“With over 12,000 current products, we process over 675 individual sample orders per day”, according to Mark Langston, founder of Octochem. “With new customers, we expect to process over 1,000 orders per day by April; ranging from as small as 20 grams to up to 5 gallons. As each order requires a different label, we must print each label on-demand as required. No way could we keep labels in inventory for each of these products. Also, our customers do not allow us to use any label older than 2 months to prevent out-of-date labeling.”
To print, Octochem accesses their customer’s SAP software to produce a label using Microsoft Word. This process insures Octochem is using the latest version of the label; and makes it easy for their customer service agents to print the label and add it to the order.
“GHS is a looming standard for chemical shipments around the world. As manufacturers in the
adopt GHS, I expect more sales of the TM-C3400 to the chemical industry. These standards require color symbology with black text on labels that can stand up to chemicals. Few print systems other than Epson can serve this need.”, according to Kelly Ng, Product Manager, Color Inkjet Products at Epson. “Companies like Octochem need an easy method to produce durable, just-in-time color labels. The old way of using pre-print blanks and black overprint is slow, cumbersome, error-prone and expensive.” Americas
If you have Chemical Manufacturers with lots of products/SKU’s as customers, talk to them about moving to print-on-demand color labels. Give me a call if I can help you with these types of prospects.