Inline digital printing was created to fulfill the needs of retail markets that are facing a variety of new challenges, such as the expansion of new outlets, the increasing amount of SKUs, the constant changes in design, and the need to be able to track and trace various products. To meet the demands of the ever-changing consumer market, the process of inline digital printing offers solutions to optimize their package printing, eliminating the need for disruption in the supply chain.
A common thread with all types of packaging – whether used for retail or wholesale – is the need for packages to be labeled. This labeling can range from a need to identify what is in the package, show a consistent brand with your products, or provide ingredient or warning information. An inline digital printing process allows you to put this information on your packaging, avoiding the need to add another process after, such as applying a label, or before, such as having packaging preprinted. You can use inline digital printing at the three various stages of the supply chain process.
Aside from simplifying the packaging process and eliminating an additional step to creating your final product, inline printing also has a number of other benefits.
The ability to print pieces inline allows you to add customization or make changes later in the production process, providing you with greater flexibility. For example, instead of ordering a large number of preprinted packages, you can order them blank in bulk at a reduced cost and hold them until it is time to fill them. At the point of fill, you can add the packaging customization that is current at that time. This ability to customize at a later stage also allows you to turn out product more quickly since you will not have to wait for new packaging to be printed.
With inline digital printing, your packaging can become one of your primary marketing tools. You can add advertising or promotional designs and verbiage directly on your packaging and will have the ability to adjust it as different promotions go into effect. Additionally, you will be able to create personalization of your products by being able to change designs throughout the process without costly setup or time to make changes. This can help give you the edge on the competition by being able to personalize such products as calendars, mugs, and packaging.
While inline printing can be used in both traditional and digital print environments, digital inline printing has the added benefit of requiring no additional fabrication to change designs. This allows manufacturers the flexibility to change designs more easily and to be able to print on more unique surfaces that have different textures. This provides for faster printing and faster preparation time.
In some industries, such as the pharmaceutical industry, there is a need to print a wide range of languages, instructions, and data such as expiration dates and batch numbers. This leads to thousands of different labeling variations for one product. These types of variations are not only on the product itself but also on the packaging that these products arrive in. The agility and versatility that inline digital printing provides its users allow these changes without disrupting the supply chain process or requiring additional steps.
For companies looking for smart and lean packaging solutions, inline digital printing can help them to minimize their processes, reduce waste, and save time and money all while being able to provide customized and personalized packaging to provide the information and marketing they need to for their brand.
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