Product Label Types and Uses

tagsVariety is the earmark in product labels. They are the backdrop of our colorful commercial economy. Often the content of commercial product labels is heavily regulated by federal or state government regulators. Product labels contain necessary ingredient lists or warnings. However, product labels always have enough space to bring promotions and brand names into public awareness.

Prime Labels are the ones used on commercial packaging. They contain all the necessary information for commercial distribution, plus branding and instructions. They can be printed in rotogravure on the packaging itself or on plastic sheeting mounted on the packaging, often with messages on both sides.
Prime labels usually include bar codes or numeric identification information for inventory or distribution control.

Radioactive labels printed with radioactive isotopes that can be dated can be used to allow aging and tracking of chemical reagents.

Smart labels may be printed with digital chips embedded beneath them. Industrial tags can be decoded with digital readers as a form of theft protection or security. Secure labels may include holographic printing that can be examined as proof of an authorized or genuine version. This kind of label can often be found on software products.

Sometimes prime labels are also protected the product by sealing it or insulating it. There is a great range of materials used. Cold-Temperature labels are made with special adhesives that can be stored at low temperatures for refrigeration or freezing. Special cosmetic labels are especially printed or hot stamped, sometimes with special ultra violent inks. They are made to label cosmetics, often with a transparent lamination over them to protect against moisture.

Promotional labels include promotional stickers or decals can be four color printed, dayglo circles on which price changes can be marked. They can be printed on paper-backed rolls or sheets and can be peeled off for sticking. Coupon labels can be printed on both sides to be pealed from the packaging. These usually have instructions on both sides to offer instant redeemable value or special mail-in instructions. Two-ply Piggy Back labels have sticky backs so they can be removed from the packaging and applied elsewhere. These are often used in direct-mail promotions to obtain reader feedback.

Thermal labels are most often printed in the store itself to display prices which vary. They are created on thermal printers on self-sticking paper. Static-cling labels are printed on thin clear film and used as a screen protector for electronics. They have no adhesive but strong static-electric properties which adhere them to g;lass or plastic screens. Price change labels are printed with current prices. These labels can usually be removed by retail staff as prices vary. They should be made with scan codes and special adhesives that prevent customers form applying them to higher priced items.