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Super Useful Reasons To Choose Splendid Synthetic Labels

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

If you’ve ever printed your own blank labels (or simply used sticky labels before), you probably used paper labels – which are extremely versatile sticky labels in their own right.

However, this week we’re celebrating synthetic labels – which have a huge range of advantages, especially when you need self adhesive labels that can offer just a little bit extra…

SYNTHETIC LABELS

These are self-adhesive labels made with a synthetic (man-made) face material; the most popular synthetics for use as adhesive labels are polyester, polyethylene, polyolefin, and vinyl. Each of these materials has a broad range of useful properties, including durability and flexibility, and they are all relatively easy and cost effective to manufacture.

WATERPROOF LABELS

Synthetic labels are waterproof, which is ideal if you need self adhesive labels that will survive outdoors OR indoors where they might come into contact with water (or other liquids). To create waterproof labels, you need a laser printer; this is because laser printers use a dry printing process (applying heat and pressure) to bond toner onto a surface – creating waterproof print.

Inkjet printers CAN produce waterproof print BUT ONLY if you use a specialist inkjet printer and specialist inkjet inks. Standard desktop inkjet printers cannot process specialist inks and tend to use water-based inks, which run and/or smudge if they get wet – or get handled a lot.

All of our synthetic labels are waterproof and THREE of our waterproof labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO) also qualify as marine labels – i.e. they can be used in marine conditions – because they are made with synthetic face materials AND a marine standard adhesive. These self adhesive labels have to pass extremely strenuous tests (including submersion in sea water at mid-tide for three months) to achieve the marine standard – which is generally accepted to also be a marker of sticky labels that are extremely tough and durable.

TRANSPARENT LABELS

Synthetic materials are also used to make transparent labels; ideal if you want to create window stickers or need to add extra information or design work onto a pre-printed surface.

They’re perfect product labels or retail labels when you need to add extra information onto pre-printed product packaging AND perfect address labels for envelopes or packaging that have been chosen for a special event (such as wedding invitations or parcels being sent as gift items with special wrappings).

We supply options for transparent matt labels, transparent gloss labels, transparent permanent labels, transparent removable labels, transparent laser labels, and transparent inkjet labels. While all of our transparent labels are not “frosted” or “translucent”, neither are they “glass clear” – tair bubbles and dust may be trapped by the adhesive during the application of a label, which prevents them having a truly 100% transparent finish. You can improve the overall finish by taking extra care during the application; start with one edge and then smooth the label down from that side to the other, applying firm pressure to help avoid the formation of bubbles.

LONG LIFE TRACKING LABELS

While paper labels are easily torn or marked over time, synthetic labels are tough and durable, which makes them ideal for use as long life tracking labels – especially on items that need to be shipped long distance or that will spend long periods of time moving in and out of storage facilities. Synthetic labels are difficult to tear and, while they may get marked over time, they can be wiped clean and dry because they are waterproof.

If you need long lasting address or shipping labels OR asset I.D. labels to keep track of high value stock or company equipment, synthetic labels are a quick and easy way to safely and securely label these items with self adhesive labels that will last for the life time of those items.

SECURITY LABELS

Finally, synthetic labels can be used to create security labels; these are self adhesive labels that are designed to provide visual evidence of tampering, which improves the security of high value items by providing a visual deterrent against theft or tampering.

At Label Planet, we supply two different kinds of security labels; our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels fragment into tiny pieces (preventing the whole label from being removed), while our Silver Void Labels have an adhesive layer that splits to leave behind the message “VOID” when a label is removed from an item.

Buy SYNTHETIC LABELS from Label Planet

Synthetic labels are always going to be a more expensive option because of the specialised materials involved BUT they can offer properties that paper labels simply cannot provide AND they’re ideal if you need self adhesive labels that can survive in more extreme conditions and environments.

