9 Ways To Reduce Your Booklet Label Costs

Use these tips to save a lot of money.

  1. Do you actually need a booklet label? Take a serious look at your text to see if it can be pared down. Certainly, a single-ply label is cheaper than a booklet label.
  2. Increase Volumes.  The larger your run, the cheaper each label is.
  3. Use a foldout rather than a stapled or glued booklet.  Paper that folds out is cheaper than a stapled or glued booklet.
  4. Reduce Colors.
  5. Standardize Sizes. It’s cheaper to have fewer sizes and more volume with those sizes rather than a lot of small runs with a variety of sizes. We can sequential run the projects. Fewer setups saves money.
  6. Don’t print the base label.  Companies print the base label when they want a label to remain if the booklet is removed. If your product has a label in addition to the booklet label, you can save money by not printing the base label.
  7. Use an existing die size. Booklet Label dies are expensive. If you can use a die size we have on hand, you won’t have to buy a die.
  8. Follow the supplied template.  Many of our customers like to do their own art based on a template we supply. This is fine if you follow it. If you don’t follow it such as not watching “copy hold-ins”, we will have to fix it which may create art chargebacks.
  9. Eliminate tabs. Many booklet label manufacturers like to add tabs because tabs supposedly make the booklet labels easier to open. In truth, booklet labels are easy to open without a tab. Furthermore, tabs add a step in the process which increases costs and reduces label manufacturing speed.

Consider NOT USING a Peel Tab

Peel tabs are widely used on booklet labels for curved surfaces. The idea is that they offer an easy way to get a finger under the tab to open the booklet. We sell against the peel tab as much as possible because we believe this advantage is marginal versus how much cost and time a peel tab takes.

Here are some of the disadvantages of peel tabs: (1) Peel tabs create an extra step in the process. After the booklet press sheets are printed, they must be sent to die cutting equipment to create the tabs which takes more time and costs more money.  (2) Peel tabs cover between 15% to 25% of the peel up wing. Less exposed adhesive equals less stick to the liner. The opening wing of this type of booklet label (Lam to Liner) sticks directly to the carrying liner so it is weaker bond to begin with. If  you need to serialize your label with a post print process that has a long web path with lots of turns, this makes it more likely that the label will delaminate and get caught in the rollers.  The same is true when using label applicating equipment.

Don’t get me wrong, peel tabs are widely used, but at BCL, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce lead times and cost while maintaining a high level product. We believe eliminating the peel tab makes a lot of sense. One caveat– if you are not convinced, and you need a peel tab,  we can do it for you, of course.

The compliance date for Global Harmonization of chemical labels (GHS) grows near

One of 9 pictograms for the GHS program

GHS stands for Global Harmonization System where hazardous chemicals are required to follow a global standard of labeling. OSHA is the regulatory body in the United States responsible for the US component of this planet-wide agreement. The chemical industry worldwide is a $1.7 trillion dollar market so this is a big deal. World governments believe that this will make chemicals safer to use across countries and languages where there are many different standards which are ostensibly creating confusion and unsafe chemical use. These changes will result in more copy being displayed on the product particularly if foreign languages are involved.

In reviewing this regulation, JH Bertrand believes the biggest issue for manufacturers will be in the area of small containers. As of this writing, OSHA is allowing no exemptions for small product containers meaning that foldout labels may be needed to accommodate the new label regulations. If you find yourself facing the problem of complying with GHS on small containers,  please call us. We are VERY skilled at applying a volume of copy to small, curvy containers.

The deadline appears to be sometime in 2015 so it is fast approaching.

See these links for more information.

Call Beth Donhauser or Tom Szczepanski at 716-631-9201

Stapled vs Glue Bound Booklet Labels

It may sound like something you could care less about (and you’re probably right), but boy do our customers have their opinions on this. It’s like the “tastes great”… “less filling” beer debate.

Both work, but there are differences. Glue bound books don’t have a metal staple so they appear “cleaner”. They also lay flatter than a stapled booklet. However, glue takes up more space for graphics so you get less copy on a page. Glued spines can also have a problem with pages releasing on very thick booklets. Glue doesn’t rust, but I have never seen a rusted staple so this is a perceived negative of the staple that just isn’t true since they are corrosion proof. In general, glued spines are more expensive. Staples- are more reliable, less expensive and can handle thicker booklets, but you have to deal with a tiny metal sliver from an aesthetics point of view. Most customers are okay with it. Some refuse to change and that is okay…(we gently give our opinion as a good company should, and then do what the customer wants) And, staples cost less which helps people move that direction. Most converters generally prefer glue because you have that added worry of nicking the die with a staple..which definitely happens and is a pain.

Can you tell which one we prefer?- We like staples the best for the reasons above. But, we’ll do glue if our customers want it. It all comes down to customer preferences.  Now you know! Jeff Bertrand