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Label Planet’s Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

We get a variety of enquiries and queries from our customers – some more surprising and unusual than others – and our customer service team is on hand to help out with any questions (big or small) that you might need answering.

You can contact us during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) via phone or email and you can submit questions to us via our website or by email at any time and we’ll do our best to get back to you with an answer as soon as we can.

Of course, there are some questions that crop up more often than others, so here’s a quickfire list of the answers to your most frequently asked questions:

Questions About: Designing & Printing Labels

  1. Do you print labels for customers?
    No; we supply blank labels for customers to print themselves (or to have printed by a local printers).
  1. How do I print labels?
    You create your label design in a template, which is a file that shows the layout of the labels on an A4 sheet. We supply Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes (found in our Template Section here), although you can also create your own label template or use a compatible built in Avery template (where available). Add your design to the top left label and then use copy and paste to fill in the rest. Test print your template onto blank paper to confirm if the alignment is correct (and make amendments if it is not). Load your labels into the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and check your printer’s properties to ensure the page size is set to A4 and to select the “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print setting.
  1. How do I get the labels to line up properly?
    If your print is too high/low/left/right (by the same amount), increase or decrease the top and left page margins to correct the misalignment. If the alignment gets progressively worse as you go down or across the page, check that your printer is set to an A4 page size and that no scaling options (e.g. Fit To Page) are selected. You should also check that your template is still the correct size in case it has altered as you have added your content.
  1. Will my printer / photocopier print labels?
    Check your printer’s manual to see if it can process labels and if there are any settings and features you can use to improve the print quality and accuracy. You must also make sure you print laser labels with a laser printer and inkjet labels with an inkjet printer – the printer compatibility of all our label materials is listed on our range pages, product pages, and product packaging.
    While we don’t recommend specific models, we do recommend OKI & HP printers (which handle different materials and high volumes very well), dedicated printers rather than “All-In-One” printers (the latter do several tasks to an okay standard, which means they often struggle to print labels effectively – if at all), and choosing a printer with a duty cycle that exceeds your actual usage (i.e. that can print more sheets to a consistent quality within a month than you actually need).
  1. Why can’t I see the outlines of the labels in my template?
    To view the outlines of a Word template you must have Table Gridlines turned on; to turn them on left click once in the centre of your template, select the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page, and click “View Gridlines”.
  1. Why can’t I edit my template?
    If you have download a template from our website, it may have been temporarily locked for security reasons; there should be a (yellow) banner going across the top of the page with a button that says “Enable Editing” – click on this button to unlock your template and add your design(s).

Questions About: Delivery

  1. When will my labels arrive?
    Small orders (25-200 sheets): same day despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri)
    Medium orders (250-475 sheets); same day despatch via next (working) day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri)
    Large orders/made to order items (500+ sheets); despatch via next (working) day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri) where stock is available; made to order items are made and despatched within five working days (standard paper products despatch sooner).
    Large orders to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and some “Extended Postcode” regions are despatched on a 2-3 day carrier service (up to 3pm, Mon-Fri).
    We offer a variety of special delivery options including Royal Mail special deliveries (1pm, 9am, Sat) and timed carrier deliveries (pre-10am, pre-10:30am, pre-noon).
  1. Do I have to pay extra for delivery?
    Standard delivery to UK mainland postcodes is included in the prices on our website. Special delivery options, delivery to the Republic of Ireland, and delivery of large orders to Islands With UK Postcodes or “Extended Postcode” regions have additional shipping charges; you can find out more by contacting our Customer Service Team.
  1. Do you supply labels outside of the UK?
    No; we only supply labels to the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our sister company (Madebuy) sells genuine Label Planet products via Amazon and eBay so you may wish to see if they are able to ship to your required destination.

