Archive for August, 2017

Questions & Queries About Prices & Paying For Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

This week’s blog post aims to answer some of the most frequent questions and queries that we receive about our prices and the payment methods available to our customers.

How Do I Find Out What Your Prices Are?
All of our current prices are listed on our website; simply visit the product page of the item you are interested in to view the prices available for that product.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team; we recommend contacting us first if you have a bit of a “shopping list” of items as we may be able to prorata the price of some (or all) of the items you are interested in to give you a better price.

We are usually able to offer prorata pricing if you require a quantity that is not listed on our site (e.g. 200 sheets) or if you are ordering multiple sizes within a particular product range (e.g. LP4/99 GW and LP8/99 GW).

What Is “All-Inclusive” Pricing?
The prices displayed on our website are “all-inclusive”, which means that the price includes both VAT and standard delivery to the UK. The price you see will be the price you pay UNLESS you opt to upgrade to a special delivery service or you need to request delivery to Ireland.

What Pricing Structure Do You Use?
We use a price break system; each product range has a price list that applies to all of the label sizes within that product range, which features price breaks at each of the quantities shown in the price list. This means you will get a better price per sheet if you order bulk boxes of 500 sheets compared to ordering packs of 25 sheets.

Do You Offer A Price Matching Service?
No. We are not the cheapest supplier of labels (nor are we the most expensive) but we aim to supply our customers with both high quality labels and high quality customer service – and this is reflected in our prices. All of our products are manufactured independently in the UK and we provide a number of support services including samples, labels templates, and help and advice on designing and printing your own self-adhesive labels.

If you find a better price elsewhere it is up to you to decide where you order your labels.

Please note: our sister company (Madebuy) supplies genuine Label Planet products via Amazon and Ebay; while we aim to keep prices consistent between the two companies, there may be some differences and it is up to you to decide if you order from us or Madebuy.

Do You Offer Trade Prices?
No. We offer one price list to all of our customers, although our price break system is designed to help trade customers (who are more likely to buy in bulk than individual customers) by creating a better unit price for larger quantities.

Do You Offer A Discount For … ?
We don’t currently have any discounts or offers available – although, as mentioned above, if you are buying an assortment of items we may be able to prorata some of those items, while repeat customers could take advantage of our price break system to order more labels than they currently need (storing some for future use) to get a better price per unit.

Do I Have To Pay For Samples Or Templates?
No. Our sample service and label templates are both completely free for anyone to use.

Do I Have To Pay For Delivery?
Standard delivery to UK addresses is included in the prices on our website; you will only need to pay extra for delivery if you want to upgrade to a special delivery service OR if you are ordering labels for delivery to Ireland.

We offer a range of special delivery options, including next day delivery options with Royal Mail (pre-1pm, pre-9am, and Sat delivery) and timed carrier services. Small orders (25-200 sheets) can be upgraded to a guaranteed next day service as you checkout online – for all other special delivery options or to upgrade a large order to a timed carrier service, you will need to contact our Customer Service Team by phone.

Delivery to Ireland depends on the specific items and quantities being ordered, which means that we ask customers to order by phone so that we can arrange the correct shipping option for the exact content of your order.

Customers in Ireland who are VAT registered can request a non-VAT quote providing that you have your VAT number to hand when you order.

Where we do charge extra for delivery, we will only ever charge what Royal Mail or our carrier provider charge us – we do not add on our own charges for upgrading your delivery service level.

What Payment Methods Are Available?
You can pay in a number of ways, although the payment methods available will depend on how you place your order:

  • Online Orders: pay by debit/credit card or Paypal.
  • Phone Orders: pay by debit/credit card.
  • Post: pay by cheque.
  • Email/Fax: request a Proforma Invoice against which you can make payment via debit/credit card or BACS transfer.

Please note, we can also send a Paypal payment request if you let us know that you would prefer to pay in this manner.

