NiceLabel Offers Free Cloud-Based Labeling to Those Fighting COVID-19

By Rich Handley

The initiative is intended to help organizations deliver medical equipment and supplies, such as respirators, disinfectants and masks, to those in need.

NiceLabel, a developer of label-design software and label-management systems, is offering free subscriptions to its cloud-based labeling solution and technical consulting services, including RFID labeling, to organizations that have joined the fight against COVID-19. NiceLabel has launched the non-commercial, non-profit-based initiative to help these organizations quickly get much-needed deliveries of medical equipment and supplies, such as respirators, disinfectants and masks, to those in need.

According to NiceLabel, having the cloud-based labeling solution in place will enable these organizations to produce new labels quickly and rapidly add them to the packaging used on their new product lines, in order to ensure that equipment and materials arrive on the front line without delay. Organizations likely to qualify include manufacturers re-focusing on the production of critical healthcare supplies, farms and other food producers that must meet new labeling requirements to supply critical food to supermarkets, and hospitals and other organizations involved in fighting COVID-19.

Ken Moir

"We wanted to help eliminate any delays in the delivery of supplies by ensuring that labeling is never an obstacle to getting critical items to the front line as fast as possible," says Ken Moir, NiceLabel's VP of marketing. "Our multi-tenant cloud platform allows us, from a remote location, to get labeling anywhere around the world—and to do it ultra-fast. We plan to use our capability to help manufacturers rapidly switch their product lines to key equipment and products needed in the fight against COVID-19 and to support the rapid delivery of those supplies to those battling this new virus on the front line. We are here to help, so we would encourage any organization seeking out labeling support as they look to get key materials and equipment deliveries out to those who need it most, to get in touch with us today."

In delivering a free labeling solution to organizations, NiceLabel will engage with them both directly and, when appropriate, through value-added resellers and other IT solutions partners. Organizations requiring help with labeling during the COVID-19 outbreak should register their interest here.

"All labeling can be simplified and streamlined via the cloud, but this is especially true for RFID," Moir says. "Many labels requiring text or barcodes can be printed with a thermal or an inkjet printer. However, setting up RFID labels can be more complex because it requires encoding a chip, ensuring the right media is matched up with a specific printer, and that the label is designed and encoding of the chip is setup properly." He notes that many manufacturers ask their suppliers to implement RFID by themselves, but that they are unlikely to have the in-house expertise to make RFID work, resulting in delays and mistakes in the setup. "Using a centralized labeling platform via the cloud can take the complexity away and give organizations and their supply chains the power to print and encode RFID labels without local IT resources or long delays."

If an organization implements an RFID labeling system in the cloud, Moir says, the benefits could be sizeable. "One aspect of RFID that makes it especially useful is that every RFID chip has a TID—a unique number that cannot be altered or counterfeited," he states. "If a business integrates RFID labeling in the cloud, establishes rules for what users print and then encodes the label and links it to a TID, it is invulnerable to counterfeiting. This makes it particularly useful for many industries, ranging from apparel to automotive, pharmaceutical and aerospace, that can benefit from serialization and anti-counterfeiting."