Thursday, 27 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – What Should I Put On My Name Labels?

Some of our customers make the decision to purchase name labels but aren’t quite sure what they want to include on the labels – so they ask us for our advice, which goes something like this!

You can request whatever text you like!
We don’t limit our customers in what they can have printed – it’s entirely down to you. Each customer has their own personal preferences about what information they would like to include and we’re happy to print whatever you need.
The only limit to consider is the size of these labels; our system automatically calculates the total number of characters that have been requested on each line and adjusts the font size to ensure that all of the text fits on the label. Obviously, the more characters you include on your labels, the smaller the font will end up so it’s best to choose the information that is most important to you.

But here’s some things to consider…
- The majority of our customers order labels with a first name on the top line and a surname on the bottom line.

- Customers who want to use a single pack for two or more family members will often request labels with the surname only.

- The most common bit of extra information that gets added is a contact phone number – either a home number or a mobile number. This way, if an item gets lost it is much easier to return to the original owner, especially if it is lost outside of school property.

- Some customers opt to add alternative contact information, such as an address or email address. As a tip, we find that it is best to add one bit of contact information (with the full name or family name on the top line and the contact information on the bottom line), as this maintains a good, legible font size. If you do want to add two pieces of contact information, this is up to you – but do bear in mind that the font will be smaller. We wouldn’t advise adding three or more pieces of contact information as this does reduce the font size substantially.

- We also have customers who use one of the lines for a full name or family name and then use the remaining line to add a message or important details to their labels. For example, you might want to encourage someone to return an item by adding a simple message such as “Property Of…”, “Please Return To…”, or “If Found, Please Return To…”. Some choose to add medical or allergy information to their name labels, so that this information is available in case of an emergency. Labels can be added to personal items (such as bags, lunch boxes, or medical supplies) as well as clothing to make this information clear and easy to find.

For more tips, take a read through our blog or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: Add A Touch Of Seasonal Luxury With Our Gold & Silver Labels

We have a range of metallic gold and silver paper labels, suitable for use with laser printers. These labels have a gorgeous semi-gloss textured finish, which adds a shimmering finishing touch to any item you wish to label. They’re a great label to use for the festive season as bright, decorative labels that have that special Christmas holiday feel. They’re great for use as fun, festive gift tags for those all important Christmas gifts, name badges or place holders at Christmas parties, on invitations or envelopes for your Christmas Do, or simply to add a special finish to your Christmas cards.

Companies can use these labels for seasonal promotions or to add a touch of Christmas tradition that makes their company documents, products, and postal items look and feel more like special gifts for special customers at a special time of the year. As an added bonus, the finish on these labels has an opaque or blockout effect, which means that these labels can be added to existing packaging or materials where they will block out any existing print or design work – so there’s no need to have things re-printed!

And the best part is, we’ve just added a new size to our range of gold and silver labels. In addition to the existing eight sizes, we can now offer LP1/199 in both gold and silver. This label measures 199.6mm by 289.1mm, which means it is ideal for adding a large, decorative label to parcels, product boxes, or displays, or – if you’re feeling extra creative – for cutting into bespoke shapes and sizes for that extra special finish.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – It’s All About The Money (aka How Much Do Your Name Labels Cost & Other Questions)

It’s another FAQ special from Label Planet and this week we’re all about the money!

Both our Stikins name labels and our Trons name transfers are available in four pack sizes, which are priced as follows:
30 Stikins OR 35 Trons: £6.00
60 Stikins OR 70 Trons: £8.50
90 Stikins OR 105 Trons: £10.50
120 Stikins OR 140 Trons: £12.50

We also offer four combination packs at the following prices:
30 Stikins AND 35 Trons: £8.50
60 Stikins AND 70 Trons: £12.50
90 Stikins AND 105 Trons: £16.00
120 Stikins AND 140 Trons: £19.00

All of the prices on our website include standard UK delivery, which is Royal Mail’s first class service.
We find that 93% of this does arrive the next working day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra as it is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service.
If customers need to receive their labels more urgently (for example, if they have a trip coming up or if the labels are for a relative or friend entering a residential care home) then we advise that they should place their order by phone and request a guaranteed next working day shipping option.
For non-UK orders, we charge £1.50 per item to cover the additional shipping costs. This is automatically calculated and added to these orders in the checkout. To check which countries we can ship to, you can get in touch or take a look at our Delivery Information page.