To view all of the different synthetic labels available from Label Planet, visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page and scroll down to the middle section – entitled “Waterproof Labels in Polyester, Polyethylene, and Polyolefin”. This table shows basic information about each product range (including a material description, adhesive type, waterproof status, and printer compatibility); to find out more about any of our synthetic labels, simply click on the “View Products” link to read detailed product information and view the label sizes available – to buy, click on the label size you want to order and select the quantity you need.

Put Our Self Adhesive Labels To The Test With Our Label Sample Request Service

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

At Label Planet, we believe in doing everything we can to help our customers choose the perfect self adhesive labels for their projects. From address labels to product labels (and everything inbetween), we offer the widest possible range of options to ensure that you can find the sticky labels you need in the Label Planet range.

We know, however, that it can be difficult to choose just one label size / shape / material / adhesive from all of the options on offer – especially if you’ve never printed your own A4 labels before now.

This is why we offer a completely free LABEL SAMPLE service whereby you can request a few label sizes, shapes, materials, and adhesives to help you to find “the one” that’s perfect for your project.

To request a free sample of any of our blank labels, give us a call or fill in our online request form.

If you aren’t sure which sticky labels to choose, simply let us know as much information about your label application as possible (i.e. what you need self adhesive labels for and what you’d like them to look like) and we’ll put together a selection of the blank labels that best fit your requirements.

For example, let us know if you need laser labels (for a laser printer) or inkjet labels (for an inkjet printer), if you have any preference for coloured labels / kraft labels / fluorescent labels / white labels / gloss labels / transparent labels, if you need waterproof labels / security labels / freezer labels / bottle labels and jar labels, or if you have any preferences for a particular label size.

This helps us to make sure that the sample labels we send are suitable for your particular label application.

You can then use your sample to choose the right colour or finish, the right type and strength of label adhesive, and the right label size for your application. You can also use your sample to replicate your label application as closely as possible – to make sure that the self adhesive labels you choose will actually work under the conditions of your label application – and to give yourself a test run at printing a label template accurately.

We try to fulfil sample requests same or next working day; samples are posted out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard.

Visit our website to view all of the label sizes and materials available and then head over to our sample request page (or give us a call) to request a label sample today!

Get Crafty This Christmas With Christmas Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

From dazzling address labels to seasonal product labels, sticky labels are a REALLY easy way to add a festive finish (and that all important personal touch) to anything that you’re making and/or sending to someone this Christmas. Plus with label templates and A4 labels from Label Planet, you can create your own seasonal set of Christmas labels that even Father Christmas and his elves would be proud of!

Whether you’re looking for printer labels that can be printed with your laser printer or inkjet printer OR blank labels that you can decorate with a handwritten message or hand drawn design, we’ve got plenty of label sizes and materials to help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for any Christmas project.

Picking the Perfect Christmas Label For Your Project

If you want a particular label material or label size, use our “List Of Label Materials” and “Search By Width”/“Search By Height” pages to find the perfect adhesive labels for your project.

Alternatively, use our Label Finder to narrow down your options; simply select a few things that you want your blank labels to be and the Finder will show you all of the options that match your requirements.

All of our A4 labels are grouped into product ranges; each range has its own range page, which gives more information about that particular range and lists the label sizes available for that particular material and/or adhesive.

The Self Adhesive Labels On Everyone’s Christmas List

While you can take your pick from our full range of self adhesive labels, there are few firm old favourites that are just perfect for the Christmas season:

Coloured Labels: a quick and simple way to add decorative Christmas labels to any item; choose between our seven shades of Pastel Labels (for a subtle bloom of Christmas colour) or our five shades of Fluorescent Labels (for a burst of festive fun).

Brown Kraft Labels: our Kraft paper labels have a ribbed finish that adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture; these brown labels are the perfect finishing touch for any items that need a homemade touch.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels: for a luxurious and festive feel, these blank labels provide a stylish and decorative background for your season’s greetings.

Transparent Labels: perfect if you need to add product labels onto pre-printed packaging, address labels onto specially designed envelopes, or gift tags onto wrapping paper; transparent labels allow you to add a festive finish to items WITHOUT covering up the seasonal designs already printed on those items.

