Archive for November, 2018

Avoid A Chaotic Christmas & Order Your Christmas Labels Now! Despatch & Delivery Information For Christmas 2018

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

With less than a month until Christmas, now is the time to order your Christmas labels. Here is our despatch and delivery information for Christmas 2018.

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Despatch & Delivery Of Christmas Labels For December 2018

We will despatch orders (where stock is available) until Friday 21st December when we close for our Christmas Break.

Despatch and delivery times depend on the specific products and quantities you order, whether an item is stocked or made to order, and stock availability.

  • STOCKED ITEMS: 25 sheet packs available for same day despatch from stock (where available). Orders for 500+ sheets are sent from our warehouse; if stock is unavailable, your labels will be made to order.
  • UNSTOCKED ITEMS: these items have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets and are made to order. They usually take up to five working days for despatch; around Christmas, it takes the full five working days (eventually shifting to 5-7 working days). Get in touch to check on the current lead-time for the specific products and quantities you wish to order.

Small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service. Around 93% arrives next day but items can take five working days to arrive. As first class mail often experiences delays at Christmas, we recommend upgrading to Special Delivery, which guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day. There is an additional charge for this service (this is the amount that Royal Mail charge us); upgrade by phone or online.

If you order on a Friday and want Saturday delivery, you will need to upgrade to Saturday Special Delivery – this service can only be requested by phone.

Large orders (250+ sheets) despatch via next working day carrier as standard. Orders for delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands are sent via 2-day working carrier. We have some timed delivery services available; please contact our Customer Service Team to find out more.

Last Posting Dates For December 2018

Here are the LAST POSTING DATES for orders of Christmas labels from Label Planet.

Please note that these despatch dates are dependent on stock availability.

Order Quantity 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)

Order Now To Ensure A Chaos-Free Delivery Of Christmas Labels

As ever, our top tips for ordering Christmas labels are to order as soon as possible and to consider upgrading to our special delivery service if you are ordering fewer than 250 sheets.

If you need to order large quantities and/or made to order items, you should definitely order as soon as possible before lead times extend beyond Christmas. You can always contact our Customer Service Team to check on the availability of any items or to request an estimate of the lead time for the items you wish to order.

Remember, you need to leave enough time for your order to be despatched and delivered, to design and print a label template onto your Christmas labels, to stick your Christmas labels onto your items, and then to get your items to where they need to be – all in time for Christmas.

Make Your Post Personal & Professional With Address Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Address labels are the perfect way to make your post more presentable. Whether you’re looking to add personality or professionality, we’ve got address labels to make your post look perfect!

Address Labels – A Practical & Pretty Addition To All Your Post

While you can use address labels simply to make your post more decorative or professional in appearance, there’s a lot to be said for the practical benefits of printing address labels.

Printing address labels can save you a lot of time – especially if you’ve got a long mailing list. There are plenty of automated tools to speed up the process even further. For example, mail merges are a brilliant tool, whether you’re a business or organisation getting in touch with customers, clients, or supporters or simply an individual who has a very long Christmas card list.

Printing labels is also a lot less strenuous than handwriting your own address labels and you get a perfectly uniform set of labels – brilliant if your handwriting tends to get a bit wonky.

You may worry that printed address labels aren’t as personal as handwritten ones but there are hundreds of ways to personalise address labels to make sure that they are truly unique. Decorative designs, fonts, and photographs can all be included to make your address labels your own.

Printing address labels allows you to combine the practical and the pretty to ensure that your post gets where it needs to go AND lets people know who it’s from – before they even open it! For example, you could include a personal message (or design) or company/organisation details and branding.

Address Labels – Product Options To Suit Every Purpose

Whether you’re trying to make your post more personal or professional, we’ve got the perfect products for you!

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If you’re looking for something classic, you can’t go wrong with a white paper label. White labels are easy to read and provide the perfect background for colourful designs and/or photographs. There are three options to choose from:

  • White Labels: our standard paper labels are made with matt white paper and are suitable for inkjet and laser printers. Ideal for basic address labels – and perfect if you’re working a tight budget.
  • Gloss White Labels: for a subtle touch of decoration, our gloss labels are an ideal choice. They have a bright and shiny surface, which makes your information/design stand out against matt envelopes and packaging. We have Gloss Labels For Laser Printers, Semi-Gloss Labels For Laser Printers (for a more subtle degree of shine), and Photo-Quality Gloss Labels – ideal if you want to add photographs or high resolution artwork to your address labels.
  • Premium Paper Labels: if you prefer a matt finish, our premium paper labels are perfect. They are made with a specially coated paper, which is ideal for printing high resolution artwork and photographs. These paper labels can be printed with an inkjet or a laser printer.

