Archive for May, 2018

Super Swift Despatch and Delivery Options from Label Planet

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Label Planet Labels LogoHere at Label Planet, we appreciate that a lot of our customers need their sticky labels before an important deadline – which means they need super fast despatch and delivery. This is why we have a wide range of stocked products – ready for same day despatch. Likewise, we try to make sure that our made to order items have reasonable short lead times. Plus, we use delivery services that get your sticky labels to you safe and sound – as soon as possible.

Despatch And Delivery – DESPATCH OF STOCKED VS. NON-STOCKED ITEMS

We supply self adhesive labels in over 100 labels sizes across 30 different material options. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot stock all of the different product options because there simply isn’t room! Instead we make sure that our stocked range features as many of our most popular products as possible.

STOCKED ITEMS: sticky labels available for same day despatch from stock (Mon-Fri, up to 4pm). These items have a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets on our website. We also stock a small number of products at our warehouse. They have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets on our website.

NON-STOCKED ITEMS: sticky labels made to order. We make products on a rotating schedule; it takes around five working days to run through all of our size and material combinations. Made to order items are therefore despatched within five working days, although standard paper labels usually despatch sooner. Non-stocked items have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets on our website.

Despatch And Delivery – DELIVERY TIMES OF STICKY LABELS

Our delivery times depend on the delivery service you choose. We send small orders (fewer than 200 sheets) via Royal Mail and all other orders via carrier (usually DPD).

SMALL ORDERS: standard delivery uses Royal Mail’s first class service. Delivery is usually next day but, as this is not a guaranteed service, can take up to five working days. If you need to receive your self adhesive labels before an important (and very close) deadline, we recommend upgrading to our guaranteed delivery service. We use Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service, which guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day. You can upgrade to this service online or by phone.

We have two additional services; you can request a pre-9am delivery service or a Saturday guaranteed service.

Special delivery has an additional shipping fee; this is the amount that Royal Mail charges us and depends on the amount of sticky labels you order.

LARGE ORDERS: our standard delivery service uses a next working day carrier service *. This service is free of charge and guarantees that your order will be delivered on the next working day. If you need your order to arrive as early as possible, you can upgrade to a timed delivery service for an extra shipping fee. You will need to place your order by phone to request an upgrade.

* Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service.

Find out more about the Despatch and Delivery

To find out more about our despatch and delivery services, you can head on over to our Despatch and Delivery pages. Alternatively, if you’d like to get an estimate of how long it will take your order to be despatched and delivered, you can Get In Touch with our Customer Service Team today.

Happy #TowelDay From Label Planet (P.S. Don’t Panic But We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy Too!) #GDPR

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Today is Towel Day – set up in tribute to Douglas Adams, author of the brilliant Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. We hope you’re all having a wonderful time and spending the day knowing exactly where you’ve put your towel.

Don’t Panic – It’s The Label Planet Guide To Finding Out If We’re GDPR Compliant.

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that today also sees the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – or, quite mercifully, GDPR for short.

We’ve always made it a priority to safeguard the privacy and security of our customers’ information. We also made it our policy to use marketing emails and letters sparingly, sending just one or two messages per year to let customers know about new products and services.

Most of the requirements of GDPR were therefore already in place at Label Planet. However, in order to comply fully with the new regulations we have had to document and formalise our processes. This included providing our legal basis for processing your information and updating our Privacy Policy accordingly.

Rather than bombard you with unnecessary emails or leave you with a long-winded blog post to wade through, we’re simply going to leave a link to our Privacy Policy right…

…here: https://www.labelplanet.co.uk/information/privacy-policy.php

So, when you’re ready to order self adhesive labels from us (or request some samples or just get in touch), you can check for yourself what information we collect and how we process that information – and decide if you’re happy to stick with us!

We’re sorry for adding to the cacophony of GDPR-related noise you have endured today (and for the last few weeks). As an apology, please enjoy this picture of our wonderful office dog Harvey.Harvey The Stikins Dog

Top Tips & Tricks For Printing Your Own Barcode Labels

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

While it’s really easy to print your own barcode labels, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your barcode labels are the best that they can possibly be. In this post, we’ll talk about the little things you can do to make sure that your barcode labels simply work.

Barcode Labels – What Are Barcodes?

A barcode represents data in machine-readable form. There are two types – linear barcodes and matrix barcodes. Matrix barcodes are square or rectangular patterns of (usually) black and white cells/modules. The most common example is QR codes. Linear barcodes are patterns of parallel lines (black bars) and spaces (white intercharacter gaps). They also contain characters (representing the data encoded in the barcode) and a check character/digit (for validation). A blank space or “quiet zone” around the barcode marks the beginning and end of the barcode.

