Archive for October, 2018

Halloween Tricks & Treats From Label Planet To Stop Your Sticky Labels Giving You A Scare!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

This Halloween, Label Planet has got plenty of tricks and treats to help you avoid the nightmare of sticky labels that are determined to give you a fright.

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Petrified About Picking The Wrong Product? Try The Label Finder & Our Free Sample Request Service!

There are a terrifying amount of choices when it comes to picking the perfect sticky labels. If you’ve never waded through the weird and wonderful world of label adhesives and materials before it can be a nightmare trying to find the one that’s right for your application.

Our Label Finder is designed to narrow down your choices based on the requirements that you need your sticky labels to meet. All you have to do is select the things your sticky labels must be or do. The Finder then then gives you a list of the products that meet your specifications. You can select various factors including size, shape, colour, finish, printer compatibility, and application-specific requirements such as waterproof labels.

If you’re struggling to pick between a couple of options or need to make sure that a particular material/adhesive suits the circumstances of your application, then why not use our free sample request service. Tell us which products you want to try and we’ll send out a sample pack. Provide as much detail as you can about your application and we’ll make sure you get the most suitable samples.

Terrified About Tackling Troublesome Label Templates? Visit Our Label Templates Section today!

We have spent YEARS working with label templates and we’ve come across some truly terrifying template troubles. To help our customers fight back against the nightmare that is tricky templates, we’ve created a dedicated Label Templates section. This section includes individual label template information pages for ALL of our label sizes. Each page includes Word & PDF templates, detailed measurement and layout information, compatible Avery codes, and top tips.

You’ll also find links to our advice pages, including top tips and guides to designing and printing label templates. We’ve also written a Troubleshooting Guide to help customers escape from pretty much every template nightmare they might encounter.

To edit Word label templates , you can use any word processing software / application that can edit the .docx file format. Examples include Word, Word For Mac, and Pages. PDF label templates can be edited using any graphics package or application that can edit the .pdf file.

Not A Scooby Doo What To Do To Design And Print Your Own Sticky Labels? Take A Look At Our Help Pages Or Get In Touch!

Like our Label Templates Section, we’ve spent years adding to and refining our Help Section to make sure that we provide our customers with the help and advice they may need when designing and printing their own sticky labels.

Our Help Section includes links to ALL of our information pages and resources. This includes our Sample Request Service, Label Templates, Top Tips, Guides To Designing & Printing Sticky Labels, Troubleshooting Guides, FAQs, Material Specification Sheets, A Glossary, and links to our two blogs – this, our Sticky Labels Blog, and our Label Templates Blog.

If you can’t find the answer to your particular question in these pages, get in touch with our Customer Service Team. We have plenty of clues as to what you should do to solve the mysteries of designing and printing sticky labels.

You can send us an email at any time or give us a call during office hours; we’re available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM LABEL PLANET!

Whatever your plans are tonight, we hope you have a terrifying good time!

To banish the terrifying troubles of label templates and the shocking scares of sticky labels, here are the links you’ll need to get your hands on Label Planet’s tricks and treats…

Label Finder // Request A Sample // Label Templates // Help Section

This Is The FIRST Last Post Warning – Yes, It’s Time To Plan Your Last Minute Orders For Christmas Labels!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

We are officially commencing our countdown to Christmas – and those all important last posting dates that will determine whether or not your Christmas labels will arrive before Christmas.

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WHY YOU NEED TO PLAN AHEAD & ORDER CHRISTMAS LABELS EARLY

Many of our customers will already have ordered their Christmas labels – some early birds ordered way back in August! But for those of you that haven’t got around to thinking about Christmas labels yet – here’s why it’s so important to order early.

Christmas labels don’t need to arrive before Christmas.

They need to arrive before you have to despatch your labelled items so that they will arrive at their intended destination before Christmas.

This means that you need to allow time for:

  • Your order to be despatched.
  • Your order to be delivered.
  • A label template to be designed.
  • That label template to be printed onto your Christmas labels.
  • Your labelled items to be despatched to wherever they need to go.
  • Your labelled items to arrive at their destination BEFORE Christmas.

People often underestimate how long it takes for all of these steps to happen – and it’s no fun spending the weeks (and days) before Christmas in an absolute panic. So, order now and avoid a chaotic Christmas (at least in terms of your Christmas labels – we can’t promise that our labels will make the rest of your Christmas any less chaotic!).