Coloured Address Labels

For a super quick and effective way to add a touch of decoration to your post, coloured address labels are the ideal solution. They give you an instantly decorative background for your text and designs, although you may need to make sure that you choose suitable colour schemes to make sure your print remains legible against the coloured background. They’re also a brilliant way to reflect your company/organisation brand colours and are especially popular for special events, both personal and professional in nature. Again, there are three options to choose from:

  • Coloured Labels: our pastel coloured labels are available in seven shades; red labels, orange-red labels, yellow labels, green labels, blue labels, pink labels, and cream labels. You can print them using a laser or inkjet printer.
  • Gold Labels & Silver Labels: our metallic coloured labels are a popular choice for festive items, celebrations, and special events – particularly for seasonal items and for weddings. They have a satin metallic finish and can be printed using a laser printer.
  • Kraft Labels: our brown Kraft labels have a ribbed finish for a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Especially popular for homemade and craft items, these address labels offer a natural finish that is perfect for adding a personal touch to your post.

Transparent Address Labels

Transparent labels are a brilliantly versatile way to create address labels. They are ideal if you have decorative envelopes or packaging; firstly, they avoid the problem of trying to colour match patterning (and brand colours) and they allow you to avoid plastering a less decorative address label over your carefully chosen pattern. They can allow you to add your address information on to items seamlessly – so your envelopes / packaging appear pre-printed with the correct details. We offer three options for transparent labels:

  • GCP: GLOSS transparent labels, suitable for use with inkjet printers only.
  • GTP: GLOSS transparent labels, suitable for use with laser printers only.
  • MTP: MATT transparent labels, suitable for use with laser printers only.

Order Address Labels From Label Planet – With Super Fast Despatch & Delivery To Get You Set For Christmas!

Our Address Labels section includes the materials listed above in the FIVE label sizes that are most popularly used as address labels. These are:

  • LP4/99: 4 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 139mm (compatible Avery labels L7169)
  • LP8/99: 8 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 67.7mm (compatible Avery labels L7165)
  • LP14/99: 14 labels per sheet, 99.1 x 38.1mm (compatible Avery labels L7163)
  • LP21/63: 21 labels per sheet, 63.5 x 38.1mm (compatible Avery labels L7160)
  • LP65/38: 65 labels per sheet, 38.1 x 21.2mm (compatible Avery labels L7651)

These are all stocked items, available to purchase in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch.

We despatch orders of fewer than 250 sheets by Royal Mail’s first class service. Around 93% arrives next day with the rest taking a few days extra (up to five working days). If you’ve got a deadline to meet, you can upgrade to Special Delivery, which guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day.

Orders of 250+ sheets despatch via next working day carrier. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands takes two working days.

Orders of 500+ sheets despatch from our warehouse where stock is available. If stock is unavailable or your items are made to order (i.e. have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets), despatch will take up to five working days. This leadtime will increase as we get closer to Christmas.

We offer a free sample request service so you can test a couple of options. We also provide free label templates in Word and PDF formats. Download these from our Label Templates section; first select your label shape and then your label size.

Label Planet Answers Frequently Asked Questions About … Avery Labels

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

For many, the name “Avery” is synonymous with self adhesive labels. So we’ve put together a list of answers to the most FAQs we get about Avery labels.

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Do You Supply Avery Labels?

No – we do not sell any Avery products.

Our self adhesive labels are produced independently in the UK using high quality materials and manufacturing processes. However, some of our products are “Avery compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Compatible With Avery Labels?

When we say our products are compatible with Avery labels, we mean that they use the same label size and layout (although the materials we use to make our labels will differ from those used by Avery).

This means that you can use an Avery template to print labels you have bought from us; you could even use a Label Planet template to print labels you have bought from Avery.

Some Avery labels use a very similar size and/or layout to our products, where the difference is 1mm or less; in these cases, we list the relevant Avery code along with the ^ symbol to indicate that there is a VERY slight difference between our labels and those of Avery.

How Do I Know If Your Labels Are Compatible With Avery Labels?

