Sweet summertime – ahh… the season that (most) people look forward to. Sun, warm temperatures, vacations, break from school, etc. But the heat and humidity that summer brings can be a game changer when it comes to paper products.

As the temperature in the air increases, so does its ability to retain moisture. When humidity levels increase, the fibers in the paper draw in moisture very quickly, resulting in expansion. For example, think about the doors in your house and how they seem to stick during the summertime. That’s because of materials expanding due to the humidity. The same happens with paper tubes and cores.

During summertime conditions, paper tubes and cores manufactured in high humidity can shrink drastically if an end-user puts them into an air-conditioned room with extremely low humidity. Humidity can weaken the tubes and cores which will then cause them to fail. If used in a timely manner, less moisture will affect the product. Paper tubes and cores should not be stored near any type of heating or cooling unit, in an air stream of heated or cooled air or in the path of a humidifying stream of air. Knowing your storage environment is very critical.

Understanding how moisture and humidity affects paper tubes and cores is imperative for end-users as they are looking for the products to have the best appearance and performance. To ensure optimum performance, control the relative humidity (R.H.) levels and temperature in the processing and storage environments.

Labels – whether big or small, they are all around us providing information about the product or object they are attached to.  When you think of a label, your mind might quickly go to the shampoo bottle in your shower where it describes the scent or a ready-to-eat salad bowl you bought at the grocery store, listing all of the ingredients included in the package.

Labels surround us more than what we think and play a HUGE role into getting the consumer interested in the product and making a purchase.  Take for example, the craft beer business has exploded over the past few years, making it a thriving market for label printers.  The supply and demand of producing labels for new releases of beers has created a great opportunity for the label industry.  Brands are finding innovative ways to incorporate designs to help their company stand out as well as create a connection to social which then creates a customer experience that draws them in.

Consumers are really starting to pay more attention to labels as they have evolved into works of art.  Think about the last time you stood in a beer distributor and looked at all of the creative labels – you might not drink a certain kind of beer but because you saw a cool design that sparked your interest, maybe you bought it any way.  The best way to set yourself a part from the competition is to create a memorable label.

Label companies across the nation rely on Yazoo’s 100% recycled paper cores to help keep business booming. Yazoo covers 90% of the label market as our cores are the starting point to getting jobs completed. We are all about the customer experience which is why we are continuously helping companies save time and money by offering no minimums and fast speed to market with 48-hour turnaround times.

Our stock core program is the perfect fit for the label industry.  Our durable, high-quality paper cores are manufactured to maximize your processes, allowing you to convert more labels as well as improve your ROI.  We stock over 110 sizes of 3” and 6” I.D. that are available for same-day shipment if ordered by 4pm EST.  Yazoo’s stock cores allow companies to start their production immediately upon receiving their order as they are already cut down to the size needed.  In addition, we also offer a full range of sizes, made to fit your specifications and custom capabilities to keep you ahead of your competition.