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In a world that is changing almost daily, as technological advances are made, how does business keep up? Flexible manufacturing processes are essential to ensure that a company continues to be competitive and keep operating costs down. The kind of production line of the first half of the last century, with changes requiring a great deal of time and labour, is no longer an option. More and more business processes, not just in manufacturing, but in the service sector, especially financial institutions, local government and the health service, are becoming automated.
Traceability of source material, ingredients, dates and personnel is another critical factor in today’s business practices and much of this is managed through the use of barcodes, something that we all take for granted. We may not realise, however, just how much information is stored on a simple barcode. Centralised computer systems aid even the largest companies in managing sales, stock control, identifying popular lines, or determining what needs promoting.
Financial institutions and other service sector companies have an equally strong requirement for reliable IT infrastructures. When billions of pounds are being transferred daily around the world “by wire”, security and accuracy of information is critical. The further complexities, such as different tax and custom requirements, involved with international trade and business, bring an additional dimension to the technological systems that large multi national corporations rely on.
The Russian market is growing rapidly and is an enticing prospect for many European and American businesses looking to expand their market reach to a potential audience of millions. Many growing small businesses, which carry out international business deals or transactions with Russian companies, may employ the help of specialist accountants or accounting services, like financial or ERP accounting software programs, to help iron out the differences between Russian IFRS equivalents and standard IFRS. But actually trading and doing business in Russia brings Russian taxation laws and methods into the mix and it is definitely easier to get specialist help when it comes to ensuring that you pay your tax correctly and efficiently so as to avoid problems.
Everything from Russian IFRS equivalents to Russian taxation rates and laws is governed by the Russian Ministry of Finance and, with guidelines being altered slightly on a regular basis, it is important to try and keep up with the latest advice and information. Also, as Russia is not part of the EU, much trading is still done in the native currency of Roubles, so when trading with Russian businesses it is vital to check which currency transactions are occurring in and to keep an eye on conversions rates. Most accounting practices take into account differences in currency and automatically calculate budgets accordingly.
Specialist accounting help for taxation and accounting in Russia for businesses is always a good idea and is available in various business software packages, such as First BIT's 1C: Enterprise Accounting 8 which not only deals with all the usual accounting and invoice aspects of business but also works out tax and reliably generates tax returns automatically, taking into account financial reporting standards required by Russian authorities as well the international standards. Such methods of tax calculation and reporting are extremely useful to businesses anywhere in the world who are looking to trade in the Russian market.
In any line of business, labelling and packaging are of vital importance, whether this is to meet industrial health and safety standards or merely to maximise the commercial potential of a product via intelligent marketing aided by carefully designed labels. As such, ensuring that not only the packaging but also the labels themselves are economically and effectively designed and produced are key elements of any successful production line. As part of this, it is obviously necessary to have a label that is specifically branded to your company and the individual product that it will be printed on to. To achieve this level of customisation requires not only specialist hardware, namely a label printer, but also the correct label printing software to go with it; it is actually the software that gives you full control of the label customisation and printing process.
Whether you run a small business with a growing production line, which may benefit from an inkjet label printer, or are looking for a label printing solution for industry or a large commercial operation, for which a larger thermal transfer digital label printer may be better suited, choosing the correct label printing software to use with your hardware is equally as important as deciding upon the printer itself. Thankfully, manufacturers like Quicklabel provide both the printer hardware and software, as well as advice on how to set up and integrate both into your existing organisation. So when it comes to professional labelling software, exactly what should you be looking for?
Firstly, if rather obviously, check that the software matches your specification of printer; most inkjet colour label printers will work with all printing software but for the more specialised options, like barcode label printers, certain software will be required. Other things to look at are the level of customisation offered by the software, how easy is it to transfer designs between sizes of label, can designs be printed on both sides of a label etc. Choose your labelling software wisely!