smaller minimum requirement.”
Eat Like a Local, Talk like a Local
Although J.O. Spice has always specialized in spices and seasonings, they are “more than just a spice company, for sure!” said Duncan. The products in their store range from spices and seasonings to crab mallets and apparel.
I took a lesson in crab lingo when talking to Duncan about the personalized crab mallets. I referred to them as hammers, which gave her a giggle. She shared, “You can always tell when someone is from out of town with inquiries about custom mallets.” How? Just like me, J.O.’s out of town customers will refer to the mallets as “mallots,” “hammers,” “crab crackers,” and “knockers.” “The term we use in Maryland is ‘mallets,’” Duncan said, “but we enjoy hearing all the other terms that are used!”
JO Spice’s Old Fashioned Customer Service Meets QuickLabel’s Customer Support
“The customer service and support from QuickLabel has been great,” Duncan shared with us. “If we ever have a troubleshooting problem everyone at QuickLabel has been great at getting us the support that we need. Our QuickLabel printers have proved to be a great business investment!”
Want A Taste of What J.O. Spice Has to Offer?
You can check out their website and online store at store.jospices.com. Or call Ginger at 1-800-537-5714.
Posted in Packaging, QuickLabel products | Tagged crab seasonings, custom labeling, custom labels, custom spice labels, in-house label printing, J.O. Spice, Vivo! Touch label printer, Zeo! label printerMay 21, 2012
The USDA announced today that the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) has launched a web-based label approval system to help streamline the FSIS label review process for meat, poultry, and egg products. This review process will be known as the Label Submission Approval System (LSAS for short).
The new process will let manufactures submit their requests for label approval electronically and will also flag submission errors that could delay the approval process and conveniently allows manufacturers to track the progress of their submission.
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food Safety, commented that “This new system will expedite and simplify the review process for meat, poultry, and egg products labels. Reducing the review times for labels will enhance the agency’s ability to ensure that accurate information is applied to product labels and reaches consumers quickly.”
The USDA FSIS is responsible for regulating labels on meat, poultry and egg products to ensure us, as consumers, that the product labels on the items we are purchasing are truthful and not misleading.
LSAS Saves Time and Money for Everyone
The inclusion of the Label Approval Submission System will reduce costs and time for both food producers and the FSIS. The system prior to LSAS was very old-fashioned. Manufacturers had to either mail or hand-deliver applications, and the FSIS would review them and return hardcopies by mail. Since the FSIS receives between 150 and 200 applications a day, it took an average of 3 weeks for each label to be reviewed, let alone approved and mailed back to the manufacturer.
With the label submission and approval becoming digital, manufacturers can upload and save labels on the web-based portal. This will allow them to go in and make changes as needed, rather than having to mail in a new label to be approved. Everything can be done at the finger tips of everyone involved, instantly! Each label will be assigned a tracking number to be referenced throughout the process.
Labels will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.May 16, 2012
Just 38 states allowed home deliveries of our favorite wines up Until April 30, 2012.
On May 1, 2012, that number became 39. Purchasing and receiving wine by mail order is now officially legalized in the state of New Jersey. The new law allows New Jersey wineries to sell their wines online and ship directly to consumers. In addition, residents of New Jersey can now have wines from other states shipped to their homes. Previously in NJ, wineries could only sell from their showrooms or through wholesalers and retailers.
The new law is likely to raise wine sales, benefiting New Jersey wineries and retailers.
What are the Rules of the New Shipping Law?
- As of May 1, 2012, any New Jersey winery can ship up to 12 cases per year to any New Jersey state resident who is of legal drinking age (21 years or older.)
- Any New Jersey winery has the option of applying for a direct shipping license in any of the 38 other direct shipping-permissible states. License permitting, NJ wineries may also directly ship up to 12 cases per year to an out-of-state resident of legal drinking age (21 years or older).
- Out-of-state small wineries (producing less than 250,000 gallons of wine per year) can directly ship to up to 12 cases per year to NJ residents who are 21 years of age or older
- Wineries can find shipping applications and instructions on the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) website
In Which States is it Still Illegal to Ship Wine Direct?
