Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Happy New Year From Label Planet (Featuring A Quick Despatch And Delivery Update)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Welcome Back To The Label Planet Blog!

We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the New Year (hopefully your New Year’s Resolution just so happens to be ordering more labels). Here’s a quick update on our current despatch and delivery leadtimes.

We’re working our way through the emails and online orders that we received during our Winter Break. We are prioritising the despatch and delivery of orders (anything placed after 3pm on Friday 21st December).

To find out more about existing orders (placed in 2018) or orders you would like to place now, please consult the despatch and delivery FAQs below. If you can’t find the answer you need, please email our Customer Service Team via info@labelplanet.co.uk and we’ll do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

despatch and delivery

I Haven’t Received My Order

If your order despatched on or before Friday 21st December, you should have received a confirmation email. If you ordered by phone, our Customer Service Team will have indicated when your order would be despatched.

Small orders (fewer than 200 sheets) despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service. This is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service and is subject to delays over the Christmas period. Usually, we allow FIVE working days for delivery; we would therefore advise waiting to see if your order is delivered this week. If it does not arrive, please contact our Customer Service Team.

If you upgraded to a guaranteed next day delivery option, your order should have been delivered by now. Please contact our Customer Service Team so that we can investigate further.

Large orders (250+ sheets) despatch via next working day courier – where stock is available. If your order was despatched, it should have arrived by now. If you ordered made to order items (those with a 500 sheet minimum) or if the items you ordered were out of stock, your order will be scheduled for manufacture and despatch this week. We will do our best to process these orders as quickly as possible; if you need your order urgently, please contact our Customer Service Team so that we can confirm the status of your order.

If you have not received an email confirmation from us, then your order is most likely awaiting processing; we are aiming to have all existing orders processed by tomorrow at the very latest.

If you haven’t received ANY emails from us, you may have provided an incorrect email address, our emails may be in your spam folder, or there may have been a problem with your order. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further assistance.

I Haven’t Received A Response To My Email Yet

Our office was closed during our Winter Break and so no members of staff were available to respond to correspondence received during this time. We will do our best to respond to all messages this week.

If I Order Labels From You Today When Will They Be Despatched (& Delivered)?

Despatch and delivery will depend on the specific items and quantities you order (along with stock availability). Where stock is available, the following despatch and delivery items apply.

Small Orders (fewer than 200 sheets): despatch today (up to 4:30pm) via Royal Mail’s first class service. Items MAY arrive tomorrow but can take up to five working days to arrive.

Large Orders (more than 200 sheets): despatch today (up to 3pm) via next working day courier. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via TWO-working day carrier.

Where stock is NOT available, your items will be made to order and then despatched via next working day courier; this can take up to five working days. If you need your labels urgently, please contact our Customer Service Team so we can advise of the leadtime for your items.

What To Do If You Have Questions Not Answered By The FAQs Listed Here

If you have a question about despatch and delivery that we’ve not answered here – about an order you’ve already placed or an order that you are about to placed – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team. You can send an email to info@labelplanet.co.uk or give us a call on 01270 668076. Our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. We will do our best to respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible.

We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas & A Spectacular New Year

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Today is our last day in the office for 2018 and we’ve had a brilliant year – with the Label Planet universe getting a little big bigger and brighter with a huge selection of new label sizes and material combinations added to our range. We’ve got a few new projects up our sleeves that we’re really excited about and hope to introduce to customers in the new year.

For now, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers who have been busy buying labels, requesting samples, and downloading label templates from us over the last twelve months. Your support has helped us have a really great year – and we hope to see you again in the new year!

We close at 5pm this afternoon and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019!

We hope your Christmas Break proves to be a truly wonderful time of the year – filled with fun and family.

happy christmas from label planet

Have A Happy Christmas & A Wonderful New Year.

See You Soon – In 2019!

It’s Your Last Chance To Order Christmas Labels For Delivery Before Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

We’ll be closing for our usual Christmas break on Friday. Here’s the despatch & delivery information you’ll need if you want to place a last minute order of Christmas labels (for delivery before Christmas.

Despatch and delivery of Christmas labels

Christmas Labels – Opening Hours & Contact Information

We will be open all this week until 5pm on Friday 21st December.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm and you can contact our Customer Service Team by email (info@labelplanet.co.uk) or phone (01270 668076).