All of the prices on our website include VAT.

Our biggest packs (N120, T140, and NT260) are the best value packs to purchase.
The bigger packs have a lower cost per label than the smaller packs, which means they may be the better option if you’re looking for the best deal. If they are stored safely in their packaging in a cool, dry place our products retain their quality for the first two (Stikins) to five (Trons) years; this means you could buy a bigger pack, use as many labels as you need to, and then store the rest safely for the next time you need to get labelling.

Not at the moment.
When we do run discounts, they are advertised on our blog, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or we will email our customers directly to let them know what’s on offer.

Our system prints the same thing onto every label within a pack, so we cannot print half of the labels with one name and half with another. However, we are more than happy for parents to get creative with their text so that they can share a pack between two or more children (or even amongst the whole family).
For example, you may wish to have your labels printed with the family surname, include one name on the top line and another name on the bottom line, include all of the names on the top line, write first names onto the top line, or just use initials.

Label Planet: Yes, You Can Use Our Labels With Standard Inkjet & Laser Printers – But That Doesn’t Mean You Have To…

We spend a lot of our time advising customers on the best labels for their laser or inkjet printer, how to get the best print results, and a whole host of Frequently Asked Questions about labels and printers and printers and labels.

But, it just so happens that our labels can be extremely useful all on their own…

…Presenting Label Planet’s List Of Ways To Use Your Labels, Without A Printer!

Handwritten Labels
It’s an old tradition but it’s a good one; instead of using a printer, take the more personal route and handwrite your address labels. Obviously, this works best for smaller quantities (unless you’ve got some willing volunteers to help you out) but taking the time to handwrite your address labels adds a truly personal touch to your letters and parcels. All of our paper labels can be written on with ease and can be used to create a lovely bespoke finish for all kinds of items.

Colour Coding Labels
This one applies to our ranges of coloured and fluorescent labels, which can be used to organise pretty much anything. Whether you’re at home and you need to get the family calendar organised; you’ve got stock to rotate, count, or promote; you’ve got office schedules and deadlines to plan; or you’re moving to a new home or office, these labels are an easy visual tool for getting things planned and organised – and you’ve got the choice of cool pastel shades or funky fluorescent colours. They can be used blank or you can add notes to help keep track of what (or who!) goes where, when, and why.

Children’s Activity Labels
Blank paper labels can be used for all sorts of children’s activities, whether they’re intended for educational purposes, just a bit of fun, or something to keep them occupied when you need a few minutes of peace and quiet. Our labels can be stuck onto homework, reward charts, exercise books, clothing, or project and activity materials and they can be written on with just about any kind of writing implement, from pens and pencils to crayons and glitter sticks. The list of uses is endless and the only limit is what you and your children can imagine!

Gift Tags/Packaging Seals
Whether you’re wrapping up presents for friends and family or looking for a simple, decorative way to seal your product packaging, our labels are an excellent finishing touch. You can opt for one of our colourful labels to add a fun, bright finishing touch or select from one of our transparent labels for a professional, subtle finish.

Reminders & Post-Its
Our removable labels are ideal for adding reminders and temporary notes to your diary, planner, calendar, the office noticeboard, or the fridge. You can scribble a quick note, leave it up for yourself or someone else to see, and then remove it when the job has been done, without doing any damage or leaving any adhesive residue behind.

Revision & Study Aids
Removable labels are also a great way to mark important passages or pages in books, to add your own notes to revision guides and source materials, or to create study cards that can be used to revise for exams. You can stick these notes in books, onto revision notes, or even around the house to help you learn key points throughout the day. Then, once an exam or piece of coursework is over, they can be removed without doing any damage.

Transparent White Boards
Our gloss clear polyester labels (material code GCP) can be used as transparent white boards; simply use a whiteboard marker to write or draw on one of these labels, then wipe it clean and start all over again. These labels are a great tool for use in offices, schools, or at home.

Name Labels & Badges
Our labels can be used as simple name badges and name labels for both personal and professional occasions. At home, our labels can be used as name badges at parties (where guests can have some fun creating their own designs) or to add name labels to children’s belongings (so there’s no confusion – or arguments – about which items belong to which child). They can also be used to create personal name badges for meetings and events held by businesses and organisations, whether it’s a company gathering or a charity fundraiser.

