The professional way to meet your food labelling responsibilities

Price Tags labelling Solution

If you sell or provide food, you’ll know about your responsibilities when it comes to food labelling.

From December 2014, EU FIC regulations stipulate that you must provide allergen ingredients information in a clear and consistent way, so that consumers can make safer food choices.

These regulations now also apply to ‘loose foods’ such as those found in delis, farm shops, buffet tables and restaurant food bars.

So how do you label yours? Edikio Access food label printer

Black marker pen on a white card that’s then wiped off? Pieces of paper? Hidden on list in a book behind the counter?

One of the most professional and easiest way to create price tags for your food is by using a Price Tag Printer like the Evolis Edikio Access (entry-level) or Duplex (for double-sided printing).

A Price Tag Printer prints professional, attractive price tags for display with your food and drink products. The cards are easy to clean, resistant to cold and moisture and meet the requirements of the food processing industry.

Clearly label the allergens Allergen labels

As well as giving a great brand image, they also allow you to clearly label the product, ingredients and any allergen ingredients easily on the front of the card. Simply select the required icons from the software, and print them on the card.

The problems with doing it ‘the old way’

Paper tickets on spikes can look unhygienic next to loose food, even when they’re in a plastic container – not to mention unprofessional.

Using pen on plastic card is not great with respect to food contact regulations, and you’re relying on the person’s handwriting being legible (and there being no spelling mistakes).

If you just have a list for the staff to refer to behind the counter, you’re not giving consumers the ability to safely make the right choice. You’re also relying on them asking for the information, which can result in a lost sale.

None of these convey a good brand image either, or inspire consumer confidence.

Food Price Tags BakeryBut the main issue is that they are all open to human error. If one of your staff gets it wrong for whatever reason, the results could be catastrophic.

By printing your tags through a price tag printer, you remove that risk. You import product information onto your cards straight from your MS Excel file (products, prices etc) giving you control over the process.

A reminder of the 14 allergens

The following should be clearly labelled:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans (for example crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn)
  • Molluscs (for example mussels, oysters, squid)
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia or Queensland nuts)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
  • Soya
  • Celery and celeriac
  • Mustard
  • Lupins
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than ten parts per million).

Printing information-rich price tags doesn’t just make it easier for your customers and convey a more professional image, they also ensure your business is meeting its regulatory requirements.

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Buy a double-sided Primacy card printer for the price of a single-sided

Evolis Primacy Card Printer

Until the end of December 2017, you can snap up a double sided Evolis Primacy Plastic Card printer for the price of a single sided.

That’s just £989 + VAT.

So it’s a ‘Buy one side, get the other side free’ kind of deal.

If you’re searching for a new plastic card printer, and are currently making do with a single-sided, this is worth factoring into your research.

Why choose Primacy?

Speed and efficiency.

There are lots of double sided card printers on the market, all of which are capable of quality print, but few are as fast and powerful as the Primacy.

The other advantage of the Primacy is that you can build on the solution over time, and add on capabilities as you need them.

For example, you may want to add the lamination feature on in the future, or encoders to allow you to encode your own magstripe or contact/contactless cards.

In other words, the Primacy can grow with you.

With other brands, that can be difficult to do.

Who is the Primacy best suited to? Primacy sample transport card

Organisations that print medium-large numbers of cards quite regularly (say up to 30,000 cards a year).

Those cards can be anything from ID cards to transport cards, payment cards, licenses, membership cards and delegate badges.

Printing speeds

The Primacy is capable of printing up to 225 colour cards per hour single-sided, 140 cards per hour double-sided and an impressive 1,000 mono cards an hour.

Its high capacity feeder and output hopper means it will keep churning out the cards happily with very little need for human intervention – ideal if you’re badging high numbers of people at a conference for example, or have a large run of cards to produce in a set time scale.

Being an Evolis printer, it’s also extremely reliable, so as long as you clean it regularly and look after it, it will reward you with years of performance. It also comes with a 3-year warranty, for added peace of mind.

This offer applies to both the Primacy and the Primacy LCD Touchscreen, and runs until December 31st, 2017*.

The Card Network is a registered Evolis Reseller. Read more about the Primacy 

*Offers are subject to change.

What’s the difference between Screen Print and Dye Sublimation Printed Lanyards?

If you’re looking to order some branded lanyards, you’ll need to make the choice between dye sub printing and screen printing.

When all you want is some colour lanyards, right?

The difference really lies in how many colours you’re looking for, how detailed your design is, and how important clarity and colour matching is to you.

Screen printing

Screen printed lanyards
Screen printed lanyards are best suited to simple designs

Screen printing has been around for centuries, and is still regarded as the best way to achieve a high quality print finish. In contrast to digital printing, ink is ‘forced’ through a screen of fine mesh when screen printing onto the lanyard.

Each single ‘Spot’ colour is applied separately, therefore the cost increases the more colours you choose. With screen printing, you can choose exact Pantone colours for printing, rather than making do with the less accurate CMYK breakdown.

Your logo or text is literally ‘layered’ onto the material – which means you feel it as a raised design when you run your finger over it.