Gloss Labels: add a seasonal shimmer to items with gloss labels; choose between gloss laser labels / photo quality gloss laser and inkjet labels (for shiny labels that are both merry and bright) and semi-gloss labels (for a more subtle shine).  

Premium Quality Paper Labels: these white labels are made with a specially coated paper that is ideal for printing high resolution artwork on blank sticky labels.

Despatch Information For (Pre) Christmas Delivery Of Your Festive Labels

If you intend to stick your self adhesive labels onto items that you need to deliver to someone else BEFORE Christmas, you’ll need to order as early as possible to leave enough time for your blank labels to be delivered to you, for you to design and print a label template onto your printer labels, for you to apply your sticky labels onto your items, and to despatch your labelled items so that they arrive before the big day.

Orders of 200+ sheets are sent via next working day carrier service (where stock is available; delivery to Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands is via 2 day carrier service). Smaller orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. First class items are NOT guaranteed to arrive the next day and so we strongly recommend upgrading your order (online or by phone) to a next day delivery service.

If you need to order 500 sheets or more, we recommend contacting our Customer Service Team to check stock availability; paper labels are generally kept in stock at our warehouse for same day despatch, while other items are made to order and have a lead time of at least 5 working days for despatch.

What’s In A (Product) Name? Quite A Lot Really!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Our product codes are designed to be as simple and useful as possible, which means that (if you look closely enough) you can find out all sorts of information about our self-adhesive labels just by looking their product codes.

While a lot of label products have (random) alphanumerical codes that are easily confused and hold no meaningful reference to their products, we wanted our product codes to be as useful as the sticky labels themselves.

This is why we’ve created a system for labelling our printer labels, to incorporate the main features of each product (e.g. label size and shape, labels per sheet, label adhesive and material, colours and finishes etc) into the product code – so you know exactly what you’re getting from the start!

All of our blank label products (except for our CD & DVD labels and franking labels) have a code based on the following formula:

LP + No. of Labels Per Sheet + / + Label Width + Label Shape* + Label Adhesive/Material*


1. LP

We start with “LP” to make it absolutely clear that a code belongs to self adhesive labels from Label Planet. Some companies use the SAME product codes as other companies, which can make it impossible to know where you bought a particular set of blank labels.

2. Self Adhesive Labels Per Sheet

Next we list the number of adhesive labels per sheet, followed by a forward slash.

3. Width

Then we list the width of the label size (rounded to the nearest round number); for round labels this is the diameter of the circular labels and for  oval labels this is the widest part of each oval label.

This is where the product codes for (most of) our rectangular standard matt white permanent labels end – for example:

  • LP65/38: 65 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 38.1mm
  • LP4/99: 4 labels per sheet with a label width of 99.1mm
  • LP21/70: 21 labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm

The rest of our sticky labels have additional elements to indicate their shape, adhesive, material, finish, and colour.

4. Blank Label Shape

First, we add a label shape; square cut rectangular labels with a selvedge (blank strips at the top and bottom of each sheet) will have “S”, round labels have “R”, oval labels have “OV”, and square labels have “SQ” – for example:

  • LP24/70S: 24 rectangular labels per sheet with a label width of 70mm and a selvedge of 8.7mm at the top and bottom of each sheet
  • LP4/100R: 4 round labels per sheet with a diameter of 100mm
  • LP8/90OV: 8 oval labels per sheet measuring 90mm at their widest point
  • LP35/37SQ: 35 square labels per sheet with a label width of 37mm

The only exceptions are our CD labels & DVD labels, which begin with “LPCD” followed by the diameter of the round labels (e.g. LPCD117).