- AL, AR, DE, KY (felony), MA, MS, MT (consumer permit – no carrier), OK, PA (special interstate by 3-tier only), SD, and UT (felony for winery to direct ship). (Source: FreeTheGrapes.org)
If you’re a wine producer or retailer who is expecting to increase the volume of wine you’re shipping, you might consider printing your own wine labels with a QuickLabel printer. You can print personalized wine labels and labels for seasonal and special event wines, all at a low cost per printed label,! The QuickLabel line of color label printers allow you to instantly print wine labels in any quantity (even just one personalized label!) whenever you need them. If you’d like to see how easy it is to print your own wine labels, schedule a label printer demonstration at your winery or tasting room.
May 15, 2012
While traveling in the Austin, TX area, our Product Manager Kevin Brisson spotted some very unique-looking craft beer on the shelf at the flagship Whole Foods Store. Kevin saw Adelbert’s Brewery Triple B, Scratchin’ Hippo, and Dancin’ Monk at Whole Foods – wow that’s HUGE for Adelbert’s! He took a quick photo and sent it home for all of us to see – he knew how excited we would be because Adelbert’s Brewery prints labels with the Vivo! Touch color label printer!
Adelbert’s Brewery is an Austin-based microbrewery that just released its first round of bottle conditioned Belgian-Style beers to stores in December, and opened its doors to the public in March with a Grand Opening that featured beer sampling and live music.
How Does Adelbert’s Make Their Delicious Brews?
Adelbert’s Brewery has committed themselves to brewing Belgian-style bottle conditioned ales. For those who aren’t sure exactly what “bottle conditioned” means, it is a process of unfiltering the beers so that the final “conditioning” takes place in the bottle itself, or the beer is filtered and then “reseeded” with yeast so that additional fermentation may take place in the bottle. It is Adelbert’s belief that such conditioning with quality ingredients and attention to detail during the brewing process make for the best brewed beers.
Adelbert’s uses Bohemian old-world floor malted barley – say that ten times fast after 2 or 3 of their Rambler Ales! They also use low alpha Noble Czech hops and fresh yeast that is produced onsite at the brewery. Adelbert has a five vessel brewhouse. Each batch of beer is conditioned for a minimum of six weeks, and three of the six weeks is spent in the fermentation vessels. During the next three weeks, the beer is conditioned in bottles or kegs, which allows natural carbonation and flavor development. Is your mouth watering yet?
Right now Adelbert has five Belgian brews for your enjoyment: Rambler Ale, Scratchin’ Hippo, Dancin Monks, Tripel B, and Naked Nun. Adelbert’s is also planning to release 2 more brews in May and June: Black Rhino (Dark Ale) and Philosophizer (Saison Ale.) You can try these delicious brews in 750ml bottles, kegs, or on draft in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and other areas throughout Texas – keep your eyes peeled!
Congratulations Adelbert’s Brewery on a successful product launch and a very bright future. We’re happy to provide a labeling solution to a great company with such unique products. Your labels, just like your beer, came out great! Cheers!May 8, 2012
One of the trending topics right now among the food, labeling, and packaging industries is genetically modified foods. Consumer groups have reacted strongly to news of genetically modified salmon hitting the market, and retailers have banned Kashi cereal containing GE soy being from stores shelves because its “All Natural” label may be deceiving.
Should there be a new food label that flat out says to customers “GE free” or “This product contains GE ingredients?” California’s Right to Know Campaign thinks so.
California Right To Know Campaign
The California Right to Know Campaign is being run by farmers, health groups, and organic food manufacturers around the state. Their unified goal is to get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act onto this November’s state voting ballot. In order to do so, they have collected and submitted over one million signed petitions.
Most recently the coalition began what it is calling a “money bomb” to raise upwards of $1 million to support the state GMO labeling campaign and to have as an arsenal of defense in the event that “biotech bullies” file lawsuits against them.
What Would This Act Mean for Foods Sold in California?
If this Act were to make it onto November’s ballot and pass into law, food manufacturers in the state of California and food producers who sell their products in the state of California would have to identify any genetically engineered/modified ingredients in their product(s) on the product label. In addition, companies would no longer be able to make claims such as “natural” or “all natural” on their foods if they contain GE ingredients.
