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Last Orders (Of Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Christmas is undoubtedly here and while we hope that all of our customers have had a couple of busy yet brilliantly successful weeks (or months) getting things done in time for Christmas, we know that, unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan – so if you find that you need a last minute order of labels, read on for our (Last Minute) Despatch & Delivery information.

We will be processing and despatching orders Monday to Thursday this week, as follows:

STOCKED ITEMS:
Small Orders (25-200 sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 4:30pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: Royal Mail’s first class service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: the last recommended posting date is WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER.

You MUST bear in mind that the reliability of this service will be lower than usual due to the amount of items being despatched at this time of year. We STRONGLY recommending upgrading your order to guaranteed next day delivery (available online or by phone) if you must receive your labels before Christmas. The last posting date for Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery is THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.

Medium Orders (250-475 sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 3pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: next day carrier service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: we must receive your order by 3pm on THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.

Large Orders (500+ sheets):
Orders accepted up to: 3pm on Thursday (22nd December)
Despatched via: next day carrier service
LAST ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY: we must receive your order by 3pm on THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER.
Please note: we will only be able to despatch large orders where stock is available and so we would recommend that if you need to order a large quantity of labels AND receive them before Christmas you should contact us BEFORE placing your order so that we can confirm if the items are in stock and available to fulfil your order.

NON-STOCKED & MADE TO ORDER ITEMS:
These items have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets listed on our website and are usually made to order items; due to the extension in manufacturing times at this time of year, we will NOT be able to despatch any non-stocked or made to order items before 2017.

If you aren’t sure whether or not the labels you want to order are available for despatch AND delivery before Christmas then you should get in touch with us BEFORE placing your order so we can discuss your requirements and confirm the despatch/delivery estimate for those specific items.

If you don’t mind when your labels arrive, you can order at any time before 4:30pm on Thursday OR you can place an order over the Christmas break – when things are a little bit “quieter”! Any orders we receive after 4:30pm on Thursday will be processed and despatched when we return from our Christmas break on January 3rd 2017.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering labels BEFORE Christmas, please contact our Customer Service Team as soon as possible; alternatively, you can simply send us an email over the Christmas break and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can once we return in the new year.

December Is Here & So Are Our 2016 Last Posting Dates!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

We know, we know – it’s ONLY JUST December – but if you need to order labels AND receive them before Christmas then NOW is the time to order!

Over the years, we’ve found that people tend to underestimate just how early they should order their Christmas labels because they don’t realise how many steps are involved, while a lucky few find themselves in need of a last minute re-order because their products or services are in such high demand that their initial order of labels simply wasn’t enough!

Most of the labels we sell at this time of year will be used as Christmas product labels or for Christmas events, which means that you have to leave enough time for ALL of the following steps to be completed:

1) You order your labels

2) We (make and) despatch your labels to you

3) Your labels are delivered to you

4) You (design a template and) print your labels

5) You apply your labels

6) You despatch your labels to wherever they need to be by Christmas (or by your Christmas-based event) – whether that’s at the location of your Christmas event or to the delivery address of a customer.

You need to remember that, at this time of year, manufacturing times and delivery times get longer and longer (even for delivery services that are SUPPOSED to be guaranteed) AND that designing a template and printing your labels can turn into quite a lengthy process AND that applying your labels (neatly) can take a lot longer than you think.

While we will always do our best to make sure that all of our customers receive the labels that they need in plenty of time for their Christmas deadlines, you MUST make sure that you have left enough time to get everything done. Our current despatch and delivery estimates for orders that you need to receive BEFORE Christmas are as follows:

NON-STOCKED/MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
At this time of year, production estimates are longer than usual with most made to order items being placed on a waiting list for manufacture. Our current lead times are 5 working days for manufacture/despatch via next working day carrier BUT we would warn customers that this lead time will eventually expand into 2017, which means that we would highly recommend that you get in touch with us BEFORE placing an order so we can confirm the despatch/delivery estimate for the exact items and quantities that you would like to order.

