label version control
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Why you need label version control in 2019

How many label variations do you have for your products? Are you struggling to juggle seasonal labels for products?  You’re not alone.  As Australian suppliers face growing competition on store shelves, they are turning to creative, seasonal labels to catch shoppers’ eyes and win their wallets.  But is seasonal packaging a waste of time in […]

brewery trends
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Top 7 Australian microbrewery trends brewing for 2019

Gone are the days when Australia’s craft beer industry comprised beer lovers tinkering with home-brew kits and strange ingredients in their sheds.  Today, there are more than 400 small, independent brewery businesses across Australia – doubled from 200 just six years ago, according to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA). The industry directly employs more than 2,100 […]

product barcode verification
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

The rise and rise of product barcode verification

Does your product barcode check out? Without a good quality, accurate and scannable barcode, you can’t sell your products, retailers can’t stock your products, and customers can’t buy your products. With many retailers becoming increasingly intolerant of products causing scanning errors, a problematic barcode could spell the end of a relationship. But that’s not all.Barcode […]

AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines help manufacturers delivering into DCs

By Samantha Blake, Director, Industry Affairs, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) * Australia’s FMCG market presents myriad challenges for both suppliers and retailers – geographic scale and distance, relatively high costs of transportation, population density, supply chain complexity, and the diverse and fast-evolving expectations of our customers. In this environment, standardised, retailer-agnostic supply chain […]

OEE monitoring mistakes
Product Identification Technologies

The most common OEE mistakes and how to avoid them

Optimising your equipment’s efficiency is an essential element of continuous improvement for manufacturers. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful way to achieve this. Get the implementation right, and OEE can be used to pinpoint problem areas on your line and, ultimately, help you make the necessary changes to improve production. However, there are some […]

sustainable manufacturing
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

What is sustainable manufacturing? Examples from Australian companies

Are you using plastic-free packaging? What happens to packaging once it’s in consumers’ hands? How can you help reduce food waste? As sustainable manufacturing gains momentum, these are just some of the questions facing manufacturers. What is sustainable manufacturing? There is no single common definition of sustainable manufacturing, but the OECD sums it up as […]

circular economy
Product Identification Technologies

Circular economy + Australian manufacturing: what you need to know

The waste industry has called for $150 million “circular economy and action plan” to fix recycling uncertainty. So, what is a circular economy and why is it important for Australian manufacturers? Here’s what you need to know. If you haven’t heard by now, there are big changes afoot in the world of waste. China imposed […]

lease or buy
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Manufacturing equipment: should you lease or buy?

June 30 is creeping up fast. With it comes the inevitable question of whether it’s time to invest in new equipment or wait until the next tax year. This question is even more urgent for small and medium businesses who are counting the final days of the $20,000 instant asset write-off, arguably one of the […]

coding and labelling acronyms
Product Identification Technologies

Your ultimate guide to coding and labelling acronyms

Ever found yourself confused with coding and labelling acronyms? Here, we decode the acronyms every manufacturer needs to know.   LABELLING TECHNOLOGIES LPA = Label Printer Applicator Label Printer Applicators (LPAs) print information onto pressure-sensitive labels, then automatically apply those labels onto cartons, pallets and products. You might also know them as “print and apply” […]

improve product quality
Product Identification Technologies

3 technologies to help SME manufacturers improve product quality

Quality is the biggest differentiator for small and medium-sized manufacturers. Get it right, and it could be what takes your business to the next level. Let your product quality slip, and you could lose your customers and your reputation. If you’re looking for ways to improve product quality, then automation could be the key. Automation […]