Archive for August, 2014

Got An Unusual Project In Mind? Request A Sample To Try Before You Buy!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Here at Label Planet we get customers with all sorts of labelling applications in mind – many of which we’d never have even thought of!

This means that we often take calls and emails from customers who aren’t sure what kind of label they need, or if a particular kind of label would be up to the job.

This is just one of the reasons why we offer a free sample request service.

All you have to do is fill in our simple online request form and we’ll send you a few sheets to test out for yourself, to make sure that one of our products is suitable for the specific requirements of your particular application.

We’ll also take a look over the details you provide (such as the type of printer you have, what you’ll be sticking the labels onto, and any other specific requirements that you need to meet) to see if we can make any suggestions about the type of label you should use, along with advice and tips on how to get the best print results from your labels.

Blockout/Opaque Labels – We’ve Got You Covered

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Whether you need to cover up a mistake or replace some old text with something new, opaque or “Blockout” labels are an ideal solution.

Opaque labels are designed specifically to block out anything beneath them, so you can only see the label itself and anything that has been printed on it.

We have a range of opaque labels, which are made of matt white paper with an opaque or “blockout” backing that prevents anything from showing through the paper layer.

We sell this label in a variety of sizes – although we cannot do bespoke sizes – at a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets. You can see the available sizes on our Opaque Label Product Page.

As some customers only need a few labels and find that 500 sheets is just a bit too much, we do have a few alternative suggestions:

1. If you’ve got a steady hand, you could simply try layering our standard labels until any existing print is no longer visible.

2. Try our Gold or Silver labels; the particular finish of these labels creates an opaque or block out effect, so they will do the same job as our Opaque labels – albeit with a slightly more eye catching finish.

3. As a compromise, you could try our Matt White Polyethylene labels; as this is a thicker material than standard paper it is more efficient at covering up existing print than a standard label. However, it isn’t a perfect solution and (depending on how bold the print beneath is) you may find that the print below is still slightly visible.

Troublesome or Trying Templates? Remember to Test, Test, Test!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

We offer Word and PDF templates on our website, for our customers to download and use.

While we have tested these templates to ensure that they work, every computer system is slightly different and there is no guarantee that every customer can simply open one of our templates, insert their text and/or images, and print the document with perfect results first time. While many of our customers find this is the case, others find that the templates don’t work perfectly from the start, which is why we advise every customer to always try a test print – printing the template onto blank paper – before printing onto a sheet of their labels.

By printing a test print, you can hold this sheet up against a sheet of your labels and verify for yourself if the alignment is correct or if the template needs a few amendments making. This also allows you to weed out any document or printer settings that may affect the final alignment of the document. The most common examples of this include the Page Size being set to something other than A4 (usually American Letter) or a Scaling setting being applied to the document (so the document prints at a size that is larger or smaller than the sheet of labels).

Our Word templates feature a step by step guide to designing and printing label templates, and we also have a number of help and advice articles available on our website for customers to peruse. Of course, if all else fails, we’re also happy to talk to customers about any particular problems or issues they encounter with their troublesome and trying templates.

Tips From Label Planet: Picking A Printer

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

While we specialise in labels, we also try to offer advice on all kinds of things to do with labels and labelling, including the types of printers that can be used to print labels – whether you’re at home, in a school, or in an office or business.

Here are a few top tips from Label Planet for picking a printer:

– While “All-In-One” printers may seem like a good idea at the time, they do tend to compromise on the quality of each of the functions they offer. These machines are generally designed to perform a number of functions to an acceptable standard, rather than being designed to perform specific functions to an extremely high standard. This does mean that you may encounter difficulties or low quality print when printing labels.

– It is always worth checking the specifications and features of a printer before buying. In particular, when buying a printer that needs to be able to print labels you should make sure that it has a media bypass tray and that it is capable of processing a variety of materials and media. The general paper tray is designed specifically for paper and is unlikely to process different materials and thicker media very well. Printers with a media bypass tray will also have a greater variety of printer settings (such as “Labels” or “Heavy Paper”) that will automatically adjust the printing process to suit the material or medium being printed to produce the best possible print results.

– Laser printers produce waterproof print, so if you have an application in mind that requires labels to survive outdoors or in an environment where they may get wet you must choose a laser printer. Inkjet printers use water-based inks, which means the print they produce will smudge if it gets wet.

– If you purchase an A3 printer, you must make sure that you will be able to feed your sheets of labels into the printer portrait rather than landscape.

– Always check the “duty cycle” of a printer; this estimates the number of pages a printer should be able to print within a certain period of time (usually a month) while maintaining a consistent quality of print and standard of operating. You should buy a printer that has a higher duty cycle than the volume you actually intend to print.

