As we now enter the final quarter of 2020, SixB Labels looks back with satisfaction over the last four years of accolades received from the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, a regional division of the larger organization, Printing Industries of America (PIA), covering Texas, Oklahoma Kansas and Missouri. The SixB Labels Family is pleased to be members in good standing with PIA. And we are just as happy to be the recipient of a number of custom label printing awards from this body, because there is no better compliment than respect from a jury of one's peers— the reward for our proud participation in the PIA.
Here at SixB Labels, our goal is to simplify the labeling process in order to make the routine parts of one's life flow a little more smoothly. It is in that spirit that we offer this blog post, intended to make the process of designing, developing and printing a parking permit just a little easier. In it, we cover the requirements for a good parking decal and the significance of a parking permit as a marketing device. We also look at who might benefit from using this product. In addition, we describe the materials and printing processes we offer to produce a custom parking decal perfectly suited to your needs.
What Sort of Requirements Should a Good Parking Decal Meet?
Custom Parking Permits are created to meet a variety of needs. Chief among these are building security and traffic control in a limited space. These parking decals are only useful if they can adhere well over time. They must also be able to withstand the stresses of outdoor exposure, in addition to that of harsh indoor environments without climate control, which makes these permits' durability a key factor in their usefulness.
ESSENTIALS SERIES | We are kicking off this blog series on essential product labels, looking at how businesses are rising to the occasion of the COVID-19 health crisis offering products like hand sanitizers to fulfill those deemed "essential needs." Keeping in mind that during this unprecedented period in our history, SixB Labels has a special responsibility to stay open safely — with more information on our operations here in the blog post "We're Here For You." — particularly serving industries such as those in medical, healthcare and food & beverage.
Facing a shortage of essential cleaning supplies we are seeing numerous entities forming, adding to, or even changing, their production lines to include hand sanitizer products. More and more operations are offering these sanitizers for free to the likes of municipalities, discounted prices and/or maintaining typical pre-high-demand price-points. SixB Labels has joined the effort from donation initiatives to prioritizing production on these essential hand sanitizer labels. This piece will focus on hand sanitizer labels in variations of design, technical specs and printing options.
On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we still believe every day should be a celebration, while taking particular note of the tradition that began in 1970. Eco-friendly printing has been a staple of SixB Labels operations since our early days. 2019's originally posted blog "Why Print Your Labels With FSC-Certified Paper and Water-Based Inks?" explained the reasoning behind our company's use of FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) paper products and water-soluble inks. It has been a way of providing a cleaner and greener approach to label printing with cost accessibilities.
As technology and capabilities increase so are our eco-friendly label printing techniques. In this post we will explore more and some newer aspects of this greener approach to printing: the use of biodegradable materials. We look at biodegradable label parts in the form of:
- A newer and more sustainable adhesive
- Recyclable paper products
- The disposal of water-based inks.
While we dive into this topic below, a short note that SixB Labels is remaining open safely during the current pandemic with more details in our post "We're Here For You" and your business. Please don't hesitate to contact us.
As another surreal work week comes to a close, I wanted to personally update you on behalf of the SixB Labels family. Our small business team is continuing to monitor and act upon health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. We want to assure you that SixB Labels is seeking to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities by following all applicable governmental mandates.
As we enter the 20s of the 21st Century it will be interesting to see how spectacular the decade will truly be. The SixB Labels family is optimistic about what the new year and decade will bring. Trade shows have their own "roaring" natures and for being one of the largest annual packaging events, WestPack Anaheim is no exception. This is why we are happy to exhibit in Booth 5152 from February 11-13, 2020 at the Convention Center. We invite you to join us, and if by any chance you won't be in Southern California on these dates, ask you to stay tuned for some offers we will also make available to you, our blog readers!
While you continue to read our post, let us first go through this Checklist to get you ready for the show!
SixB Labels WestPack 2020 Checklist
- Register For The Show — Visit registration site here and use code “SPECIAL” to receive your complimentary WestPack Expo pass and/or 20% off a conference pass!
- Schedule a 20-minute Consultation with the SixB Team — Make more use of your time during the WestPack trade show where you’ll have a dedicated time to talk about your product and goals. Click here to schedule your meeting!
- Bring Specs and Thoughts — to our Booth 5152 at WestPack Anaheim and get ahead of your next labeling project!
Everyone who works in or buys from the printing industry knows that, like a variety of other businesses, printing is undergoing numerous and seismic changes. From rising demand for mass customization to the growth of digital printing to increased competition from other channels there’s a mix of positives and negatives in the industry. All the while, something unforeseen just a couple of years ago may influence the fortunes of the printing industry, and have a real impact on businesses: Tariffs.
This “T-word” has been a cause for concern for businesses and consumers alike, and we believe it is valuable to share more information about tariffs, by defining current events and forecasting what could happen in the near future. While SixB Labels is based in the Southwest our clients are national and we operate accordingly.
Fortunately for our clients and their customers, sourcing at SixB Labels is done in such a way that the potential impact of most recent tariffs is negated. The tariffs on these imported goods do not affect our company, because we don’t use raw materials from China, so we do not look to see price increases in our supplies. All the while, in this blog we look at how generally trade tariffs impact printing.
Here at SixB Labels, in order to meet our goal of Simplifying Labeling for our current and prospective clients, we have developed a white paper on the current Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements governing CBD product labels. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its CBD derivative products by declaring it no longer a Schedule I substance, and from that time until the present, the regulatory environment for CBD has tended to be lax. Products in a wide range of formats — from vape pens, to topicals, to consumables — have been marketed and sold.
More recently, the FDA has been making moves to tighten the rules for merchants and distributors. They have been sending out warning letters indicating that they believe CBD to be a drug, and restricting how it can be marketed and sold, declaring it illegal to include in supplements or other consumables, or labeled with health claims. And yet some State laws appear to contradict these regulations.
These rapidly changing laws, and the apparent conflict between Federal, State, and local regulations surrounding these products, have created an uncertain environment. Manufacturers and distributors naturally want to avoid getting into trouble with either the FDA or local or state law enforcement agencies, and the inconsistencies in the patchwork of regulations tend to leave those currently working in, or wanting to join, the CBD industry in the dark. We believe this white paper can help guide CBD product manufacturers and distributors on what is legal to include on their labels and in their advertising and social media copy.