DESPATCH & DELIVERY OF CHRISTMAS LABELS FOR 2018!

To guarantee pre-Christmas despatch and delivery and avoid chaos this Christmas, order your Christmas labels NOW!

We despatch small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) by Royal Mail’s first class service. This service will see more delays as Christmas gets closer. We recommend upgrading to our special delivery service, which guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day.

Small orders despatch same day, Monday to Friday, up to 4pm.

We despatch larger orders via next working day carrier. We have some special delivery options available (including pre-noon) – please contact our Customer Service Team to find out more and upgrade.

Please note: delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via a 2 day carrier service.

Large orders despatch same day, Monday to Friday, up to 3pm – where stock is available.

We send 500 sheet boxes from our warehouse via next working day carrier; if your product has a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets it is NOT a stocked item and will therefore be made to order. This usually takes up to five working days – although standard paper labels often despatch sooner. At this time of year, our manufacturing lead-times increase (usually to 5-7 working days, although some items may move to 7+ working days), so we strongly recommend ordering non-stocked items or larger quantities as early as possible to avoid delay.

We recommend contacting our customer service team to confirm lead-times/stock availability if you need non-stocked items or large quantities.

LABEL PLANET PRESENTS: A PREVIEW OF THE LAST POSTING DATES FOR 2018!

We hereby present the last posting dates for orders of Christmas labels for 2018.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE DATES ARE A GUIDE AND ONLY INDICATE THAT YOUR ORDER WILL ARRIVE WITH YOU BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Always order Christmas labels early to avoid delays, disappointment, and disasters!

Number Of Sheets Delivery Address Delivery Service Last Posting Date
250+ sheets Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands 2 Day Carrier

Thursday 20th December

(up to 3pm)

250+ sheets UK Mainland Next Day Carrier

Friday 21st December

(up to 3pm)

25-225 sheets Republic of Ireland

Royal Mail’s International Standard Service

(delays possible)

Tuesday 18th December

(up to 4pm)

25-225 sheets

UK

(UK Mainland, Islands with UK Postcodes, and Northern Ireland)

Royal Mail’s First Class Service

(NOT guaranteed next day – delays possible)

Thursday 20th December

(up to 4pm)

25-225 sheets

UK

(UK Mainland, Islands with UK Postcodes, and Northern Ireland)

Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed Service / Saturday Delivery Guaranteed Service *

Friday 21st December

(up to 4pm)

* Special Delivery guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day; this is available by phone or online. Saturday Delivery guarantees delivery by 1pm on Saturday (for orders placed on Friday21st December!); this is only available by phone.

Order Your Christmas Labels From Label Planet Today!

If you’re keen to get organised, head on over to our home page to order your Christmas labels today. Visit our List Of All Materials page fto view all of our materials / adhesives or enter your product code in the Product Search bar.

Visit our Help Section for tips and advice on designing and printing your own Christmas labels. This includes our top tips and troubleshooting guide, along with our Label Templates section – which contains Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label sizes (along with compatible Avery codes, where applicable).

Our Customer Service Team is on hand, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, to help with any questions or queries you may have about ordering Christmas labels.

Find A Fitting Finish With Label Planet’s Guide To Matt Labels And Gloss Labels

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Self adhesive labels come in many different finishes; in this post, we’ll take a look at the two most popular options – matt labels and gloss labels.

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Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – First Things First: Just What Is A “Finish”?

“Finish” refers to the surface properties of materials as determined by their appearance and texture. This may include the level of gloss and the smoothness of their surface. The finish of self adhesive labels tends to refer to the level of gloss.

A gloss finish is extremely efficient at reflecting light; it reflects light in a concentrated pattern over a smaller area, which results in a bright and shiny appearance. Matt surfaces diffuse (scatter) light causing it to spread out over a wide area, creating a flat and dull appearance.

Other finishes (such as semi-gloss, silk, and satin) are less efficient at reflecting light than a full gloss finish but more efficient than a matt finish.

Matt Labels And Gloss Labels – What Are The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Each Finish?

As with any property of materials, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of finish. Some are practical considerations that will determine which finish is more suitable for your application. Others are more of a subjective factor, related to the look of your self adhesive labels.