Christmas Labels – Stock Availability & Despatch Estimates

Stocked items (25 sheet minimum) are available for same day despatch.

If you order 500+ sheets of a stocked item, same day despatch will rely on stock availability.

Made to order items have a 500 sheet minimum order quantity. Our manufacturing time is currently 5-7 working days, which means that we cannot supply these items before January 2019.

We are able to offer same day despatch on orders placed before 3pm (250-500 sheets) or 4pm (25-225 sheets).

Christmas Labels – Delivery Options

Small orders (25-225 sheets) despatch via Royal Mail’s First Class service.

While Royal Mail AIM to deliver first class items next day, this is not guaranteed and – at this time of year – the service does experience delays. We do NOT recommend relying on standard delivery if you need to receive your order before Christmas.

We offer a special delivery option; this uses 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.

Please note that orders to the Republic of Ireland use Royal Mail’s International Standard Service; the last posting date for Christmas Delivery was Tuesday 18th December, which means that these orders will no longer arrive before Christmas.

Large orders (250+ sheets) are despatched via next working day carrier (UK Mainland) or 2 working day carrier (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands).

Christmas Labels – The Last Posting Dates For 2018

Here are the absolute last posting dates for 2018;

Thursday 20th December: last posting date for…

LARGE ORDERS (250+ sheets) to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands via 2 day working carrier (standard delivery).

Items will arrive on Monday 24th December. Only stocked items will be available for despatch.

SMALL ORDERS (25-225 sheets) to UK addresses (UK Mainland, Islands with UK Postcodes, and Northern Ireland) via Royal Mail’s First Class service (standard delivery).

Items will arrive (hopefully) between Friday 21st December – Monday 24th December. HOWEVER, this is subject to Royal Mail’s service levels and this service is likely to experience delays.

Friday 21st December: last posting date for…

LARGE ORDERS (250+ sheets) to UK Mainland via Next Day Carrier (standard delivery).

Items will arrive on Monday 24th December. Only stocked items will be available for despatch.

SMALL ORDERS (25-225 sheets) to UK addresses (UK Mainland, Islands with UK Postcodes, and Northern Ireland) via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service (special delivery).

Items will arrive on Monday 24th December. Please note, we also offer a Saturday Special Delivery option; this is only available to request by phone and is a more expensive (and less reliable) option.

If you need to double check that your item will arrive before Christmas – please get in touch with us. If you need to order 500+ sheets, please contact our customer service team BEFORE placing your order so that we can verify if stock is available for Christmas delivery.

Please note: we will continue to accept orders up to 5pm on Friday; orders that cannot be despatched before Christmas will be processed and despatched when we re-open on Wednesday 2nd January.

Seasonal Tips & Tricks To Get Your Christmas Labels Sorted

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

There are all sorts of ways that sticky labels can help you to get organised at Christmas, including address labels and gift tags for all your Christmas presents and post. To help you keep the chaos of Christmas under wraps, here are Label Planet’s top tips to get your seasonal sticky labels in shape.

Use Coloured Labels For Instant Decoration And Use Transparent Labels For Decorative Packaging

Before you start thinking about incredibly complex designs, why not consider a simpler way to make your Christmas labels merry and bright – by using coloured labels to create an instant decorative background for your designs.

We supply a variety of coloured labels, from seven subtle pastels to five fierce fluorescents, by way of two luxurious metallics (gold and silver – perfectly suited to the season), and a ribbed brown Kraft paper, which instantly adds a natural colouring along with a touch of pattern and texture.

If, on the other hand, you’re sticking Christmas labels onto decorative packaging (for example, product labels on gift items or address labels on decorative envelopes), you may want to avoid covering up your festive designs. In this case, try using transparent labels. These allow you to add your text and/or designs without covering up the designs beneath.

Personalise Your Sticky Labels But Keep Your Design Simple

Sticky labels are a brilliant (and quick) way to personalise all kinds of items. There are so many ways to create festive designs, including festive fonts, images, photographs, borders, and backgrounds. But remember, it’s best to keep things simple.

