Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the nation’s leading delivery services -USPS, UPS, and FedEx- can deliver as much as 50 million packages a day. That means there are 50 million chances for possible mistakes per day. With each passing year, online shopping continues to increase holiday revenue. However, delivery rates seem to shorten as customers expect their packages to arrive faster. Nearly one third of American customers fear not receiving their gifts on time, and indeed, around 8% of packages handled by FedEx and UPS during the 2018 holiday season were delayed, resulting in approximately 98 million late deliveries nationwide. With only a few days before the holidays kick off, Covington Barcoding partners with Zebra Technologies to provide the best tools in preventing inaccurate and late order fulfillment.
Optimizing your Labels equals Optimizing your Supply Chain
When it comes to optimizing supply chains, your labels may not be the first thing to come to mind. Nevertheless, labels carry important identification and shipping information that is crucial to your operations. Made with pretested materials for consistent quality, Zebra’s Certified Printing Supplies can maximize your return of investment by:
- Creating a reliable tracking system – Usually, when packages are lost, illegible labels are to blame. To avert the issue, Zebra’s labels rely on smear-resistant surfacing and efficient adhesives to preserve inventory information. Paired with Zebra’s handheld computers and rugged scanners, quality consumables create the perfect foundation to a reliable tracking system, so employees and customers can follow their moving assets with ease.
- Minimizing financial strain associated with mis-shipments – A wrongly shipped parcel can cost anywhere between $2-$5 in return fees. Flimsy labels that can’t survive harsh environments may detach from your assets, slowing down delivery times. As a result, quality labels must not only endure application conditions, but they must also withstand the wide range of challenging environments your products may encounter.
- Preventing hardware damage – Cheaply made labels lack the smooth surfacing needed to protect printheads from premature failure. A worn-down printhead increases operational costs with costly downtime and expensive printhead replacements. To maintain optimal print performance, we suggest integrating quality labels that leave less dust and residual adhesive inside your printer.