If one of our products is compatible with Avery labels, we list the relevant Avery codes on the product page, template information page, and product packaging * for that label size.

* Stocked items sold in 25 sheet packs only. Bulk and made to order items are despatched from our warehouse using different packaging.

Our product pages and packaging show only the most common Avery code. The template information pages show ALL current Avery codes that are compatible with our products.

You can view the relevant template information page by clicking on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Home Page and selecting your label shape and then your label size.

We have also put together two cross reference pages:

Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Sizes – use this page if you have an Avery code and want to find out if we supply labels in that size.

Label Planet Codes With Compatible Avery Sizes – use this page if you have a Label Planet code and want to find out if it is compatible with Avery products.

Why Do Some Of Your Labels Have More Than One Compatible Avery Code?

Some of our Avery compatible products have more than one compatible Avery code. This is because of the way Avery creates product (and template) codes.

Label Planet and Avery supply a range of label sizes, many of which are available in different materials/adhesives. This means you can use one template to print multiple products that share the same label size and layout.

At Label Planet, our product codes have two parts; the first is the size code and the second is the material code. Our templates are named using the relevant size code. We supply one set of templates for each size (not for each product).

For example, our label size 99.1 x 139mm is available in a range of materials. The product code for our standard paper labels in this size is LP4/99. For our gloss paper laser labels in the same size, we use the code LP4/99 GW. The template code for both of these products is LP4/99.

Avery use unique codes for their products – and use the same codes for their templates. This means that they have templates for each product (not each size).

To continue our example, Avery supplies the 99.1 x 139mm label size as two paper products; L7169 is paper labels for laser printers and J8169 is paper labels for inkjet printers. Their gloss paper laser labels in the same size have the product code L7769.

Avery have templates for each of these codes, which means Avery templates L7169, J8169, and L7769 are actually identical.

This also means that our LP4/99 (and LP4/99 GW etc) labels are compatible with Avery codes L7169, J8169, AND L7769.

In fact, we’ve found SIXTEEN compatible Avery codes for our LP4/99 label size – they’re all listed on the LP4/99 template information page.  

Why Can’t I Find An Avery Code In My Software?

Given that Avery labels are such an established part of the labelling industry, software with built-in label templates will often include a set of Avery templates.

If you’ve got an Avery code but you’re struggling to find it in your software, this could be because…

  • You haven’t selected Avery A4/A5 as the label vendor. There may be three sets of Avery templates; Avery A4/A5 (label sizes supplied on A4 or A5 sheets), Avery Zweckform (label sizes supplied on A4 sheets, more commonly used in Europe), and Avery US Letter (label sizes supplied on Letter sheets, used in the US). Each range has its own set of product codes so you won’t be able to find your code if you aren’t looking at the right set of Avery products.
  • You are using an Avery code that has been discontinued by Avery and has therefore been dropped from your software.
  • Your software doesn’t include that particular code in its list of built-in templates. The set of built-in templates available may be revised when software is updated. The most popular and common templates available at the time the software is created or updated is usually included BUT these sets tend to offer a selection of templates rather than every template currently in existence. This can mean that older codes or less popular sizes may be removed or left out of template sets.

It may be worth trying to find another Avery code that uses the same label size and layout. For example, if you are printing Label Planet labels with multiple compatible Avery codes, and the first code you try isn’t available in your software, work through the list of codes to see if another one is available.

Why Can’t I Find An Avery Code For Label Planet Product Code LP…/…?

If we haven’t listed any Avery codes for one of our products, this is because Avery simply don’t supply labels in that particular size. We have, however, created Word and PDF label templates for all of our label sizes for customers to use free of charge. These templates can be downloaded from our Template Home page (select your label shape and size) or by clicking on the “Label Templates and Printing Information” link on the relevant product page.

Got Any More Questions & Queries? Check Out Our Help Pages Or Get In Touch!

We’ve put together a range of guides, tips, and resources to create a Help Section that aims provide help and advice on designing and printing your own self adhesive labels – whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro! This section includes guides on designing and printing labels, top tips and a troubleshooting guide, along with our template section.

If you find that your particular question or query isn’t answered on these pages, get in touch with our Customer Service Team. You can give us a call during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email info@labelplanet.co.uk at any time.

