How MIS / ERP software helps packaging producers
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Label, packaging respond to marketing challenges by investing in packaging ERP software
In 2021, label companies will continue to look to take advantage of end-to-end labeling and packaging production solutions which can meet the full scope of their requirements for bringing products to market and doing so quickly, efficiently and more competitively. Label converters face complex challenges from the economy and rapid technological change to the increasing demands of regulation. First, the continued trend towards shorter runs, along with expectations of higher quality and shorter delivery times make for a challenge in the marketplace. Second, competition is becoming more intense – it is increasingly important that existing label converters improve their performance with new machine capabilities as well as software technologies like ERP software.
The corrugated packaging market is growing quickly, helped by the explosion of e-commerce and developments in digital printing technologies. the advent of fit-to-product (FtP) or box-on-demand systems, driven in particular by the needs of dedicated e-commerce sellers such as Amazon and Staples. As box converters experience strong demand, both integrated and independent companies will benefit from new software technology that offers flexibility of run-lengths, steamlined set-up, the ability to personalize and control levels of quality create a ‘perfect storm’ of growth opportunities for converters.
Custom Package Printing, Luxury Packaging
According to a Dotcom Distribution study, 61% of consumers get excited to receive a unique package, and 68% of them perceive a brand to be more upscale due to its packaging. Luxury clients expect top quality innovative packaging, high end design and unique finishing. The demand for custom options from packaging providers has markedly increased. This includes the cosmetics and cannabis industries. Cannabis packaging opportunities have increased dramatically. Today, 37 of the 50 states allow patients to use medical cannabis, with a proper prescription. Cannabis customers demand high quality durable materials and elegant design; in many cases, the packaging sells the brand therefore a great deal of effort and expense is spent on this luxury packaging niche.
As one of the fastest growing segments of the packaging industry, flexible packaging adds value and marketability to food and non-food products alike – combining the best qualities of plastic, film, paper and aluminum foil to deliver a broad range of protective properties while employing a minimum of material. (Flexible Packaging Association data) Flexographic printers have a few unique requirements. An MIS/ERP for the packaging and flexographic industry also integrates processes such as converting, printing, mounting, extrusion, slitting, and laminating. Comprehensive ERPs offer traceability by barcoding, from extrusion through converting and from receipt of raw materials to shipment of finished goods. Custom product templates in estimating “built” by defining length, width, gusset, and more. A packaging MIS/ERP for packaging and flexible packaging reduces manufacturing cycle time to minimize work-in-progress inventories and increase throughput.
Why We Stand Out
Digital technology is the hottest new trend in labels and packaging. The research highlights how digital printing has become a critical resource for reducing barriers and giving providers access to new markets. According to NAPCO research, printers and package converters gain critical benefits from digital printing. Digital in packaging can Accommodate short-run production needs, add the value of personalization to labels and packages, print only what is needed through versioning and print prototypes and short run samples. And inkjet technology that is shaping developments in the label and packaging market. in addition low cost of entry and high print quality, digital solutions create opportunity for print companies to expand into package printing quickly and easily.
Simply put, we’re committed to helping customers achieve their business objectives with our comprehensive, flexible MIS / ERP. From print management to packaging, label and flexo management solutions, we are focused on offering the best services to our clients. Our consultants have decades of experience in print, packaging as well as software development in these industries.
WIth HiFlow Solutions, you will get the best and perfectly tailored packaging management solution that will fulfill the needs of your business.
What Our Clients Say
I wanted one complete solution. When I saw HiFlow, with all its capabilities, it did not take me long to recognize that I had found my solution. They had over 100 locations served in Europe which was a big positive for me. I knew we could get more personal attention.
Dale Ford, Colonial Printing, Mailing, Packaging
We chose Hiflow to realize the promise of a more customized solution, built specifically for our business, without pages upon pages of features – originally added for other companies – which we don’t need.
We also wanted a fully integrated solution with one centralized database instead of multiple, loosely connected databases. Hiflow’s superior BI reporting tools helped finalize our decision.
Peter Anton, Bradford & Bigelow
What Makes HiFlow MIS Better?
- At the core of our system is our exclusive workflow diagram that offers real workflow visibility of the production process, even the most complex packaging product
- Scheduling—simplified. Workflow diagrams easily show the sequence of eventsin the progress of the job, so scheduling every process is a cinch.
- Harmoniously coordinate procedure paths that make sure everything is performed according to standard procedure adopted by the company i.e., ISO, USDA, FDA, EPA, UPC
- Our CRM module makes visible to management all interactions between prospects and sales, customers and sales, and customers and customer service
- Our Customer Portal allows REAL TIME updates of, for example, Proof Out/Proof Approved to customers and company personnel
- Cost tracking in REAL TIME. Our software tracks real material consumption, shop floor data and supplier connectivity, i.e., if a supplier’s price goes up or down, estimating and purchasing will see the data in REAL TIME
- Greater profitability in areas of production by recording REAL TIME data. Management now has viewability of the metrics gathered by the software and can make informed decisions, such as necessary employee training, or machine repair/maintenance/replacement
- Not just one, but a team of dedicated implementation specialists will insure a faster Go Live. Our team is printing and packaging professionals, each versed in specialty areas of packaging, label production and all types of commercial printing.
- Fast order processing. Conversion from estimate to job is quick, as calculations and workflow diagrams are brought live for customer service, planning, scheduling, shop floor in REAL TIME
HiFlow Solutions is a global software company specializing in developing and implementing management information systems in packaging, label, and print production.
Watch the short overview as a preview to what HiFlow offers. Then consider a longer demo that will include how HiFlow can help your packaging business – by using jobs that you do every day to demonstrate how an MIS/ERP for packaging can do what you need done easier, faster and more accurately!
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