Of course, these are just a few of our suggestions and we know our creative customers have come up with all sorts of ways to use their labels without going anywhere near a printer – so why not give it try and see if a blank label is just the thing you need.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Fight Back Against Lost Property - One Name Label At A Time!

While the majority of our conversations are with parents and guardians purchasing name labels for their children’s clothing, we also interact with a number of schools on a regular basis and the one comment that we get time and time again is:

We’re fed up with the problem of lost property in our school and your name labels are just the thing we need. 

Lost property is a common issue and it doesn’t just cause problems for parents; teachers and members of staff have to spend time sorting through lost property, finding places to store it until it’s collected (if it ever is), and organising endless reminders to send to parents and students in an attempt to reunite at least some items with their owners.

It’s a problem that can take up (and waste) a lot of valuable time; all for a problem that is easy to avoid in the first place.

Name labels and name transfers are an easy solution to the problem of lost property; particularly in organisations like schools that are able to put found items to one side and give the owner an opportunity to reclaim their things. If an item is labelled with an individual’s name or a family name then that item is much, much easier to reunite with its owner and it won’t end up languishing in an overflowing box of uncollected items.

Some schools have introduced name labels as a required part of the school uniform, for clothing and for personal items (such as books, bags, PE kits and equipment, and stationery). We run a commission scheme, which allows schools to promote our name label products to parents (and hopefully decrease the amount of lost property they have to deal with) and earn commission on the resulting sales (find out more on our website here).

Label Planet: FAQ – Common Issues & Questions When Printing Labels: Part 2 Templates

Welcome to the second part of our two part special about common problems that arise when printing labels; this blog is all about templates!

All I need to do is set up a template, add my design, and press print. Right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, while some people may find that everything works perfectly the first time, it is always best practice to get your template set up and do a test print first. Print your template onto a sheet of blank paper and hold this up against a sheet of your labels to check if the alignment is correct. This way, you have the chance to correct any misalignment and make suitable adjustments before you print on your actual labels.

All of my labels are printing too high / low / left / right.
While you could go back to your template and adjust your design for each of the labels on your sheet, it is far easier to force the labels into place by increasing or decreasing the page margins.

The alignment is getting progressively worse down or across the page. What do I do?
This usually happens when your template or printer uses a page setting that is something other than A4. You should check the page size that is set for BOTH your template AND your printer; you will likely find that one of these has shifted to a “default” setting that is US letter size rather than A4 size.

Some of my labels are printing okay, but the rest get worse and worse.
This tends to happen with the PDF templates and is caused by document/printer settings that involve scaling or magnification. The template should be printed at its actual size; if any scaling is applied to the design you will find that your printer attempts to print the design onto a paper size that is bigger or smaller than A4.
We have also found that certain graphics packages can cause issues with alignment if you try to print directly from within that program. To avoid these issues, try opening your PDF template with the program, adding your design, saving your design, shutting down the program, and then opening the PDF file and printing directly from the file itself.

This Word template doesn’t show circles / ovals?
Word is a word processor, which means it’s great with editing text, but less accomplished when it comes to graphic design. The best compromise is to use a grid of squares/rectangles that your circular/oval labels will fit inside (with the outermost points touching the four sides of the square/rectangle).

Why can’t I edit this PDF file?
Unless you open a PDF in a graphics package you will not be able to edit its contents. Most computers have a PDF reader that allows you to open PDF files to view and read them but, unless you also have a graphics package, you will not be able to edit them.

My Word template keeps jumping onto the next page when I add my design. What do I do?
This is usually the result of Word trying to be helpful by expanding the cells in a grid or table around the content that you add. Unfortunately, this will ruin the alignment of your template. You should ensure that your content (whether it’s text, images, or both) doesn’t exceed the size of your labels, and double check that you aren’t accidentally pasting text or images into the blank columns and rows that represent the spaces between the labels.

Do I have to set up my design once for each label on the sheet?
No! Get your design right in the top left label and then copy and paste this into the other labels. This way you know that every single label has been set up in the same way, which should help prevent variations in the alignment of your template.

I can’t see any gridlines on my Word template.
This is because you have gridlines turned off. (Not so) Helpfully, Word has two types of gridlines, which can be confusing. One applies gridlines to the entire page; this setting is usually found under the “View” tab. The second type (and the one you actually need) is under “Table Tools”. In recent versions of Word, you will need to click inside the grid to bring up the Table Tools tab at the top of the page, after which you need to select the “Layout” tab and “View Gridlines”.

