Archive for July, 2017

Despatch & Delivery For Self-Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

If you’re looking to order self-adhesive labels but you need to know how long it will take for your items arrive, this blog post should have all the answers to your despatch & delivery questions!

Despatch of Self-Adhesive Labels
We try to maintain a wide range of stocked label sizes and materials to allow as many of our customers as possible to purchase labels that can be despatched same day. All of the label products on our website that have a minimum order quantity of 25 SHEETS or 100 SHEETS are stocked items that are available for same day despatch from stock.

Label products with a minimum order quantity of 500 SHEETS are generally made to order items that are despatched within five working days – although standard paper labels are generally kept in stock in larger volumes so we are able to despatch orders for these items much sooner (with standard matt white permanent labels often being available for same day despatch from our warehouse stock).

Made to order items are made on a rotational basis, which means that the time it takes for your labels to be made and despatched depends on when the item(s) you have ordered next appears in the rotation schedule (which takes five working days to cycle through). If you need your labels quickly, remember you can always contact us before placing an order so that we can contact the warehouse and confirm the despatch estimate for the particular item(s) that you want to order.

Delivery Of Self-Adhesive Labels
The delivery service we offer will depend on the quantity of sheets being ordered and the shipping address that you request.

Please note that we ONLY ship to the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Standard delivery is by Royal Mail’s first class service or next working day carrier service; this service is included in the prices displayed on our website and is available for all orders with delivery addresses on the UK Mainland.

Standard delivery for Northern Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and “Extended Postcode” regions is via Royal Mail’s first class service or 2-3 working day carrier service, while delivery to the Republic of Ireland is via Royal Mail’s international signed for service or 2-3 working day carrier service – both of which have additional shipping charges. Orders for delivery to the Republic of Ireland, therefore, must be placed by phone so that we can apply the correct shipping option for each particular order.

SMALL ORDERS (25-200 sheets): despatched same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri)

MEDIUM ORDERS (200-475 sheets): despatched same day via next (working) day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri)

LARGE ORDERS (500+ sheets): despatched via next (working) day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri) when stock is available; made to order items are despatched within five working days (with standard paper labels being despatched sooner).

Orders for delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and some “Extended Postcode” regions are despatched on a 2-3 working day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri).

Special Delivery Options For Delivery Of Self-Adhesive Labels
We offer a range of special delivery options if you need to make sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time for an upcoming deadline. These special delivery options include Royal Mail special deliveries (for next day delivery before 1pm, 9am, or 1pm on a Saturday) and timed carrier deliveries (for next day delivery before 10am, 10:30am, or 12pm).

You can request any of these special delivery options by calling our Customer Service Team; they do incur an additional shipping charge but this is the fee that the Royal Mail/carrier provider charges us and we do not add our own shipping charges onto any orders.

Small orders of between 25-200 sheets can also be upgraded to a next day delivery option (for delivery on the next working day before 1pm) during the checkout process.


Remember, you can also check our despatch & delivery information by visiting our Delivery Information page and if you have any questions or concerns about how long it will take for an order to be despatched and delivered to you, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll be happy to help!

Picking The Perfect Labels For Your Summer Foodie Projects

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time for making all sorts of sweet and savoury goodies to enjoy while you (try to) enjoy a bit of summer sun. Whether you’re a home-baker or home-brewer making a few seasonal delights for friends and family or you’re a restaurant or café looking to create a selection of succulent snacks to satisfy summer shoppers, you’ll probably need a few extra labels to get all of your ingredients and products labelled up before they’re handed out.

This blog takes a closer look at the Label Planet labels that are just perfect for labelling food and drink products.

Freezer Labels
Best For: Frozen Foods
If you’re making ice creams or desserts that need to be stored in freezer conditions then our freezer labels are the ideal choice. These paper labels are made with a special freezer adhesive that is suitable for use in temperatures ranging between -40°C to +60°C and was specifically developed for deep freeze label applications (in which other standard adhesives tend to fail).

These white labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; we don’t recommend using an inkjet printer, as the water-based inks will be likely to run and smudge when they are exposed to condensation.

We have eight label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, with a further thirty-six label sizes available as made to order bulk boxes.

Water Wash Off Labels
Best For: Labelling Ingredients / Reusable Containers
Water wash off labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of needing to securely label a container (so that the contents can be identified at all times) before removing the label without damaging the container (so that the container can be cleaned and reused).

Our wash off labels are paper labels with a special “wash off” adhesive; this is permanent adhesive creates a strong bond with a surface BUT also breaks down when it is exposed to water (so it doesn’t leave behind any adhesive residue or damage the surface). This means that you can safely and securely label food and drink containers so that their contents are clearly identified and then wash the labels off before reusing and relabelling the containers as required.

Again, we have eight label sizes available for same day despatch from stock, with thirty-six additional made to order label sizes.

Waterproof Labels
Best For: Labelling Drink Bottles
If you need labels for drink bottles that are likely to be exposed to condensation or ice, you may want to consider using waterproof labels; these labels will not be damaged by exposure to water or other liquids, which will allow your labels to remain firmly in place and completely legible for the entire length of the application.

These labels need to be printed with a laser printer in order to produce waterproof print and we have a variety of materials options to help you find the perfect label for your products. You can choose between white labels or transparent labels and we also offer options for a gloss finish (a shiny finish) or a matt finish (a dull, non-shiny finish).