LARGE ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
Where items are in stock they will be despatched on the same working day via next working day carrier (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm). If the items you wish to order are temporarily out of stock, they will need to be made, which could take several working days. Again, if you need to order a large number of boxes or wish to confirm that the labels you want are available, the best thing to do is to contact us to get an exact despatch/delivery estimate.
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Friday 23rd December (subject to stock availability)

MEDIUM ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (250-475 SHEETS)
These orders will be despatched same day via next working day carrier (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm).
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Friday 23rd December

SMALL ORDERS OF STOCKED ITEMS (LESS THAN 250 SHEETS)
These orders are despatched same working day (Mon-Fri, up to 4:30pm) via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. Usually, around 93% of first class mail arrives the next day BUT at this time of year the service does suffer delays and we would strongly recommend upgrading your order to Royal Mail’s guaranteed next (working) day delivery option (available online or by phone) – please note that this service does require a signature upon delivery.
Last Posting Date For Christmas Delivery: Wednesday 21st December (first class) or Thursday 22nd December (guaranteed next day)

ORDERS TO NORTHERN IRELAND & REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Delivery to these locations can take longer at this time of year so we strongly recommend ordering as soon as you can:

NORTHERN IRELAND:
Small Orders: sent via Royal Mail’s first class service; we strongly recommend ordering early and upgrading to the Royal Mail’s guaranteed next (working) day delivery service – bearing in mind that even this service may be delayed at this time of year. You should order by 4:30pm on Wednesday 21st December (first class) or Thursday 22nd December (guaranteed next day) to receive your labels before Christmas.
Medium/Large Orders: sent via a 2-3 working day carrier service (large orders: subject to stock availability); our last despatch day will be Wednesday 21st December (by 3pm) for delivery before Christmas.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
Small Orders: sent via Royal Mail’s International standard service; the last recommended posting date for this service is Friday 16th December (order by 4:30pm) but we would strongly advise that you order sooner as the service is likely to experience delays.
Medium/Large Orders: sent via a 2-3 working day carrier service (large orders: subject to stock availability); our last despatch day will be Wednesday 21st December (by 3pm) for delivery before Christmas.

Please note that deliveries to Islands With UK Postcodes & “Extended” Postcode regions are also sent via 2-3 working day carrier service and so share the last despatch date of Wednesday 21st December.

If you have any questions or queries, doubts or deliberations about ordering labels in time for Christmas we strongly recommend contacting our Customer Service Team who will be able to give you the most up to date stock levels, despatch and delivery estimates, and delivery options available for the specific items you want to order.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like (This Is A Blog About) Christmas (Despatch & Delivery Information)!

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Yes, yes, we know – it’s far too early to talk about Christmas, but with only 48 days (yes, we counted!) and only 35 WORKING days (yes, we counted again) left until Christmas  – it’s never too early to get organised, especially if you need Christmas labels that will actually arrive BEFORE Christmas.

The majority of the labels that we sell at this time of year, as you can probably guess, end up being used as Christmas product labels, address labels for Christmas cards, invites, and mailers, or as part of Christmas events – so all of these labels need to be ordered, despatched, delivered, designed, printed, applied, and despatched on to their final destination BEFORE Christmas arrives – and doesn’t that just make those 48 days (or 35 working days) seem a lot less longer than they did before?!

A lot of our customers end up buying their labels as the very last step in their Christmas projects; they may have spent weeks and months (and years!) putting together Christmas product ranges, working on marketing and promotional campaigns for the Christmas season, or creating special invitations and cards BUT the labels they need to complete these projects all too often end up being a last minute thought – when, actually, they need a lot more than a “last minute” to get them just right.

Simply designing a template and getting it to print correctly can take much longer than you’d think and you’d be surprised at how many of our customers are caught out by forgetting to account for the time that it will take them to actually stick their labels onto their products/packaging/marketing materials/invitations etc. And all of this is before you consider the implications of trying to get things delivered at this time of year!

So, with all of this in mind, we’d like to encourage ALL of our customers to plan ahead and to order their Christmas labels as soon as they can – so you don’t end up in a last minute panic! Here is our despatch & delivery information for November & December;

25-200 sheets
Despatched from stock via Royal Mail’s first class service (or Signed For first class service where the value is £35+).
Order by 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, to qualify for same day despatch – LAST POSTING DATE: Wednesday 21st December.
Please note: we will still process and despatch small orders of stocked items up to 4:30pm on Friday 23rd December but these items are not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.
250-475 sheets
Despatched from stock via next working day carrier service.
Order by 3:30pm, Monday to Friday, to qualify for same day despatch – LAST POSTING DATE: Friday 23rd December.
500+ sheets (stocked items)
Despatched from stock via next working day carrier service.
Order by 3pm, Monday to Friday, to qualify for same day despatch – LAST POSTING DATE: Friday 23rd December.
If the item(s) you order are temporarily out of stock, they will be made and despatched within a couple of working days.
500+ sheets (made to order items)
Despatch is up to five working days via next working day carrier service (standard paper items are usually despatched sooner).
As we get closer to Christmas, demand for made to order items soars, which means that items will eventually be placed on a waiting list for manufacture and the lead time is likely to increase – in our experience, it will usually become 5 working days (and not “up to”) before extending to 7-10 working days as December approaches. Depending on the level of demand, production of made to order items will usually stop in early/mid-December with despatch and delivery estimates shifting into 2017.
This means that it is especially important to order your labels early if you know that you need to order a large quantity of (made to order) labels.