Questions About: Choosing The Right Labels

  1. Do you supply samples?
    We run a free sample request service so you can test a few options to make sure you choose the right label for your application. Simply fill in our online Sample Request form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.
  1. What label materials do you supply?
    We supply paper labels and “plastic” labels, which are made from polyester, polyethylene, polyolefin, or vinyl. You can find a full list of our label materials on our All Materials page.
  1. What label adhesives do you supply?
    All of our labels are made with “self-adhesive” or “pressure sensitive” adhesives, which means they are all tacky (sticky) at “normal” temperatures and require only the pressure of a finger or hand to apply. We supply a range of adhesive strengths (from extremely strong “super tack” adhesives to extremely light “super removable” adhesives) and a number of “special” adhesives, which have been designed for specific applications (e.g. freezer adhesive, marine adhesive, opaque adhesive, and VOID adhesive). You can find a full list on our All Adhesives page.
  1. What colours do you supply?
    We supply seven pastel colours (Crimson-Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cream, or Pink), five fluorescent colours (Red, Orange, Lemon (Yellow), Green, or Magenta (Pink)), a metallic gold and silver, and a brown Kraft paper. You can find a full list on our All Colours page; we also supply a silver polyester label and a range of white labels.
  1. What is the difference between “matt” and “gloss”?
    These terms describe the finish of our label materials; matt labels have a dull, non-shiny finish and gloss labels have a bright, shiny finish. We offer a range of gloss labels and matt labels, as well as semi-gloss paper labels, which offer a compromise between the two.
  1. What is the difference between “waterproof” and “splashproof”?
    Our waterproof labels are made of synthetic materials that can be exposed to or immersed in water without sustaining damage. Our “splashproof” labels are paper labels with a gloss or semi-gloss coating that offers a limited degree of protection if they are lightly splashed with water (so they can be wiped clean and dry if they get slightly wet).
  1. Can I request a bespoke label size / label material combination?
    We don’t offer a bespoke label service; however, we do offer over 100 label sizes across a range of over 30 material options so you may find that we have a suitable alternative. You can find a complete list of our label sizes on our Labels Sorted By Width and Labels Sorted By Height pages and a complete list of our materials on our List Of Label Materials page. You can also search using our Label Finder or you can give us a call for further advice.

Questions About: Label Types

  1. Do you supply labels on rolls?
    No; we specialise in supplying blank labels on A4 sheets for use with laser and inkjet desktop printers.
  1. Do you sell Avery labels?
    No; we do, however, sell a number of compatible label sizes that use the same layout as Avery products, which means you can use an existing Avery template to print onto labels that you have purchased from us. If one of our products is compatible with an Avery size, we will list the relevant Avery codes on the product page, range page, template page, and packaging for that item.
  1. Do you supply waterproof / weatherproof labels?
    Yes! We have a range of waterproof labels suitable for indoor and outdoor use – you can find a full list of options on our Waterproof Labels page. Please note that these labels are for use with laser printers only; laser printers use a dry printing process that produces waterproof print, while inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks that will run or smudge if they get wet (or are simply handled a lot).
  1. Do you supply labels for use in a freezer?
    Yes; our freezer labels are made with a special deep freeze adhesive and can be applied onto products at room temperature or onto frozen products before being stored in conditions ranging from -40°C to +60°C.
    Please note that these are paper labels and so they may wrinkle or crease slightly if they are exposed to condensation. We recommend that you handwrite these labels or use a laser printer; inkjet inks tend to be water-based, which will cause them to run or smudge if they get wet or are handled a lot.
  1. Are your transparent labels COMPLETELY see through?
    Our transparent labels are not “frosted” or “translucent” nor are they “glass clear”; the adhesive layer may trap tiny particles of dust and air during application and this prevents them from being completely transparent – especially on glass. If you need something that IS completely transparent, we recommend “Static Cling” labels, which use static (rather than an adhesive) to hold labels in place.
  1. Do you supply opaque / blockout labels?
    Yes; our opaque labels are made with an opaque adhesive that blocks out any existing print beneath the label. These labels are made to order items, with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets, and a lead time of up to five working days for despatch.
    As an alternative, you could try layering standard paper labels, choosing a thicker material (e.g. polyester/polyethylene/Kraft paper), or using our metallic paper labels, which also have an opaque finish.
  1. Do you supply security labels / tamperproof labels?
    Yes; our silver VOID labels leave behind the word “VOID” if a label is removed from an item, while our tamper evident vinyl labels fragment into tiny pieces if someone tries to remove them from a labelled item.
  1. Do you supply integrated labels?
    No; integrated labels are sheets where one or more labels are a part of (integrated into) a standard sheet of paper and we do not supply these products.
  1. Do you supply labels on A5/A3/SRA3 (etc) sheets?
    No; all of our labels are supplied on A4 sheets that can be printed using standard desktop printers.
  1. Do you supply coloured labels in a specific pantone reference?
    No; our coloured labels are not made to a specific pantone reference and we do not offer a bespoke service for coloured labels. The colour indicators on our website are for illustration purposes only and are not intended to be an accurate representation; we recommend requesting a sample to see if they are suitable for your requirements.