We supply seventeen label sizes of waterproof labels as stocked items (packs of 25 sheets available for same day despatch), with a further twenty-seven label sizes available as made to order items (boxes of 500 sheets).

You can view ALL of our label materials on our All Materials page, download a label template from our Label Templates home page, and you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials to make sure that you pick the perfect stickers for your summery snacks.

Top Tips For Storing Labels In Hot Weather

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

With summer underway and some good weather – hopefully – on hand, we thought we’d put together a few top tips for storing your labels safely during the summer months (or whenever the Great British Weather decides to behave itself).

All of our labels are self-adhesive labels, which means they are tacky (sticky) at “normal” room temperatures – and so only require light pressure from a finger or hand to create a strong adhesive bond upon contact with a surface.

This does mean that the quality of the adhesive bond can be influenced by the temperature – during storage, application, and the duration of the label application. High temperatures tend to speed up the process of adhesion (causing the adhesive to set more quickly) and low temperatures tend to slow down or even prevent the adhesive process altogether. This means that if your labels get too hot or too cold, the quality of the adhesive bond that they can maintain will deteriorate.

High temperatures can also cause adhesive bleed; this is when the adhesive starts to spread out from the adhesive layer, where it can penetrate into the other layers of the labels themselves (and possibly damage these labels, for example by causing discolouration of the face material) or emerge from around the edges of the labels. This can cause problems when you try to print your label sheets as they may not feed correctly, which can cause print misalignment or may lead to your sheets getting jammed in your printer.

Therefore we recommend following these simple steps to store your self-adhesive labels safely so they retain their original quality for when you need to use them next:

  • Keep your labels in their original plastic packaging
  • Store your labels away from direct sunlight
  • Make sure the room temperature doesn’t exceed 25 degrees (and avoid spaces with fluctuating temperatures if possible)
  • Never store unused labels in the printer tray or next to the printer (or any other electrical devices) as the printer may get hot during usage.

Hopefully there is still some good weather to come over the summer months (and maybe even beyond) but – with these top tips – you can rest assured that your labels will be ready and waiting for you the next time you need to print some labels.

You can find more of our TOP TIPS in our Help Section, along with advice on how to design and print your own self-adhesive labels.

FAQ – What Label Sizes Do You Supply (& Why Those Sizes Anyway)?

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Customers often come to us with a particular label size in mind – which we may or may not supply. Generally speaking, if we don’t supply a particular size we are usually able to offer a suitable alternative BUT in some cases we simply won’t have a label size that comes close to a customer’s requested measurements. At Label Planet, we specialise in supplying A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels, which means that – while we try to offer the best possible range of label sizes – there are a number of factors that determine the number of label sizes we are able to supply as well as the actual measurements of those label sizes…

  1. We are a label supplier (not a label manufacturer).
    We only supply label sizes that are already available as pre-existing “standard label sizes” and we do not manufacture bespoke labels to suit a customer’s unique set of requirements.
  1. We aim to supply customers with quality labels at competitive prices.
    Standard sizes are made in bulk on a regular basis and have much lower manufacturing costs than bespoke items (that are made in smaller quantities as and when they are requested – sometimes with the added cost of having a die cutter made to produce labels in the exact size and layout required), which allows us to offer our customers much better prices.
  1. We specialise in supplying labels on A4 sheets.
    The label sizes we supply are largely determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet (210mm wide by 297mm high); standard label sizes are created by dividing up an A4 sheet into a number of equal rows and columns, which is why certain measurements crop up over and over again. For example, if you divide a sheet into two you get 105mm (or 99.1mm if you leave a gap between the labels) and if you divide it into three you get 70mm (or 63.5mm), which is why we have a number of label sizes that have these measurements as their widths.
    Manufacturers also prefer to make products that have as little waste material as possible, which means that standard label sizes tend to be those that are created when a sheet is divided up into individual labels with no gaps between or around the labels at all AND/OR that provide a narrow selvedge (blank strip) around the edge of the sheet AND/OR have narrow gaps between the labels to create a layout that is easier to design and print accurately.
  1. We aim to supply labels that are easy for our customers to print themselves.
    Some label sizes and layouts are more difficult to design and print accurately, while others create practical difficulties when it comes to printing labels using a standard desktop printer. For example, most standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet (leaving an unprintable area around the edge of the sheet), which means that many of our label sizes have selvedges (or blank strips) around the sheet to avoid this issue. We also avoid supplying very large label sizes because they tend to waste a lot of material and we avoid very small label sizes because they carry a risk of separating from the backing sheet as they are pulled through the rollers in desktop printers.
  1. We have limited shelf space.
    We aim to supply as wide a range of label sizes as possible so our customers can visit our website confident in the knowledge that they should be able to find a suitable label for their particular application – with many of our most popular label sizes available for same day despatch from stock. HOWEVER, we also have limited space for stock and it would be extremely impractical (indeed impossible) to maintain a label range that offers every possible label size and material combination.
    Therefore, we have tried to select label sizes that are suitable for a miscellany of purposes so that as many customers as possible will be able to visit our site and find a size that is suitable for their application.

You can view our full range of label sizes by visiting our Labels Listed By Width and Labels Listed By Height pages – and you can find all of the material options for each label size by visiting the relevant template information page (found via our Template Home Page OR by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link displayed on every product page).