Using every single possible design element just because you can is never a good idea. You’ll end up with a messy, cluttered design, which might prevent your sticky labels from actually doing their job (for example, displaying delivery information on address labels or product information on product labels). Instead, a clean, simple design is best – and it’ll be much quicker to design and print.

Make sure you keep your design to within the capabilities of your software AND your own design experience. That way, you’ll be able to design and print a label template in no time at all – leaving you free to get on with other Christmas preparations.

Get Your Christmas List Under Control & Use A Mail Merge To Print A Perfect Set Of Address Labels

Many people decide to print their own address labels because it’s a brilliant and quick way to create a decorative and professional-looking set of labels that are truly unique.

A mail merge combines a template with an address list to create one address label for each recipient. All you have to do is add your design, connect your address list, and the mail merge does the work for you.

Word includes a Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard to guide you through the SIX (yes just six) steps involved to help you create a perfect set of address labels. You’ll also find plenty of tips and tricks to help you out on our Labels Blog and our Label Templates Blog.

Keep Your Design In Shape To Make It Simple To Design & Print Your Own Christmas Labels

When creating Christmas designs, it’s easy to go overboard and make things overly complicated. Customers often choose more unusual designs and label shapes – round labels and oval labels are popular choices for seasonal stickers.  These factors can make it harder to design and print your Christmas labels accurately.

Most difficulties, however, can be avoided by a) keeping things simple and b) following these top tips:

  • Centralise your design so it expands from the centre of each label. This helps improve the accuracy of alignment when you print your template.
  • Take care with backgrounds and borders; if your design reaches the edges of your sticky labels, any misalignment becomes much more obvious. Most printers have limited accuracy (within a few millimetres), which makes it difficult to align every design perfectly. This often results in white edging; when a design doesn’t quite line up, portions of a label edge may be left unprinted.If there are gaps all the way around your labels you can oversize your background and/or border. This allows your design to bleed over (overlap) the edges of your labels. We supply Bleed Label Templates, where possible, which show the bleed area available around each label.

    If you don’t have gaps to use as a bleed area, you can only oversize monochrome backgrounds and/or borders. Any inconsistency in colour will clearly indicate that your design has bled over onto an adjacent label.

    The alternative is to amend your design; removing or restricting your background and/or border so it doesn’t reach the edges of your sticky labels.

  • Add your design to the top left label and use copy and paste to complete your label template. This is much faster AND more accurate – because every design is the same.

Order Your Christmas Labels From Label Planet Today

You can order online or by phone; check out our List Of All Materials to see all of the different options we supply. Visit our Help Pages for tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels; this section includes a link to our Templates Home Page, where you can download Word and PDF templates free of charge.

As Christmas approaches, despatch and delivery times get longer, so it’s best to order as soon as you can.

Small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) will be despatched same day from stock (up to 4pm) – where stock is available. Choose between free standard delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) and special delivery. There is an additional fee for special delivery but this is the only way to guarantee next day delivery.

Large orders will be despatched via next working day carrier (two-day carrier for Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands) – once stock is available. Made to order items currently take 5-7 working days for despatch.

Get Your Christmas List Organised With Address Labels & Mail Merge

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Yup, it’s Label Planet’s annual Christmas mail merge post; whether you’re a pro or a beginner, here’s how to use a mail merge to print a perfect set of Christmas address labels.

Christmas labels using Word Mail Merge

Christmas Address Labels – The Items You Need To Get Started

To perform a Mail Merge you will need:

  • A4 sheets of sticky labels.
  • A saved label template, compatible Avery template code, or layout and measurement information.
  • A saved list of addresses.

A compatible Avery template is one that has the same label size and layout as your A4 labels. If a label size has any compatible Avery codes, we will list them on the relevant product pages, product packaging, and template information pages.

Using a built-in template is simplest; if you can’t find a compatible code because Avery don’t supply your label size, you will need to save a suitable template to your device OR have detailed layout and measurement information for your label size to hand. We supply label templates AND measurements for all of our label sizes; visit our Label Templates home page and select your label shape and label size.

Your list of addresses should be saved in an Excel Spreadsheet, Outlook Contact List, Office Address List, Word Data File, Access Database, or Text File.

