Best Practices and Solutions for Pallet Labels

Manufacturers are under enormous pressure to improve efficiencies while still complying with manufacturing requirements that keep processing and delivery running smoothly. High-quality labeling is a crucial part of that process because it communicates handling instructions and improves traceability in the supply chain. 

Unfortunately, many manufacturers still rely on outdated technology that lead to illegible or poorly placed pallet labels. These issues can prevent pallets from being processed efficiently or lead to errors during shipment, creating costly mistakes, and charge-backs.

High-performance labeling solutions and crisp, clear pallet labels can be used to create license plates for pallets and totes at a low cost, helping these companies improve supply chain efficiencies.

What are pallet labels?

Pallet license plate labels are used to group products for faster, more efficient processing. They typically contain information like quantities, dates, and locations to easily manage inventory and streamline tracking. 

Pallet label best practices

Pallet labels should be made of a hardy material that can withstand the harsh environments a pallet may experience as it moves through the supply chain. Labels should also be crisp with clear printing so employees and scanners can easily read the information and process it accurately. This information should include basic details like item name and quantity, as well as location data and any relevant dates.

The placement of the label is also important for efficiency. Labels that are placed in the wrong spot or not applied smoothly can make them inaccessible or difficult to read, leading to slow downs or errors in the supply chain.

This is where print and apply labeling solutions can be useful. They quickly and accurately apply preprinted labels and can be configured for a number of label applications. The labeling machine can be customized to meet the unique needs of your manufacturing process so it makes sense for your organization.

Learn more about labeling solutions for manufacturing here. 

Pallet Label Frequently Asked Questions

How do you label a pallet?

Pallets can be labeled manually or with an automatic labeling machine. A dual action tamp, swing tamp, or corner wrap label application can quickly and smoothly apply labels to moving pallets. 

Where do you put pallet labels?

According to, “Each pallet should have at least one barcode. It is recommended, however, that a pallet should contain an additional barcode on the adjacent side. This is especially helpful when the pallet is turned sideways in the truck or on the rack in the warehouse.”

For additional guidance on pallet labeling and compliance, visit GS1 US: Home of the GTIN and U.P.C. Barcode.

What is a LPN tag?

A LPN tag, or license plate number, are barcodes used to track a group of items. LPN tags are typically applied to pallets or totes in the warehouse for internal track and trace requirements.

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