Can I Open A Credit Account?
No. We operate on a “payment with order” basis and do not offer any credit accounts. As mentioned earlier, if you are unable to pay online or by phone (for example, because you need to submit orders via a Finance Department) you can request a Proforma Invoice.

Please note: if you request a Proforma Invoice, we will not process your order and despatch your labels until we have received payment – and it is up to you to ensure that payment is made.

Our one exception is Local Education Authority schools; we offer a 30 Day Invoice option to schools (at our discretion) – we simply need an official purchase order or the details of your order on the school’s letterhead along with the signature of the individual responsible for making payment and we will despatch your goods along with a School Invoice.

If you have any other questions or queries about ordering labels from Label Planet, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team. Alternatively, if you want to place an online order today, simply head on over to our Home Page to get started.

Schools – Have You Got Your #backtoschool Labels Ordered Yet?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

With GCSE Results Day taking place tomorrow, there can be little doubt that the new school year is upon us and school staff across the country will be working hard to make sure all their preparations are in place for the new term.

While ordering labels might not be at the top of your to-do list (in fact, it’s probably more likely at the bottom – if it’s on your list at all), like many things it’s a small job that can help to make a big difference – especially when it comes to getting a lot of things (including a lot of children) organised.

At Label Planet, we offer a wide range of label products that can be used for all kinds of school applications including;

  • Target Setting & Assessment Labels
  • Marking & Feedback Labels
  • Lesson Planning Labels
  • Pastoral Care Labels
  • General School Administration Labels

We aim to stock as many of our most popular products as possible so that the items you need are ready and available for same day despatch from stock. We supply our labels in packs of 25 sheets or in bulk boxes of 500 sheets and you can order online, by phone, or by email/fax. If you do not have a debit or credit card for payment, you can request a proforma invoice (to make payment via BACS transfer etc). We also offer Local Education Authority schools the option of requesting a School Invoice, which gives you 30 days for payment (to request a School Invoice, you simply need to fax or email an official purchase order to us – or send us the details of your order on official school letterhead, along with the signature of the individual responsible for payment).

All of our products are supplied as blank labels on A4 sheets and have been designed specifically for use with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers – they are also suitable for handwriting. We supply label templates for all of our label sizes and these can be downloaded from our website completely free of charge.

If you need any help and advice on how to order school labels, please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help, whether you need information about prices and payments, despatch and delivery, or you have any other questions or queries.

We have created a dedicated Schools Section on our site with more information about how labels can be used in a school environment or you can simply browse through our website to find out more about all of the self-adhesive labels available from Label Planet.

Label Planet’s Top Tips For Choosing The Right Label Size

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

When it comes to producing the perfect label, size is (sometimes) everything – getting the right label size can go a long way towards making it much easier to create a clean cut label design that enhances the item that you need to label, whether you’re looking for a practical and professional finish or something that simply looks the part.

There are a few practical considerations to bear in mind when it comes to picking the perfect label size:

WHAT SIZE (& SHAPE) IS THE SURFACE YOU ARE LABELLING?
Obviously, you cannot choose a label size that is BIGGER than the item or surface that you want to label – so first you need to measure the surface of your item to determine the largest size that you could use within the available space.

Next you need to consider if there are any other limitations that would reduce the label size that you could use, including any aesthetic or practical reasons why a larger label size might not be the way to go. For example, if you are labelling products, you may have invested in specially designed or branded packaging, which would be needlessly covered up if you use too large a label. In this case, you want to make sure that the label size is a neat and compact one that won’t detract from the overall appearance of your products. Likewise, if you are labelling a surface that is in any way shaped or curved (e.g. bottles and jars), you may find that you cannot apply a label to a shaped portion of the surface, which will limit the space you have available to you for adding a label.

HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR INFORMATION/DESIGN?
You also need to consider how much stuff you want to add to your label(s); if you’ve got a lot of important information to add OR you’ve got a large and intricate design to recreate, then you need to make sure that the label size you choose is large enough to accommodate that design – without forcing you to reduce your content to a smaller size just so it will fit (which will most likely either make your text illegible or make your design look cramped and badly planned.

