Nowadays, both individuals and businesses are finding that they have too many things to keep track of. There are now even professional organizers who get paid to help you get your home in order. And one of the most essential tools in becoming organized is the label. They come in various sizes, shapes, colors and some are transparent. While some labels are permanent, others are removable. They can be made by hand or on Inkjet and laser printers. Although most labels use words, colors can also be used to quickly identify a certain type or group of records. Hospitals and physicians, for example, use colors to rapidly identify patients and their conditions.
You can make the labels you need using your own computer and printer. Most word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, come with easy to use label making templates. So many people use labels that you can buy them almost anywhere packaged by size and purpose. Labels are available for almost any need that the consumer or business may have, including name badges, business cards and mailing labels.
Labels allow us to impose order and avoid chaos in our lives. Whether it is being able to discover where we left the greeting cards or identifying which box holds the cancelled checks, labels enable us to find everything efficiently and without wasting time prowling through the wrong drawers, folders and boxes. Likewise in business, labels are used to identify file folders on our desks and in our file cabinets. They allow us to keep track of work in progress, finished work that is still pending, and work being stored for later consultation. Merchants use labels with bar codes, which are scanned by the cashier to obtain prices. The bar codes also provide information to the store buyers regarding inventory on hand, better enabling them to decide what to buy and what to discontinue.
With the amount of paper that everyone gets in a year from bills, credit card statements, bank statements and insurance companies, we all need an archiving system to let us quickly access our personal data. If you don’t think this is so, just recall the time you had to do your taxes and couldn’t find the receipts you needed to work out or verify all your deductions. A personal archiving system is the solution. If you don’t want to do everything yourself, office supply companies sell archiving systems with sturdy storage boxes, labels and an internal filing system for use inside each box.
Businesses make use of labels to organize their internal record keeping. They also use labels for contacting their customers and suppliers. Each label contains a customer number and address. Magazine labels include information regarding subscription dates. Membership organizations include membership and dues information on their labels. Large scale projects often involve transferring data from a spreadsheet into a label template. Many businesses use Mail Merge, a feature in Microsoft Word, which converts lists of names and addresses into a format to produce easy-to-print labels. Label companies make labels of various sizes to include all the information that the business requires. In addition, they sell detachable labels that can be printed one at a time without wasting other labels.
Today, business labels contain more than just shipping information. Many businesses put their company logo and slogan on their labels to enhance customer recognition of their service and product. When customers see a familiar logo, they are less likely to discard an envelope or catalog unopened. They are also more likely to order something because the logo equates with dependable service and quality products.
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