Christmas Address Labels – The Mail Merge Process

We recommend using the Mail Merge Wizard. Select the Mailing tab, click on Start Mail Merge, and select Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard. This opens a Mail Merge Panel on the right hand side of your screen, which guides you through these SIX STEPS:

ONE: Select Document Type – select labels.

TWO: Select Starting Document – select your template.

You have three options: select “Change Document Layout” and “Label Options” to use a built in Avery template (set Label Vendor to Avery A4/A5 and select your code) OR create your own label template (click on New Label and fill in the measurements). Alternatively, select “Start From Existing Document” to open a saved label template.

THREE: Select Recipients – select your list of addresses.

This adds the Next Record rule placeholder to all of your blank labels (except the first one). If you are using a saved label template, you must add these placeholders yourself using the “Rules” tool in the Mailings tab. 

FOUR: Arrange Your Labels – add your design (including placeholders for information from your address list).

You can add placeholders individually (use the “More items” option) or use preformatted options, such as Address Block. Add your design (and placeholders) in the first label before using the “Update all labels” button to complete your template. This button is not available if you are using a saved template so you will need to copy and paste your design into the remaining labels.

FIVE: Preview Your Labels – check that your information and design fit together on each label.

SIX: Complete The Merge – finish the merge and print your address labels.

ALWAYS TEST PRINT ONE SHEET FIRST BEFORE PRINTING YOUR WHOLE LIST OF ADDRESSES.

You must use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and check your printer is using the correct settings.

Christmas Address Labels – Top Tips

For a chaos-free Christmas mail merge, we recommend following these top tips:

  • Use a built-in label template or create a label template if you can because this allows you to take advantage of several automated tools that are not available if you use a saved copy of a label template.
  • Keep your design simple and try to avoid elements that will complicate the printing process (such as multicoloured backgrounds and/or coloured borders around the edges of each label).
  • Remember that your address information will take up a lot more space on your address labels that the placeholders used to represent them.
  • Remember that some addresses are longer than others; make a note of the longest address in your list and make sure that you check how this address appears when you preview your address labels in step five.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY TEST PRINT THE FIRST SHEET BEFORE PRINTING ALL YOUR ADDRESS LABELS.

Use the “From” option under Print to select enough addresses to fill one sheet of blank labels.

Christmas Address Labels – Troubleshooting Tips

If things start to go wrong, try these troubleshooting tips to avoid a label template nightmare before Christmas:

  • Can’t Find Your Avery Code: “Printer information” must be set to Page printers and “Label Vendor” to Avery A4/A5. If your Avery code is a Zweckform code, set Vendor to Avery Zweckform. If your code isn’t listed, it may refer to a discontinued product. Check for an alternative compatible Avery code.
  • Two (Or More) Labels Show The SAME Address Information: the Next Record rule must be in EVERY label EXCEPT the first one. It must come BEFORE any other placeholder in your design. Remember, if you use a saved template you need to add this rule yourself.
  • Address Block Doesn’t Show Full Addresses: Word might not have matched sections from your address list to the address block properly. The Match Fields tool allows you to indicate where each part of the address block is stored in your address list.
  • Some Addresses Don’t Fit: some addresses are longer than others. You can either adjust your deign to accommodate the longest address in your list OR edit the longer addresses to make them fit.
  • Your Address Labels Are Misaligned: there are TWO common patterns of misalignment, which you can fix as follows:

Misaligned in the SAME direction by the SAME amount: adjust the page margins of your template to correct the alignment. Click on the Layout tab, select Margins, and choose “Custom Margins”. Increase/decrease the top page margin to move your designs down/up and increase/decrease the left page margin to move them right/left.

Misalignment gets worse down/across/out from the centre: usually caused by printer settings. Check that the page size is A4, no scaling options are applied (i.e. less than 100% or “Fit to…” options), and that no options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Default/Driver Settings” are applied. Run your device’s main software update tool to check you have the latest printer driver installed. You should also use your printer’s media bypass tray (if it has one).

If this doesn’t help, there may be a problem with your template; check that the size and layout measurements are correct.

Order Christmas Address Labels From Label Planet NOW For Pre-Christmas Despatch & Delivery

You should order Christmas address labels early because you need to leave enough time for:

  • Despatch and delivery of your order.
  • Designing and printing your address labels.
  • Sticking your address labels onto your post.
  • Posting items for delivery before Christmas.