Biotech Industry vs. Right to Know Campaign
Members of the biotech industry are going to put up a fight of their own against the California Right to Know Campaign. Monsanto, the Farm Bureau, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and other corporate businesses involved in agriculture and food distribution are all raising their own funds to help prevent the California Right to Know Campaign from getting its proposal onto November’s ballot.
Just a Piece of a Much Bigger Picture
Did you know that California is the world’s 8th largest economy? I didn’t, until I read an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola in the Huffington Post. Although that may seem like a completely random factoid, it isn’t. Since California’s economy is so large, the potential impact of this proposed labeling law could be a major headache to companies who sell in California.
If food brands have to comply with state regulations for California, and with different federal regulations for the rest of the country, they will have to have a dual label that represents both laws. A dual label could become an “expensive logistical nightmare” for these companies (let me add: unless they have a QuickLabel printer that allows them to instantly change label designs and print new labels on the fly). Consumer groups advocate that the least costly and easiest solution would be to exclude all GE ingredients completely.
Mercola explained in the Huffington Post that, because of backlash, companies who have been identified as using GE ingredients will find themselves unable to sell. This is because consumers reportedly “quit” buying the products. If customers are going to stop buying, it would force companies to stop using GE ingredients – in Mercola’s idea of a perfect world. It is important to note, however, that these tactics did work in Europe and 40 other countries around the world. Who is to say that the same thing couldn’t happen here in the United States?
Coast to Coast Support
Just over two months ago, the Vermont Right to Know coalition set out on its own mission to require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in the state of Vermont. Thousands of grassroots supporters in Vermont and across the country joined with the coalition. The hard work of the Vermont coalition and its supporters paid off. On April 20, 2012, the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act was passed by Vermont’s House Agricultural Committee.
However, when biotech giant Monsanto caught wind of the bill in Vermont, Monsanto took action of their own. Monsanto threatened to sue the state of Vermont if the bill were to be passed. After Monsanto’s threats, Vermont put a hold on future on the Vermont Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act.
In March of this year, the Environment Committee of the Connecticut state legislature voted in a 23-6 decision to back the required labels for GMO foods. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Farm Bureau oppose the bill, believing that engineered crops are designed with benefits, and that the FDA, not states, should determine whether or not labeling should be mandated.
In addition to Vermont and Connecticut, the Huffington Post reported that nearly 20 other states in the US are also considering some sort of legislation for GMO labeling.
How Do YOU Feel About GE Labels?
Whether or not you are a Californian, do you think food producers should lawfully have to stop using GE ingredients or label their products as such?
Do you think that the California Right to Know Campaign will be successful?
What do you think of individual states taking on labeling battles instead of the federal government?
Other Recommended Articles:May 1, 2012
As owners of pets we go above and beyond to spoil and take care of our beloved companions. From grooming them, to buying them new toys, to even feeding them the best food for their health – or so we think. It was pointed out in a Huffington Post editorial last week by Donna Solomon, DVM that the so-called “human-grade” pet food some of us may purchase for our pets is not in fact “human-grade” food at all!
Feeding Your Pet “Human-Grade” Food
Using the label claim “human-grade” is a way of saying that the meat you are feeding your pet is consistent with meat that is edible for humans. However, in the United States, “human grade” is technically a “government stamped approval” from the USDA. Dr. Solomon points out that even if a food manufacturer buys meat from a slaughter house that was originally intended for human consumption, the moment that meat leaves the slaughter house bound for pet food consumption it becomes inedible by humans.
But why, if it is the same meat a person would eat?
The simple reason is that the USDA does not have jurisdiction over meat intended for pet food. Once that human grade meat is in the hands of a pet food manufacturer, it is out of the hands of the USDA and into the hands of the FDA. However, the FDA does not have jurisdiction over meat products.
So, since the USDA cannot and does not inspect pet food manufacturing plants, it cannot be officially determined that the food meets human standards. So, the dog food you are feeding your furry friend at home is NOT officially “human-grade” or approved for your consumption – in case you ever wondered.
