Increase time and work efficiency with label printer mobility

Supplier: insignia By: Song Thiam Ow, Senior Product Marketing - Intermec Printers, Asia Pacific
12 February, 2013

Can you afford to not go mobile? Print labels, tickets and tags wherever and whenever required to increase time and work efficiency, lower errors, and utilise floor space.

Can you afford not to go mobile?

Every day warehouses and distribution centres are processing and labelling thousands of shippable units to prepare them for distribution both domestically and internationally.

Every day, these same warehouses and distribution centres may be losing valuable profits and resources due to wastage caused by employees working from conventional desktop label printers located at workstations around the warehouse. Although long considered to be a cost-effective label printing solution, large warehouses relying upon one or two stationary desktop printers are suffering wastage in several key areas:

• Large workstations can put a severe strain on limited floor space which could be better utilised as extra storage space for goods or freight.

• Labelling process is inflexible and prone to errors and timewasters as the workstations are in fixed and possibly inconvenient locations.

• Multiple trips between labelling workstation and storage point of goods is time-consuming, especially if the workstation is not located near the area the operator is working in or if there is a high volume of staff all requiring the use of a single label printer.

• High risk of errors in correctly labelling goods, especially if operators attempt to print large batches of labels per trip in an attempt to save time lost in travel to the labelling workstation. This could have further implications for losses by the business if the labelling error is not recognised by the operator and the incorrect goods are shipped to the receiver and subsequently rejected.

Upgrading stationary desktop label printers to a fleet of portable label printers addresses these key areas of wastage. Portable printers improve efficiency by fully optimising and error-proofing the labelling process. By giving each operator their own portable label printer and barcode scanner, they effectively each become a mobile goods receiving centre. This improves productivity and efficiency by allowing workers to print and apply on-demand labels directly at the point of application.

In addition to saving time due to the worker no longer having to make multiple trips to the labelling workstation, this also eliminates the likelihood of mixing up batch printed labels which in turn can save thousands of dollars in potential shipping errors. An added benefit of a mobile labelling workforce is that it is increasing cost efficiencies by increasing the floor space available to the storage of inventory or shippable items.

Mobile Printing Solutions from insignia

There are a range of mobile printing solutions available, each type providing high-performance options which cater for different applications:

Thermal Label Printers

Compact, lightweight label printers that meet the basic printing requirements for retail, mobile Point Of Sale, hospitality, healthcare and mobile printing applications.

Thermal Receipt Printers

Compact, lightweight receipt printers that meet the printing requirements for applications including retail, mobile Point Of Sale, hospitality, healthcare and mobile field service.

Forklift Printers

Forklift printers have a small footprint which allows them to be installed in forklifts and mobile carts, where space is limited. These printers operate from a connection to a forklift's battery, and its vibration-proof design makes it an ideal choice for warehousing logistics.

Ultra-Rugged receipt printers

Ultra-Rugged receipt printers offer the most rugged and reliable performance for applications including route accounting, direct store delivery and field service.

Ideal Applications by Industry Types

Logistics and Distribution

  • Receiving Labels
  • Shipping Labels
  • Identification Labels
  • Inventory Labels


  • Receiving Labels and Location Labels
  • Shipping Labels
  • Identification Labels
  • Work in Progress Labels


  • Bin Labelling
  • Shipping Labels
  • Cross Docking Labels
  • Stop Location Labels


  • Item Labels
  • Shelf Tags
  • Specials and Talkers
  • Returns Labelling and Tagging