Matrix barcodes are scanned by image sensors and analysed by processors. To read a QR code, a processor uses the corner squares to determine the size, orientation, and angle of view. The remaining pattern of dots is converted into binary numbers and validated using an error-correcting algorithm.

An optical scanner is usually used to scan linear barcodes. The scanner directs light at the barcode. The black bars absorb light and the white gaps reflect light. The scanner converts the reflected light into an electrical signal. The fluctuations in the intensity of the reflected light cause the signal to oscillate and form a pattern, which is converted into digital information.

Barcodes can encode all sorts of data. The most common usage is storing manufacturer or product information so products can be tracked through manufacturing, shipping, storage, and sale. Barcodes are also extremely useful in the retail industry. They look up product information at point of sale, track stock, track shopping habits, and redeem coupons or vouchers. They can also track people and items in specific environments. For example, tracking employees and equipment onsite, tracking tickets and admissions, tracking parcels and mail, and directing airline luggage. In medical facilities they track patients, medication, surgical kits, equipment, supplies, and medical samples.

Barcode Labels – What Sticky Labels Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

While you can use a wide range of sticky labels as barcode labels, some work better than others. We recommend matt white labels – solid white in colour with a non-shiny surface.

Barcode readers and scanners rely on their ability to detect the difference between white and black areas. It is vital that the reader or scanner can detect exactly where each area begins and ends, in addition to detecting the beginning and ending of the barcode itself (via the quiet zone).

If you use sticky labels with a coloured or patterned background (or transparent labels that you stick over a coloured surface), you may reduce the contrast between the elements in your barcode and prevent readers/scanners from reading your barcodes accurately. Likewise, a gloss finish (i.e. a shiny surface) may influence the light reflected back into a reader/scanner, preventing an accurate result.

When it comes to picking the perfect label size, you need to make sure your barcode labels are slightly larger (and in particular longer) than your barcodes to keep a clear quiet zone. You also need to remember that smaller barcodes are harder to read accurately. The quality of your barcode image will also influence how well your barcode labels work.

Barcode Labels – What Print Settings Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

You should adjust your printer’s print settings because this results in crisp, clear print that ensures your barcodes will scan correctly. In addition to selecting a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print settings, we recommend increasing the print quality setting. Both options slow your printer down and as a result print your barcodes at the highest possible quality.

Order Barcode Labels From Label Planet Today!

We have a wide range of white labels that are perfect for use as barcode labels. You can use self adhesive labels to quickly and easily add barcodes onto products, packaging, envelopes, and packages.

We recommend choosing white labels with a matt finish and a permanent adhesive. This ensures that any barcode scanner can read your barcodes accurately AND that your barcode labels remain firmly in place.

  • White Paper Labels. Standard matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Premium Quality White Paper Labels. Premium quality matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Freezer Labels. Matt white paper labels with a freezer adhesive, which is useful for labelling frozen food products or medical/research samples stored in deep freeze conditions.
  • Wash Off Labels. Matt white paper labels with a wash off adhesive, which is ideal for reusable containers such as jars and bottles.
  • High Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a strong permanent adhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Super Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a super strong permanentadhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Opaque Labels. Matt white paper labels with an opaque backing and an opaque adhesive, which is ideal for covering existing print work or replacing out of date barcodes.
  • Transparent Labels. Matt transparent labels with a permanent adhesive, which is suitable for adding barcodes onto items that are already white in colour.

If you need temporary barcode labels, you could try our Removable Labels or Super Removable Labels.

MWP vs MWPE vs MWPO – Which Waterproof Labels Will Win?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

If you’ve been searching for waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we supply three marine labels that are very similar. Our polyester labels (MWP), polyethylene labels (MWPE), and polyolefin labels (MWPO) ARE very similar. They all have a matt white finish, are all waterproof labels, and all have a marine standard permanent adhesive. So how do you know which waterproof label is the right one for you?

The answer lies in your label application. Each material has its own properties and characteristics that are better suited to certain applications compared to the others. It just depends on what you need your waterproof labels to be able to do…

Waterproof Labels That Will Stay Stuck

While all three have a marine standard adhesive, the different materials cause slight variations in the level of tack (stick). This is most noticeable when labelling more unusual materials and surface types.

For example, if you apply all three onto a completely flat, clean metal surface you would see very little difference. On rough materials or curved surfaces, the polyethylene would cope the best with any surface variations. The polyolefin would be next best, followed by the polyester.