5. Material / Adhesive

Next we add the label adhesive and/or material; each product range has its own “range code”, which is taken from the initials of the material(s) used to make that particular product – for example:

  • DF: Paper Labels with a Deep Freeze Adhesive
  • WW: Paper Labels with a Water Wash-Off Adhesive
  • GREM: Paper Labels with a Glass REMovable Adhesive
  • GWPQ: Gloss White Photo Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • MPQ: Matt Premium Quality Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • OPQ: Paper Labels with an OPaQue Adhesive
  • MWPO: Matt White PolyOlefin Labels with a Marine Adhesive
  • SVP: Silver Void Polyester Labels with a Void Adhesive
  • CRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • REMCRD: Crimson ReD Labels with a Standard REMovable Adhesive
  • LG: Laser Gold Paper Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive
  • BRK: Brown Ribbed Kraft Labels with a Standard Permanent Adhesive

For a full list of the range codes that we use for all of our self-adhesive labels, simply visit our List Of A4 Label Materials page.

So, whether you want laser labels or inkjet labels, white labels or coloured labels, transparent labels or waterproof labels, permanent labels or removable labels, you can always take a quick look at the product code to make sure that you’ve got the sticky labels you need!

Make A Big Splash With Splashproof Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Today, we’re taking a closer look at our SPLASHPROOF LABELS (Semi-Gloss Labels & Gloss Laser Labels) to find out why they’re the perfect choice when you need self adhesive labels that can put up with a splish (or a splash) of water.

What are SPLASHPROOF labels?

Splashproof labels are paper labels with a special coating that provides light protection against a small splash of water. This means that if these white labels are lightly splashed with water, they can be wiped clean and dry without the labels being damaged.

They are NOT waterproof labels; where waterproof labels can be exposed to and/or submerged in water without being damaged, splashproof labels are still – essentially – paper labels that will be damaged by exposure to/submersion in water.

How does the coating protect splashproof labels from water damage?

A self-adhesive label has two main layers (the face material and the adhesive) that are carried on a backing sheet; many adhesive labels have additional layers (such as a coating) to add particular characteristics to blank labels. For example, coatings are used to create specific finishes (e.g. gloss labels, matt labels, semi-gloss labels, satin labels, silk labels etc) or to add a protective layer over the face material and adhesive. This is how the coating on splashproof labels works; it sits on top of the paper labels so that water (or dust or dirt etc) lands on the coating and NOT on the paper face material. The water can then be wiped away without damaging the paper labels.

The reason that splashproof labels are NOT waterproof labels is that this coating is a very thin layer and does not provide a full seal all the way around the paper label beneath; if a splashproof label is exposed to or submerged in a lot of water, the water will break through the protective coating to the paper face material underneath.

So why would I use splashproof labels instead of waterproof labels?

Generally speaking, the deciding factor between the two is usually budget; waterproof labels are made with synthetic plastics (polyester, polyolefin, polyethylene etc), which makes them more expensive than paper labels.

Most of our customers who choose splashproof labels are printing product labels and either don’t have the budget for waterproof labels or want a budget-friendly alternative that won’t eat into their profit margin. If you know that your products MIGHT be exposed to a light splash of water every now and then, splashproof labels might offer enough basic protection so that you don’t need to pay extra for a completely waterproof label solution.

We are more than happy to send out samples of our splashproof labels so you can test them for yourself.

Why do you only supply splashproof laser labels?

Both our splashproof gloss labels and semi-gloss labels are LASER LABELS (i.e. they must be printed using a laser printer). They are made with materials that are well-suited to the laser printing process (a dry printing process that uses heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner onto surfaces), which produces waterproof print. This means both the splashproof labels AND the print that is added to them will survive a splash of water.

While it is possible to make waterproof or splashproof inkjet LABELS, inkjet INKS are NOT waterproof; they are water-based and will run or smudge under even the lightest splash of water.

What sorts of label applications are suitable for splashproof labels?

Splashproof labels are excellent product labels – especially on products that are to be used and/or stored in places where they might get splashed (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms) or on containers that will contain liquids (e.g. food labels, drink labels, bottle labels, jar labels, and cosmetics labels).