Questions About: Payments and Refunds

  1. What do your prices include?
    The prices on our website are “all inclusive” and include both VAT and standard UK delivery. The price you see on our website is the price that you will pay at the checkout UNLESS you add an upgraded delivery service to your order.
  1. How does your pricing structure work?
    We use a price break system, which means that larger quantities of labels have a better cost per unit than smaller quantities. Please note that we do not have a separate trade price list, nor do we offer special discounts to trade customers; all of our customers are offered the same price list and the same discounts (when available).
    If you need to order a “shopping list” of different items then we advise getting in touch with us first for a quote as we may be able to pro-rata the price of some or all of the items in your order.
  1. If I find a better price elsewhere will you match that price?
    No, we do not offer any price matching services.
  1. What payment methods are available?
    Ordering Online: pay by credit card/debit card or use a PayPal account.
    Ordering By Phone: pay by credit card/debit card.
    Ordering By Email/Fax/Post: request a Proforma Invoice and pay by credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.
    Please note that we can send PayPal payment requests if you let us know that you’d prefer to make payment in this way.
  1. Do you accept purchase orders?
    Yes! Email or fax a copy of your purchase order to us and we will issue you with a Proforma Invoice.
  1. Can I open a credit account?
    No; we operate a “payment with order” system and do not offer credit accounts. If you are unable to place an order via our website or over the phone (for example, if you need to place orders via a Finance Department), you can send us a purchase order or order request by email/fax/post (or give us a call) and we will issue you with a Proforma Invoice against which you (or your Finance Department) can make payment.
  1. How do I place an order on behalf of a school?
    You can order via our website or over the phone OR you can send the details of your order to us by email or fax (or post!) and we will process your order and send you a 30-Day School Invoice (Local Education Authority Schools only) for payment. Please note that you need to send your order to us either in the form of an official School Purchase Order OR in a document with the school’s letterhead that has been signed by the individual responsible for payment.
  1. How do I place an order for delivery to the Republic of Ireland?
    You will need to place your order by phone so that we can determine the best shipping option for the specific items you wish to purchase. If you are VAT registered, we will also remove VAT from your order if you have your VAT number to hand when you call.
  1. How do I request a refund?
    Get in touch with our customer service team to request a refund; let us know what item(s) you wish to return and we will issue you with a goods return number. Once we have received your returned goods we will process your refund.
    Please note that we will only issue refunds for products that we can resell or that are faulty. If you have opened your label packs and used some of the sheets, we will only offer you a partial refund based on the labels that you return.
  1. What should I do if I’ve ordered the wrong thing?
    Get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can amend your order BEFORE it is processed. If your order has already been despatched or delivered, you have TWO options:
    Request replacements: we will issue you with a goods return number and – once we have received the incorrect goods back – we will post out replacements to you.
    Request a refund and place a new order: we will issue you with a goods return number and process a refund for you once we receive the incorrect goods back – while your new order will be processed according to our usual despatch and delivery terms, allowing you to receive the correct items as soon as possible.

We’ve also put together a section of Help Pages, including a full FAQs page, material specification sheets, a template section (with templates AND advice), tops tips, guides to designing and printing labels, a quickfire troubleshooting guide, and a whole host of other helpful resources that should answer the majority of questions that you might have. You can – of course – get in touch with us if you find that your question isn’t answered by any of these pages and we’ll be happy to help.

FAQ – Can I Place An Order For Delivery To Ireland?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

We often have enquiries from customers in the Republic Of Ireland, who aren’t sure if they can place an order with us. We DO accept orders from the Republic of Ireland BUT we do ask that these orders be placed over the phone so that we can arrange for the correct shipping arrangements to be made, based on the specific items that you wish to order.

This is because the shipping will depend on the exact items that you order – or, more precisely, the overall weight of the items in your order – and currently we do not have the facility to add the correct shipping option to orders from Ireland via our website.

So, how do you place an order for delivery to Ireland?

Simply contact our Customer Service Team; let us know the label products and quantities you would like to order and we will provide you with a quote for those items – along with the shipping cost for your order. If you wish to proceed with your order, simply make payment with a debit or credit card over the phone OR request a Proforma Invoice (against which payment can be made by debit/credit card, BACS transfer, or cheque).

Smaller orders (25-150 sheets) will be sent via Royal Mail’s International Signed For Service, with same day despatch for orders placed by 4:30pm (Monday to Friday); larger orders will be sent via a 2-3 working day carrier service with same day despatch for stocked items (less than 500 sheets) and up to five working days for made to order items.

Made to order items are identified as having a 500 sheet minimum order quantity; despatch is estimated at up to five working days although standard paper products are generally despatched much sooner.

If you are VAT registered, you can also request that the VAT be removed from the cost of your order; simply have your VAT number to hand and we will ensure that your order cost is exempt from VAT.

