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Two-sided thermal labels change shipping at NCR

March 14, 2011

The company integrates its own printing technology at its North American operations.

NCR Corporation has integrated two-sided thermal label printing technology at its consumables product warehouses in Ontario, Tennessee and Arizona, streamlining its shipping processes and reducing associated costs by 30 percent.

By using NCR’s 2ST two-sided printing technology for label printing, the company is able to print a packing slip on the back side of shipping labels, changing the old process of printing separate documents and eliminating related materials such as printer toner and a plastic document pouch. The reduction of these consumables eliminates 65,360 pounds of material from being produced, shipped and added to landfills annually.

“NCR is the pioneer in two-sided thermal printing. It was only natural for us to prove the cost and environmental benefits of 2ST by implementing it within our own enterprise,” says Dan Bogan, senior vice president and general manager of NCR Consumables Solutions, a provider of printer consumables. “Shipping costs are significant for most every company. We believe that our 2ST label printing solution can have a major impact in helping businesses reduce their related operating costs while realizing meaningful environmental advantages.”

NCR began implementing 2ST label printing into its warehouses in Mississauga, ON, Canada; Morristown, TN, USA, and Tempe, AZ, USA, in November 2010. The company was able to eliminate the cost of buying, shipping and storing laser-generated packing slips, toner to print the packing slip, and plastic pouches. Time savings realized by making the process more efficient allow NCR employees to focus on other activities in the warehouse. A SATO GY412 two-sided label printer is used in this process, along with ConnectShip, a shipping application.

NCR is offering commercially attractive IP licensing terms to printer manufacturers and other businesses interested in its two-sided thermal printing technology. Printer manufacturers such as ToshibaTec and Sato already have integrated 2ST into their label printers. For more information on NCR’s licensing program, email the company at two.sided@ncr.com.

Details about 2ST, including an educational video, are here.





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