I’m trying to move an image in Word but it keeps jumping about.
Try changing the format settings of the image. You can find these by left clicking on the image and selecting the “Picture Tools Format” tab from the top of the page or by right clicking on the image and selecting “Format Picture” from the list. You should try changing the “Wrap Text” settings; usually this defaults to “In Line With Text”, which means that Word will align the image with the font settings applied to a cell, instead of letting you position the image wherever you want to. Try choosing the “Tight” or “In Front Of Text” settings for greater control over image positioning.

Hopefully we’ve answered your questions but if you’ve got an issue that hasn’t been resolved by these tips, then please get in touch so we can offer bespoke advice.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Stikins - Do They Really*? (*Stick In & Stay In That Is)

Yep, this is one of our most frequently asked questions, although it arrives in a variety of forms and with a fair amount of incredulity. We’ve had several reviews and feedback from parents admitting that they heard about our labels (from schools, friends and other parents, and even their own relatives) and simply couldn’t believe that these labels would simply stick in and stay in.

But YES: Stikins do just stick in and stay in – absolutely no ironing or sewing needed!

These labels have a specially designed adhesive that will create an extra strong bond between each label and the item it is applied to; a bond that can survive the challenges of even the most aggressive environments such as those found in washing machines, tumble driers, dish washers, and microwaves – along with the natural wear and tear of being stuck onto clothing that is worn on a day to day basis or personal items that are handled regularly.

There’s really nothing to it. You simply stick them in and go!
To get the very best performance from your name labels we have a few tips and tricks to help you out:
  • Wash brand new items before applying your name labels.
  • Ensure each item is completely dry before applying your name labels.
  • Avoid touching the adhesive as much as possible as you apply each name label.
  • Smooth the label down with your thumb after applying it to ensure that the adhesive bonds fully with the material or surface.
  • Avoid washing your garments and items for 24 hours to allow the adhesive to fully bond and set.
  • Don’t iron over your name labels because they will melt.
  • Apply your name labels to the side wall or underneath the tongue of shoes so that the print isn’t worn away while the shoes are being worn.
  • Make sure you stick your name labels onto the wash care or garment label of clothing.
For more answers and tips, take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: FAQ – Common Issues & Questions When Printing Labels: Part 1 Printers

We’re doing a two part special on the most common problems that arise when printing labels, starting with printer issues.

Can I print on ANY of your labels with my desktop laser / inkjet printer?
NO. Some of our ranges are designed to be used with laser or inkjet printers ONLY.
You CANNOT print onto inkjet labels with a laser printer or onto laser labels with an inkjet printer. The materials are designed to work with one of the two printing processes and you will find that they will not work well (or at all) with the other.

What’s the difference between laser and inkjet printers / printing processes?
Laser printers use heat and pressure to bond toner (a dry powder) onto the surface of the medium being printed, while inkjet printers disperse ink (a liquid) onto the medium being printed where it dries to form the final print with some or all of the ink being absorbed into the top layer of the labels.

I have a laser printer but I’m having problems with the print coming off my labels. What’s happening?
There are a couple of things that could be causing this. The most common reason for print scratching off is that not enough heat and/or pressure has been applied during the printing process. To correct this, you should check your printer’s settings and ensure that the media type or weight is set to either a “Labels” setting (if your printer has one) or a “Heavy Paper” setting. This causes the printer to slow down and increase the heat applied during printing. Alternatively, the problem may be with the material you are printing. As the laser printing process requires heat, many papers designed specifically for use in laser printers will contain moisture to help the toner bond in place; if your labels have been stored incorrectly they may have dried out, which causes the toner to rub off after printing. This can also occur if you try to feed the same sheet of labels through a laser printer twice; paper labels lose some of their moisture as they are printed, which means that there may not be enough moisture to print them properly if you attempt to put them through the printer for a second time.