Gloss Labels

This decorative finish is often popular because it offers more subtle decoration compared to, say, coloured labels. The bright and shiny surface creates an attractive and professional finish, which can draw attention to important information. Gloss labels have special coatings, which add extra beneficial properties. For example, coatings tend to create a smoother finish and can offer protective properties, resulting in tougher and more durable sticky labels. They may also offer limited protection from environmental elements such as moisture. While paper labels can never be fully waterproof, our gloss and semi-gloss paper labels are “splashproof” and can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water.

Matt Labels

Matt labels may not be as decorative as gloss labels but this can be a benefit. Their subtle flat finish allows additional print to be added onto matt surfaces without drawing attention to the fact that this has been done. Some matt labels (especially matt transparent labels) become almost invisible after application, making it seem as though your additional print is actually part of the labelled item. Matt labels tend to be uncoated (with a rougher surface), although additional coatings can improve the finish. They can also be made with waterproof materials to create waterproof matt labels suitable for outdoor (or indoor) use. A less reflective surface can also be beneficial when the print must be easy to read – by humans or by machines. Gloss labels may be harder to read when light sources reflect off the surface. Matt labels are a better option for barcode labels and QR code labels. While some readers do not rely on detecting fluctuating levels of reflected light, traditional optical scanners do. The reflective surface of gloss labels may prevent barcodes and QR codes scanning correctly. The (usually) rougher surface of matt labels is often more receptive to handwritten or drawn designs along with craft materials, such as foils and stamps.

So Which Finish Should I Choose?

Ultimately, the choice between matt labels and gloss labels is up to you. Generally, it depends on the appearance you want for your self adhesive labels (and your labelled items). If you don’t have any practical considerations to bear in mind (which might rule out one or other of the finishes), it really does just depend on the finish that you prefer.

Order Matt Labels AND Gloss Labels From Label Planet

Visit our List Of All Materials page to view all of our materials; the description includes the finish of each product. Our product pages also list the finish of each product.

As well as gloss and matt finishes, we also supply semi-gloss labels, our gold labels and silver labels have a satin finish, and our Kraft labels have a ribbed matt finish, which adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

We offer a free Sample Request service so you can take a look at our materials and decide which finish fits your labelling project best. Label templates are available to download from our Label Templates Home Page and our Help Section includes a variety of guides and tips on designing and printing self adhesive labels.

Void Security Labels From Label Planet Keep All Items Safe & Secure

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Security labels and tamper evident labels increase the security of items. This week, we’re taking a closer look at our silver void security labels.

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VOID Security Labels – What Are Security Labels?

The term security labels may be applied to any label designed to improve the security of labelled items. Security labels can improve the security of items in a number of different ways. They may act as a visual deterrent against tampering or theft, provide a means of tracking an object, and/or contain special features that prevent the production of counterfeit items.

Security labels known as Tamper Evident Labels provide visual proof of tampering. This can also act as a visual deterrent against such tampering occurring in the first place.

Tamper evident labels provide visual proof of tampering in different ways; removing a label usually leaves a section of that label behind.

VOID Security Labels – How Do Void Labels Work As Security Labels?

VOID security labels leave behind a message (usually the word “VOID”) on the label itself, the previously labelled item, or both. This method involves adding an extra layer to the label construction. There are three types of VOID security labels…

  • Total Transfer: the extra layer carries a printed void message. It separates from the face material (top layer) to leave the extra layer (and the void message) on the previously labelled item.
  • Non-Transfer: the extra layer carries a printed void message. It remains attached to the face material. The absence of the label and the void message on the back of the label serves as proof of tampering.
  • Partial Transfer: the extra layer is connected to the face material using a pattern release coating OR is connected to a pattern release adhesive. The extra layer divides in two – half remaining on the back of the face material and half on the adhesive. This leaves the void message on the reverse of the label itself and on the previously labelled item.

Our void security labels use a partial transfer, leaving a void message on the label and the previously labelled item. Any attempt to re-stick the label back down will not be able to disguise the split in the extra layer created during the first removal.

VOID Security Labels – What Are The Benefits Of Void Security Labels?

Our void security labels are made with silver polyester and a partial transfer VOID adhesive. They are tough, durable, and waterproof labels, which makes them ideal long life tracking labels. They will remain firmly in place for the lifetime of a labelled item or for the duration of storage and/or transportation. The material also suits applications with fluctuating or extreme temperatures (hot or cold), which is often an issue for appliances and electronics.

