An important stage after manufacturing of goods or their procurement is their preparation for shipment which involves packaging and labelling of goods to be exported. Proper packaging and labelling not only makes the final product look attractive but also save a huge amount of money by saving the product from wrong handling the export process.
Barcodes on food packing is a great way to monitor, track, and ensure that every single product that goes on the supply line is of extremely high quality. Barcoding your assets can help control the amount of stock that you have coming into your business, as well as ensuring that you don’t lose any products along the way.
The primary role of packaging is to contain, protect and preserve a product as well as aid in its handling and final presentation. Packaging also refers to the process of design, evaluation, and production of packages. The packaging can be done within the export company or the job can be assigned to an outside packaging company. Packaging provides following benefits to the goods to be exported:
- Physical Protection – Packaging provides protection against shock, vibration, temperature, moisture and dust. Containment or agglomeration – Packaging provides agglomeration of small objects into one package for reason of efficiency and cost factor. For example it is better to put 1000 pencils in one box rather than putting each pencil in separate 1000 boxes.
- Marketing: Proper and attractive packaging play an important role in encouraging a potential buyer. Convenience - Packages can have features which add convenience in distribution, handling, display, sale, opening, use, and reuse.
- Security - Packaging can play an important role in reducing the security risks of shipment. It also provides authentication seals to indicate that the package and contents are not counterfeit. Packages also can include anti-theft devices, such as dye-packs, RFID tags, or electronic article surveillance tags, that can be activated or detected by devices at exit points and require specialized tools to deactivate. Using packaging in this way is a means of loss prevention.
Like packaging, labeling should also be done with extra care. It is also important for an exporter to be familiar with all kinds of sign and symbols and should also maintain all the nationally and internationally standers while using these symbols. Labelling should be in English, and words indicating country of origin should be as large and as prominent as any other English wording on the package or label.
Labelling on product provides the following important information:
- Shipper's mark
- Country of origin
- Weight marking (in pounds and in kilograms)
- Number of packages and size of cases (in inches and centimeters)
- Handling marks (international pictorial symbols)
- Cautionary markings, such as "This Side Up."
- Port of entry
- Labels for hazardous materials
- Labelling of a product also provides information like how to use, transport, recycle, or dispose of the package or product. With pharmaceuticals, food, medical, and chemical products, some types of information are required by governments.
Barcodes can be found all around us, from the items that we buy in shops to billboards that provide people with more information. With the advancement of technology, barcode labels have also developed.
One of the many industries that use barcodes is in the food industry, but why and how is it used? And are there any advantages with adding barcodes to food packaging?
The most important aspect of barcodes on food packaging is that they can help manage the supply chain when various food items are distributed. For single fruits, such as bananas, oranges, and melons, barcodes are great for keeping track of how many items are in the supply line and how many have been distributed. For bulk products, barcodes are great for tracking purposes, as well as stock management and making sure that each product is of the highest quality.
Above all else, barcodes are predominantly used to trace every single product that is in the supply chain. With this, companies have to follow specific rules and regulations set by the government in order to prevent any waste and to improve and enhance the product information for the consumers.