If you have any questions or queries about placing an order for delivery to the Republic of Ireland, please contact our Customer Service Team by phone or by email; alternatively, give us a call on + 1270 668076 to place an order (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

FAQ Special – Answers To Your Q’s & P’s (“Questions About Prices & Purchasing”)

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Yes, if you have any questions (or queries) about our prices and pricing or payment methods and purchasing, this blog should have all the answers…

How do I find out what your products cost?
The best way to find a price is to visit our website (www.labelplanet.co.uk), which contains current price lists for all of our products; simply navigate to the product page of the item you are interested in to view the prices for that product. Alternatively, if you’re struggling to find a particular product (and its price), want to order a “shopping list” of different items, or want a price for a particular quantity you can always get in touch with our customer service team to discuss your requirements and/or request a quote.

What do the prices on your website include?
All of the prices on our website include VAT and standard UK delivery, so you will always pay what you see; the only time you will need to pay any additional amount is if you wish to request an upgraded delivery service or if you need your order to be delivered to the Republic of Ireland (see “What are your shipping costs?” below).

How does your pricing structure work?
We operate on a price break system, which means that the more you order, the better the cost per unit will be; we have chosen this pricing structure to allow trade customers (who usually need to order in larger quantities) to take advantage of the price breaks offered to customers ordering in bulk. If you only need smaller quantities, we would recommend considering if you will need to order on a regular basis; you may be able to save yourself some money by taking advantage of our price breaks and ordering slightly larger amounts less frequently than if you order small amounts as and when you need them.
Please note: we do not offer any discounts specifically for trade customers only nor do we have a separate trade price list.

Will you match prices from other companies?
We do not offer any price matching services; if you find a better price elsewhere, it is up to you to decide where you wish to purchase your labels from – but we would advise that you bear in mind that you will need to check if the materials used to make those products are suitable for your requirements and if the company you purchase from offers customer service levels that you are happy to use.

Do you have any discounts or offers available?
From time to time we run offers and discounts, which we advertise to customers by email (where they have opted to receive promotional emails from us) and on our blog and social media pages. We are currently running a mix and match pricing offer on our coloured and fluorescent coloured labels, which you can request by phone if you need to order a range of coloured labels in different sizes and/or colours.
Please note: we are happy to offer a discount to registered charities who would like to place an order with us; simply contact our customer service team to discuss your requirements and to get a quote.

Do I have to pay for samples and/or templates?
No. Our sample request service and templates are completely free of charge; we provide these resources to help our customers make sure that the labels they purchase are right for their application and to help them get the best possible print result, whether they have previous experience of printing labels or not.

What payment methods are available?
We accept payment in a variety of ways, although the options available will vary depending on how you choose to order:
ORDERS ONLINE: pay by credit/debit card or PayPal account
ORDERS BY PHONE: pay by credit/debit card (NB: we do not accept American Express)
ORDERS BY EMAIL/POST/FAX: we will issue you with a proforma invoice against which payment can be made by credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.

Can I open a credit account?
We operate on a “payment with order” system and so do not offer credit accounts.
If you are unable to make a payment yourself over the phone or online (for example, if you need to submit your orders via a Finance Department), you may contact our customer service team to request a proforma invoice, which you or your Finance Department can then pay via credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.
Please note: if you request a proforma invoice, you are responsible for making sure that the total amount is paid and we will not despatch your goods until we have received payment.

Our one exception is Local Education Authority Schools, who may request a 30 Day Invoice; simply send the details of your order to us in an official purchase order form OR in a document with the school’s letterhead and the signature of the individual responsible for making payment and we will process your order and send you a School Invoice for payment.

What are your shipping costs?
Standard delivery is included in our prices but if you want to upgrade to a special delivery option or request delivery to the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay an additional shipping fee, which is the amount that the Royal Mail or our carrier service charges us. The price of these shipping services depends on the total weight of your order; to find out what upgraded shipping options are available and/or to get a quote, get in touch with our customer service team.

Orders of less than 500 sheets can be upgraded to a guaranteed next day delivery option online or by phone, while larger quantities will need to be upgraded by phone so that we can select the best shipping option based on the items you are ordering and when you need to receive them. Orders of 250+ sheets (stocked items) and made to order items will be placed on a next working day carrier service as standard – however, if your order is particularly urgent you can call us to see if an upgraded service is available (e.g. AM Delivery).

Please note that made to order items (or stocked items that are temporarily out of stock) will only be despatched via next working day carrier once they have been made; manufacture can take up to five working days, although standard white paper products are often ready much sooner.

