rack labeling

Labels – Some facts to keep in mind

When we are installing Storax mobiles in a freezer, I am amazed at how many times rack labeling is not included in the program. It normally becomes a last minute exercise before the room temperature dips below freezing, meaning that the label question is not properly researched beforehand. Here are some of the details that need to be considered. 

Barcode labels are always a challenge in warehouses and especially freezers.

Each location storage area – whether on a pallet, beam or tote needs to be barcoded. Location labels give essential information of the management and movement of inventory.

Warehouse rack labels are attached to the racks showing the position and location of the item, this helps find the position of designated areas of the warehouse easily.

Vertical labels are another type of rack label with the primary advantage of eliminating need for long-range scanning and associated errors.

Today’s smart warehouses require solutions that foster speed, efficiency and inventory location flexibility. Vertical barcode labels can play an important role in helping you achieve those goals.

Understanding the operational conditions of your warehouse or DC help to determine the best label and adhesive for your needs.


  • What kind of surface will the labels be applied to — steel, aluminium, wood or plastic engineered polymer?
  • For rack labels, what condition is the racking system in? Is it new with freshly cured paint? Perhaps it’s older with significant areas of rust, grime, dust or old labels you’d like to cover over?
  • Will your new labels be used inside or outdoors? Exposed to direct sunlight?
  • Are they liable to encounter daily bumps and scrapes from forklift trucks and pallet skids?
  • Will they be used in a cold or freezer storage environment?
  • Will the labels come in contact with harsh cleaning solutions or chemicals?

“It’s critical to understand these factors,” Harmonic MD Barry Baetu said. “Poorly designed and manufactured labels that don’t consider environmental factors are likely to be highly ineffective. They may degrade, fade, lose their adhesive values or become damaged.”


If any of these things happen, you’re likely to encounter read errors that adversely impact operations.


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Wayne Harris – Business Development Manager


Harmonic Group