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A Happy New Year From Label Planet!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year To All Of Our Customers!

We hope you had a marvellous time over the Christmas break and had a spectacular start to the New Year.

Here at Label Planet, we’re back in the office and are busy processing orders that were placed over the Christmas holidays. If you did place an order over the break then you should shortly be receiving an email confirming that we have processed your order and it is either being manufactured (made to order items) or will be despatched this afternoon.

Orders of stocked items will be despatched this afternoon via Royal Mail’s first class service (25-200 sheets; if you selected the next day delivery option when you ordered, your order will be despatched via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service) or our next working day carrier service (250+ sheets). New orders, meanwhile, will be processed according to our usual despatch and delivery estimates:

STOCKED ITEMS:
Small Orders (25-200 sheets):
Despatch: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
This is not a guaranteed next day service; if you need to receive your order quickly, you can upgrade to Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery option online or by phone – this service will mean your order will arrive by 1pm on the next working day and will require a signature upon delivery. We also offer pre-9am and Saturday delivery options but you must request these by phone.

Medium Orders (250-475 sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday) – a signature upon delivery is required.

Large Orders (500+ sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3pm, Monday to Friday, subject to stock availability) – a signature upon delivery is required. If an item is temporarily out of stock, it will usually take a couple of working days for your labels to be made and despatched.

Please note: some of our coloured labels have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets, which means that they are kept in stock at our warehouse and are despatched via next working day carrier service – while we do our best to ensure that these items remain in stock, there may be times when an item goes temporarily out of stock and despatch will be delayed a few days while the items are made.

NON-STOCKED/MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
Despatch: next working day carrier service (once items have been manufactured)
These items are manufactured on a rotating schedule, which means the lead time is UP TO five working days for despatch (although standard paper products are usually despatched more quickly than this).

Please note: if you are ordering 250+ sheets and need your labels in a hurry, you can call us to request a timed delivery service via carrier (such as a pre-10:30am or a pre-noon delivery slot). Orders of 250+ sheets for Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” areas will be sent on a 2-3 working day carrier service.

If you want to order from the Republic of Ireland, you do need to order by phone so that we can quote for and arrange the best possible shipping option for the exact items and quantities that you need to order.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; to qualify for same day despatch, you must order by 3pm (250+ sheets) or 4:30pm (less than 250 sheets) – and please note that we do NOT offer same day delivery.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering labels from Label Planet – whether you’ve already ordered over the winter break or you’d like to place an order now – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team for assistance.

Last Orders (Of Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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

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

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

1) You order your labels

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

3) Your labels are delivered to you

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

5) You apply your labels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

A Happy Easter From Label Planet!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Yes, Easter is here early this year and we hope you have a most egg-cellent time over the Easter break, whether you’re hopping off like the Easter Bunny for a short break away or simply relaxing at home with a huge stash of Easter Eggs.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for an extended Easter break from 5pm today and will re-open on Monday 4th April.

All orders placed online during this period will be processed upon our return; if you have any queries or concerns, please send us an email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can when we return.

“Can We Set Up An Account With You?” And Other Questions From Finance Departments…

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

While many of our customers can place an order themselves, there are those who have to submit orders via, or according to the rules of, a Finance Department, which can make things slightly more complicated.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a short FAQ for the most common queries we get from Finance Departments.

Do You Run Credit Accounts?
No. As an online supplier we operate on a “payment with order” system; all orders must be placed and paid for in full before we despatch any goods.
[We have one exemption, which is Local Education Authority schools; these schools can request a School Invoice, which provides them with 30 days for payment. Schools simply need to send us an official Purchase Order and we will process and despatch their order along with a School Invoice.]

Can I Request An Invoice?
While we do not offer invoices, we are more than happy to supply Pro-Forma invoices against which payment can be made by BACS transfer, credit/debit card, or cheque.
It is the responsibility of the individual ordering to ensure that their Finance Department makes payment – we will not process and despatch an order until payment has been made.

Do You Accept Purchase Orders?
Yes. Companies who prefer to use Purchase Orders simply need to email or fax a Purchase Order to us and we will provide them with a Pro-Forma invoice.

What Payment Methods Do You Offer?
Payment can be made in the following ways:
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD – orders placed online, by phone, by email/fax, or by post (we do not accept American Express)
PAYPAL – orders placed online
BACS TRANSFER – orders placed by phone, by email/fax, or by post where a Pro-Forma invoice has been issued
CHEQUE – orders placed by phone or by email/fax where a Pro-Forma invoice has been issued, or by post

How Do I Place An Order?
There are a number of ways to order:
ONLINE: complete our online checkout process to place an order
PHONE: call us with your order details; pay over the phone with a credit/debit card or request a Pro-Forma invoice
EMAIL: send us your order details OR a purchase order and we will provide you with a Pro-Forma invoice
FAX: send us a purchase order and we will provide you with a Pro-Forma invoice
POST: send us your order details OR a purchase order; send a cheque with your order details or request a Pro-Forma invoice

Where Can I Find Prices For The Label I Want To Buy?
All of our prices are listed on our website and are inclusive of both VAT and (UK) delivery.
If you need a quote or advice on pricing (including alternative shipping options or a quote for a range of items), please get in touch with our Customer Service team, who will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.

