Addressing Global Labor Shortages Through Optimized Daily Label Printing Operations

Addressing Global Labor Shortages Through Optimized Daily Label Printing Operations

As the world economy has decelerated since 2021, job markets in OECD countries remain strained. Despite employment rates returning to pre-pandemic levels and unemployment rates hitting their lowest since the early 1970s, a stark labor shortage persists due to a lack of qualified talent, highlighting a supply-demand imbalance.1

The EURES reports that 27 EU member states, along with Norway and Switzerland, are struggling with labor shortages.2 Industry-specific studies, like those from the National Association of Manufacturers in the United States, reveal that up to 71.4% of manufacturers view recruiting and retaining skilled employees as a significant challenge.3

Optimize for Daily Label Printing Demands

In industries requiring labeling, from automotive to apparel, the demand for variable data label printing is escalating. This need is especially pronounced in sectors like logistics, food and beverage, and healthcare. Printers are pushing their limits to cater to this growing demand which, in turn, increases operational and maintenance efforts, further complicating the persistent issue of labor shortages.

In response to these challenges, solutions are being explored, including leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation to alleviate labor issues. However, these require significant investment and detailed ROI analysis, necessitating long-term strategies. Whereas enhancing daily operations provides a more immediate solution to labor shortages. For instance, equipping operators with better tools can significantly enhance their work efficiency and productivity.

TSC Auto ID Industrial Printers: The Optimal Solution for Daily Challenges

TSC Auto ID's new generation industrial printers, the MB241Series, support 8-inch O.D. label capacity, feature easy to use interface and offer various accessories. These enhancements significantly boost operational efficiency by meeting high-volume printing demands. Improved efficiency helps address labor shortages, allowing operators to focus on critical tasks, enhancing overall productivity and operational flow.

Choosing the Right Fit

The MB241 Series is ideal for demanding environments, particularly in warehouses, logistics, and food sectors, where labor shortages are prevalent. Equipped with optional accessories, the series can significantly improve work efficiency and effectively mitigate labor shortages.

  • The durable all-metal print mechanism and the printer’s casing reduce maintenance and repair frequency, minimizing the need for scarce and costly IT professionals.
  • Equipped with the optional linerless kit, the MB241 Series offers an innovative linerless printing solution. Operators can print diverse label lengths on the same roll without the need to change label rolls and peel off the liner, thereby reducing liner waste and disposal efforts.
  • Equipped with the optional internal rewinder kit, the MB241 Series prints and rewinds labels quickly. These rewound labels can then be fed into the labeling machine, automating the labeling process.

TSC Auto ID’s Industrial Printers Tackle Labor Shortages

There are numerous strategies to tackle global labor shortages, and optimizing daily operations with the right tools is a practical and immediate solution. TSC Auto ID’s MB241 Series industrial printers effectively respond to labor challenges by optimizing daily activities. Choosing the right printer can help organizations navigate labor shortages with resilience and efficiency.

Interested in test-driving our new generation industrial printers? Contact your local sales representative for further consultation.

1 OECD News, OECD job markets remain tight though inflation is hitting real wages,

2 EURES Research, Labour Shortages report,

3 National Association of Manufacturers News, Manufacturer Optimism Still Low,