Stocked items (those with a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets) are available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets. Quantities of 500+ sheets of stocked items are made to order, although some paper items are stocked for same day despatch. Items with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets are unstocked and made to order. Despatch is likely to take five working days because of the increasing demand for Christmas labels.

Small orders (fewer than 250 sheets) despatch by Royal Mail’s first class service; we recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (delivery by 1pm on the next working day) if you have a deadline to meet.

Large orders (250+ sheets) despatch by next working day carrier (once stock is available). Delivery to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2-working day carrier.

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!

address labels from label planetWhite Address Labels

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.

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.

Wishing You All A Happy New Year From The Label Planet Team!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

 

Hello!

We are back in the Label Planet offices (just about!) and we’d like to start by wishing all of our customers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the New Year with friends and family (and doesn’t it all seem like it was just yesterday…)!

Our computers have been fired up and we’re working our way through all of the orders we received over the Christmas holidays – as well as our emails. We’ll do our best to process as many orders and respond to as many emails as possible; we hope to have everything back up to speed by tomorrow.

If you’ve got any questions or queries about an order that you’ve already placed or an order that you want to place, hopefully these FAQs should answer your enquiry.

Why haven’t I received the self-adhesive labels that I ordered before Christmas?

If you received an email confirmation indicating that your printer labels were despatched before Christmas, then it depends on the quantity of blank labels you ordered (and the shipping service you requested).

Small orders (less than 200 sheets) are despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; this is NOT a guaranteed service and is liable to experience delays over the Christmas period (and so may still be on the way to you). If your self adhesive labels do not arrive by the end of the week, please get in touch to let us know.

Medium orders (200-475 sheets) are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard and so SHOULD have been delivered and signed for at your chosen delivery address. Please contact our Customer Service Team so that we can check the tracking information for your order.

Large orders (200+ sheets) are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard – where stock is available or once your items have been made. If your A4 labels haven’t arrived then they are most likely scheduled for manufacture and despatch from our warehouse this week. We will do our best to work through these orders as quickly as possible; if you need a firm despatch date then please get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be able to confirm the status of your order with our warehouse.

If you did NOT receive an email confirming that your A4 labels were being despatched, then it is more than likely that your order is sitting in our “To Do” pile and will be processed today or tomorrow.

If you haven’t received ANY confirmation emails from us (including an initial payment confirmation and order confirmation) then you have either provided us with an incorrect email address, our emails have landed in your spam folder, or there was a problem with your payment. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further assistance.

Why haven’t I received a response to the email/sample request I sent to you over Christmas?

Our office was closed for Christmas so we were not available to respond to any messages sent to us over the holidays (whether via email / Facebook / Twitter / fax / post / voicemail / messenger pigeon etc). We will do our best to work through any and all messages received over Christmas – we prioritise orders before catching up with Christmas correspondence and sample requests, so please bear with us.

If I order A4 labels from you today, when will they be despatched (and delivered)?

SMALL ORDERS (less than 200 sheets): we are aiming to despatch all small orders today or tomorrow via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm). If you upgrade your order to a next day delivery option, we will prioritise your order to ensure it is despatched same day.

MEDIUM ORDERS (200-475 sheets): we are aiming to despatch all medium orders today or tomorrow via next working day carrier service (up to 3pm). Orders for delivery to Northern Ireland (large orders only), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands are sent via 2 day carrier service.

LARGE ORDERS (500+ sheets): we are currently working through a backlog of orders so our despatch estimates depend on the items you are ordering. Standard paper labels are kept in stock (and have shorter lead times) so these items are likely to be despatched early this week, while other made to order self adhesive labels will be subject to (at least) five working days for despatch. You can contact our Customer Service Team to check on stock availability and/or lead times for the blank labels you wish to buy.

If we haven’t answered your particular question or query here, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who are available 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri).

We Wish You All A Very Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

It’s our last day here in the Label Planet office and we’d like to start by saying THANK YOU to all of the customers who have bought self adhesive labels from us over the last twelve months.

We’ve had a simply brilliant year and a large part of that is down to our equally brilliant customers! So thank you – we hope you’ll be back to visit in 2018!

