Why Zebra is the Best Choice for Labels and Printing Supplies

Choosing a barcode label or a printer ribbon can seem like a simple choice. Many buyers just choose a standard paper label or go with the least expensive option.

But things aren’t that simple when it comes to most real-world labeling use cases, where you need specialized labels with the right materials, adhesives, and printer ribbon to ensure that your labels stay adhered and readable in your environment.

For example, if you’re labeling utility equipment that’s stored or used outdoors, you need high-quality synthetic labels that can withstand sunlight, moisture and extreme temperatures, so your labels stay adhered, don’t fade, and you can still scan, track and read warnings and other critical information printed on them.

Similarly, if you’re labeling chemical drums, you need labels with highly durable yet flexible materials and the right adhesives so they remain adhered to curved surfaces. And your labels might also need to withstand harsh outdoor exposure, a rugged indoor environment, or even the chemicals your drums contain.

This is why our label experts at Tri-State Business Systems always recommend Zebra labels for virtually every barcoding and labeling application. Zebra has been the global leader in barcoding and labeling for over 50 years, and it has earned that reputation by innovating and manufacturing labels of the highest quality and durability.

Zebra has over 1,000 different label and supplies combinations, and each matches the right label materials, adhesive, and printer ribbon to deliver unsurpassed print quality, adhesion, durability and performance in specific real-world applications.

Zebra produces labels and printing supplies for everything from the simplest warehousing and packaging needs, to the most challenging and brutal outdoor or industrial environments. From value-range solutions to UL and CSA-approved polyester labels and resin ribbons for cryogenics, Zebra’s portfolio offers the most comprehensive range of high-performance labeling solutions you’ll find anywhere. And they all undergo extensive research and development, quality assurance, and pre-testing to ensure you get the results you need.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what sets Zebra apart in these and other areas:

Zebra’s Label and Supplies Quality Assurance

Zebra has quality processes and pre-testing in place to ensure the highest print quality and performance of all its labels and supplies. Its quality standards include:

  • ISO 9001:2008 certified quality processes
  • Consistent label materials with absolutely no substitutions
  • Computerized vision inspection systems
  • Color matching software and equipment

The Zebra Pre-Testing Process

Zebra’s supplies research and development team pre-tests all of its label materials and supplies, putting labels through stringent tests and analysis. This includes:

  • Extensive pre-testing on Zebra Printers
  • Assessment of printhead wear
  • Verification of adhesive strength specifications
  • Pre-tests for different environmental factors
    • Indoor/outdoor
    • Low/high temperatures
    • Abrasion
    • Chemical

Unsurpassed Label and Supplies Selection

When you purchase Zebra labels and supplies, you have access to a large selection of quality, pre-tested supplies manufactured by the thermal industry experts. Zebra offers more than 1,000 combinations of labels, tags, receipts, wristbands, and ribbons, including over 500 stock products. And sample rolls are available for all stock Zebra labels.

Custom Label and Supplies Solutions

If there isn’t an existing Zebra label and supplies combination that fits your exact application, Zebra’s R&D team can quickly specify, develop and produce the right solution based on your needs.

Prompt and Reliable Production and Shipments

Zebra is one of the largest thermal converters in North America and has extensive manufacturing capabilities and automation. With multiple supplies facilities across the U.S., Zebra ensures reliable and quick delivery, and the company even has full contingency/disaster plans to ensure uninterrupted shipments.

There’s also a ZipShip program for all stock Zebra labels and supplies, where products are on the shelf and ready for immediate dispatch, with a minimum order quantity of just one box.

Blanket and Make-and-Hold Orders

Since Zebra has such extensive and expansive manufacturing capabilities, you have a number of options for how you can order and receive your labels and supplies. For example, you can buy your supplies with a single, annual make-and-hold order through our Tri-State and Zebra “stock and ship” program.

Through this program, you order once per year and we’ll send your supplies on a fixed schedule. If your demand is suddenly higher, you can just contact us and we’ll ship your next supplies sooner.

Ultimately, we can work with you to set up the exact label ordering or re-ordering process that suits your needs, where it’s a bulk, blanket order for an entire year or a phased system with regular shipments on demand or on a regular schedule.

Guaranteed Printhead Protection

If you use Zebra printers and agree to use genuine Zebra supplies exclusively, you get guaranteed protection against unexpected printhead replacement costs. Zebra replaces your printheads at no charge, which can add up to thousands of dollars in savings!

Exploring and Ordering Zebra Labels and Supplies

To learn more about Zebra labels and supplies, download our Zebra labels and supplies selector guide, and contact our team at Tri-State Business Systems for recommendations, guidance, and to learn how to order Zebra products at great prices. Contact us now through our https://tri-statebussys.com/contact-us/ , or call us at 908-359-8001.