Tracking Labels - What are tracking labels?
Definition of TRACKING LABEL:
Labels that are designed to facilitate the storage and distribution of goods by tracking their progress through the supply chain, starting with their movement from manufacturer to distributor, through any additional suppliers, and on to the end recipient. Tracking labels are an easy way to keep track of products or goods that are often stored in large warehouses or shipping containers (meaning that it is vital to keep track of and correctly identify items during storage, picking, and despatch) and will usually encounter several checkpoints during the delivery process (for example, an item might go from a central warehouse to a local warehouse before being despatched to the end recipient).
Tracking labels carry information that uniquely identifies an item; this usually involves variable information such as a product number, batch number, or a unique tracking number that has been assigned to a particular product making a particular journey. Information is carried as alphanumerical codes, barcodes, or a combination of both. At each checkpoint, the item will be registered either by typing in one of the alphanumeric codes or by scanning one of the barcodes; this ensures that the correct item is received at a checkpoint, the correct item is despatched from a checkpoint, and establishes that an item is at or has gone through a particular checkpoint - this means both the item's present location and its previous locations can be confirmed.
Here is the Harvard-style citation to use if you would like to reference this definition of the term tracking label:
Label Planet (2020) What are tracking labels? | Tracking Labels Definition. Available at: https://www.labelplanet.co.uk/glossary/tracking-label/ (Accessed: January 1, 2023).