Archive for November, 2013

Searching For Labels: How To Find The Label That’s Right For You

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

While we aim to give our customers the widest possible selection of labels to choose from, sometimes all that choice can get a bit overwhelming and finding the right label for you can seem like an impossible task. Our home page is designed to provide as much help as possible to customers who need to narrow down which label it is that they want or need. This is why our homepage features so many different “Search By” suggestions – this way, all our customers have to do is select the option that is most relevant or helpful for them and this will narrow down the label options that are appropriate for their particular application.

But, if it all still seems like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack, why not take a look at our guide to the “Search By” categories and see which is the right one for you!

FIND LABELS BY
This range of search by suggestions is best if you have certain quantitative requirements that you need your labels to meet.
Number Per Sheet
BEST FOR: if the labels you want are supplied with a particular number per sheet
Avery Code
BEST FOR: if you have an Avery template/product code and want to know if we have a compatible product
Label Height
BEST FOR: if you need a label of a particular height
Label Width
BEST FOR: if you need a label of a particular width
Label Shape
BEST FOR: if you want a label that is a particular shape
[we supply a selection of circles, ovals, squares, disks, and rectangles]
Supplier Code
BEST FOR: if you have a code from another supplier and want to know if we have a compatible product
Popular Sizes
BEST FOR: if you want to know what material and adhesive options are available for our fourteen most popular sizes: LP1/210, LP4/99, LP8/99, LP12/63, LP14/99, LP21/63, LP40/45, LP65/38, LP84/46, LP6/88R, LP12/64R, LP15/51R, LP35/37R, LP70/25R

FIND BY LABEL TYPE
This option is best if you have a specific type of label in mind. For example, if you know that you want a fluorescent label as opposed to wanting to see all of the colours available, you would select the “Fluorescent” option from this list. If you know you prefer a super removable adhesive over a removable adhesive, you would select “Super Removable” from this list.
You can also search through the “Alphabetical List of Labels” on the left hand side of the page to find all of the label sizes available for a specific type of label.

FIND BY MATERIAL TYPE
This category is better for more general searches and is most effective if you have one characteristic in mind but want to know all of the options available that meet that particular requirement. For example, if you know you want a removable adhesive but aren’t sure of the different options available, you can select “Removable Adhesives” to see a list of our product ranges that feature a removable adhesive. If you want a colourful label and want to know ALL of the options available, you would select “Coloured Paper Labels” to see ALL of the colours we supply, including our pastel colours, fluorescent colours, and our metallic gold and silver.

Of course, if you have an exact label in mind and you already have the Label Planet product code to hand, you can simply enter this code into the white product search bar at the top of the page to find the correct product page straight away.

Templates: Don’t Let The Pitch Trip You Up

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

When setting up a template, getting the dimensions right is of the utmost importance – after all, a template that isn’t the same size as your labels isn’t of much use at all!

But keeping all those measurements straight can be a little tricky – particularly if you aren’t familiar with the terms used. In particular, there are two terms that tend to confuse people more often than the rest – “margin” and “pitch”.

Margins simply account for the blank space (if any) around the edge of the sheet. Thus we have a:
– TOP MARGIN: the measurement from the top of the sheet to the top edge of the top label/row of labels on the sheet
– BOTTOM MARGIN: the measurement from the bottom of the sheet to the bottom edge of the last label/row of labels on the sheet
– LEFT MARGIN: the measurement from the left of the sheet in to the left edge of the first label/column of labels on the sheet
– RIGHT MARGIN: the measurement from the right of the sheet in to the right edge of the last label/column of labels on the sheet

Perhaps slightly more confusing is the “pitch”, usually referred to as the “horizontal pitch” and the “vertical pitch”. These measurements take into account any spaces BETWEEN the labels – both above and below the labels (vertical) and to the left and right of the labels (horizontal).

The vertical pitch is defined as the measurement from the top of the first label to the top of the label below it. The horizontal pitch is defined as the measurement from the left edge of the first label to the left edge of the label next to it.

If you are setting up a custom label template in Word, you will need to enter the four margin measurements (if any), the height and width of the labels, the number of labels in each row, the number of labels in each column, the dimensions of the sheet, and the vertical and horizontal pitches (if any).

Our templates have been set up as grids and we have, where possible, added in rows or columns to indicate where the gaps between the labels are. These rows and columns are set to the same size as the gaps between the labels, meaning that the cells representing the labels are exactly the same dimensions as the labels themselves. You should be careful when copying and pasting your design in these templates. If you copy and paste into ALL of the rows and columns at once (including the rows and columns that represent the gaps between the labels), the alignment is likely to be affected as the document tries to account for a large design being pasted into a small space – in some cases, the entire grid may be resized automatically to fit the design. You may find that you can paste into entire rows or columns at a time (if only the vertical or the horizontal pitch is represented) OR you may find that you simply need to copy and paste into each cell individually.