If your label application involves a curved surface or unusual materials (such as fabrics or building materials) you may wish to choose polyethylene.

Waterproof Labels That Will Bend & Stretch

One of the most notable differences between these three materials is how well they bend and stretch. Polyester is a rigid material and will not stretch at all. Polyolefin offers better flexibility and stretch, while polyethylene is the most flexible and stretchy material of the three.

The material you choose depends on whether you need waterproof labels that ARE flexible or ARE NOT flexible. For example, to label curved surfaces you need waterproof labels that will conform to the shape of your items. If you apply a rigid label material to a curved surface, one of two things will happen:

  • Your sticky labels won’t conform to the shape of your items. You may find areas where your labels aren’t stuck to the item. Alternatively, there won’t be sufficient contact to allow a successful adhesive bond to form at all and your waterproof labels will fall off immediately.
  • You will be able to temporarily force your sticky labels to conform to the correct shape BUT the memory of the material will cause them to return to their original flat state – overcoming the strength of the adhesive bond and resulting in your waterproof labels slowly peeling away from the surface.

Alternatively, you may be looking for waterproof labels that won’t tear or deform easily, even when used as long life tracking labels on items that are regularly moved or handled a lot. In this case, you will need waterproof labels that offer good resistance to tearing and stretching.

If your label application involves curved surfaces you may wish to choose polyethylene (as the most flexible option), while polyester is the best bet if you need tough and durable waterproof labels that will resist the wear and tear of long term applications.

Waterproof Labels That Will Print Out Perfectly

While all three printer labels are suitable for use with standard desktop printers, some are easier to print than others.

First you need to consider whether you have an inkjet printer or a laser printer. MWPE and MWPO are laser labels and inkjet labels; they can be printed with a laser printer or an inkjet printer. MWP are laser labels and can ONLY be printed with a laser printer.

Next you need to take into consideration the specification of your printer. Waterproof labels are thicker than standard paper labels and so you need to check that your printer has a media bypass tray (a secondary tray designed specifically for thicker materials) as well as the weight of materials that your printer will accept. If your printer cannot handle heavier materials, you will need to choose a thinner material to ensure that you can print your waterproof labels.

Polyethylene is a VERY thick material and requires careful handling; if your printer is not designed to handle very thick materials, you may find that you struggle to produce a consistent print quality on your waterproof labels (if you manage to print them at all). Polyester, however, is much thinner making it a much easier and more reliable material to print. Polyolefin is a thicker material BUT not as thick as polyethylene, which makes it a perfect compromise between MWP and MWPE.

Waterproof Labels That Will Fit Into Your Budget

If you’re ordering fewer than 500 sheets there is absolutely no difference between the three options. If you’re looking to buy in bulk (and on a budget) there is a difference in cost; MWP is the most expensive option, followed by MWPE, and then MWPO.

Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

To find out more about any of our waterproof labels – or to place an order – simply visit our List of Waterproof Labels page. You can also request a sample of our waterproof labels (to test them out for yourself) or get in touch with our Customer Service Team for further advice. If you need a label template, visit our Label Templates Home Page, or take a look at our Help Section, which contains links to our label templates, step-by-step guides, and troubleshooting tips.

Get Top Tips, Tricks, And A Template Fix With Label Planet’s Help And Advice Pages

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

If you’ve never printed your own self adhesive labels before, you may be surprised to find that there are an alarming number of ways that things can go wrong. Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent years working with A4 labels and label templates, which makes us all too familiar with the struggle to produce perfectly printed sticky labels. This is why we’ve put together a dedicated help and advice section on our website to help you design and print your own self adhesive labels – with plenty of tips and tricks to help you out if things don’t go according to plan.

Things To Think About When Designing & Printing Self Adhesive Labels

There are a lot of different elements involved in printing self adhesive labels – which means there are plenty of ways for things to go wrong. This can make it difficult to work out exactly why things are going wrong (and how to fix it). Our help and advice pages include tips about:

LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your label template must be compatible with (the same as) your A4 labels.
  • Your label template must be in a file format that your software can read and edit.

DESIGNING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your design must align perfectly in ALL of the blank labels on your A4 sheet.
  • Your design must fit the shaping of your blank labels (and you may need to adapt your design to suit).
  • You need to work within the limitations of your design software (and your own experience of that software).

PRINTING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • You need to use a suitable printer (i.e. with a media bypass tray and specified for thicker materials).
  • You need to choose suitable print settings to get the best possible print quality and alignment.
  • Your A4 labels must be loaded into your printer correctly.