In addition to creating a protective layer, the coatings on these paper labels produce an attractive and decorative surface, with the choice of a bright “full gloss” finish (for a dazzling, eye-catching labels) or a more demure “semi-gloss” finish (for a subtle touch of shine).

What splashproof labels are available from Label Planet?

We have TWO types of splashproof labels:

  • GW: gloss paper labels for laser printers; these white labels have a permanent adhesive and are made with paper that has a gloss coating, which gives them a bright and shiny finish.
  • SG: semi-gloss labels for laser printers; these white paper labels have a permanent adhesive and a semi-gloss finish (this falls between the bright shine of a gloss finish and the dull surface of a matt finish).

Visit the range pages for GW and SG to find out more about our superb splashproof labels, to find out what label sizes are available, or to place an order for your very own splashproof labels today!

Picking The Perfect Printer Can Help Perfect Your Print & Produce Perfectly Printed Self Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

DID YOU KNOW? The printer you use can heavily influence the print quality and accuracy of alignment created when printing self adhesive labels.

PRINTERS, PRINTER LABELS, & PRINT QUALITY
Print quality on self adhesive labels is determined by three key factors:

1. Label & Printer Compatibility
Some A4 labels are suitable for ONE printing method; they are called INKJET LABELS and LASER LABELS and are made with materials that are extremely well-suited to a particular printing method.

For example, laser printing uses heat and pressure to bond toner onto a surface and so laser labels are made with materials that cope well with high temperatures (e.g. paper with high moisture content). Inkjet printing relies on inks drying quickly in the correct position and so inkjet labels are made with slightly absorbent materials (e.g. porous papers) to reducing the risk of smudging.

2. Printer Resolution
Printer resolution is expressed as “dots per inch” – the number of “dots” of ink or toner that a printer can produce within an inch. More dots allow more detail to be added, which means that a higher printer resolution produces better print quality – up to a point.

A DPI of 300 x 300 is “Normal/Good Resolution” (for general documents), a DPI of 600 x 600 is “High Resolution” (for documents with some images or design features), and a DPI of 1200 x 1200 is “Photo Resolution” (for reproducing digital photographs).

Some printers offer higher printer resolutions but there is little benefit as the human eye struggles to discern the difference in quality after this point.

Your printer’s manual will list its maximum printer resolution; many printers will give you a choice of printer resolutions when printing so you can choose a less intensive resolution for everyday printing tasks and a higher resolution when you need more detail.

3. Print Settings
Most desktop printers offer specific print settings that adjust how your printer works in order to produce the best possible print quality on different print media, including self adhesive labels – which are thicker and made with a variety of different materials or coatings. These settings tend to fall into the following three categories:

  • Type: this refers broadly to the print medium that you are using (e.g. Plain Paper, Recycled Paper, Gloss Paper, Photo Paper, Card, Labels, Envelopes etc).
  • Weight: this refers to the weight of the print medium, which is expressed as grammage – the mass per unit area (g/m²). Options are usually a general description followed by a range of weights (e.g “Light (60-64 gsm)” or “Heavy (105-120 gsm)”).
  • Quality: this refers to the printer resolution (i.e. the level of detail) that is used to print your label template. This setting will usually allow you to choose a printer resolution AND the speed at which your printer runs (higher printer resolutions require a slower print speed).

While “dedicated” desktop printers should be able to print most media types and weights, “all-in-one” printers and application printers (e.g. “photo printers”) are limited in the print media they can process; this is because they are not designed for the specific task of printing self adhesive labels, which means they are not built with the features and specifications that would allow them to do so. Your printer’s manual will list all of the types and weights that it can print successfully.

Some printers will also have advanced features to further refine the print quality on your laser labels or inkjet labels. You can consult the printer manual and/or support section of the manufacturer’s website to see what options are available and if there are any recommended guidelines you need to follow. 