The colour draws attention to your information. This could include a company logo and/or contact information, health and safety warnings, instructions for use, or general security information.

Our silver polyester has a high quality matt finish. This produces a decorative and professional appearance, which is perfect for high value goods.

The adhesive bonds well with a range of materials and surfaces types. They can be used on (slightly) curved surfaces but flat surfaces are better. The polyester has a strong “memory” and is likely to “ping” up if applied over an edge or around a tightly curved surface. To label edges and curves, use a larger label size to provide a larger surface area for your adhesive to bond.

VOID Security Labels – What Kind Of Security Applications Do Void Security Labels Suit?

Security Labels On High Or Added Value Goods

Void labels act as a visual deterrent against tampering and theft. They also provide visual evidence of tampering. This improves the security of labelled items and can help to prevent unauthorised reselling.

Security Seals On Product & Document Packaging

Seal packaging used to store and/or transport high value goods or important documents. Opening the packaging marks both the seal and the packaging itself. Sticking the label back down cannot disguise a broken seal because of the divide in the extra layer.

Warranty Labels On High Or Added Value Goods

Goods sold with a warranty may have security labels applied. If products are tampered with in a certain way, the damage to or removal of warranty labels proves that the warranty has been voided by an individual’s actions or treatment of the product. They can display details about the warranty supplied with a particular product or contact information for the relevant manufacturer, distributor, or servicing company. They can also detail the servicing history of an item, including servicing dates and results. Warranty labels are especially popular for use on high value appliances and electronic devices.

VOID Security Labels – How Do I Print Void Security Labels & Tamper Evident Labels?

Our SVP material does require a little extra care to get the perfect print.

This is because the polyester material is metallised – coated with a thin layer of metal. Laser printers use heat (and pressure) to bond toner in place. The layer of metal reflects heat from the fuser unit, which increases the overall temperature applied during printing. You therefore need to use a print setting that applies less heat to get the correct print temperature.

The wrong settings may prevent your toner bonding properly and/or may cause your sheets to curl up and jam inside your printer.

We highly recommend test printing a few sheets to determine which print setting works best. Check your printer’s manual and/or the manufacturer’s website in case they have provided recommended guidelines for self adhesive labels and more specialised materials.

Order VOID Security Labels From Label Planet

Visit our SVP range page to find out more, see what label sizes are available, or to place an order.

Products with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets are available for same day despatch from stock. A minimum order quantity of 500 sheets indicates made to order items. Despatch is currently take five working days because of the increase in production in preparation for Christmas.

Remember, you can also request a sample if you would like to give these products a trial run. We supply label templates free of charge, which can be downloaded by heading to our Label Templates Home page and selecting your label shape and label size.

Using Sticky Labels As Seals – Tips &Tricks and Recommended Products From Label Planet

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Today, we’re taking a look at all of the different ways you can make seals – for products, packaging, and documents – using sticky labels from Label Planet.

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Sticky Labels As Seals: Printed Vs Unprinted Seals

Seals are really versatile tools that can help promote your brand or personalise products, packaging, documents, envelopes, and gifts. You can use printed, unprinted, or handwritten sticky labels to create your perfect seals.

Print your company name or logo to add extra branding to products, packaging, and correspondence. Add a personal message, photo, or design to postal items or gifts, especially those for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, or Christmas.

Alternatively, you may simply need sticky labels to keep your products, packaging, and documents safely and securely sealed. For a subtle finish use white labels or transparent labels. If you prefer a touch of decoration, try coloured labels or gloss labels (see Recommended Materials For Seals).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Permanent Vs Removable Adhesives For Seals

You must choose the right adhesive to ensure your seals will actually seal things. First you need to choose a permanent or removable adhesive.

PERMANENT ADHESIVES: these adhesives create strong adhesive bonds that are difficult to break. Ideal if items need to be securely sealed during storage and/or transit before being opened.

We supply a range of permanent adhesives; generally speaking, our standard permanent adhesives will form perfectly good seals.

If you are applying seals onto unusual materials (e.g. plastics, fabrics etc), curved surfaces, or over edges, you may wish to choose a super tack, high tack, or marine adhesive.

Our freezer adhesive is best for sealing items stored and/or used in freezer conditions. This adhesive was designed specifically to create and sustain adhesive bonds in deep freeze conditions.

Finally, if you are looking for security seals, we would recommend our tamper evident labels – SVP and TEV (see Top Tips For Security Seals).

