Improve record keeping and office efficiency

I work in Product Development for a printing company in Farmington, CT. We make specialized forms that we internally refer to as Wonder Labels...

A Wonder Label is a form on an adhesive label with a carbonless duplicate record. It can be used for documenting any type of information. The product provides visual identification, improves traceability, saves time, and improves record-keeping because you write something once and get two copies, automatically. The label can be imprinted with any information you need.

My company is already selling medical documentation Wonder Labels as well as 2-part visitor passes to schools and corporations. My job is to find new markets and applications for our Wonder Labels.

I wanted to post a thread and see if anyone had any ideas. Do you work at a facility where a Wonder Label would be useful in your documentation process? If so, let me know. I am not trying to sell anything, just looking for ideas. Here is our web site if you want more info, www.wonderlabels.com.

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You tell us, please, how the two relate.

We are a community of people who see the value of paper as a medium for planning, productivity, creative expression, and exploring ideas. We encourage visitors to share advice and inspiration, and we love to see submissions for templates, kit images and story articles.

Now, how does that relate to your product ?

How much do they cost ?

Are they available at one's local Staple's / Office Depot / Target / Wal-Mart ?
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Paper as a medium for increased productivity

The point of paper Wonder Labels is to save time and boost productivity, which I felt was in alignment with part of the mission of this forum. They save time and elminate transcription errors for people who need to document info in 2 places.

I am not in Sales (I'm in Product Development) so I really don't have a price for Wonder Labels. I was putting out a thread, to a community of people who also value paper as a productivity medium, looking for ideas on new applications and new uses.

We do sell direct and you can't find Wonder Labels at any Big Box store.

Do you have a possible need for an adhesive label and duplicate record for documenting any info?

Interesting

I manage a Records Dept. Could have some interesting applications.

Interesting

Could you elaborate a little on possible applications, including the process (where the label would go and what use you would have for the duplicate)? What type of Record Dept do you manage?

Thanks, Paul

Depending on the strength of the adhesive

I could see these being used in any sort of inventory situation. Probably wouldn't want the label part to be too permanent though.

re: Depending on the strength of the adhesive

Inventory is an application that has been suggested by a few different industries. Could you tell me more about the need for a "removable adhesive" and the process involved there? What type of business are you involved in?
Right now, our labels are relatively permanent (can be removed with some effort). However, your comment is the 2nd one I heard today for a removeable adhesive.

Thanks, Paul

Logistics background

I spent many years working with the software systems for warehouse and depot maintenance functions. The inventory list is dynamic in this situation, and "the inventory" is done on a continuous basis. As soon as the last item is counted/verified/recorded, you start over again at the beginning.

The obvious application would be for the master inventory. You pick a row (or whatever portion you wish) to inventory, and as each item is counted, you write up the label and stick it to the location (shelf, rack, bin, floor area, etc). When everything has been done, then you take the spare label - preferably a different color - and verify that what's supposed to be there actually is, and the 'how many' is correct too. If it's good, remove the label completely. At the end of the day, you have a visual reference for how much is left to do, and any problems are flagged because the labels are still there.

For depot level maintenance, an item would get a label when received, and a copy would be removed by the shop that did the work as a record of their action. The label would be removed and archived when the item was shipped out again or if it was scrapped.

Just a couple of examples.

Looking at your website

Looking at your website really helps explain what these are. I can tell you right now how I, personally, would use one.

In my organizational system, I use manila folders. When I encounter something that will take a few steps to do, I create a folder for it. But I also write down the name of the folder on a separate sheet of paper, so when my boss or coworker inevitably asks me "so, what are you working on?" I just read off that sheet. I can also tell at a glance how much I have on my plate.

I can see writing something up on one of these labels, sticking it on my manila folder, and then using the back sheet as my list of projects, instead of having to write it out twice.

Thanks for your idea

Could you describe your job a little bit? What type of work do you do?

Thanks, Paul

OSHA compliance? Freezer inventory?

One thing you could do with them would be forms for safety compliance. For example, one might need to inspect ladders and scaffolding on some schedule. Since there are a lot of them in a typical manufacturing plant, they can be hard to keep up with. You could put a label on each item with its next inspection date, the copy would feed into your inspection schedule to make sure none were forgotten. If you used removable adhesive, the inspector could remove the old inspection label and replace it with a new one after inspection. The old label could become part of the compliance demonstration records.

Also, I don't know if you're looking for household-type applications, but the first thing I thought of was using these to keep track of my deep freeze "inventory".

I buy meat, veggies, etc. on sale and freeze it for later. It is a pain to try to remember what is down in that cavernous hole, though. With labels like this, you could write the contents and date of purchase and put the label on the freezer container. The other copy would list your freezer contents. You could mark off items as you used them and have a good idea what you had left. I would just smurf the list to fit in my home notebook...