We highly recommend taking a moment to type up the information that you’re planning to add to your labels or creating a quick rough sketch of the design you want to create to give yourself a better idea of how much room you need on your labels. If you find that your information is too cramped or busy looking, you can always play around with using multiple labels instead of a single label so that you can arrange your text neatly and legibly across different areas on your item.

WHAT LABEL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE (& WITHIN YOUR BUDGET)?
Unless you are planning to have bespoke labels made for you, the label size you choose may end up being determined for you by the label sizes that are available. Many companies who supply labels but do not manufacture labels will offer a limited number of label sizes to their customers; these “standard sizes” are created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of labels with as little waste around and between the labels as possible. These sizes are highly cost-effective and tend to be manufactured in high volume batches on a frequent basis.

At Label Planet, we supply standard sizes because they offer our customers a good choice of label sizes, are suitable for a wide range of label applications, are generally easy to print accurately and efficiently, allow us to provide high quality labels to our customers at good value, and are readily available allowing us to store a wide range of label products for same day despatch from stock.

While we aim to stock the best possible range of label products, some options are not carried as stocked items, which means that they will only be available to order in bulk boxes of 500 sheets. If this quantity exceeds your needs (and/or your budget), it may be worth compromising slightly on the label size you choose to find an alternative that is available in the material or adhesive you want as a stocked item.

So, when it comes to picking the perfect label size, our top tip has to be “a little preparation goes a long way”; take a bit of time to measure up how much space you have and how much space you need to give you a general idea of what label size(s) will work for you. Then, you can head on over to our website to see if we supply that particular label size or if we have a size that is close enough to fit your requirements.

We list all of our label sizes on our “Search By Width” and “Search By Height” pages; if you find a size that you think will work, you can then use our Label Finder or visit the template information page for that size (via our Template Home page or by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on each product page) to view all of the different material and adhesive options.

FAQ – How Do I Find Out More About Your Label Materials?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

When it comes to picking the perfect labels for your labelling project, you might need to know a bit more about the materials used to make your labels. For example, you might want to know more about the type of adhesive used, you might want to check the thickness of a particular label (to make sure that your printer is capable of processing your label sheets), or you might want to know if a particular material is suitable for your label application.

If this is the case, there are TWO really easy ways to find out more about the Label Planet labels you are interested in.

Firstly, you can visit our website. Each label product that we supply has its own dedicated range page, which provides the following information:

  • Key Facts: this lists the label material, printer compatibility, label adhesive, and waterproof status of the labels in question.
  • Product Information: this gives a brief description about the labels, including information about the material and adhesive along with some of the most popular uses for that particular type of label.
  • Common Uses: a short list of applications for which the label range is commonly used or particularly well-suited.
  • Material Specification Sheet: this sheet contains more detailed information about the material and adhesive used to make each label range – along with information about the weight and thickness of each material.

Secondly, if you don’t find the answer to your particular question or query on the range page of the labels you are interested in, you can always in get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help. You can give us a call or send us an email – or you can even pop a note in the post – and no question is too big or too small (or too silly!).

Visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page to find links to all of the range pages for our labels or visit our CONTACT US page to find out all of the ways you can get in touch with.

Label Planet’s Guide To Avery Labels

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe some of our products as being “Avery Compatible” and list “compatible Avery codes” for customers to use when printing the labels they have bought from us. This blog aims to provide a quickfire guide to what Avery labels are and why we mention them in connection with our products.

