July 21, 2016
Casey Rebman Walker
Every job comes with its challenges. But the real headaches come when it’s a challenge that should just work – like printing. After talking with companies across the globe, this seems to be a universal problem. If you’ve ever struggled getting your labels to print how you want them, the first time - this list is for you.
Top Printing Headaches:
Mixing Data Sources– Ever worked with data that is not in your ERP but needed to be on your label? Maybe your customer requires that you put their logo and item description on the label for the product that you sold. Building a custom link to an external data source (like excel or a SQL-based database) and combining it with variable data from your ERP can ruin any day.
Too many printers– Sometimes your printer setup can get so complicated, with different printers for each template or task. In fact, it’s common for companies to set up a different printer to handle each carrier’s label template, like UPS, FedEx and DHL. But while it may be a different template, they all use the same size label. What if your printer could intelligently look at the carrier in your ERP and automatically print the correct label?
Need an art degree to design the label– Say you want to print directly from your ERP with a label designer that works like MS Word – Drag and drop; done. Instead of a “What you see is what you print” approach though, companies are left to code their label – assuming they know the specific printing language used.
How To Make Printing Easier
Did we strike a nerve? If label printing makes you want to act out ascene from Office Space– stop, put down the bat and listen! There really is a way to make printing easier.
Print Suite Bridge, an enterprise labeling solution, bridges the gap between ERP systems and printers, removing the above headaches and providing a flexible, integrated solution:
Print labels directly from your ERP or other 3rd party solution
Design labels or forms with drag & drop editor
Add additional data to your print requests without having to modify workflows