I have an inkjet printer but I’m having problems with the print smearing. What’s happening?
As with laser printers, there are a few potential causes for this problem. Firstly, you should check if your sheet of labels has come into contact with water or other liquids. Inkjet inks are water based, which means that if they come into contact with liquids they will run or smudge. Secondly, your printer may be dispersing too much ink or the top coating of your labels may be oversaturated with ink; in either case, the ink isn’t dry properly, which leads to smearing. This can occur in designs that include a lot of different colours or large blocks of colour (you can work around this by reducing the amount of colour in your design or purchasing coloured labels). The best way to solve this issue is to alter two of your printer’s settings, “Print Quality” and “Paper Type”. The print quality settings allow you to prioritise either the print quality or the print speed. A “Best” or “Photo” print quality setting makes the printer operate more slowly but with the dispersal of more ink to create a higher quality of print, so you may wish to try the “Normal” or “Draft” settings. The paper type setting will also adjust how the printer runs in order to create the best possible print results for the type of paper being printed onto (such as coated, uncoated, photo paper, or gloss paper). You may also want to consider removing the labels from your printer as soon as they are printed so you can place them on a flat surface while the ink dries properly. A final possibility is that there is an incompatibility between the label material and the printer/inks you are using; inks have slightly different compositions, which can produce a large variety in the print quality. Try using a different printer/inks to see if you get better results.

I’m trying to print a coloured background but I’m getting a white border down one or more of the edges.
Unless you buy a printer with edge to edge printing, you’re probably running into an issue with printable and unprintable areas. Most printers cannot print to the very edge of an A4 sheet, which means there is an area that they can print (the printable area) and an area around the edge of the sheet that they cannot print (the unprintable area). Unfortunately, there is little you can do if your labels fall outside the printable area of the sheet. You may need to take your labels to a printer or get hold of a printer that is capable of edge to edge printing, choose a different size or layout of label (so that all of the labels fall within the printable area), remove your coloured background, or use coloured labels.

My printer isn’t accepting my labels / my labels are jamming in the printer.
The most common cause for this is unclean printers. Over time excess ink or toner builds up in your printer, along with dust and grime, which can cause printers to stop functioning properly. You should use an alcohol based cleaner on a regular basis to help avoid this problem; you may want to set a regular schedule for cleaning your printer or simply give it a quick clean each time you replace the ink or toner cartridges. The build-up can affect all parts of your printer, including the print head (in inkjet printers), the fuser unit and image drum (in laser printers), and the rollers. This can cause a multitude of problems including poor quality print, sheets jamming in the printer, or sheets not being accepted into the printer to begin with.
Other causes of sheets jamming include using the standard paper tray instead of the media bypass tray (which is designed specifically for thicker materials), using materials that are incompatible with your particular printer (some printers can only accept materials up to a certain thickness, while others may only be able to process paper), or feeding the labels into the printer in the wrong orientation (the fibres in paper lie in one common direction; this is the “grain” and if you feed labels into your printer against the grain they will jam or even start peeling off the backing sheet while they are in the printer). If you have a laser printer, you may also want to check for issues with your fuser unit; when fuser units start to fail they are more likely to overheat, which causes the adhesive in the labels to spread and the sheets will jam. If you find that the labels or your printer are unusually hot, or if standard paper feels hot to the touch after printing, then you may need to replace your fuser unit.

I want to produce waterproof labels, can I use my inkjet printer?
NO. Inkjet printers use water based inks, which means that if the print comes into contact with water or other liquids it will run or smudge. Laser printers, however, use heat and pressure to bond toner (a dry powder) into place, which means the print is fully waterproof.

My design is printing out skewed. What’s happening?
When your labels are printed, they are pulled through your printer by a set or sets of rollers. As each sheet passes through these rollers there is a slight chance that the sheet might rotate very slightly. To prevent the risk of this happening, you should use the media bypass tray; this tray is usually located just above or below the standard paper tray, which creates a straighter path through the printer (with fewer sets of rollers).

I’ve printed my template on two different printers; why is the alignment different for each one?
Simply put, all printers are slightly different, which means the accuracy of the alignment can vary by a few millimetres. If you are intending to use different printers, you will need to do a test print for BOTH printers, and you may need to make adjustments for each one.

I’m looking to buy a new printer, can you help?
While we don’t supply printers ourselves, we do have a few hints and tips to get you started:

Laser or Inkjet: inkjet printers used to be more popular because they were capable of cheaper, high quality print in vivid colour, but nowadays laser printers are available that can produce excellent quality colour print at similar prices. You should consider the types of documents and items you need to print and remember – if you want to create waterproof labels you will need a laser printer.