Special Delivery Options
As Christmas gets ever closer, the reliability of delivery services (and especially the Royal Mail) does decline as more and more items are sent out in time for Christmas, which means that it’s a good idea to consider upgrading your order to a special delivery option – especially if you’ve got some pretty tight deadlines to meet. We offer the following special delivery options:
Royal Mail’s Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 1pm)
25-200 sheets only; available by phone or online; requires a signature on delivery – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Royal Mail’s Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 9am)
25-200 sheets only; available by phone; requires a signature on delivery
Royal Mail’s Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (Saturday)
25-200 sheets only; available by phone; requires a signature on delivery – in our experience, NOT 100% reliable
Timed Next Working Day Delivery via Carrier (pre-10:30am/pre-noon/Saturday)
250+ sheets only; available by phone; requires a signature on delivery
 

Delivery to Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland (+ Islands With UK Postcodes & “Extended Postcodes”)
These areas tend to have slightly longer delivery times all year round, which means it’s even more important to order early if you need your labels delivering to one of these locations before Christmas.
Small orders (25-200 sheets):
Northern Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, Extended Postcodes:
Despatch same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (Mon-Fri, up to 4:30pm), LAST POSTING DATE: Wednesday 23rd December
Republic Of Ireland
Despatch same day via Royal Mail’s international standard service (Mon-Fri, up to 4:30pm), LAST POSTING DATE: Friday 16th December
Medium/large orders (250+ sheets & made to order items):
Despatch same day from stock (or when made to order items have been made) via 2-3 working day carrier service (Mon-Fri, up to 3pm), LAST POSTING DATE: Wednesday 21st December

Remember, if you have any questions about our despatch and delivery, would like to check the stock availability or despatch estimate of a particular item, or need some advice about how to order the labels you want in time for a specific deadline, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

It’s Your Last Chance To Order Labels Before Christmas

Monday, December 21st, 2015

It’s the last few days before Christmas, so here’s everything you need to know if you want to order labels before or during the Christmas holidays.

Last Orders Please
We will be processing and despatching orders Monday-Wednesday this week.

Customers should bear in mind that the last recommended posting date for First Class mail (our standard delivery service for small quantities) is today. After today, only items that are placed on guaranteed next working day delivery services will be delivered before Christmas. While orders of 250+ sheets will be put on a next working day carrier service, we would advise customers ordering fewer sheets to consider upgrading to a guaranteed next day delivery option (available online or by phone).

We would also advise that only stocked items are now available for delivery before Christmas. If you have any doubts about whether or not the items you wish to order are available for despatch AND delivery before Christmas, please get in touch with us BEFORE placing an order so we can confirm the despatch/delivery information for you.

The Arrival Of the New Year (‘s Labels)
Any orders placed after 3pm on Wednesday and those placed over the Christmas Holidays will be processed upon our return on Monday 4th January.

Getting In Touch With Us
While we will be closed for the Christmas Holidays, you can still send us an email if there is anything you need to query or discuss with us in the New Year. We will endeavour to respond to all correspondence as soon as we can, once our offices re-open on Monday 4th January.

Christmas Holidays 2015: Closing Dates For Label Planet

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Please note that we will close for the Christmas Holidays on Wednesday 23rd December, and will re-open on Monday 4th January.

Any orders placed over the Christmas Holidays will be processed upon our return.

We will continue to process orders up until Wednesday afternoon, but we would remind customers that delivery times are longer than usual due to the Christmas period.

Stocked Items
Stocked items are available for same day despatch; smaller orders (less than 250 sheets) will be sent via Royal Mail’s First Class service (NOT a guaranteed next day delivery option and likely to be delayed during the Christmas Period) and larger orders (250+ sheets) will be sent via next working day carrier. Customers ordering smaller quantities are advised to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service (available online and by phone). Orders of Stocked Items will be processed and despatched up to 4:30pm (small orders) or 3pm (larger orders).

