Variable Data Labels and Stickers

serialized qr code for supply chain

Midwest Label Supply manufactures custom variable data labels for supply chain tracking and marketing campaigns. Some common forms of variable data labels and variable info stickers include unique product identifiers, address labels, custom images, stickers, personalized product labels, serialized numerical tracking and more. The picture on the left shows a variable information logistics project which included numeric serialization for individualized product supply chain tracking, tracing and authentication. Each qr code sticker pointed to a unique url on the web for cloud based tracking.

Our digital printing equipment allows us to provide fast turnaround of short run customized variable data personalization. We can take a CSV of data and input into custom labels or we can add images from files. On a micro level, we can create variable labels of one. For instance if you provide us with a CSV of addresses we can print out individual address labels. Our technical staff can work with you to create a streamlined process. We have worked with app makers, FBA sellers, and shopify ecommerce sellers to automated the process of creating on-demand variable labels and stickers. We have done projects to track one million individual products and other projects to authenicate a limited run of five. We take pride in each custom smart label project.

Supply Chain Tracking

For a recent project we made 10,000 unique 2d qr codes to track individual bottles of wine from inception to consumption. Each wine was verified and authenticated by its qr code which connected to a webpoint. The manufacturers also were able to identify batches at the SKU level to the individual cask they were stored in. This level of supply chain visibility is valuable to the end consumer. Consumers also want to understand what measures producers have taken to improve the environment. Tracking sustainable materials and limited shipping can have an effect in the store isle. We can do font matching, bar codes, 2d-codes, qr codes, and custom pictures. If you want a simple way to serialize bar codes and track individual products through the supply chain contact us today. Another use of QR codes in supply chains can be to connect multiple tracking systems. For example one package may have specific FDA guideline information, another might have specific ingrediant information. Your QR code could be a way to normalize information and store it on a webpoint where data can be compared and generalized.

Variable Information Labels

Midwest Label Supply can print variable information labels. Along with data and text based information we can also print variable image labels. One example of variable image labels would be to include an image of the specific car someone owns in a mailer. An ecommerce example could be to include variable pictures of the accesories to a given product that your customer bought for a direct to consumer (DTC) brand. Achieve a new level of personalized marketing by getting the right image label in front of your customer at the right time. Our fast turnaround and automated API could allow you include variable image labels on customer purchase packaging. One recent project that we did was for a coffee wifi provider. We printed stickers with variable passwords and QR code to allow customers simple WIFI login.

App API sticker integration

Do you have an app that allows creators to make their own designs, avatars, art or other design file? We can work with you to enable a new stream of income. Our system can work with APIs to create small run labels automatically. We recently worked on an app in which unique product QR codes were connected with variable customer identifiers for a complex marketing application.

Label Serialization and Tracking

Midwest Label Supply variable data labels allow OEMs to track each individual product by serial number or code. This allows manufactures to track supply chain issues and additional product related data in their ERP system. We can manufacture labels with personalization of one or more. Personalization of labels is as easy as providing us with a design file and an excel file (xls, csv), a spreadsheet, or text file with your variable data.

Address Labels

Perhaps one of the most common variable data labels is an address label. If you are looking for a simple off the shelf solution, we suggest getting Avery Labels at your local office supply store. If you need more advanced variable address designs and solutions, we can help. Some examples are a larger sticker with a picture of the certain type of product that the customer has purchased or an accessory that might go with the specific purchase

Local Retail Customization

In addition to making individualized labels, we can also make labels to help you target a specific store or region with your labels. For instance, imagine you create a promotion in which your wrapper is good for free admission to a local high school game. We can help with that!

Personalized Labels Campaign

Another example is the coke can concept of putting names on the can. We can work with your ERP system to make an individualized custom product label based on the purchaser.

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Variable QR Codes

Midwest Label has quickly become an industry leader in QR code labels. One nice thing about digital printing machines is the ability to print off one label at a time without needing complex tooling. We recently printed a variable data project in which the customer needed serialized QR codes such that each qr code related to a referrer code. It enabled real life referrals to be tracked back to the QR code which was scanned. We thought it was a cool use of variable data and QR codes in a contactless point in time. Some people call the digitalization of physical things phygital. At Midwest Label we think of labels in terms of serialization and unique codes and we let you figure out the fun side of digitalization.

Referral Code Serialization

In the example above we identified using QR codes for referral code generation. Most referral codes are online and most people don't think about ways to print referral codes. This is an opportunity for retail minded individuals who like to stand out. Could you convince a landlord to put your real estate listing clings in an empty retail window with a referral code that refers back to your comissions accounts?

We like solving complex supply chain issues around customized and personalized products. We can print variable data on a variety of materials including paper, coated, uncoated, glossy, semi-glossy, bopp, film and more. We have a library of fonts that we can use or we can work with yours. Call today!

Below is a quick explainer video on they different types of variable data labels (QR vs. DMC)

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