Costs: when working out your budget, you need to factor in both the cost of the printer AND the long term costs of replacing the consumables that go with it. While toner cartridges for laser printers are more expensive than inkjet cartridges, you need to remember that toner cartridges are bigger than inkjet cartridges, so you’ll need to replace your inkjet cartridges much more often. For either type of printer, you should also check if the printer will accept compatible (and often cheaper) cartridges from third party manufacturers/suppliers. If you are purchasing an inkjet printer, you also need to check if you will need to buy two cartridges (one black and one colour) or four cartridges (one black, one magenta, one cyan, and one yellow).

All in One versus Standard Printers: all in one printers (which do multiple functions such as faxing, copying, and scanning documents) often seem like a good, cheap alternative to a standard printer but it’s worth considering this choice carefully. While they may save you money and space, they are often designed to do a multitude of functions to a reasonable standard, rather than performing a specific function to a high standard – so if print quality is an important factor, you may wish to avoid the all in one models.

Printer Specifications: it is always worth checking through and comparing the specifications of the models you are looking at. You should ensure that the duty cycle of the printer (the number of pages a printer should be able to print in a certain time frame while maintaining a consistent quality of print and standard of operation) exceeds the amount of printing you will need to do, and – if labels are a definite requirement – you should ensure that the printer has a media bypass tray and check the manual to see what materials/thicknesses the printer is able to handle.

Printer Models: from our own experience, we’ve found that OKI printers have a high duty cycle, produce a high quality print on a range of label materials, and have short paths through the printer to improve accuracy of alignment. HP printers are also capable of printing labels to a high standard.

Part two of this special post will be available on our blog tomorrow.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: FAQ – What Items Can Be Labelled With Stikins & Trons?

There are so many different name label products out there, it can be hard for parents to know which products can be used on different items.

So, to help keep things simple, here’s a list of the things that Stikins and Trons can be used to label.

Stikins are a stick on name label, which simply needs to be stuck onto an item – no sewing or ironing required! These labels have a specially developed adhesive that will allow them to stick onto a whole range of materials, which makes them a highly adaptable label that can be used to label clothing AND personal items.

Use them for:
- Clothing
Stikins were designed with school uniform in mind but they can be applied to pretty much any garment. We advise that they should be applied to the wash care or garment label, as this is where they were positioned during testing. There are so many different materials used to make clothing that while our Stikins MIGHT stick to all of them, they haven’t all been tested and so we cannot guarantee that they will work on absolutely every type of fabric.

- Shoes
As one of the more expensive items on the school uniform list, it’s important to keep track of shoes – particularly when there’s two of them to keep an eye on. We advise that Stikins should be applied to the side wall of each shoe or underneath the tongue, to prevent the print being worn away over time.

- Personal items
This is where you can get creative! Stikins have such a strong adhesive that they will stick to pretty much any item you want to label; they’ll even survive a trip through the dishwasher or microwave.

Don’t use them for:
Sadly, Stikins do have one downfall and that is the humble sock. As socks are designed to stretch and flex around the foot, they provide a tricky (and ever changing) surface to add a label to. Adhesive labels need to be able to create a constant bond with a surface and, unfortunately, our name labels cannot stretch to the same degree as socks, which means that they will peel off easily as the material stretches out beneath them.

Trons are iron on name transfers that bond and fuse with materials to create permanent name labels that are, effectively, part of the garment.

Use them for:
- Clothing
Trons are made from the same type of material as t-shirt transfers, which are used to add designs to t-shirts. They can be applied to pretty much any garment, where they will bond with the fabric and remain firmly in place.

- Fabric items
Trons can also be applied to other fabric items, such as linens or towels. They can be used to label children’s items when they are needed for holidays or school activities and trips, or to add a label to personal bedding, towels, or blankets belonging to a relative or friend in a residential or care home facility.

Don’t use them for:
- Non-fabric items
Unlike Stikins, Trons are designed to transfer onto fabrics only and they will not work on any other material or surface.

You can take a look through more Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers) on our website.

Label Planet: Last Posting Dates For Christmas 2014 (!)