We tend to recommend both OKI and HP printers, as we find that these printers have excellent duty cycles, offer good print quality, and are more than capable when it comes to printing labels. OKI printers also have a flat path through the printer, which is perfect for labels as it reduces the number of rollers the labels have to go through and reduces the chances of labels peeling off in the machine.

Take a look at our Help & Advice page for more helpful hints and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Iron On Name Labels

Friday, August 15th, 2014

With the Back To School season creeping into view, we wanted to take a moment to let our A4 customers know about a brand new product for labelling school uniform and clothing that we launched back in June.

Trons iron on name transfers are a new type of name label; as a transfer, these labels bond fully with fabric items to create a completely permanent name label solution.

Each transfer is made of a very thin material that has been impregnated with ink; when ironed onto a wash care label or directly onto a fabric, they bond and fuse permanently with the clothing. Iron on name labels can be used on any article of clothing or fabric item, including hats, scarves, coats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, jumpers, skirts, and trousers.

These name labels are sold in packs of 35, 70, 105, and 140 transfers, each of which is supplied with a silicon sheet to be used when applying the transfers and a full set of instructions. Each transfer only needs to be ironed on once, making these transfers a quick and easy way for parents and guardians to add a name label to any kind of fabric item to help prevent items from getting mixed up or lost.

To find out more about our Trons iron on name labels, or to give them a try, please visit the Trons Name Transfers information page.

Congratulations To Teachers (But Are You Ready For Back To School?)

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

We supply a number of schools with labels and we wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to all of their staff as students across the country receive their A-Level results.

While some students will get what they wanted (or even better) and some may be disappointed, behind them are the teachers and members of staff at school who have supported them along the way.

Of course, while you deserve a moment to celebrate the results of your efforts, September is still slowly creeping up. But don’t worry! Here at Label Planet we’ve launched a special School Section on our website, full of help, advice, and resources for teachers to use in the preparation for back to school.

So, while we hope you enjoy a day of celebrations, when you do have the time we hope you’ll take a look at our site to see how we can help you get organised for the next school year.

School Templates – Free Resources For Teachers From Label Planet

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We’ve updated our Schools section on our website to include a whole series of templates that teachers can download and use for free.

These templates demonstrate some of the ways our labels can be used in schools, ranging from General Feedback and Marking Labels, Merit and Reward Labels, Administration Labels, Lesson Planning Labels, Pastoral Care Labels (including behaviour, reward, and file labels), and General Target Setting and Assessment Labels.

Teachers can take a look at the templates for inspiration, use them as they are, or edit and amend them to suit their own requirements.

To take a look at the templates on offer, just visit our School Section and click on Examples of Labels To Download.

What is a “standard size” of label?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

We often use the term “standard sizes” when referring to some of our label products, which can cause some confusion when customers are trying to buy labels to stick on items that are also referred to as being “standard” in size.

When a customer regularly buys in items of a “standard” size, it can be a surprise to suddenly find out that there isn’t a “standard” size of label to go with them.

In the world of A4 sheets of labels, the measurements of “standard” label sizes are determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet – namely 210mm wide by 297mm high. Standard label sizes are designed to fit as many labels as possible onto an A4 sheet with as little waste in between and around the labels as possible.

You can search through our label sizes by using our “Search Pages” to:

Search By Height
Search By Width
Search By Shape
Search By Number Of Labels Per Sheet

Return(s) To Label Planet

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

We hope that our customers find all of our products to be just what they were looking for. But we also know that sometimes things just aren’t quite right, so if you find that you need to return an item to Label Planet this is how it works.

First, make sure you get in touch!
Send us an email or give us a call to explain the situation. Where possible, we will try to offer a solution to any issue with your items. If you do need to return an item, we will then talk you through the steps to complete a return.

Second, decide what kind of return you prefer.
Where possible, we will offer our customers the choice of receiving either a REFUND or a REPLACEMENT.

FOR REFUNDS:
– We will assign a goods return number to your order – this number should be put on or in the package you are returning
– Send your package back to us at Unit 2, Alvaston Business Park, Middlewich Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6PF
– Once your order is delivered back to us, we will use the goods return number to confirm the details of the return and process your refund
[For orders placed online, the refund will be processed directly back to the card or account used to make the order. For orders placed over the phone, we will need to contact you by phone to get your card details so that we can complete the refund.]

FOR REPLACEMENTS:
We have two ways of processing replacements.
If you need your replacements urgently we divide the return into two parts:
1. Place a new order for the replacements so they can be despatched as soon as possible.
2. Send your original goods back, along with your goods return number, and we will process a refund for the original order once it has been delivered to us.
If you have time to wait for your replacements:
1. Send your original goods back, along with your goods return number, and we will despatch the replacements once the original order has been delivered to us.
[Please note that if you request replacements that cost more than the original order you will need to pay the additional amount and if your replacements cost less than the original order we will refund the difference for you.]

If you have any further questions about refunds or if you want to find out if you can return a particular order, please get in touch.