PRINTERS, PRINTER LABELS, & PRINT ACCURACY
Some printers have features that improve how accurately your label template is aligned with your sheet labels when you press print:

  • Media Bypass Tray: usually located just above or below the standard paper tray, this tray is designed specifically for handling thicker materials and offers a straighter path through the printer (“bypassing” at least one set of rollers) – this reduces the risk of your sheet labels rotating as they are fed through the printer.
  • Narrow Edge Feed: some printers allow you to feed sheet labels into your printer narrow edge leading (the 210mm edge goes in first) or wide edge leading (the 297mm edge goes in first). You should ALWAYS use narrow edge feed to print self adhesive labels because they have layouts designed to reduce the chances of labels separating from their backing sheet. Paper labels also have a grain that runs the length of each sheet; they must be fed narrow edge leading to ensure that they travel through the printer in a direction that is parallel with the grain to ensure they feed smoothly and with less chance of rotation.
  • Starting Print Position: all printers have a slightly difference starting print position, which can determine whether or not your label template aligns with your sheet labels. Some printers allow you to adjust this starting print position (usually through the menu panel that is physically part of the printer) but it is often much simpler to adjust the page margins of your label template.
  • Printable Area: most desktop printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet; if your labels fall into the “unprintable area” of your particular printer, you will have to adjust your label template (so your design doesn’t use this area) OR source a printer that offers “Edge-To-Edge” or “Borderless” printing (allowing your printer to print the full surface area of A4 labels).

BUY PRINTER LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET
We specialise in A4 sheets of laser labels and inkjet labels, which are designed specifically for use with laser printers and inkjet printers. Our self-adhesive labels use label sizes, layouts, materials, and adhesives that suit the laser printing or inkjet printing process so our customers can print sticky labels at home or at work using their own standard desktop printers!

You can find a full list of our laser labels and inkjet labels (along with their printer compatibility) on our List Of All Materials page.

While we don’t recommend specific printer models because customers need to choose one that suits their overall printing needs, we do recommend two brands: OKI and HP. Both supply dedicated printers that are extremely capable of processing self-adhesive labels and produce high quality and accurate print. Look through printer specifications to make sure that your printer offers a high printer resolution, is capable of processing labels, has a media bypass tray, and has a duty cycle higher than your expected requirements (this is the number of sheets a printer can print to a consistent standard within a given time frame – usually a month).

You should also read your printer’s manual to check a) that it has the necessary specification to process labels successfully and b) whether the manufacturer has provided specific guidelines and recommendations for printing self adhesive labels using a particular model – which you should then, obviously, follow.

Make Your Items Safe & Secure With Our Tamper Evident Security Labels

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Labels can be a quick and easy way to add a little bit of extra security to a variety of items, from high value goods to important documentation. A label can be used not only to securely seal packaging, folders, and envelopes but to also increase the security of items by acting as a visual deterrent against unauthorised tampering AND by providing visual evidence that an item has been opened or otherwise damaged in some way.

There are a range of security labels available, including a group known as “Tamper Evident Labels”; these labels provide some form of visual evidence that someone has attempted to tamper with an item.

At Label Planet, we supply two kinds of Tamper Evident Labels: TAMPER EVIDENT VINYL LABELS (TEV) and SILVER VOID LABELS (SVP).

Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

Our TEV labels are “frangible labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by disintegrating into tiny pieces when any attempt is made to remove one of these labels. They are made with a strong permanent adhesive and a very thin, very fragile (hence “frangible”) vinyl face material, which means that the label disintegrates when you try to remove it – the result being that only a tiny fragment of the label is removed with the rest of the label remaining behind, as an indication that the label (and therefore the item) has been tampered with in some way.

Please note: it IS possible to (eventually) remove the entire label but it is extremely difficult and time consuming to make sure that every part of the label has been removed.

Our TEV labels are available in 11 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 33 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be (carefully) handwritten or printed using a laser printer – although, due to the fragile nature of the vinyl, you do need to take care when handling these labels to avoid damaging the material. These labels should be printed using a standard print setting (rather than a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and we strongly recommend requesting a sample of these labels to make sure they are suitable for your requirements.

