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Why Your DC Needs a Print and Apply System

Date: Mon, Jan 11th, 2016 12:00:00 am

Automated print and apply systems offer a host of benefits to the distribution centers (DC) that use them. They not only significantly reduce labor costs associated with applying labels to shipping cartons, they also help make sure the packages get to where they need to go during shipping. Here's a more in-depth look at print and apply labels, and how your DC can use them to your advantage:

Benefits of Print and Apply Systems

As stated before, print and apply systems reduce labor costs. Because you don't need separate in-house labels for picking, and separate labels for shipping through UPS, FedEx or other carrier your company uses, you save on both labor and material costs, because you just print one piece of paper. (Many print and apply systems will include packing slips with the picking and shipping label attached, so a batch of orders will usually only need to be printed once.)

In print and apply systems, in receiving, for example, a floor-loaded carton might be placed on a conveyor with a bar code serial number applied to each box. That indentifying label would be used in picking and pallet build, and that makes things much more efficient than manual label application for each task.

Typical Application Flow for Shipping Labels

Print and apply systems apply labels directly to cartons so employees don't have to. In other cases, companies use traditional desk top printers and let workers apply the labels to the correct packages.

The fewer hands that touch a carton, the faster it can get to your customer. Kuecker Logistics Group's team of experts can help your DC become more efficient with a print and apply system. To learn more, contact us today. 

Some print and apply systems apply labels directly to cartons so employees don't have to. In other cases, companies use traditional desk top printers and let workers apply the labels to the correct packages.