Current Issues

Regular Industry Development Updates, Opinions and Talking Points relating to Manufacturing, the Supply Chain and Logistics.

How Centralized Labeling Helps QA Departments

How Centralized Labeling Helps QA Departments
Quality control (QC) and assurance (QA) are processes that create a positive connection between a company and its customers and ensure a business stays in compliance with regional and international regulations. A lack of QC or QA may end up costing a manufacturer financially as the company's production efficiency suffers.

While some companies may let QA best practices become an afterthought, organizations that attentively pursue the latest technologies and techniques in this area are well-prepared to compete.

The Changing Rules of QA
Industry observer Dan Blacharski, contributing to, recently described the transitional state of QA today. Companies that have long taken their superior production quality for granted may be surprised by overseas manufacturers' newly upgraded capabilities. This revelation should serve as important motivation to take a more active approach to QA.

Regulatory pressure is another key force motivating today's manufacturing leaders. Blacharski explained that tougher laws and rules are making waves in heavily regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals. For organizations getting in line with the latest dictates from government agencies, tighter quality control is a natural side effect of compliance.

Not only has today's quality landscape shifted from recent years, but also it will doubtless change again as manufacturing becomes more technologically infused. According to Protolabs CEO and Forbes contributor Vicki Holt, the use of new methods such as digital manufacturing and custom production will change the calculus on the way advanced goods - and their components - are created.

How Labeling Helps with QA
A centralized labeling system delivers several notable advantages to QA officials. For instance, incorrect or inconsistent labels could be enough to fail regulatory checks or to confuse and displease customers. No matter how well-manufactured a product is, an error in labeling could cause a hiccup in the supply chain. Furthermore, when labeling systems are fragmented across a company's locations, a simple update to a label may slow production to a halt.

When companies have centralized labeling systems drawing consistent and accurate data from sources of truth, such as enterprise resource planning systems, goods can ship out quickly, complying with all applicable regulations and meeting consumers' high standards. Moreover, when partner organizations have access to these consistent label templates, components and finished products stay visible to QA, even when other companies are handling them.

When QA departments notice a flaw in a particular batch of items and have to issue a recall, consistent labeling is at its most helpful. Accurate labeling of goods ensures the team can identify the affected products and find them in a timely manner.

Learn more about how QA departments and centralized labeling work together - and how you can improve your own operations.

Andrew Tavener
Head of Marketing,, Descartes UK
Compliance Management – it’s time for joined up thinking
Stephen Cameron
Business Development Director, SWRnewstar
Primark's move to 100 per cent sustainably sourced cotton should be commended
Marc Corriveau
Account Manager, Loftware
Changes in packaging result in ROI for F&B products
John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Why an extension is best for British businesses
David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, ParcelHero
Booking a courier? No printer required, says ParcelCompare
Graham Parker
CEO, Gravity Supply Chain Solutions
Mitigating The Risks Of Trade Wars And Tariffs
Sam Ireland
International Marketing Manager, Loftware
How Brexit Will Impact Supply Chain Labeling?
Sid Holian
Managing Director, Bis Henderson Consulting
Three critical steps to a hi-tech, agile supply chain
Manu Tyagi
Associate Partner, Retail and Consumer Goods, Infosys Consulting
M&S and Ocado have signed a £750 million deal to take M&S groceries into the home delivery market
Olivier Frère
Serialisaton Expert, Zetes
Understanding the Tobacco Products Directive
Paul Heiden
Senior Vice President of Product Management, Ultimaker
6 overlooked benefits of 3D printing for your supply chain
Dave Locke
EMEA Chief Technology Officer, WWT
Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings
Johannes Panzer
Head of Industry Strategy for Ecommerce, Descartes
How to make international ecommerce transparent, efficient and cost-effective
Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Putting the WOW in the checkout experience
Richard Parfect
Fund Manager, Seneca Investment Managers
The cessation of Airbus A380 production
John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
What next for British business?
Chris Jones
EVP Marketing & Services, Descartes
5 Key Logistics Trends and Technology Implications for 2019
Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
What is the Checkout of the Future?
Andres Richter
CEO, Priority Software
UK Manufacturing: The Productivity Conundrum
Martin Meacock
Director, Product Management, Descartes
Brexit: only 10 weeks to implement if changes are ultimately needed
John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
What does May's defeat mean for the supply chain?
Martin Meacock
Director, Product Management, Descartes
Get Ready for CDS
Don Brenchley
Director Industry Strategy, LLamasoft EMEA
Don't Let Soft Skills Be Forgotten In Your Supply Chain
Robert Broström
Director Of Service And Support, Handheld Group
Handheld Promotes Robert Broström To Director Of Service And Support
Dan Willmer
Professional Services Leader, MercuryGate
MercuryGate Hires Dan Willmer as New Professional Services Leader
Bob Brown
Manufacturing Industry Specialist, Loftware
Ideal Enterprise Labeling Systems Include Support and Service
Jason Chester
Director of Channel Programs, InfinityQS
2019 will see half of manufacturers invest in data collection technologies
Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Integrating Man And Machine: A Fresh Approach For Modern Grocery Warehouses
Dustin Maxey
Director of Product Marketing, Ping Identity
Security from the web to the loading bay
David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Parcel Senders Must Face Up to Their Christmas Duties
David Jonker
Vice President, Thought Leadership, SAP
Your Customer, the AI
Kelly Feehan
Service Director, CABA
Workplace wellbeing predictions for 2019
Mike Thornton
Head of Manufacturing, RSM
Brexit uncertainty bites for manufacturers
John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Stockpiling decision should not be taken lightly
Tony Dobson
Managing Director, Snapfulfil
Brexit Uncertainty Boosts Sales For Synergy