Some of our products have gaps between the labels of 2mm or less; the templates for these items do not have rows/columns to represent the pitch as Word simply cannot create rows and columns of this size. In these templates, the cells representing the labels account for both the dimensions of the label AND the gaps on the sheet. While these templates do tend to allow a design to be copied and pasted into all of the cells at once, care should be taken to check the alignment of the design as the gaps between the labels need to be accounted for manually.

Please visit our website to Download A Template or to take a look at our Help & Advice articles.

FAQ – How Do I Add Special Delivery To My Order?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Sometimes you just need to make sure your labels arrive in time and we always do our best to get orders despatched as quickly as possible. To help make sure your labels are delivered in plenty of time, we also try to offer the best possible delivery option, based on the particular items you are ordering and where you are having them delivered to.

Orders of 500 sheets or more are automatically delivered on a next working day carrier service. Items will either be despatched immediately from warehouse stock or, for items that need to be made to order, as soon as the products have been made. We do have AM delivery options available in certain cases – to check if this option is available for your order, you will need to call us on 01270 688076. For customers who are based in Ireland or in Extended Postcode Areas, your orders will most likely be on a two-day carrier service.

Smaller orders that are picked from stock will be despatched same day via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. If you wish to add a Special Delivery option to your order, we offer the following options:
– SATURDAY GUARANTEE: for urgent orders that are placed on Fridays, we offer a Saturday Guarantee option. You need to phone us directly to request this service, and we do advise customers that it isn’t 100% effective.
– NEXT WORKING DAY, PRE-9AM GUARANTEE: for urgent orders that you need delivering early the next day, we offer a pre-9am guaranteed delivery service. As for the Saturday Guarantee, you do need to phone us directly to request this service.
– NEXT WORKING DAY, PRE-1PM GUARANTEE: as our most popular special delivery option, this is available either by phone OR as you make your order online. Our website will automatically calculate if your order qualifies for this particular shipping option and, if it does, you will be given the option to upgrade your delivery service after your enter your Delivery Information in the checkout. If your order does NOT qualify, the checkout simply will not display any option to choose an alternative delivery service.

TIP: while our standard delivery is via Royal Mail’s first class service, we would like to remind customers that first class mail is NOT a guaranteed service. Around 93% of mail that is sent first class will be delivered the next day, but the remaining 7% can take a day or two extra, particularly in areas such as London. Also, while we charge a Shipping Fee for our Special Delivery options, we only ever charge what the Royal Mail charges for these services. You can find out more about our Delivery Information on our website here.

Address + Shipping Labels

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It’s that time of year when deliveries start going up as Christmas orders start to flood in. Companies of all kinds will be preparing to pack and ship all kinds of goods to destinations across the country. Not to mention all of the individuals who will be preparing their Christmas Card lists for the upcoming holidays.

No matter what you are sending – whether it’s a simple small card or a very large parcel – you need to make sure that your items arrive at the right place at the right time – and, most importantly, in one piece. Here at Label Planet we’ve a whole host of labels to help you make sure your deliveries arrive safely.

ADDRESS LABELS:
We’ve picked five of the most popular sizes of address labels and made them available across all of our ranges in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock.
So, whether you want a simple plain white label, a sparkly gold or silver, a burst of colour, a decorative gloss, or even a transparent label to add an address to a decorative envelope, we’ve got the address label for you.
Our four and eight to a sheet labels are ideal for adding shipping information to parcels, while our fourteen and twenty-one to a sheet labels are the perfect size for adding an address. You can also use one of our mini labels to add a return address or a friendly Christmas message to your post.

SHIPPING LABELS:
Larger items usually require more extensive tracking and delivery information, so you may want to choose a larger label. Our four and eight to a page address labels may just do the job, but you could also opt for some of our bigger square cut rectangular labels, which can be found on our website here.
The most popular sizes include LP1/210, LP2/210, and LP3/210. LP3/210 can also be used by Amazon and Ebay traders to print integrated invoice/despatch labels.

Label Planet Launches Mobile-Friendly Website

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Our website has gone through a bit of a reshuffle to make it mobile and tablet friendly.

It’s still pretty much the same as it was before – with just a few tweaks and adjustments to make it easy to use on smaller devices.

Labelplanet.co.uk will now adapt itself to suit whatever screen size you use – whether you’re on a mobile phone, a tablet, or a laptop or computer. It will even modify itself if you change the size of the window you are using to browse the internet on a laptop or computer – so you can view the site using the full screen, half the screen, or any size in between!

This means you can browse or buy from Label Planet absolutely anywhere – whether you’re at home, at work, or simply out and about when you realise you need to buy some labels!

This update has been applied to the whole website, so it’s easy to navigate through the site to find the labels you want, to take a look at our Help & Advice pages, or simply to read through our blog.

Can I Set Up An Account With Label Planet?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

We often get queries from customers who want to know if they can set up an account with us for future orders.