While they can be used on a range of surface types, they are best suited to solid inflexible surfaces where there is a fixed and consistent surface for them to bond with successfully (compared to flexible surfaces such as plastic bags or wrapping).

Silver Void Labels

Our SVP labels are “void labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by leaving behind a message (the word “VOID”) when they are removed from an item. Our void labels are made with a silver matt metallic polyester face material and a “partial transfer” VOID adhesive; this is a permanent adhesive that is designed to split when a label is removed from an item – leaving part of the adhesive on the back of the label and part on the previously labelled item.

This makes these labels extremely popular for use as security seals (on product packaging and important document folders or envelopes), warranty labels on high value goods (to indicate that an item has been tampered with in a way prohibited by the terms of a warranty agreement), and as security labels on high value goods (to prevent items being resold illegally under a different name or brand).

Our SVP labels are available in 9 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 35 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; as the silver polyester has a metallised backing, we recommend using a standard print setting and NOT a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting (this is because the metallised backing causes the labels to reflect the heat generated by laser printers, which can generate too much heat if the more specialised print settings are used).

You can find out more about our security labels, view all of the label sizes available, and place an order for your own tamper evident labels by visiting our dedicated range pages; go to the TEV range page for tamper evident vinyl labels or go to the SVP range page for void labels.

Find The Perfect Label For You With The Label Planet Label Finder

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

With so many different product options available, it can be quite confusing to sort out which labels are suitable for your particular label application (and which are definitely NOT the labels for you). While we are more than happy to chat to customers to discuss their requirements, we know that sometimes it’s more convenient to use an online guide (especially if you need to place an order outside of office hours).

This is where the Label Planet LABEL FINDER comes into play!

We’ve added ALL of our label products to our Label Finder (along with their defining features) so that you can simply select the things you want your labels to be and the Finder will present you with a shortlist of the Label Planet products that meet your requirements.

For example, you can search for a particular label shape, size, colour, finish, material, and/or adhesive OR you can narrow your search to labels that are (or aren’t) waterproof, that are compatible with a particular Avery code, or that are compatible with your type of printer.

You can also use the Label Finder to find out if a particular label size is available with alternative material choices (including different materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes), or to take a look at the label options that we think are particularly well-suited for a particular label application.

Whether you only have a vague idea of what you want your labels to be (for example, you KNOW you want yellow labels, or waterproof labels, or labels that are about 10cm wide – but nothing else) OR you have a lot of specific requirements (for example, you need labels that are gloss labels AND transparent labels AND waterproof labels AND they measure 38.1mm in height) the Label Finder is a quick and easy way to get a better idea of 1) whether or not we actually supply labels that meet your requirements and 2) how many different options there are for you to choose from that will actually do the job you need them to do.

Of course, you can always get in touch with us if you need further advice or assistance with picking the perfect label for your label application. Our customer service team is on hand by phone or by email (our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) AND you can also take advantage of our free sample service to try out a few different options to help make sure you pick the right product for you.

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.

Label Planet’s Top Autumn Labels For Autumnal Applications

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

On Friday, the Autumn Equinox takes place, which traditionally marks the change from summer to autumn, so we thought we’d take a look at a few of our product ranges that are well suited to all sorts of autumnal applications.

Coloured Labels & Kraft Labels
With the nights drawing in and the weather turning (even more) wintery, it’s the perfect time to add a bit of colour to your label applications; we’ve got seven pastel shades to add a subtle touch of colour (including our superbly autumnal crimson-red labels, orange-red labels, yellow labels, and brown Kraft labels) and five fluorescents if you’re looking for a burst of colour to brighten up the autumn months. Our pastel coloured labels can be printed with all kinds of desktop printers (inkjet or laser) or handwritten for that truly personal finishing touch, while our fluorescent labels can be printed with laser printers or handwritten.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something to finish of your homemade arts and crafts projects, you should definitely take a look at our range of brown Kraft labels; these wonderfully decorative labels have a ribbed finish, which gives them a subtle touch of pattern and texture, while their natural brown colouring is perfect for any craft project (as well as the autumn season). These labels can also be printed with laser printers or inkjet printers and are also perfect for handwritten (or hand drawn) designs.