Non-Stocked Items
Non-stocked items are made to order; usually these items are despatched within five working days, HOWEVER, customers should remember that, just as delivery times are delayed at this time of year due to the huge quantities of items being delivered, manufacturing & despatch times are delayed due to the huge quantities of items being manufactured in time for Christmas. At this time of year despatch is likely to be a MINIMUM of five working days (rather than a maximum) with our synthetic labels (polyester and polyethylene) being despatched in 7-10 working days.

We would advise customers who have any concerns about despatch/delivery estimates for the item(s) they want to order to get in touch with us, so that we can provide them with the most up to date information.

Last Posting Dates For Christmas 2014 (!)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Yes, yes, we know – not another company harping on about ordering stuff in time for Christmas!
However, we hope you’ll forgive us when we point out that:

  1. We just want to make sure all of our lovely customers receive their labels safely and swiftly despite the chaos of Christmas!
  2. Christmas Day is just six weeks away!

If you haven’t already, many of our customers will soon be looking to purchase labels for items that absolutely HAVE to arrive in time for Christmas – whether you need them for letters, cards, or gifts for family and friends or you’re a company and want to provide a seasonal Santa-like service and ensure that all of your customers’ orders are delivered in time for Christmas.

Labels often become a bit of an after-thought that gets left to the last minute, but it’s important to remember that whenever you order labels you need to allow time for the labels to arrive, to design your template, to print your labels, and to apply your labels – all of which soon adds up. If you then need to send your labelled items to family, friends, or customers, you also have to leave time for the items themselves to arrive safely before Christmas.

Therefore, at this time of the year we strongly advise customers to take advantage of one of our next working day shipping options, just to make absolutely sure that your labels arrive securely and with plenty of time to spare. If you need to send your labels on for printing or if you have despatch and delivery schedules of your own to keep to, it’s vital that you make sure you order your labels as early as possible.

So, here are those all important dates:

ROYAL MAIL’S INTERNATIONAL STANDARD/TRACKED SERVICES – Saturday 13th December
ROYAL MAIL’S FIRST CLASS/FIRST CLASS SIGNED FOR SERVICES – Saturday 20th December
ROYAL MAIL’S GUARANTEED NEXT DAY DELIVERY SERVICE – Tuesday 23rd December

Of course, we only process and despatch orders during the working week (Monday to Friday) so if you need to receive your labels in time for Christmas (i.e. – you DON’T need the labels for items that are to be despatched to someone else), your last ordering dates for labels from Label Planet are as follows:

ROYAL MAIL’S INTERNATIONAL STANDARD/TRACKED SERVICES – Friday 12th December
ROYAL MAIL’S FIRST CLASS/FIRST CLASS SIGNED FOR SERVICES – Friday 19th December
ROYAL MAIL’S GUARANTEED NEXT DAY DELIVERY SERVICE – Tuesday 23rd December

BUT REMEMBER: if you need labels for items that you are sending out that MUST arrive before Christmas, you need to order your labels well BEFORE these last posting dates – and adding a guaranteed delivery service to your order is a very, very good idea!!!

Christmas Posting Dates for 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Yes, December is officially here, which means Christmas is almost upon us – but so too are the Royal Mail’s last posting dates.

With the return of the rush to get everything ordered, posted and delivered before Christmas, we just wanted to remind our customers that delays are possible and it is increasingly important to make sure you get your labels ordered as early as possible. We advise customers to consider adding a next working day shipping option where available to avoid disappointment if orders are required urgently. In particular, if you want labels for items you will be posting out yourself for delivery before Christmas, you need to place your order as early as possible so you have enough time to receive your labels, print and apply them to your items, and get your items posted before the last posting dates.

So, here are those all important dates:
18th December: second class post
19th December: tracked second class post
20th December: first class post (this is our standard UK delivery service)
21st December: tracked first class post
23rd December: next working day guaranteed post

PLEASE NOTE that first and second class post (whether tracked or not) are NOT guaranteed services and may be subject to delays. If you want to GUARANTEE your delivery then you will need to add a special delivery option (if available).

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about adding a next working day shipping option to your order.

Christmas Address Labels

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Address labels for christmas cards, christmas presents and christmas mailshots are now in huge demand and Label Planet has seen the usual surge in orders in the days leading up to the last posting date. To avoid frustration we urge customers to place early orders. This is because the post becomes very unpredictable in early December and it can be challenging to receive the labels you need before the last posting date. The last posting date of December 13th is simply the last date you can post to get the post delivered prior to Christmas, so if you are a company sending out cards to customers you need to order labels well in advance.