Label Planet’s Brief Guide To Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

If you’re buying self adhesive labels and find yourself overwhelmed at the sheer amount of options available, this is the post for you! We’ve put together a brief guide to what self adhesive labels are – and why there are so many options available.

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What Are Self Adhesive Labels?

Self adhesive labels are labels made with a particular type of adhesive known as a “self adhesive” or “pressure sensitive adhesive”. A pressure sensitive adhesive is an adhesive that is tacky (sticky) at room temperature and requires only the pressure of a finger/thumb to form a successful application.

How Many Different Forms Of Self Adhesive Labels Are There?

Self adhesive labels come in many different forms; common examples include sheet labels (like our A4 labels), roll labels (where the labels are on a continuous backing sheet that is wound around a central core), and fan-fold labels (also carried on a continuous backing sheet but one that is perforated and then folded back and forth along these perforations). Some are intended for use with printers, while others are intended to be left blank or handwritten only.

Generally speaking, self adhesive labels are three-tier constructions; they have a top layer (the Face Material), a middle layer (the Adhesive), and a bottom layer (the Backing Sheet). The face material and adhesive separate from the backing sheet to form the “label” proper. Self adhesive labels may have additional layers to help produce a particular appearance or fulfil a particular function.

At Label Planet, we have chosen to specialise in A4 sheets of self adhesive labels, which are designed for use with standard desktop laser and inkjet printers.

Why Are There So Many Different Options?

You can use A4 labels for thousands of different label applications. Different applications require particular sizes, materials, and/or adhesives to ensure that the labels can create and sustain an adhesive bond under the unique circumstances and requirements of that particular application.

Therefore, while we “specialise” in one particular type of self adhesive labels, we still have a LOT of options. Our product range includes over 100 label sizes in over 30 material/adhesive combinations because we want all of our customers to be able to find an option that suits their application.

Label Sizes:

We supply “standard” label sizes. These sizes determined by the proportions of an A4 sheet; they are the result of dividing an A4 sheet into a specific number of labels, while leaving as little waste material around and between the labels as possible. We do not supply bespoke sizes; you would need to contact a label manufacturer to request bespoke label sizes.

Label Materials:

Our sizes are then available in various material/adhesive combinations. Each combination provides a range of properties suitable for different applications. For example, we provide…

  • Paper or Synthetic Materials.
    Paper labels are a basic (and budget friendly) option suitable for general applications. Synthetic labels offer specialised properties for more demanding applications; for example, those requiring transparent labels, waterproof labels, or asset / security labels.
  • Inkjet Labels or Laser Labels.
    Different printers use VERY different printing methods. Inkjet printers disperse inks onto a surface, where they are partially absorbed before drying in place. Laser printers use heat (and pressure) to bond a dry powder (toner) onto a surface.Some materials suit one particular printing method (others suit both). We therefore supply laser labels and inkjet labels to allow our customers to get the best possible print quality.
  • Coloured Labels, Transparent Labels, and Gloss Labels / Matt Labels.
    For many customers, appearance is key. We therefore provide options for coloured labels, transparent labels, along with gloss finishes (bright and shiny) and matt finishes (dull and flat).
  • Permanent, Removable, and Special Adhesives.
    Pressure sensitive adhesives are either permanent or removable. The former create strong adhesive bonds that make labels difficult to remove. The latter create adhesive bonds that hold labels in place while needed before removing easily and cleanly (without damaging the surface or leaving behind adhesive residue).We supply permanent labels and removable labels along with specialised adhesives designed for specific applications. Examples include our high / super tack adhesives (create strong adhesive bonds even on unusual materials and/or curved surfaces), marine adhesive (for outdoor applications), VOID adhesive (for security labels), deep freeze adhesive (for items used/stored in freezer conditions), water wash off adhesive (for reusable containers), and super removable adhesive (for temporarily labelling delicate items).

Choosing The Right Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

There are a variety of ways to find the perfect self adhesive labels for your application.

Our alphabetical list and home page links let you visit our different product range pages. Use our All Labels page to view all of our range pages at once. Alternatively, use the Label Finder to create a shortlist of suitable options based on your requirements. Enter the things your labels MUST be and the Finder will list of all of our products that suit.

We offer a free sample request service, so you can try a few different sizes and/or materials to find the perfect option for your application. We also provide free label template for you to use to design and print your own labels.

If you need any help and advice, our Customer Service Team is on hand 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, to help you find the perfect sticky labels.