REMOVABLE ADHESIVES: these adhesives create temporary bonds and won’t damage items when sticky labels are removed. Perfect if opening or removing a seal must not damage previously sealed items. For example, if you are sealing important documents or gift items – especially those made of glass or paper – removing a seal made with a permanent adhesive could damage those items either by tearing the surface or leaving behind adhesive residue.

Our standard removable adhesive is ideal for most temporary applications. If you are labelling items made of glass or paper, or gift items, we recommend our super removable adhesive.

Removable adhesives are best suited for use as seals that are to be applied directly onto items (rather than packaging), where those items are also to be retained by the recipient (meaning those items must not be damaged).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Top Tips For Label Sizes & Shapes

Most people choose a non-rectangular shape for seals as this offers a more decorative appearance. Round labels / circular labels are the most popular – although square labels and oval labels are also commonly used. Any shape can create suitable seals. The most important factor is the surface area available to create an adhesive bond.

If you are applying your seals onto a perfectly flat surface, you can use any material/adhesive/shape/size combination. Problems may arise with curved surfaces or edges (e.g. when sealing a box or holding a gift bag closed).

All materials have “memory”; this property causes materials to try to return to their original shape after deformation. For example, after folding seals over the edge(s) of a box or gift bag they may try to “ping” back up. To prevent your seals pinging back into their flat state (thereby unsealing your items), the adhesive bond must be strong enough to overcome the memory of the material.

You can do this by selecting a stronger adhesive (e.g. a high tack, super tack, or marine adhesive), a more flexible material (e.g. paper labels instead of polyester labels), or a larger label size (providing a larger surface area over which the adhesive can bond with your item leading to a stronger adhesive bond).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Recommended Materials For Seals

Most of our customers want decorative seals – although some materials are subtler than others. Here’s our guide to the most suitable materials for creating sticky seals:

  • Paper Labels: a budget friendly option, which can be printed with a colourful design for a more decorative finish.
  • Premium Quality Paper Labels: ideal for printing high resolution photographs or digital artwork. These sticky labels have a subtle matt finish and a super smooth surface for a high quality professional finish.
  • High Tack / Super Tack Paper Labels: suitable for unusual materials, curved surfaces, or sealing edges.
  • Gloss Paper Labels: we supply semi-gloss labels, gloss labels for laser printers, and photo quality gloss labels (for high resolution photos/artwork). The bright, shiny finish offers a subtle decorative finish in an instant.
  • Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to create decorative seals; choose from seven pastel shades for a subtle bloom of colour, five fluorescents for a burst of colour, gold and silver for a touch of luxury or seasonal flair, or a brown ribbed Kraft paper for a subtle touch of pattern and texture and a natural, homemade finish.
  • Transparent Labels: a professional and decorative way to seal all sorts of items, transparent labels are a popular option.
  • Tamper Evident Labels: provide visual proof of a broken seal (see Top Tips For Security Seals).

Sticky Labels As Seals: Top Tips For Security Seals

Customers often ask for security seals to use on their products and/or packaging. These seals provide visual evidence when tampering has occured. We supply two types of tamper evident labels:

  • Silver Void Labels: silver labels with a special “VOID” adhesive. The adhesive layer splits on removal, leaving the word “VOID” on the previously labelled item.
  • Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels: these sticky labels have a strong permanent adhesive and a fragile vinyl face material; when you try to remove these sticky labels, the vinyl fragments into tiny pieces making it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to remove the label in its entirety.

NB: the purpose of tamper evident labels is to protect high value goods. If you simply need to keep products sealed until a customer opens them, use a standard paper label with a permanent adhesive. Paper labels tend to rip and/or leave behind adhesive residue when removed. The damage clearly indicates an item has been opened (and is far more cost effective).

Order Sticky Labels From Label Planet To Start Sealing Your Stuff!

To order sticky labels from Label Planet, simply head on over to www.labelplanet.co.uk. You can find all of our different materials and adhesives on our List Of All Materials page.

Remember that you can always Request A Sample free of charge to make sure our products will work for your application. We also supply label templates for all of our label sizes, so if you’d like to add a design or message to your seals, simply download a label template from our website and get printing.

Products with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets are available for same day despatch from stock. A 500 sheet minimum order quantity indicates a made to order item. As we are nearing Christmas, these items are taking five working days for despatch so order early to avoid disappointment.