The first step in filling a customer’s order is knowing where your inventory is.
And inventory needs to be able to move, not only out the door, but with fast flexibility in the warehouse.
Products change quickly and so do their locations in a warehouse. If workers can quickly and easily see where a product is with a label, it makes them more efficient and productive, according to Aigner Index.
The company makes insertable plastic label holders in which the item location can be quickly changed by replacing the paper insert label with a new one just printed in-house.
“Our mission is to convert company’s warehouse identification requirements from costly self-adhesive labels to a simple paper based system that can be more versatile for current and future needs,” said Mark Aigner, owner and president of Aigner Index. “No more scraping labels off of metal in warehouse and storage areas.”
Insertable insert labels can be easily changed for the cost of printing new paper labels in house on pre-perforated laser and ink jet compatible sheets.
Automated bar code inventory systems are a new reason to use the insertable plastic label holders that Aigner developed 50 years ago.
“Bar code labels must be protected. An unprotected bar code label can be damaged to the point of hopelessness by dust, dirt, grease or smudged label ink. It’s just a matter of time in a warehouse environment before an unprotected bar code label becomes useless. Then it either will not scan, or even worse, scans inaccurately,” says Aigner’s paper called “The Solution to Warehouse Efficiency.”
And a customer who receives the wrong order can become an ex-customer, or at the very least, a customer annoyed with the delay and inconvenience of returning the wrong product and waiting for the right one.
The cost for a labeling system rarely exceeds 5 percent of total warehouse cost, Aigner says, and pays for itself in a year.
“We brainstorm new products and ideas and work to make better use of the products we already provide our customers. We specialize in new product innovation,” said Denise Ferro, marketing manager for Aigner, including a new line of labels for plastic bins.
“We specialize in label holders,” Ferro said, including magnetic cardholders for metal containers and write-on magnetic tags that use wet erase markers.
The company’s roots are in labels for file drawers and loose-leaf binders.
“The relationship between filing in an office and storing material in a warehouse is strikingly identical,” Aigner’s paper says.
It started in 1909 when Cel-U-Dex Corporation specialized in the office supply industry and made plastic insertable label holders. In the 1970s, it expanded to other markets including libraries, retail display and warehouse storage. Aigner Index bought the company in 1998.
Aigner now solely specializes in manufacturing label holders, including those for bins, shelves, drawers, wire shelving, pallet racks and shelving above or below the sight line. It employs about 30 people at its manufacturing and distribution building in New Windsor, New York, about 50 miles north of New York City. It has a nationwide distribution network of more than 2,000 material handling dealers.
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