Archive for October, 2017

Let The Christmas Countdown…Commence!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

It is officially TWO MONTHS until Christmas Day, which means that it is time once again to launch our countdown to Christmas by reminding our customers of all the reasons why it’s really important to get your labels ordered EARLY!!

At Label Planet, we highly recommend that ALL of our customers should try to place their label orders as early as possible to help avoid headaches and heartaches as the Christmas season edges closer and closer.

Whether you’re an individual who just needs a few address labels for your Christmas cards, a business with Christmas stock to get packed and/or posted, or you’re hosting a Christmas event – it’s always a good idea to get your labels ordered in plenty of time.

Many people consider ordering labels to be the LAST job on their (Christmas) to-do list, which is fine if you’re really organised and you’ve been planning your Christmas jobs since – well – summer BUT at this time of year it’s worth bearing in mind that it is almost INEVITABLE that pretty much EVERYTHING will take longer than you’d expect.

For example, when you order labels you need to remember that you have to leave enough time for:

  1. Your labels to be despatched from our office or warehouse
  2. Your labels to be delivered to you by Royal Mail or our carrier
  3. You to design your label template
  4. You to PRINT your label template (including time to correct any mishaps that occur along the way)
  5. You to stick your labels onto your items
  6. You to post your items AND for them to be delivered (if you’re trying to send products, cards, or gifts out to arrive at their intended destination BEFORE Christmas).

At this time of year, there are hundreds and thousands of additional items being manufactured and delivered all across the country – meaning it can take longer for items to be made (if you are ordering made to order items) AND for items to be delivered.

So, here at Label Planet we have TWO top tips for ordering your Christmas labels:

  1. ORDER AS EARLY AS YOU CAN
  2. REQUEST AN UPGRADED DELIVERY SERVICE (IF ONE IS AVAILABLE)

While our despatch estimate for made to order items (i.e. labels only available in bulk boxes of 500 sheets) is USUALLY up to five working days, the volume of orders in the lead up to Christmas will push this despatch estimate upwards (usually we see despatch go up to 5-7 working days and possibly even 7-10 working days in December). While we aim to keep our despatch times as low as possible for as long as possible, we do recommend ordering early to avoid disappointment.

If you are ordering smaller quantities (e.g. 25-200 sheets), we highly recommend upgrading to our next working day delivery service – especially once we get into November and December when the Royal Mail experience a much higher volume of items, which can lead to delays with their first class service (our standard delivery service for small orders).

We do also have some timed delivery services available for items that are sent via next working day carrier service (this applies to orders of stocked items of 250+ sheets and orders of bulk boxes of 500 sheets) – to find out what services are available and to request a special delivery option, please contact our Customer Service Team.

As we get closer to Christmas, we’ll be posting those all-important LAST POSTING DATES along with updates about our despatch service level. You can find out more about our Despatch and Delivery Times by visiting our DELIVERY pages and, if you have any questions or queries, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or by email.

Make Your Items Safe & Secure With Our Tamper Evident Security Labels

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Labels can be a quick and easy way to add a little bit of extra security to a variety of items, from high value goods to important documentation. A label can be used not only to securely seal packaging, folders, and envelopes but to also increase the security of items by acting as a visual deterrent against unauthorised tampering AND by providing visual evidence that an item has been opened or otherwise damaged in some way.

There are a range of security labels available, including a group known as “Tamper Evident Labels”; these labels provide some form of visual evidence that someone has attempted to tamper with an item.

At Label Planet, we supply two kinds of Tamper Evident Labels: TAMPER EVIDENT VINYL LABELS (TEV) and SILVER VOID LABELS (SVP).

Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

Our TEV labels are “frangible labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by disintegrating into tiny pieces when any attempt is made to remove one of these labels. They are made with a strong permanent adhesive and a very thin, very fragile (hence “frangible”) vinyl face material, which means that the label disintegrates when you try to remove it – the result being that only a tiny fragment of the label is removed with the rest of the label remaining behind, as an indication that the label (and therefore the item) has been tampered with in some way.