Other Terms Marketers are Feeding You and Your Pets
There are a variety of terms on labels that have no legitimate legal standards backing them up. “Holistic,” “premium,” and “natural” have all become common labeling terms among pet food products, even without any official definition for these claims. In fact, Whole Foods openly admits that the terms that are used on pet food labels such as “premium,” “super premium,” “ultra premium,” and “gourmet,” are not subject to any particular standards. “They’re just yummy-sounding adjectives!” according to Whole Foods’ Pet Label FAQs web page.
But would consumers know that without reading the FAQ page on a pet food company’s website? Probably not. These are terms used by the pet food industry to make their products more marketable and appealing to consumers. Who wouldn’t want to buy “gourmet” food for their pet?
On a side note, there is also yet to be an official law for “organic” pet foods. According to the FDA’s website, the USDA is in the process of developing regulations that would dictate what types of synthetic additives (vitamins and purified amino acids), will be allowed to be used in pet foods labeled as organic.
Understanding Terms on Pet Food Labels
The average consumer will most likely not know that some pet food label claims are just “yummy-sounding adjectives.” If you are concerned about what kind of food you are feeding your pet and want to become better-educated about what products are on the market, please check out the following resources:
For pet food information that is regulated by the FDA prior to being placed on labels, check out their Animal and Veterinary page on their website.
Also, the Association of American Feed Control Officials provides a secondary backing to the FDA’s regulations along with more specific and focused labeling rules in terms of nutritional analyses and adequacy, feeding directions, and calorie statements.
April 26, 2012
At QuickLabel, we stand behind our label printers 100%. We have to – we use them ourselves! We know, personally, how using our Pronto! barcode label printers, integrated with a company-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, can make the packaging process much faster, more accurate, and more efficient.
For example, we use 12 of our own Pronto! 482 barcode label printers in our Packaging Department at the Media Manufacturing Plant located at our Rhode Island World Headquarters, where hundreds of our customers’ unique orders for labels, thermal transfer ribbons, and inks are manufactured, labeled, boxed, and shipped on-the-fly every day.
Marc Vadeboncoeur, Senior Programmer/Analyst in our IT Department, explained the Plant’s main label printing challenge: “Every single product must have unique descriptive labels, both on the item itself and on the outside box. So, the need arose to create a fully-integrated automated labeling solution that would produce accurate, top-quality product labels on demand.”
By automatically printing labels with data pulled from our ERP system instead of manually printing labels by having packaging staff enter data by hand, the Pronto! label printer offered the following solutions:
1) Decrease human error in label content
2) Decrease downtime caused by packaging staff having to type label content into software
3) Decrease downtime caused by label format changeovers
How Did QuickLabel Meet These Goals?
Vadeboncoeur single-handedly developed a custom program for the Pronto!s that pulls diverse product information from our internal ERP system. He also wrote a user-friendly “front end” software (also known as a graphical user interface or “GUI”) that allowed packaging staff to begin printing labels for each work order by simply entering the product’s part number. When this information is entered by the user, the Pronto!s automatically receive and print label content from our JD Edwards ERP system database.
“A Labeling System Integrator’s Dream”
“The Pronto! label printer line is a labeling system integrator’s dream,” boasted Vadeboncoeur. “The Pronto! printers join to our corporate network using their built-in Ethernet adapters and seamlessly attach to our IBM Power Systems enterprise server in minutes using the standard TCP/IP networking protocol.”
He continued, “In addition to the quick connectivity to our corporate server, each Pronto! printer comes out-of-the box with a built-in and robust web browser-based administrative interface that makes customizing each printer’s hardware settings fast and painless.”
“The devices are tightly engineered from both a hardware and software perspective, with a strong emphasis on simplicity of integration, ease of operation, and ongoing durability,” he said.
From Vadeboncoeur’s software developer’s perspective, he found that the Pronto! printers were also easy to integrate into existing enterprise systems. “The “protocol” (or “command language”) that is used to direct the printer to generate labels is powerful, simple, and very easy to learn.” Vadeboncoeur continued, “Integrating 12 Pronto! label printers to receive label data from our corporate ERP system was straightforward and accomplished quickly with no limits on the types of labels that we can generate.” (allowing for custom graphics and fonts, etc.)
Vadeboncoeur’s main goal was to create an intuitive experience that would empower packaging staff to quickly and easily print product labels and box labels for the thousands of media items that we sell.