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and we hope that your (winter holi)days are both merry and bright.

Merry Christmas To All & To All A Good Night!

FAQs For Last Minute Orders Of Self Adhesive Labels

Monday, December 18th, 2017

There are only FIVE days left before we shut down the Label Planet office for Christmas, which means you have FIVE days left to place a last minute order for Christmas labels.

This post contains all of the answers to the FAQs that we receive every year around Christmas as a guide to placing a last minute order of self adhesive labels from Label Planet.

When are you open this week?

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I still order blank labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas?

Yes, depending on:

  • The product and quantity of blank labels you are ordering
  • The delivery address for your order of self adhesive labels
  • The shipping options available for your order of sticky labels

Why does it matter what product and quantity I need?

ORDERS OF 500+ SHEETS: these items are despatched same day via carrier (up to 3pm) where stock is available; standard paper labels are kept in stock, while other materials and adhesives are made to order – at this time of year, the demand for self adhesive labels means that our lead times increase to 7+ working days, which means we cannot manufacture and despatch these items for delivery before Christmas.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM TO CHECK STOCK AVAILABILITY

ORDERS OF 200-475 SHEETS: orders are despatched same day (up to 4pm) via carrier (next day service for UK mainland and 2 day service for Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, and Islands With UK Postcodes).

ORDERS OF LESS THAN 200 SHEETS: orders are despatched same day (up to 4:30pm) via Royal Mail’s first class post as standard. Royal Mail do NOT guarantee first class items will be delivered next day and this service is likely to see delays at this time of year, which is why we recommend upgrading to a special delivery service.

What special delivery options are available?

Medium and large orders are despatched via next working day carrier service as standard (2 day for non-UK mainland), although we do have timed delivery services available (e.g. pre-10:30 delivery, pre-12 delivery etc) – contact our Customer Service Team by phone to find out more.

Small orders are despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; we STRONGLY recommend upgrading to Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service (next day delivery by 1pm). The shipping fee depends on the quantity of blank labels being ordered and you can upgrade online (after you have entered your delivery details) or by phone.

We also have a pre-9am delivery service and a Saturday delivery service for small orders; please phone our Customer Service Team to request either of these options.

Why does my delivery address matter?

Deliveries to Northern Ireland (large orders only), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands tend to take (at least) a day extra compared to delivery to the UK mainland. Medium and large orders (200+ sheets) are sent via 2 day carrier service, while small orders being delivered to Ireland are sent via Royal Mail’s International Standard service.

So what are your last despatch dates?

WEDNESDAY – Last orders for:

  • Delivery to Northern Ireland (200+ sheets), Republic of Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands – UP TO 3PM.
  • Small orders being delivered to UK mainland & Northern Ireland via STANDARD delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) – we cannot guarantee that these items will definitely arrive before Christmas – UP TO 4:30PM.

THURSDAY – Last orders for:

  • Large and medium orders (200+ sheets) being delivered to UK mainland via carrier service – UP TO 3PM (large orders) / 4PM (medium orders).
  • Small orders being delivered to UK mainland and Northern Ireland via SPECIAL delivery (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service) – UP TO 4:30PM.

FRIDAY – Last orders for:

  • Small orders (less than 200 sheets) being delivered to UK mainland via SPECIAL SATURDAY delivery (Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service) – UP TO 4:30PM.

This service can ONLY be requested by phone; we CAN place orders of 200-250 sheets on this service if you wish but this does have a much higher shipping cost due to the weight of the items being delivered.

Will you stop accepting orders before Christmas?

NO; but if your items are out of stock OR you order after our last despatch dates your self adhesive labels will NOT arrive before Christmas.

Orders despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service that don’t arrive before Christmas will usually be delivered in the days after Christmas when service in your area resumes. Medium and large orders will be despatched via carrier when we re-open in the new year.

How do I get in touch with you?

Email us at info@labelplanet.co.uk or give us a call on 01270 668076.

What happens if I place an order after you close for Christmas?

Nothing – until we reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Please note: we are more than happy for customers to email us with questions and queries over the Christmas Holidays but we will NOT answer any enquiries until the office reopens in January – when we will do our best to answer as quickly as we possibly can.