Screen printing is best suited for simple designs, or text-only. It also achieves brighter, more vivid colours; and a greater contrast between material and print.

So if your logo is single colour, or you want to use your brand’s exact Pantone colour (on both the material itself and the printing), this is the way to go.

Dye Sublimation

Event dye sub lanyard
Dye Sublimation lanyards allow you to use multiple colours

Dye sublimation printing uses 4-colour process digital printing, breaking down each colour into a CMYK (Cyan, Magento, Yellow and Black) split, much in the same way as your inkjet printer does.

This means there is no restriction on the number of colours you can have.  It also gives you the freedom to include whatever images you want. You could use a photograph for example, or an illustration using all the colours of the rainbow.

The rub is that what you gain in flexibility, you lose a little in terms of quality of print compared to screen printing.

Printing through 4-Colour process means that the final print finish won’t be quite as sharp, and text won’t be quite as clear.

When to choose one over the other

If you have a simple design and exact matching of your brand’s Pantone colours and clarity of your message or name is critical, you’ll probably want to go down the screen print route. This way, your lanyards will stand out from a distance.

Screen print personalised lanyard
Screen printed lanyards give greater clarity of print

However, if you have a stand at an exhibition and want to include multiple colours and images, dye sublimation printing is really the only option open to you.

Breakthroughs in printing processes in recent years means that both printing options are similar in terms of cost until you hit the larger quantities, so your decision really rests in what you want them to achieve.

All our lanyards pricing includes colour print on both sides. You can also split the order into multiple designs; ideal if you have different delegate levels at a conference for example. Minimum 50 per design.

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Card Sample Packs now available – oh yeah!

Membership cards samplesNow you’d think that all printed plastic cards are the same, wouldn’t you?

Well they’re not.

The quality of print and materials can vary from supplier to supplier. And then there’s the vast array of finishes and features available, from spot UV varnish to foiling and metallic stripes. These can turn a good card project into a stunning card project – if you know what to ask for.

Try before you buy

We don’t expect you to take our word for it when we say we create great quality plastic cards.Loyalty cards samples

So if you’re thinking about ordering some plastic cards, we’ll happily send you out some samples of what to expect. You’ll get to physically hold and see the difference between matt and gloss finish; and to see for yourself the difference a bit of foiling or varnish can make.

Because a photograph just can’t convey that ‘ooh’, in the same way that a tactile print finish can.

We have samples of everything from Membership Cards to Loyalty Cards, Cloakroom Tags, Hotel Key Cards, 2-part snap-off cards, Key Tags and car park passes. And if you’re interested in a particular feature, like barcode, metallic stripe or QR code, or in a special finish, we can send examples of those too.

Cloakroom Tags samplesSimply email us at sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk or give us a call on 01244 526009 to give us an idea about your card project, and we’ll get our card samples on their merry way to you.

Oh, and one other thing. We manufacture all our printed plastic cards right here in the North West – we never outsource overseas. It’s the only way we can stay in control of the quality process.

 

 

New ‘Hangers’ design Cloakroom Tags now available

No time to order Custom Cloakroom Tags, or budget won’t stretch?

Want something a bit more colourful than just black and white numbered tags?

Ta-Dah!

Cloakroom Tags Hangers Design

Introducing our new plastic Cloakroom Tags with a bright hangers design, available off-the-shelf for next day delivery.

You can snap up a set of 100 matched, numbered pairs of credit-card sized tags for just £54.72 + VAT.

 

Ideal for events, restaurants, conferences and clubs

With the nights fair drawing in, coats will be coming out of wardrobes all over the country. And rather than being given a paper ticket when they hand them over to you, customers would much rather be given a professional looking plastic tag.

They’re also much less likely to lose it, making life easier for you, especially at the end of the night.

All our plastic Cloakroom Tags are durable, reusable and ideal for coats, bags and other types of luggage.

We have a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ Cloakroom Tags available, including our mini Cloakies™.

New mini Cloakroom Tags now in stock

mini plastic cloakroom tag

We’ve just launched a new range of pre-printed Cloakies®, hurrah!

Our popular mini plastic Cloakroom Tags now include a blue raffle ticket design and a more traditional cardboard ticket design.

Both are available off-the-shelf as a pack of 100 pairs, numbered from 001 to 100, for just £45 + VAT.

We know that you wanted some more options for pre-printed Cloakroom Tags, so we’re more than happy to oblige. We’ll also be adding some new full-size Cloakroom Tags in the following weeks.

Made from durable, wipeable plastic, they can be reused time and time again – making them perfect for cloakrooms everywhere, plus events and offices.

The benefits of plastic cloakroom tags versus paper or raffle tickets

If you haven’t ditched the paper yet, here are a few reasons you should:

  • They look a lot more professional than raffle tickets.
    It goes without saying really that a quality plastic tag says a lot more about your company than a ticket you’d normally get in the school tombola.
  • They’re harder to lose.
    Plastic Cloakroom tags are unlikely to be thrown away or lost in the way a scrap of paper is. Good news if you run a club and want to avoid a queue of disgruntled people at the end of the night that have mislaid the ticket needed to get their coat back.
  • You can reuse them time and time again…
    …and they stay looking good over time. If you’re an Events Company for example, it means you can use them for multiple events.
  • They’re not just for coats.
    Our Cloakies® are flexible little things. Use them with our flexible plastic luggage loops and they’re ideal for tagging bags and luggage. Some accommodation providers use them for labelling sets of keys (one to the customer, the duplicate stays in the office).