The best part about incorporating this new GUI, according to Scott Kenyon, the Quality Assurance Manager for our Media products, is that there was essentially no training needed. “The GUI is pretty self-explanatory. Since it’s only one screen, there aren’t a lot of places to make errors.”
“Being able to access the ERP system through the GUI eliminated the need for our users to key in label descriptions or do math,” Kenyon continued. He also noted that being able to eliminate such tedious tasks helped to improve label accuracy.
Having an automated label printing system is perfect in an environment where many workers are not necessarily comfortable using computers. “I think the users find it easy to navigate and extremely helpful,” added Kenyon. “They appreciate the fact that the use of this tool helps them eliminate typos.”
Simplicity is key in the Media Plant’s busy environment and the more workers can focus on the job at hand, the better. “The Pronto!s are easy to load and unload, and we’re not spending our time ‘babysitting’ the printers,” Kenyon said. This has resulted in higher throughput in the Packaging Department.
Our Advice to You: the Pronto!s Offer Simplicity
If you’re looking to incorporate a label printer and integrate your own GUI, Marc Vadeboncoeur has one recommendation for you – simplicity.
“From a hardware and networking perspective, the printer must communicate seamlessly with whatever enterprise server is in use. From a software development perspective, instructing the printer exactly ‘what’ to print must be uncomplicated regardless of the programming being used.”
Vadeboncoeur believes the Pronto! is a perfect fit for what we needed to accomplish. “The Pronto! not only meets but exceeds all expectations for simplicity, making it the ideal solution for QuickLabel Systems’ own integrated in-house product labeling needs.”
Want to See Another Successful Pronto! Integration?
For another great example of how the Pronto! has been incorporated into a business with a computerized database, watch this video about the Soup Peddler in Austin, TX. Before integrating the Pronto!, owner David Ansel had to individually create and print labels for each food. Having a Pronto! reduced the amount of labor he was putting into creating labels for each product because he was able to integrate his point of purchase database with the Pronto! label printer and automatically print labels.
Want Your Own Pronto! Label Printer & Custom Software?
Our QuickLabel sales engineers can show you everything you need. Feel free to ask them to bring a Pronto! to your office or factory on the day of your choice at QuickLabel.com/demo.April 19, 2012
Do you try to buy foods that are sustainably produced and good for the environment? Well, if you’re a fish lover, you can soon buy farm-raised fish that is certified to be sustainable. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has introduced a new ASC label standard that certifies that seafood bearing its new logo come from fish farms that have met specific sustainability standards.
Coming Full Circle…
The ASC label is a nice complement to the Marine Stewardship Council label (the MSC) which is used to certify the sustainability of wild caught fish. According to the MSC website, “The MSC standards and certification requirements ensure that only seafood from a certified sustainable fishery is sold with the MSC eco-label and meet the world’s best practice guidelines for certification and eco-labeling.” Essentially the ASC label follows suit practicing the same benefits as the MSC except for the fact that the ASC certifies farmed seafood instead of wild caught.
Half of all the seafood consumed worldwide is now farmed, and it is also becoming more common that seafood sold in retail environments is farmed rather than wild caught. Now, with the ASC label in place, aquaculture producers are able to credibly demonstrate to their suppliers and consumers that the fish products they sell come from producers who “have worked to limit their impact on the environment.”
The ASC logo uses a color scheme that combines both water and land, encompassing the whole of the fish farming industry. CEO Chris Ninnes described the ASC label logo as “a friendly fish with a ‘bold’ checkmark” saying it “shows very clearly that the purchase of the seafood product is a positive choice.” The ASC incorporated the keywords “certified” and “responsible” onto the logo to cement a positive message and accompany the visual cues.
Where and When Can I Purchase ASC Certified Seafood?
As of now, the first species to bear the ASC label will most likely be tilapia. The ASC is currently working on auditing fish farms in Indonesia and Honduras. Consumers in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark and England can plan on seeing the ASC label on retail packaging starting this summer. No word yet on when the labels will make their appearance in the USA. We’ll keep you posted!
For More Information on the ASC Label, check out the ASC website!
To learn how you can instantly print a label with the ASC certified logo onto certified sustainable seafood by printing your own labels, check out our line of in-house label printers.