It is officially TWO MONTHS until Christmas Day, which means that it is time once again to launch our countdown to Christmas by reminding our customers of all the reasons why it’s really important to get your labels ordered EARLY!!
At Label Planet, we highly recommend that ALL of our customers should try to place their label orders as early as possible to help avoid headaches and heartaches as the Christmas season edges closer and closer.
Whether you’re an individual who just needs a few address labels for your Christmas cards, a business with Christmas stock to get packed and/or posted, or you’re hosting a Christmas event – it’s always a good idea to get your labels ordered in plenty of time.
Many people consider ordering labels to be the LAST job on their (Christmas) to-do list, which is fine if you’re really organised and you’ve been planning your Christmas jobs since – well – summer BUT at this time of year it’s worth bearing in mind that it is almost INEVITABLE that pretty much EVERYTHING will take longer than you’d expect.
For example, when you order labels you need to remember that you have to leave enough time for:
- Your labels to be despatched from our office or warehouse
- Your labels to be delivered to you by Royal Mail or our carrier
- You to design your label template
- You to PRINT your label template (including time to correct any mishaps that occur along the way)
- You to stick your labels onto your items
- You to post your items AND for them to be delivered (if you’re trying to send products, cards, or gifts out to arrive at their intended destination BEFORE Christmas).
At this time of year, there are hundreds and thousands of additional items being manufactured and delivered all across the country – meaning it can take longer for items to be made (if you are ordering made to order items) AND for items to be delivered.
So, here at Label Planet we have TWO top tips for ordering your Christmas labels:
- ORDER AS EARLY AS YOU CAN
- REQUEST AN UPGRADED DELIVERY SERVICE (IF ONE IS AVAILABLE)
While our despatch estimate for made to order items (i.e. labels only available in bulk boxes of 500 sheets) is USUALLY up to five working days, the volume of orders in the lead up to Christmas will push this despatch estimate upwards (usually we see despatch go up to 5-7 working days and possibly even 7-10 working days in December). While we aim to keep our despatch times as low as possible for as long as possible, we do recommend ordering early to avoid disappointment.
If you are ordering smaller quantities (e.g. 25-200 sheets), we highly recommend upgrading to our next working day delivery service – especially once we get into November and December when the Royal Mail experience a much higher volume of items, which can lead to delays with their first class service (our standard delivery service for small orders).
We do also have some timed delivery services available for items that are sent via next working day carrier service (this applies to orders of stocked items of 250+ sheets and orders of bulk boxes of 500 sheets) – to find out what services are available and to request a special delivery option, please contact our Customer Service Team.
As we get closer to Christmas, we’ll be posting those all-important LAST POSTING DATES along with updates about our despatch service level. You can find out more about our Despatch and Delivery Times by visiting our DELIVERY pages and, if you have any questions or queries, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or by email.