Tag Archives: Labelling

Janez Sodja – NiceLabel, Enterprise Sales Manager

Janez SodjaJanez Sodja is Enterprise Business Manager at NiceLabel, helping companies to adopt best practices in labeling and marking.  Having worked with hundreds of clients from around the world, including Fortune 500 companies from a variety of industries, he has deep expertise in enterprise solutions that enable companies meet the highest quality process requirements.  Recently, he worked with world’s largest manufacturer of organic dairy products that implemented a standardized label management solution for all of its labeling and marking printers, which enabled them to reach previously unattainable levels of productivity.

 

What do you consider to be some of the current key talking points concerning labeling in food and beverage industry?

We see a growing trend for process optimization, such as centralization and standardization, as companies are, in order to compete, under increasing pressure to digitally transform their processes. With regard to labeling, companies realize legacy labeling systems are not future-proof.  Traditional systems don’t enable them to reduce direct and indirect cost and capitalize on market opportunities. Companies are looking at how to increase the agility of their business, ship product faster, have less downtime, have less product returns, reduce inventory, mitigate the risk of mislabeling etc. Also, there is more and more focus on web technologies and mobile printing.

Are there any prevailing food and beverage company concerns regarding printing & labeling? 

Increasingly, companies tend to avoid being dependent on legacy systems or plug-ins. They start to see the disadvantages of having to install label applications on separate workstations, so browser-based web technologies are becoming more and more important. Several companies are challenged with how to get to a single unified label management solution that would also support direct marking, so they wouldn’t need different solutions from different vendors. We also see that more and more companies want to reduce IT complexity because this also helps to reduce costs and unplanned downtime, as well as save time and increase agility.

What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

We will explain the success story of a global dairy company that significantly reduced costs and increased accuracy by standardizing labeling and marking printing. We expect the audience to learn about the next generation label management systems and see how they can turn hidden labeling costs into visible savings and achieve new levels of productivity.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

We will be delighted to illustrate the differences between traditional labeling practices and modern label management systems as well as demonstrate how companies can minimize revenue loss and increase sales by eliminating labeling or marking errors, achieve faster time-to-market by empowering business users to respond to label change requests without IT assistance, and significantly reduce IT costs and unplanned downtime.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

It is rewarding to work with companies from around the world and see how NiceLabel can help them solve real business problems and become more successful.

Join Janez Sodja and Ken Moir, VP Marketing at NiceLabel on 5th October for a webinar titled ‘Learn How a F&B Company Transformed Labeling For Success ‘ at 3PM London/10AM New York.

Register here.

What Is The Future of Food Labeling Systems?

By Ken Moir, VP Marketing, NiceLabel                           

The food and beverage industry is changing. Companies are under pressure to digitally transform in order to compete. Labeling has never played a more crucial role in food and beverage businesses. Legacy, manual labeling processes must give way to a standardized and streamlined approach enabled by modern label management systems; these enable a holistic approach for digital transformation of label and marking processes and have become one of the key success factors in the attempts to streamline their processes.

Standardization is key

By standardizing on label management system and unifying their labeling and marking, companies gain a substantial competitive advantage. As food and beverage companies migrate to a modern label management system they:

• Drive down costs by reducing the labor, time, and expertise required to change and maintain label formats
• Get products to market faster resulting in business growth
• Reduce the risk of production shutdowns and non-compliance with labeling requirements
• Enhance collaboration with business partners by making the enterprise more responsive to change requests

The global pioneer’s experience

NiceLabel recently worked with the world’s largest manufacturer of organic dairy products that needed to standardize its label management for all of its industrial printers. NiceLabel helped the company become an innovator by deploying the first standardized label management solution, in the food and beverage industry, for all of their labeling and marking printers.

They are the first company in the world that’s actually unified their labeling and marking and we’ve got the first label management system in the world that supports both labeling and marking. What is really new is that is the first unified label management system that supports label printers and other packaging printers.

factory line and products

By modernizing their labeling, the company significantly reduced costs and increased label and marking accuracy and productivity. It now has a more transparent label management process, which helps them ensure accurate product and production data throughout the entire label-printing process. The system does not allow human data entry error and there is a huge cost benefit related to direct costs, including the known costs. This includes the cost of labor and streamlining the process. Indirect costs are addressed by the integration, such as avoiding quarantine, rework, and extra labor looking for errors.