Can You Send Me A Copy Of My Receipt?
All of our orders are despatched with a VAT Receipt but we know that it’s all too easy for paperwork to go missing, especially when the paperwork is supposed to be sent back to the Finance Department but fails to make its way there. Simply let us know which order you need a copy receipt for and we’ll get one sent to you.
[Please note that we can only issue copies of receipts and NOT invoices; as we operate on a “payment with order” basis, we do not issue invoices as part of any transaction and so cannot issue copy invoices.]

To discuss any specific queries or requirements you might have in relation to placing an order, please get in touch with our Customer Service team.

It’s Your Last Chance To Order Labels Before Christmas

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Holidays 2015: Closing Dates For Label Planet

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Is Only A Month (& A Day) Away! (Have You Left Time To Get Your Labels Purchased, Posted, Printed & Put On Your Stuff?)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Yes, it’s true! Christmas is now only a month and a day away!

While you’ve probably got more fun things to plan (decorating the tree, gifts you want to give (and receive), time with family and friends, a good old knees up for the Christmas do (or an excuse to get out of it), or even a trip away), we’d like to remind our customers that labels tend to take more time than you think.

Most people are guilty of leaving labels to the last minute – and we can understand why. Perhaps you’ve had months of product planning and marketing meetings to get through, or you’ve been busy planning your Christmas card list, presents, and party invites down to the last detail – in either case, you might have been so busy planning the details and design of your actual items, that getting hold of the labels to put on said items has become something of an afterthought – a bridge, as it were, to cross when you get to it.

However, we’d point out that there are a number of steps involved in getting stuff labelled – most of which take significantly longer at Christmas – which can mean that it will take significantly longer to cross the “Bridge Of Labelling Stuff” than you might think:

DESPATCH: only stocked items are available for same day despatch – made to order items have to be put on a waiting list for manufacture and in the run up to Christmas that list gets longer and longer, which means that it can be at least five working days before your items are despatched (and not “up to”).

DELIVERY (PART 1): while orders of 250+ sheets are sent on a next working day carrier service, smaller orders are sent via Royal Mail’s first class service, which is subject to delays as the Christmas period gets closer and more items are being processed.

DESIGN: if you haven’t already got a template ready and raring to go, you’ll need to put aside some time to get your labels designed. If you’re planning a very simple label then this might be a straightforward task, but if you’re looking to put together a special seasonal design to add that special finishing touch to your items, it might just take longer than you think.

PRINT: if you’re printing a few labels (for a personal Christmas card list or for gift tags and decorations) then this isn’t as much of an issue, but if you’re a company trying to print thousands of seasonal labels for your Christmas stock and promotional materials then you need to account for the actual time that it will take to print your labels.

LABELLING: you also need to account for the time that you’ll need to actually get all of those labels stuck on – especially if presentation is an important factor and they all need to be perfectly positioned on your items.

DELIVERY (PART 2): whether this is putting your Christmas cards in the post before the last posting date or making sure that your customers receive their products in plenty of time, you also need to make sure that you have time to get your labelled items to where they need to get to – especially if you’re sending items to stores or to customers directly.

As you can see, there are at least six stages involved – and that’s if you’re based in one location. Some of our customers will also need to despatch their labels to a printers to be printed and to a warehouse for labelling, before their labelled items are sent off to a warehouse for storage, to a store for display and sale, or simply directly to their customers.

In any case, you need to build in enough time for everything to get done, so here are our key things to think about:

– Made to order items take longer than usual to be despatched (our “up to five working days” despatch estimate is now more likely to be “five working days” (if not more) for despatch).

– Royal Mail’s first class service is likely to encounter delays as Christmas gets nearer, so we strongly recommend upgrading small orders to a next working day delivery option (available online and by phone).

– Don’t assume that designing a template and printing your labels is going to be a straightforward and easy task – whether you prefer Murphy’s Law, Sod’s Law, or Finagle’s Law, we all know how the old saying goes: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and always at the worst possible moment.

– If you know that your labelled items are likely to be gift items that customers will want to receive in plenty of time for Christmas, it is better to order your labels now, so your stock is ready and raring to go for when those Christmas orders are flowing in.

– If you are concerned that your labels won’t arrive in time, get in touch so we can give you the most current despatch/delivery estimates and advise of the best possible shipping options to make sure your order arrives in plenty of time.