Typically, consumers come into contact with tamper proof labels in their various forms when they visit retail establishments, on clothing labels and DVD or CD cases as a means through which to enforce some security or even just to help prevent theft. There are many other uses for these tamper proof labels though, some of which include:
- Sealing envelopes which contain important confidential documents
- Sealing charity collection boxes
- Price-labels on clothing tags
- The sealing of food packaging to prevent contamination and to comply with health requirements
- The safe transportation of medical supplies such as medicine and sterile medical equipment
- Warranty stickers on electronic goods
The manufacturing of tamper proof labels entails combining materials which tear easily with strong adhesive agents, such as vinyl combined with an easy-peel plastic sticker. When someone then tries to remove this sticker, the easy-tear portion of it disengages from the strong adhesive, often disintegrating into many fragments that can’t be put together again or re-attached to the strong adhesive. The idea is to deter possible interference with the label by making the interference thereof show evidence of having been tampered with. Interference with the label is also made to consume quite a bit more time, which in addition to evidence of interference makes the delivery of a sealed product safer (verifiable).
The survey which was also featured on Fresh Plaza was commissioned by Data Label. 529 UK residents aged 18 and over were asked: “Do you find tamper proof labels to be a nuisance or a necessity?” with a rather surprising 49% of them responding that they do find them to be a nuisance, despite their clear importance to security in various industries. They’d rather live without them regardless.
The retail environment comes into focus again as perhaps the occasion during which the public at large makes contact with tamper proof labels and this is when their annoyance mostly comes to the fore. The reasons given for the tamper proof labels being a nuisance include the difficulty in their removal, the marks they leave on purchases and the difficulty they cause in consumers getting into the packaging of the goods they buy.
Managing Director of Data Label, Philip Carlyn was rather surprised to learn that so many people are averse to tamper evident labels, despite the clear need for their continued use. “Retailers using them are looking out for their customers’ best interests to prove that their product has not been tampered with, damaged or otherwise compromised. Bringing awareness to this can help customers understand that, even though they can be annoying to remove, tamper evident labels are an absolute necessity, “ he said.