Help And Advice From Label Planet

We’ve taken all of our knowledge and experience working with A4 labels and label templates to produce our help and advice resources. These include:

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: a quickfire guide to the most often asked questions about designing and printing label templates.
  • FREE SAMPLES: make sure you’ve chosen the right self adhesive labels for your project (and have a test run at printing a label template).
  • MATERIAL SPECIFICATION SHEETS: detailed information about the materials used to make our self adhesive labels.
  • LABEL TEMPLATES: Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, including options for portrait and landscape orientations.
  • TOP TIPS: a hit list of quick tips to help you avoid the most common problems that arise when printing self adhesive labels.
  • GUIDES: a series of step-by-step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE: this guide helps you to work out what is causing your design or print problem – and resolve it.
  • LABEL GLOSSARY: a glossary of labelling terms that you might come across when designing and printing your own label templates.
  • And last but not least…

LABEL PLANET’S LABEL TEMPLATES BLOG

In this weekly blog, we delve deeper into the process of designing and printing your own label templates. This includes definitions, how-tos, and step by step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels. If you’ve encountered a particular issue or you need a starter’s guide to some of the individual steps involved in designing and printing label templates (for example, how to use copy and paste effectively), we recommend taking a look through our blog posts for more detailed help and advice.

How To Get Help And Advice With Label Templates & Self Adhesive Labels

To find our help and advice pages or to download label templates, simply visit our HELP HOME PAGE.

This page has links to all of our free resources to guide you through designing and printing self adhesive labels. This includes our free sample request service, our label templates, material specifications for all of our self adhesive labels, top tips, FAQs, guides, and troubleshooting tips.

If you can’t find an answer to a particular question or problem, get in touch with us for one-to-one advice. Email at any time or call during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Use The Magic Of Matt Transparent Labels To Make Your Labelling Amazing!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

This week, we’re taking a closer look at our range of matt transparent labels to find out how these amazing transparent labels can transform any labelling project in an instant.

What Are Matt Transparent Labels?

Our matt transparent labels are made of a transparent polyester film with a matt finish and a permanent adhesive. The matt finish means that these transparent labels don’t reflect light as efficiently as gloss labels. This creates a flat “dull” finish that isn’t shiny or reflective.

You might be wondering why we’d describe a “dull” finish as “magical” but don’t dismiss MTP just yet!

Many surfaces have a matt finish, which means that you can use matt transparent labels to add additional text to any item without drawing attention to the fact that you’ve had to use a sticky label to do so. Matt transparent labels blend in with matt surfaces, making your design look like an existing part of the surface below.

NB: the adhesive layer may trap air or dust, which can prevent your transparent labels from being 100% transparent. They have excellent transparency when applied onto white/coloured surfaces but a slightly frosted look when applied onto glass items.

When Should I Use Matt Transparent Labels?

Matt transparent labels are brilliant for all sorts of applications but we think they’re best when used as:

PRODUCT LABELS / PACKAGING LABELS
Transparent labels allow you to add information without distracting or detracting from the existing design of your products and/or packaging. This could be additional product information, pricing information, design work, or promotional details.

SPECIAL ADDRESS LABELS
If you’re sending out invitations or correspondence for a special event, you may have chosen envelopes that match a particular theme. Transparent labels let you can add your addresses and preserve the design of your envelopes. For example, transparent labels are especially popular for wedding address labels because they don’t cover up the design of the envelopes chosen to match the invitations inside.

DISPLAY & EXHIBITION LABELS
Transparent labels are a nifty way to add details or information about items on display – whether in a gallery, museum, or a classroom. Transparent labels preserve any background elements that are part of the display – where white or coloured labels would distract from the overall appearance of the display.

WINDOW STICKERS
You can also create your own set of window stickers with our transparent labels.

A SOLUTION TO COLOUR-MATCHING ISSUES
Transparent labels sidestep colour-matching issues if you can’t find a match (and don’t want to pay for bespoke coloured labels).

Order Matt Transparent Labels From Label Planet Today!

We supply a range of 54 label sizes in our MTP range. This includes 16 stocked sizes available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. All other sizes are made to order and take up to five working days for despatch. These laser labels must be printed using a laser printer (or handwritten with suitable ink).

You can find out more about our matt transparent labels – or place an order – by visiting our Matt Transparent Labels range page. If you need to download label templates to print your self adhesive labels, head on over to our Template Home Page, where you will find download links for both Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes. You can also Request A Sample to discover the magic of MTP for yourself!