  1. We don’t sell Avery labels.
    The first thing to point out is that we DON’T supply Avery labels; none of our products are made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group and we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Avery Dennison Group.
  1. We do sell some label sizes that are compatible with Avery label sizes.
    Some of our label sizes are made using the exact same label size and layout as those used by Avery. We call our products “compatible” with those of Avery because they are the same (in terms of the size and layout) – however, the materials used to make our products may differ from those made by Avery.
  1. We supply Avery compatible labels because they are STANDARD label sizes that are suitable for a variety of label applications and they are cost-effective.
    While the name “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, it is important to remember that there is a whole labelling industry apart from Avery who all make their own label sizes and layouts. The reason that many of these companies use the same label sizes and layouts as Avery is that these sizes are the most economical sizes that can be produced on A4 sheets (making them more cost-effective) and they are useful for a range of applications. Standard sizes of labels supplied on A4 sheets have their dimensions determined by the sizes that are naturally created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of equal sized rows and columns to create the required number of labels per sheet. When label layouts are created with blank edges around the sheet – known as selvedges – or gaps between the rows and/or columns (to ensure the label sheets can be printed accurately), the spaces are generally kept as small as possible to reduce the amount of waste material that is created on each sheet.
    These sizes are manufactured regularly and in large volumes, which means that they incur lower manufacturing costs than more unusual sizes or bespoke labels that are made as and when they are requested.
    We therefore sell a number of the same label sizes and layouts as Avery (and other manufacturers and suppliers do) because these products are easier to print accurately, are readily available, and allow us to pass on better prices to our customers.
  1. We list compatible Avery codes so that customers can choose to use our label templates or a built-in Avery template to print the labels they have bought from Label Planet.
    Where one of our sizes is compatible with an Avery size you can print our labels using a template you have downloaded from our website OR using an Avery template that is built into the software you want (or need) to use to design and print your labels.We list any compatible Avery codes for our label products on the product packaging, product page, and template information page for that particular item.
  1. We list multiple Avery codes (where applicable) because of the way Avery named their products (and templates).
    Every Avery product has its own unique product code that is also used for the template that can be used to print that product. This creates multiple compatible template codes because Avery supplies many of its label sizes in different materials; each material has its own code BUT the templates used to print these products will be exactly the same because they share the same label size and layout. For example, many of Avery’s label sizes are available as both a paper product for inkjet printers (with a unique Avery code, for example J8654) and as a paper product for laser printers (also with its own unique Avery code, for example L7654) – however, you can print either of these products with either template (J8654 or L7654) because they are exactly the same. You could also use either of these templates to print onto any of our label products that have a code beginning with LP40/45 – which use the same label size and layout as the Avery products.
  1. We do not supply any labels that are compatible with American Avery label sizes.
    Avery supply DIFFERENT product ranges for the UK and US markets; this is because the US uses a page size of American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm) and label sizes that are measured in inches, while the UK uses a page size of A4 (210mm x 297mm) and label sizes that are measured in millimetres. You may have noticed that when you use built in Avery templates, the label vendor is given as “Avery A4/A5” – with another option for “Avery US Letter”. If you are using software that was developed by (and for) an American company, you will need to find an American label supplier that can ship to the UK. Alternatively, if you are able to shift away from American label sizes, you can convert your label measurements from inches to mm and you should be able to find a suitable UK label size that either matches or is close enough to the dimensions you want to use.
  1. We do not match Avery’s product list.
    We have selected a range of label sizes that we feel offers our customers the best possible choice for a range of label applications but we do not aim to match Avery’s complete product list. This means that there may be some label sizes that Avery supply but that we do not. We do not offer a bespoke label service and the only label sizes we can supply are those listed on our website.
  1. We sell label sizes that Avery do not supply.
    Of course, you may also be aware that Avery’s range of label sizes is smaller than those offered by other label manufacturers and suppliers (including Label Planet). Therefore, you will see that a number of our label products do not have any compatible Avery codes listed along with their product descriptions; this is because Avery simply do not supply labels in this size. We supply label templates (in both Word and PDF formats) for all of our label sizes so you don’t need to rely on a built in Avery template to get your labels designed and printed.

To find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery code you can check the product packaging, product page, or template information page (you can find this by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Section). You could also visit our cross-index pages, which list all of the Label Planet label sizes that have compatible Avery codes and all of the Avery label sizes that have compatible Label Planet codes.