Our Cloakies® are half the size of a standard credit card (54mm x 43mm).

We can also print branded Cloakies® to your own design requirements.

 

New Turnaround Times for custom printed cards

We’ve just pinned down our turnaround times to make it easier when ordering a custom printed product from us.

Standard Turnaround time

Our Standard Turnaround time is 10 working days from card proof approval.

Whenever you place an order for custom printed cards from us, we’ll always send you a PDF proof of your artwork to sign-off. Approve that, and in most cases, we’ll also send you an actual card proof from our printing press to sign-off too. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the final cards.

When you approve the card proof, we’ll get your run of printed cards to you within 10 working days.

You can choose to skip the card proof stage if you need your cards faster.

Fast Track Turnaround service

You can upgrade to our 7-working day Fast Track Turnaround for just £30.

The same applies as above – we’ll get your order to you within 7 working days of you signing off the card proof.

If your deadlines are tight, you can choose to move directly to print from PDF approval and skip the actual card proof.

Year End Special Offer: Buy 2 ribbons, get 100 cards for free

Plastic card Printer ribbons offer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, and those ID card and membership card projects stacking up, there’s never been a better time to stock up on your card printer ribbons.

Especially when you can some blank cards thrown in for free.

This offer covers the full range of colour and mono printer ribbons for Magicard, Datacard, Evolis, Easybadge, Javelin, Fargo, Zebra and Smart plastic card printers.

Order any two ribbons and we’ll include 100 Dyestar blank white plastic cards (760 microns) for free.

Simply add the Dyestar cards into your basket and quote RC17 at checkout.

But hurry, this offer is only valid until 31st March, 2017.

 

*Offer valid until 31st March, 2017. VAT and Delivery charges apply.

New collection of card holders and lanyards for Spring

purple pink yellow lanyards

Fed up of winter?

Banish the blues (and greys and dark greens) with our new collection of brightly coloured ID Card Holders and Lanyards.

They might not bring sunshine into your life in the way a holiday to Barbados would, but the bright spring colours are bound to cheer your surroundings up a bit. Choose from pink, yellow, orange and purple.

What’s more, our new collection of card holders are manufactured right here in the North-West, so you can proudly Buy British.

Made by Evohold, from recycled plastic,  100 card holders will set you back just £8 + VAT for 100.

Beat that China.

#madeinbritain

We’re hiring for a Customer Services & Sales Advisor

Jobs at the Card NetworkIt’s exciting times for The Card Network. We’re growing, so we’re looking for a new addition to our Customer Service and Sales team to handle the steady stream of enquiries from a broad range of customers.

There’s real potential to grow and develop in this role as the business does.

This role is a predominately inbound Customer Services role, where you’ll be the first point of contact to customers calling in or emailing to enquire about our products or place an order.

About the role

You’ll be the first point of contact for any customers calling in for information on our products, or to place an order, so delivering great customer service is something that will come naturally to you.

At the same time, you’ll also handle email enquiries and our Live-chat facility through our website, providing information and quotations to both new and existing customers. We’ll expect you to manage the whole enquiry process, pro-actively looking to convert interest into an order, as well as for opportunities to cross-sell or up sell new products.

When an order has been placed, it will be your role to manage it through the pipeline until it is despatched, keeping the customer updated throughout.

This is a busy environment where you’ll be regularly switching between our accounts, CRM and Email packages, so you must be comfortable working with technology and good at multi-tasking.

Duties

  • Be the first point of contact for all Card Network customers over the phone and email
  • Answer inbound enquiries relating to our off-the-shelf and custom printed products, identifying customer needs and maximising sales opportunities
  • Take orders over the phone and process accurately on our system
  • Provide information to customers enquiring about the progress of their order
  • Provide quotations to customers via email and follow them up in order to convert into a sale, liaising with production on time lines and keeping the customers informed
  • Handle our Live Chat function on the website
  • Up sell and cross sell other products wherever possible
  • Work with our CRM system and keep it up to date
  • Work with our accounts, production and packing functions to ensure a job is completed to time, and accurately

You will need:

  • Proven experience in a busy customer service role
  • Ability to build and maintain excellent rapport with customers
  • Ability to spot an opportunity to maximise a sale
  • Computer literacy and good IT skills (including Microsoft office packages such as outlook, word and excel). You’ll be someone who is comfortable around technology and quick to learn new packages
  • Ability to work unsupervised, and comfortable in a target driven environment
  • Good organisational and listening skills
  • Attention to detail to follow jobs through to completion, and ensure they are processed accurately

You will ideally be from a business to business background.

There is also the opportunity for additional staff bonuses based on Company performance.

Interested? Please email your CV to lsmith@thecardnetwork.co.uk

No agencies please.