Warehouse rack labels are critical for ensuring organization and accurate tracking within warehouse operations. They help identify inventory and assets and empower workers to work efficiently. Without them, operations slow down, inventory counts can become inaccurate, and items can become lost within the shuffle. 

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to make sure you choose the right warehouse rack labels for your operation. There are many different types of labels, and each is best suited for certain applications. The right one for you will depend on your location, the conditions of your warehouse, and the application. 

Here are the most common types of warehouse rack labels:

Warehouse Rack Beam Labels

These are the labels you will most commonly find on warehouse racks. They mark each bay location, and typically use 2D barcodes for scanning. They may also have letters and numbers for workers to identify contents without scanning.

These warehouse rack labels are usually made of polyester or a similar material to ensure better durability against tears or fading and can be either permanent or temporary depending on the adhesive. They may be reflective if you require long-range scanning.

Warehouse Pallet Labels

The aptly-named warehouse pallet labels are used to track items that move around in a warehouse, like those on pallets, or in cartons/bins. Sometimes, they are known as license plate number (LPN) labels. They work with your warehouse management system to track items as they make their way through the warehouse, from the time they enter to when they leave. These are usually paper labels, and they typically come on pre-printed rolls. The adhesive used can usually withstand a variety of temperatures and hazards found within many warehouse applications.

Warehouse Rack Upright Labels

Similar to location labels, these include a group of labels stacked one on top of another. They are sometimes called “totem” labels. They are often color-coded and contain specific information for each level of racking within a bay. They also may or may not be accompanied by location labels, which are used on all rack levels to help with organization and inventory. The accompanying warehouse rack labels are usually also color-coded to correspond to the vertical label. 

Warehouse Tote and Bin Labels

These are usually paper-based labels placed on bins, totes, and other containers. Warehouses will sometimes use these totes to house individual items, but they can also use them to keep collections of small items, like nails, screws, and other small hardware for instance.

Since plastic bins and totes are reusable, the labels need to be removable and replaceable, so correct labels can be applied whenever the contents within a bin or tote change. 

Warehouse Bulk Storage ID

Similar to tote and bin labels, bulk storage warehouse rack labels are used to track bulk packages. Often larger than what can be accommodated in a bin or tote, these labels sometimes require solutions like overhead signs. 

With these labels, you’ll want to ensure you have the ability to perform long-range scanning. These warehouse rack labels often include retro-reflective graphics to achieve better accuracy when scanning, and more visibility to the human eye. 

The Right Label for Your Operation

Whatever applications you have in your warehouse environment, you’ll want to make sure you choose the best labels for your needs. Labels come in a variety of materials and adhesives that can withstand anything from dust and dirt in a warehouse to freezing temperatures in a cold storage facility. The best label for your operation will depend on your individual requirements. Informs offers a variety of labeling materials and solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, including warehouse rack labels. If you need more information on which labels are right for you, contact the experts at Informs today.