Last week, we (a VAR and I) sold 4 TM-C3400 printers to a manufacturer of plumbing supplies. With 19,000 SKU’s using 32 different label formats, this hardware manufacturer is a perfect prospect for on-demand color labels. As we have not as yet installed, I want to wait until the customer is satisfied to tell you more.
Although not telling the story, I did have an idea. Why not use the concept of Six Degrees of Separation to find more prospects like the hardware manufacturer above? If you don’t know this concept, Six Degrees of Separation is the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six links.
So I went to my neighborhood Lowe’s store walking up and down the plumbing and electrical aisles looking for similar prospects to give them to you. Take a look at these labels on Flicker:
But what type of hardware manufacturer makes a good prospect? First, the manufacturer has lots of SKU’s.
Although I don’t know Kenney Manufacturing, it seems they have many SKU’s; as they have lots of shelf space. Manufactures with a limited number of SKU’s, don’t have to worry about maintaining an inventory of labels; and dealing with waste when labels go out-of-date. The greater the number of SKU’s, the better the candidate. Take a look at the FX Luminaire success story:
Second, the manufacturer should use or want to use color Secondary Labels.
The best definition of a secondary label is what it’s not: it’s not a prime label. A prime label is designed to attract the attention and entice the primary target customer; with instant shelf appeal. A secondary label is used more to identify the product and provide supportive information; and used commonly with a simple brown or white container (see above). With the move to large box hardware retailers, manufacturers need more color, images and graphics on their secondary labels. Check out a similar story covering Jaclo:
Third, the manufacturer has pictures, graphics and color text on their labels:
This label from Raindrip includes an image of the product, the Raindrip logo, and a color background for important text information all on a white background. This product/company seems to be a perfect candidate to move to on-demand color labels. By moving to on-demand color, a company like Raindrip may save a significant amount of money on labels. Check out how Mercury Medical reduced their labeling costs by 67%.
Fourth, the manufacturer does not use labels with 100% coverage. Take a look what I mean in the picture of the label below:
When you “flood coat” or paint a label with ink, the cost to produce the label increases dramatically. Further, any imperfections arising during printing are more likely to show up on the label. On-Demand color labels work best when you want to add an image, graphics or color text on a white label. In the list on Flikr, you see several pictures of labels that have 100% coverage. But some of these companies may be amiable to changing their labels slightly to get all the benefits that on-demand color labels offer.
During my short trip to Lowe’s, I found approximately 40 plumbing and electrical hardware manufacturers that would seem to be good prospects for on-demand color labels. Instead of trying to contact these companies myself, I thought a better idea would be to send the list to you. As I said above, I believe some of you may have these companies as customers already. Take another look at the pictures of labels of manufacturing prospects to see if your customers are in the list:
If you have a customer in the list of label photos, contact me so we can plan how to demonstrate to them the benefits of on-demand color labels.
If you work in an area with one of these manufactures, I recommend you try to find the correct individual to contact in the company. Ask him or her about using on-demand color labels; and about their preprinted thermal transfer labels. Who knows what other business you may get by making the initial contact to discuss the on-demand color technology?
Using Six Degrees of Separation, we’ll find good prospects for on-demand color labels.