Please note: it IS possible to (eventually) remove the entire label but it is extremely difficult and time consuming to make sure that every part of the label has been removed.

Our TEV labels are available in 11 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 33 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be (carefully) handwritten or printed using a laser printer – although, due to the fragile nature of the vinyl, you do need to take care when handling these labels to avoid damaging the material. These labels should be printed using a standard print setting (rather than a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and we strongly recommend requesting a sample of these labels to make sure they are suitable for your requirements.

While they can be used on a range of surface types, they are best suited to solid inflexible surfaces where there is a fixed and consistent surface for them to bond with successfully (compared to flexible surfaces such as plastic bags or wrapping).

Silver Void Labels

Our SVP labels are “void labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by leaving behind a message (the word “VOID”) when they are removed from an item. Our void labels are made with a silver matt metallic polyester face material and a “partial transfer” VOID adhesive; this is a permanent adhesive that is designed to split when a label is removed from an item – leaving part of the adhesive on the back of the label and part on the previously labelled item.

This makes these labels extremely popular for use as security seals (on product packaging and important document folders or envelopes), warranty labels on high value goods (to indicate that an item has been tampered with in a way prohibited by the terms of a warranty agreement), and as security labels on high value goods (to prevent items being resold illegally under a different name or brand).

Our SVP labels are available in 9 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 35 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; as the silver polyester has a metallised backing, we recommend using a standard print setting and NOT a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting (this is because the metallised backing causes the labels to reflect the heat generated by laser printers, which can generate too much heat if the more specialised print settings are used).

You can find out more about our security labels, view all of the label sizes available, and place an order for your own tamper evident labels by visiting our dedicated range pages; go to the TEV range page for tamper evident vinyl labels or go to the SVP range page for void labels.

Reasons To Use Rectangles & Pointers To Print Them Perfectly!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

While you’ll often hear that using a different label shape is a quick and easy way to create a more “decorative” design, there’s a lot to be said for rectangular labels, which have a lot of benefits that you might not have considered.

So, in this post we’ll be championing the humble rectangle and giving you a few pointers to perfect your rectangular label printing!

EASY TO DESIGN

While you might dismiss rectangular labels as too basic, don’t forget that the simplicity of this shape makes it much easier to design than other shapes (especially circles and ovals).

This holds especially true if you aren’t using design software to create your labels; for example, many people use Microsoft Word, which was created specifically for inserting and editing text (NOT for designing labels). Word templates are basically tables that replicate the layout of a sheet of labels, which is fine if your labels are square or rectangular in shape but less so if you have a more complicated shape (such as those pesky circles and ovals).

With the clearly defined and straightforward edges of a rectangle, you simply need to make sure your design fits inside the four sides of your labels – and you don’t need to spend time thinking about how you’ll get your design to fit inside a curved or fluctuating shape.

EASY TO PRINT

The regularity and simplicity of the rectangular shape also makes it easier to print your labels accurately. Sheets of rectangular labels are made by simply dividing a sheet into equal shapes (with perhaps some spacing between and around the labels), making it is much easier to print your design accurately across each row and column of labels.
In fact, the only time rectangles tend to cause printing problems is when your labels fall inside the “unprintable area” of your printer; standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet and the area that they cannot print is called the “unprintable area”. If your labels fall into this area then you may need to choose a different label size OR adapt your design so that it doesn’t occupy this area on your label sheets. This tends to happen more often with square cut corner rectangles that tend to go all the way to the edges of a sheet (although some label layouts use “selvedges” or blank strips at the edges of the sheet to avoid this problem).

MORE CHOICE & BETTER AVAILABILITY

As a basic shape, rectangular labels are available in a lot more sizes AND material options than other shapes because they are popular with both manufacturers AND customers.