While we understand that for many companies this is standard practice, we simply do not run accounts.

As an internet based company, the majority of our orders are placed online and payment is made at the checkout. We extend this “payment with order” policy to cover all of our orders, including those placed by phone.

For companies who do not have a credit/debit card or Paypal account to make payment with order, we offer a pro-forma invoice option. The customer is sent a pro-forma by email, fax, or post and once payment is made (by bank transfer, cheque, or card) the order will be processed for despatch.

Our one exception is schools; we are able to offer Local Education Authority schools a 30 day invoice option.

For more information, please get in touch or read our blog post “How Do I Pay For My Labels?” to find out more about the payment methods available.

Have An A4 Day!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Here at Label Planet, we specialise in A4 sheets of labels, and we thought it was high time we blogged the answers to a few frequently asked questions about A4.

Why do you only sell A4 sheets?
There are a number of reasons why we decided to specialise in A4 sheets of labels, but they generally have one thought in common. By choosing to focus on one kind of product only, we are able to offer better choice, better despatch times, better advice, and better customer care.
– Better choice: by selecting only A4 stock, we are able to choose the best options within that group of products and make them available to our customers. We can find labelling options that are compatible with the desktop laser and inkjet printers that are readily available to most people, meaning they have the freedom to print exactly what they want, when they want.
– Better despatch times: by having a specific group of products that we can supply, we are able to keep many items in stock, which means they are available for same day despatch.
– Better advice and customer care: by focusing on A4 sheets, we can offer in-depth knowledge of this particular kind of product, rather than offering a more limited knowledge of multiple products. We use A4 sheets of labels ourselves on a day-to-day basis, meaning we know how our labels work – or at least how they are supposed to – and we have experience dealing with problems that customers may encounter.

Why do you have so many different codes for A4 sheets?
In our range of paper labels, we offer FOUR versions of A4 sheets – LP1/210J, LP1/210V, LP1/210H, and LP1/210S – and we often get customers wanting to know what the difference is.
LP1/210S is a slightly different size. This label measures 287mm x 210mm due to a narrow strip – or selvedge – along the top of the sheet. This selvedge is designed to help eliminate problems with printers that cannot print to the very edge of the sheet. The presence of the selvedge means that the top of the label is more likely to be level with the area that a customer’s printer is able to print.
The remaining three are all 298mm x 210mm – the only difference between them is the positioning of slits on the backing sheet. Backing sheets are often scored to create a slit or slits that make it easier to remove the label from the backing sheet.
LP1/210J has a backing sheet known as “Jetcrack” or “crack back”, meaning the backing sheet is divided into diagonal strips that can be removed one by one. This is most advantageous if a customer is cutting the A4 sheet into bespoke sizes as there will always be a slit on the backing sheet to aid with removal of the label.
LP1/210V has a backing sheet that is kiss cut down the middle of the sheet. This means the backing sheet is in two pieces, which can be peeled off easily one by one.
LP1/210H has a single cut in the backing sheet along the top edge of the sheet. This is designed to allow the two parts of the backing sheet to be peeled away easily, with as little effect on the label as possible. This is why this particular cut is used on A4 sheets of our other material ranges – some of the materials are quite soft and the cut in the backing sheet may leave a slight impression on the surface of the labels. By moving the cut to the narrow portrait edge of the sheet, there is as little visual disruption as possible to the surface material of the label.

Why are my sheets of labels slightly bigger/smaller than A4?
An A4 sheet is defined as being 297mm x 210mm.
In the manufacturing industry many goods have a “tolerance” applied to their specifications – a tolerance is a range that the product must sit within to meet a pre-determined standard. A tolerance may be applied to all kinds of specifications including dimensions, weight, quantity, and colour. Quite often a tolerance is described as a percentage; for example, a product that is produced in batches of 500 may be given a tolerance of +/- 10% – so 450 or 550 items may be produced in a “successful” batch. With A4 sheets, there is usually a tolerance of 1-2mm in both the height and the width of a sheet, and it is quite common to find that an A4 sheet doesn’t measure 297mm x 210mm exactly.

Why don’t you have a label that is XXmm by XXmm?
The sizes that we offer are determined by the sizes that will best fit on an A4 sheet with minimal waste material between and around the labels. Many of our square cut corner rectangular labels have sizes that are determined by simply dividing an A4 sheet equally into rows and columns to create labels of an equal size. For sheets with spaces between the labels, the size is usually determined by having as big a label as possible while keeping the gaps between them to around 2mm to prevent large areas of material being wasted.
Sizes that do not fit onto an A4 sheet are more likely to be available on rolls – the only requirement for roll labels is that the width of the label doesn’t exceed the width of the roll, and rolls can be produced in all kinds of widths.

Label Planet Turns Ten Today!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Today is our anniversary!

Label Planet has now been running for ten years!

 

We’d like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of the last ten years – and we hope you’ll continue to play a part in the next ten!