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More than just a labeling solution

While many of our clients come to us to solve a specific labeling issue, often additional efficiencies are gained through the discovery phase as part of the proposal process. This was just the case for a large pharmaceutical company for which we were updating and streamlining the labeling process.  Their technical support team was inundated […]


Unique Device Identification System (UDI)

The FDA established the Unique Identification System (UDI) to identify medical devices sold in the US from the point of manufacturing and distribution all the way to patient use. The UDI final rule requires device labelers to: Include a UDI on device labels and packages, except where the rule provides for an exception or alternative. […]


Cyberattack disrupts beverage operations

  On time product delivery is one of the main goals for any manufacturing business, so delivery delays or worse, work stoppage can be detrimental. This can have a domino effect for vendors, distributors and consumers.  Add a cyberattack to this list and you have a nightmare for any manufacturing company.  A breach that disrupted […]


What is the price of security to consumers?

Security, especially data security, continues to be an area of concern for everyone, especially consumers. The Internet of Things (IoT) “brings internet connectivity to everyday electronic devices, allowing them to collect and share data over networks.”  Home security, activity trackers and smart farming are just a few examples of where IoT -enabled devices are being […]


Flying high: Virgin Orbit reaches space on second try

In January, “a 70-foot-long LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft off the coast of Southern California, ignited moments later and soared towards space.” The intent by Virgin Orbit was to “deploy the nine CubeSats” into orbit.  These small satellites were developed and built as part of an […]


Safer cleaning options, “just look for the label”

The Safer Choice Program is a voluntary program in which companies are able to put the Safer Choice Label on their cleaning products but must invest heavily in “research and reformulation to ensure that their products meet the Safer Choice Standard.”  This is a 40+ year program hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]


Maintaining compliance when speed is of the essence

With the COVID-19 vaccine in the headlines on an almost daily basis and the need to speed up distribution, rivals Merck and Johnson and Johnson will work together to produce the J&J single-dose vaccine. Read more. Compliance within the pharmaceutical field is intense, add a “highly complex” manufacturing process for this vaccine and an outsider […]


Safety standards: key component to compliance

In mid- January, a juice production company came under fire by the FDA due to contaminated product.  During the inspection, the FDA found that they had “failed to adhere to relevant food safety standards”. Some of the distribution of this juice included school lunch programs. When looking at the importance of compliance, labeling plays a […]


How Brexit affects food labeling

While the event of the UK officially withdrawing from the European Union occurred in 2020, the impact and required changes are ongoing. The name and address on the labels of prepacked foods is one of the most significantly impacted short-term changes. As we continue to work in a global economy, changes happening across the ocean […]


The history of barcoding

For more than 45 years, GS1 Standards have been used, beginning with the adoption of the universal product code (UPC barcode) in 1973.  GS1 US®’s mission is to help organizations of all sizes “uniquely and consistently identify products, assets, shipments, and physical locations throughout the global supply chain.” Per GS1 US, the beep of the […]