Manufacturers like rectangular labels because they produce less waste than other shapes (making them more cost effective) and because they are extremely versatile labels that can be used for hundreds and thousands of different applications – making them a popularly requested size. This means that manufacturers tend to view rectangular labels as “standard sizes”, which they therefore produce in large volumes, on a frequent basis, and in a range of material options.

This means that customers get a better choice of label materials AND rectangular labels are often available at better prices than other shapes.

For example, if you really want round labels in a particular size and a particular material, you may find that you can’t buy those labels as a standard product, which means you either have to pay extra to have them made for you (usually at a higher order quantity and price than you’d like) or you have to compromise by choosing a different size or material.

If you choose a rectangular size, however, it is more than likely that you’ll be able to find that size in a range of materials as a stocked item (with a lower minimum order quantity and price).

It’s also more likely that it will be a size offered by Avery, which means that there may be a compatible template already available in the software you want to use to design your labels.

Plus rectangular labels can be printed in a portrait orientation OR a landscape orientation, giving you twice as many label sizes to choose from!

We supply both portrait and landscape templates for all of our rectangular label sizes so you don’t have to crane your neck as you try to fill a portrait template with a landscape design.

LABEL PLANET’S RANGE OF RECTANGULAR LABELS

At Label Planet, our rectangular labels fall into one of two shape categories; those with rounded corners and those with square cut corners. We have 70 label sizes that are rectangular in shape (39 with round corners and 31 with square corners) – compared to 19 round label sizes, 8 oval label sizes, and 5 square label sizes.

While some of our rectangular labels are “special” sizes that are only available as standard paper labels, most of our rectangular labels are “standard” sizes that are available across our range of more than 30 different label materials and adhesives. We stock as many of these different options as we can so that customers can order their labels knowing that they will be despatched same day.

In fact, we have more than 350 different rectangular label products available for same day despatch from stock!

Less popular combinations are not kept in stock but are available as made to order items (sold in 500 sheet bulk boxes), which are made and despatched within five working days).

Many of our rectangular labels use the same label size and layout as Avery products, which means that you can print your Label Planet labels using a compatible Avery template that already exists within your software.

So, if you think that a good old reliable rectangle might just be the shape for you after all, why not head over to our website to view all of our Rectangular Labels – including our Rounded Corner Rectangles and our Square Cut Corner Rectangles.

Find The Perfect Label For You With The Label Planet Label Finder

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

With so many different product options available, it can be quite confusing to sort out which labels are suitable for your particular label application (and which are definitely NOT the labels for you). While we are more than happy to chat to customers to discuss their requirements, we know that sometimes it’s more convenient to use an online guide (especially if you need to place an order outside of office hours).

This is where the Label Planet LABEL FINDER comes into play!

We’ve added ALL of our label products to our Label Finder (along with their defining features) so that you can simply select the things you want your labels to be and the Finder will present you with a shortlist of the Label Planet products that meet your requirements.

For example, you can search for a particular label shape, size, colour, finish, material, and/or adhesive OR you can narrow your search to labels that are (or aren’t) waterproof, that are compatible with a particular Avery code, or that are compatible with your type of printer.

You can also use the Label Finder to find out if a particular label size is available with alternative material choices (including different materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes), or to take a look at the label options that we think are particularly well-suited for a particular label application.

Whether you only have a vague idea of what you want your labels to be (for example, you KNOW you want yellow labels, or waterproof labels, or labels that are about 10cm wide – but nothing else) OR you have a lot of specific requirements (for example, you need labels that are gloss labels AND transparent labels AND waterproof labels AND they measure 38.1mm in height) the Label Finder is a quick and easy way to get a better idea of 1) whether or not we actually supply labels that meet your requirements and 2) how many different options there are for you to choose from that will actually do the job you need them to do.

Of course, you can always get in touch with us if you need further advice or assistance with picking the perfect label for your label application. Our customer service team is on hand by phone or by email (our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) AND you can also take advantage of our free sample service to try out a few different options to help make sure you pick the right product for you.