As the happy client put it, they have “definitely seen an increase in productivity thanks to the solution. Our labeling systems run more efficiently. We no longer spend time mitigating manual data entry errors and we’ve been able to streamline support as well.

The next generation technology enabled the global dairy company to streamline production and position the company for future growth. The solution is applicable to any food and beverage company.

Is your labeling process future-proof? What are your current challenges? Feel free to post a question below or email me at ken@nicelabel.com.

On the 5th October, Janez Sodja, NiceLabel Enterprise Sales Manager and I will be presenting the global dairy company’s case study. Join our complementary webinarLearn How An F&B Company Transformed Labeling For Success ‘to discuss this area in more detail. Please click here to register.

 

Craig Jones, VP Enterprise Sales Engineering, PRISYM ID

Craig

Craig Jones is the Vice President of Enterprise Sales Engineering for PRISYM ID with responsibility for understanding customer needs and industry challenges to drive solutions to improve efficiency, minimise risk, address regulatory requirements and provide new approaches to business systems and processes. Craig has 14 years of experience delivering validated label lifecycle management solutions to life science and healthcare industries including medical device, pharmaceutical and clinical trial organisations. His experience includes roles as an industry consultant, in IT management and as a senior manager for global technical support and professional services.

1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?

As a company we have worked with Business Review Webinars before and have found them to be very professional and helpful in promoting our webinar to companies within our industry.

It is the perfect platform for PRISYM ID to interact and engage with its audience and show a snapshot of our capabilities with our latest-technology global label lifecycle management software.

With this being a live event, it gives the audience the opportunity to ask on the spot questions which we can answer there and then.  It saves time and money for all those involved with a watch-back session provided afterwards.

2. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?

I’m looking forward to introducing the audience to the output of the PACT project (Project Authoring For Clinical Trials) and how it addresses the common industry labelling requirements for language management, regulatory content management, ‘just in time’ labelling and label postponement.

3. What do you most enjoy about your role?

I enjoy working with our customers to overcome industry challenges that are presented, and to make real and measurable improvements to current systems and processes. This is only achievable by working closely with a highly-experienced team who really understand these challenges and how to overcome the problems.

4. What would someone be surprised to know about you?

One of the things that many customers would not know is that I’ve worked on the majority of PRISYM ID’s software implementations.  Before moving to head up Pre-Sales in 2013, I headed up the technical support Helpdesk and Professional Services teams for 6 years.

5. What do you do in your leisure time to relax?

My favourite pastime is spending time with my family.  When I manage to get some time off, I love to jump on the road bike or head up to the local kick boxing club.  Although with a 2 year old child, there really isn’t much time to relax!

Join Craig as he discusses ‘Local Language Labeling Delivered on a Global Scale‘ by registering here.

 

Mission Possible; Streamlining Label Validation

For many years, validating labeling processes has felt like an impossible mission for global medical device manufacturers, and has in some ways become a major barrier to the deployment of new systems for the fear of lengthy testing cycles and spiraling costs. Yet Label Lifecycle Management (LLM) is a mission critical ‘must have’ for life sciences organization that need to streamline processes, reduce labeling errors and mitigate risk.

It’s understandable that companies are cautious of change. The medical market is risk adverse in its very nature, no one can afford mistakes that threaten patient safety. Yet the move to newer labeling processes and methodologies offers real business gain that would mitigate such risks. So it shouldn’t be if LLM should be implemented, but how.

GAMP V (Good Automated Manufacturing Practice) sets out five key concepts to help medical device companies reduce the escalating costs of validation and improve compliance whilst bringing greater efficiency. These key concepts are:

  • Product and process understanding
  • Lifecycle approach within a Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Scalable lifecycle activities
  • Science-based quality risk management
  • Leveraging supplier involvement

The latter concept, which encourages companies to take full advantage of supplier capabilities, is perhaps key. The guide advises that regulated companies should ‘maximize supplier involvement throughout the system lifecycle in order to leverage knowledge, experience and documentation, subject to satisfactory supplier investment’. It argues that suppliers could be well placed to help with requirements gathering, risk assessments and the creation of functional specifications, as well as system configuration, testing, support and maintenance.

The long-standing notion of ‘validation pain’ need no longer present a barrier to the introduction of LLM innovation. With the right supplier, validation is no longer an impossible mission, you too can transform your validation cycle to drive progress, productivity and profitability.

To discover more tips on how to make the validation process simpler, why not register for our webinar and download our free whitepaper ‘Validation Pain to Real Business Gain