In-House Label Printing vs. Outsourcing: Which is Best for Your Business?

In-House Label Printing vs. Outsourcing:
Which is Best for Your Business?

Factors to consider when deciding between in-house printing and outsourcing

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As a business owner, you are constantly faced with decisions that can affect the success and profitability of your company. One such decision is whether to print labels in-house or to outsource the task. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and it can be difficult to determine which one is the best fit for your business. In this article, we will discuss the factors you should consider when deciding between in-house printing and outsourcing.

Today, we will examine the differences between these two methods.

Outsourcing Label Ordering


Labels produced through outsourcing are labels designed, ordered, and printed by professional printing companies or printing services.

The unit cost of labels often varies significantly depending on the quantity ordered. In other words, you can often produce 1,000, 10,000, or even 1 million labels using the same cost used to produce 100 labels, just by ordering more labels.

One of the main benefits of ordering labels from a printing service is that you can get high-quality, expert-level labels that meet specific requirements. Printing services can help you choose the right label materials, size, and design to make the labels look great and work well.

They can also provide additional services such as lamination, die-cutting, and finishing. However, these additional services may incur extra costs.

Another benefit of ordering labels from a printing service is that you do not need to invest in label printing equipment or supplies. This can be a significant cost-saving for small businesses that are just starting out. You also do not have to worry about maintenance, repairs, or keeping up with the latest technology.

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However, there are some drawbacks to ordering labels from a printing service. One of the major ones is processing time. You have to wait for the printing service to produce and ship the labels, which can take several days or even weeks depending on the order quantity and complexity. This can delay product delivery schedules and be problematic if you need the labels quickly or if you need to change the design.

Additionally, ordering labels in lower quantities may lead to higher unit costs, requiring you to order unnecessary quantities of labels that may end up being discarded or remaining as surplus inventory. This can lead to an increase in label inventory costs.

In-house Label Printing through Inline Label Printers or Label Printers

In-house label printing using label printers and software involves creating and printing labels in-house using label printers and software.

When considering in-house label printing, there are several factors to take into account. One option is to invest in a label printing system, which can come in different types such as desktop printers, industrial label presses, and barcode label printers.

However, to print and cut various labels in-house, a separate off-line cutting machine is required. Apart from the label printer, you may also need a plotter or die cutter for cutting. While knife die cutters are small and cheap, they can be slow and reduce productivity. Moreover, having to perform printing and cutting separately can be cumbersome.

label laser cuttingAlternatively, an inline label press can be an excellent solution for in-house label production. This system connects a digital label printer and a laser cutter, allowing you to print and cut with a single roll installation. With a digital inline label press, you can print labels on-demand and customize them to your specific needs, which can ultimately save you time and money.

One of the key benefits of in-house label printing is that you have greater control over the entire process. You can create and print labels whenever you need them, without having to worry about minimum order quantities or lead times. You can also make changes to the label design quickly and easily, which can be especially helpful if you frequently update your branding or product information.

However, there are also some potential drawbacks to in-house label printing. First, you will need to invest in the label printer itself, as well as any necessary supplies such as ink, toner, or label stock. Depending on the type and quantity of labels you need to print, this can be a significant upfront cost.

Laminating lablesFurthermore, it is important to note that in-house label printing may not be suitable for all types of labels. For instance, if you require labels that are water-resistant or heat-resistant, you may need to invest in specialized materials or equipment that can meet those specific requirements. Operating a printer, cutter, and laminating machine separately can be quite cumbersome. However, with an inline label press, all three pieces of equipment are integrated into one unit, reducing the burden and streamlining the process.

If you are uncertain about the most effective approach for your label printing needs, it may be beneficial to consult with a professional or conduct some research to determine the optimal course of action.

In summary, there are pros and cons to both outsourcing label printing and in-house label printing. The best approach will depend on your specific needs, budget, and resources. If you have high volume printing needs or require specialized materials or finishes, outsourcing may be the best option. If you need more flexibility and control over your label printing process, investing in a label printer for in-house printing may be the way to go.


Q1.What is the main advantage of in-house label printing?

A1.In-house printing allows for more control over the label printing process and can be more cost-effective for high-volume printing needs.

Q2.What is the main advantage of outsourcing label printing?

A2.Outsourcing allows you to free up staff time and focus on other critical business functions.

Q3.Can third-party providers offer customization options for label printing?

A3.Yes, but some may have minimum order quantities and limited customization options.

Q4.How does label printing impact brand reputation?

A4. High-quality labels that meet regulatory requirements can enhance brand reputation, while low-quality labels or labeling errors can damage it.

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