Customers who want to request delivery to the Republic of Ireland should contact our customer service team to place their order; this allows us to work out the best shipping option (and price) for the specific products and quantities that you require.

What should I do if I need to order from Ireland & I’m VAT Registered?
Simply give us a call and make sure you have your VAT number to hand; we’ll remove VAT from the cost of your order (and any shipping fees that apply).

You can find more useful information on our Frequently Asked Questions page and in our Blog; if you find that you have a question that you cannot find an answer to or you have any other questions and queries about prices and payments, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

FAQ – Do You Offer Worldwide Shipping?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

At Label Planet, we supply A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels to customers in the UK and Ireland; we are not set up to process orders for customers outside of the UK and Ireland UNLESS they nominate a UK or Ireland delivery address and arrange their own transportation from that address onwards.

Delivery To UK Mainland

  • 25-225 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (order by 4pm)
    Next Day Delivery By 1pm is available online; other special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 250-475 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (order by 4pm)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 500+ Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (standard paper products ordered by 3pm) or within 5 working days (made to order items)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.

We recommend upgrading to a special delivery option if you need to receive your labels before a deadline (especially if you are ordering smaller quantities; Royal Mail’s first class service is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service and may be delayed).

Delivery To Northern Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” Areas
Despatch and delivery information (and prices) are the same as for the UK mainland, with the exception of orders of 500+ sheets; these items are despatched on a 2-3 day carrier service with an additional service charge. Please contact our Customer Service Team for more information about the shipping options to these locations or to place an order.

Delivery To The Republic of Ireland
All orders to the Republic Of Ireland must by placed by phone so that we can work out the best shipping option/price for the quantity of labels being ordered. Orders of 25-220 sheets will be sent via Royal Mail’s International Signed For Service, while orders of 250+ sheets are sent on a 2-3 day carrier service (same day despatch if ordered by 4pm). Orders of 500+ sheets will also be sent on a 2-3 day carrier service; stocked paper products will be despatched same day, while made to order items will be despatched within 5 working days.

So what if I don’t have a UK or Ireland delivery address?
We have a sister company (Madebuy) trading on Amazon and Ebay; Madebuy sell genuine Label Planet products and are able to despatch goods to a number of worldwide destinations.

Visit our DELIVERY PAGES to view all of our despatch & delivery information; if you have any questions or queries about an order you wish to place, please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

FAQ – Ordering Labels For Delivery To Ireland

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

We despatch and deliver labels to both Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, and this blog post contains all the important information you need to know if you’re ordering labels for delivery to either of these destinations.

ORDERING/DELIVERY INFORMATION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND:
Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

– ORDERS OF 25 SHEET PACKS
Standard delivery (first class Royal Mail) is included in the prices on our website. 90% arrives the next day.
Next day delivery is offered in the checkout as you place your order or can be requested via phone.
Same day despatch for orders placed before 4:30pm (Mon to Fri).

– ORDERS OF 500 SHEET BOXES
2-3 day carrier delivery with additional shipping charges. Please call for price.
Same day despatch for orders of standard permanent matt white paper label products placed before 3:00pm (Mon to Fri).
Up to five working days for despatch of other materials and colours. Please call to check on your delivery estimate.

ORDERING/DELIVERY INFORMATION FOR SOUTHERN IRELAND:
Orders must be placed by phone so that we can arrange the best possible shipping option for the products (and quantities) that you require. If you are VAT registered, please quote your VAT number so we can remove VAT from your order total.

– ORDERS OF 25 SHEET PACKS
Standard delivery is Royal Mail’s international signed for service. The shipping cost will be calculated according to the overall quantity of packs included in your order. Please call to request a price; alternatively, the shipping cost will be calculated and quoted to you when you place your order by phone.
Same day despatch for orders placed before 4:30pm (Mon to Fri).

– ORDERS OF 500 SHEET BOXES
2-3 day carrier delivery with additional shipping charges. Please call for price.
Same day despatch for orders of standard permanent matt white paper label products placed before 3:00pm (Mon to Fri).
Up to five working days for despatch of other materials and colours. Please call to check on your delivery estimate.

Full delivery information for ALL destinations can be found on our website.

Ordering From Ireland

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Yes, we do deliver to Southern Ireland.

Orders for Southern Ireland must be placed by phone as we need to calculate the additional shipping cost. At the moment, we are unable to feature this as part of our website checkout, as the shipping cost depends on which specific items are being ordered.

So, if you do need to have your goods shipped to Southern Ireland, please give us a call. You should also note that if you are VAT registered and you provide us with your VAT number we can also remove VAT from the cost of your order.

For more information about delivery to Southern Ireland, please visit our Delivery Information page.