Find these labels here: Coloured Labels (Pastels + Kraft) // Fluorescent Labels // Kraft Labels

Freezer Labels & Wash Off Labels
In addition to taking on some crafty projects to avoid the gloom of the winter months, you may also be turning your attention to the creation of seasonally savoury and sweet dishes for the colder days ahead. With this in mind, you may find yourself in need of some self-adhesive labels that you can use to label up your ingredient containers and all of your bottles, jars, boxes, and bowls that you need to use to hold all of your delicious delights!

We have two products that are particularly useful for food and drink applications – namely our Freezer Labels (ideal for all those foods that you need to store away for a later date) and our Wash Off Labels (perfect for labelling all of the containers you need for ingredients and the finished product).

Our freezer labels are made with a special adhesive developed specifically for deep freeze conditions; standard adhesives often fail to sustain – or even create – an adhesive bond at cold temperatures, while deep freeze adhesives can be used to label all kinds of items that are already frozen or that will be frozen at a later date. Our freezer labels will work at temperatures of between -40°C to +60°C and are supplied as matt white paper labels (with that all-important deep freeze adhesive) that can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

Please note that we do NOT recommend printing our freezer labels with an inkjet printer as inkjet inks are generally water-based, which means your print will run or smudge if it comes into contact with condensation or other sources of water.

Our wash off labels, meanwhile, are also made with a specially developed adhesive designed to create a strong permanent adhesive bond that will break down when exposed to water; this means that you can safely and securely label containers before washing them (to cleanly remove the label without damaging your containers) so that you can reuse and relabel your containers again and again (and again!). Our wash off labels can be handwritten or printed with any desktop printer (laser or inkjet) and are matt white paper labels with that special wash off adhesive.

Find these labels here: Freezer Labels // Wash Off Labels

Splashproof Labels & Waterproof Labels
Finally, if you’re looking for some heavy duty labels that can withstand a bit of exposure to the great British weather during the autumn months, you might want to try our Waterproof Labels. All of these labels are made with synthetic materials (polyester, polyethylene, or polyolefin) and are therefore completely waterproof; this makes these labels ideal for any indoor or outdoor application where they might be exposed to (or indeed immersed in) water – a useful property if you’re looking for labels that can be used during the autumn months. Three of our waterproof labels (MWP, MWPE, and MWPO) are made with a special marine adhesive that meets the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion, which makes these labels perfect for outside applications (and all of the environmental challenges that go along with being outside during a British autumn).

All of our waterproof labels MUST be printed using a LASER printer to produce fully waterproof labels (i.e. so that the labels AND the print you add onto them are both waterproof); laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) to the medium being printed, which produces waterproof print – inkjet printers, however, tend to use inks that are water-based, which means your print will run or smudge if it gets wet (or even if it is simply handled a lot).

You can print both our MWPE and MWPO labels with a laser printer or an inkjet printer but only a laser printer will produce waterproof print. To create waterproof print with an inkjet printer you would either need to find a way to add a protective layer over the top of your print (for example, by sticking a transparent label over the top) or you would need to source specialist inks and a printer that can produce waterproof inkjet print.

As a cheaper alternative, we offer “splashproof” labels; these labels are made with paper – meaning that they are NOT waterproof – but have a gloss or semi-gloss coating that offers limited protection against water, which allows them to be wiped clean and dry if they are accidentally splashed with a bit of water. So, if you don’t need a fully waterproof solution, our GW and SG labels offer budget friendly alternatives that will do the job you need them to just as well as our more durable synthetic labels.

Like our waterproof labels, you will need to print these labels using a laser printer (and not an inkjet printer).

Find these labels here: Splashproof & Waterproof Labels