Yes, yes, we know – not another company harping on about ordering stuff in time for Christmas!
However, we hope you’ll forgive us when we point out that:
  1. We just want to make sure all of our lovely customers receive their labels safely and swiftly despite the chaos of Christmas!
  2. Christmas Day is just six weeks away!
If you haven’t already, many of our customers will soon be looking to purchase labels for items that absolutely HAVE to arrive in time for Christmas – whether you need them for letters, cards, or gifts for family and friends or you’re a company and want to provide a seasonal Santa-like service and ensure that all of your customers’ orders are delivered in time for Christmas.

Labels often become a bit of an after-thought that gets left to the last minute, but it’s important to remember that whenever you order labels you need to allow time for the labels to arrive, to design your template, to print your labels, and to apply your labels – all of which soon adds up. If you then need to send your labelled items to family, friends, or customers, you also have to leave time for the items themselves to arrive safely before Christmas.

Therefore, at this time of the year we strongly advise customers to take advantage of one of our next working day shipping options, just to make absolutely sure that your labels arrive securely and with plenty of time to spare. If you need to send your labels on for printing or if you have despatch and delivery schedules of your own to keep to, it’s vital that you make sure you order your labels as early as possible.

So, here are those all important dates:


Of course, we only process and despatch orders during the working week (Monday to Friday) so if you need to receive your labels in time for Christmas (i.e. – you DON’T need the labels for items that are to be despatched to someone else), your last ordering dates for labels from Label Planet are as follows:


BUT REMEMBER: if you need labels for items that you are sending out that MUST arrive before Christmas, you need to order your labels well BEFORE these last posting dates – and adding a guaranteed delivery service to your order is a very, very good idea!!!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Name Labels Despatch Information For November-January

As we are now in the “off-peak” season of name labels, we just wanted to keep our customers up to date with our current despatch and delivery information.

During November, December, and January, we will be printing name labels twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

This means that all orders will be printed and despatched within three working days of an order being placed. Standard delivery is Royal Mail’s first class service; we find that 93% of this arrives the next day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra as it is not a guaranteed next day delivery option.

We know that some customers may need their labels more urgently – for a school or family trip, or if they are for a relative or friend moving into a residential or care home facility. In these cases, we ask that you place your order over the phone and request either a next working day delivery option or an urgent despatch.

Label Planet: Be Dazzled By Our Expanded Range Of Fluorescent Labels

Yes, we love them so much, we’ve decided to expand our range of stocked fluorescent labels, so that more of these amazing colours are available to our customers in smaller quantities, ready for same day despatch.

Previously, only five of our fluorescent label sizes were available from stock in packs of 25 sheets, but now we can offer a choice of eight label sizes. We’ve also brought in more stock of our mesmerising magenta, so we can now offer seven sizes in a smaller box of 100 sheets in this brilliant colour.

We’ve revamped our fluorescent range page to make it easier to see exactly which products are available and the minimum order quantity for each product. All of our stocked fluorescents (25 sheet minimum) are listed in the top section, while the unstocked items that are available to order are listed in either our 100 sheet or 500 sheet minimum order sections.

[Please note that despatch times for orders of our 100 and 500 sheet minimum order products will vary according to available stock. Where an item is in stock, the order will be despatched the same day via a next day carrier service. Where an item is out of stock or a larger quantity is required, the product(s) will be made to order, which can take up to five working days for despatch. If you need to confirm a despatch estimate, please get in touch.]

Fluorescent labels are a great way to add a burst of colour to all sorts of applications. These labels are great for creative projects at home or in school (or even in the office!); they’re an excellent way to add a bright, decorative finish to products or marketing materials; and they’re an absolutely brilliant tool for getting organised, whether you’re labelling files, setting out important dates and deadlines on a calendar, or whether you’ve got stock taking to do – these fluorescent colours mean colour coding is a lot more fun and, more importantly, extremely effective when you have such bright, eye catching colours to use.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Schools - Looking For A New Way To Raise Funds? Try Fundraising With Stikins & Trons.

Over the last two weeks we've been preparing cheques for all of our lovely school partners who have signed up to our commission scheme.

If you aren't one of those schools, read on to find out exactly what you're missing out on - and how to make sure you're included next year!

Here at Label Planet we offer schools the opportunity to earn commission on sales of our name label products; Stikins & Trons. Whenever a parent or guardian of a child (or children) currently attending your school orders name labels from us, you have the opportunity to earn commission on that sale.

We assign a unique code to each school that signs up as a commission partner. Any order that is placed using that code will be allotted to your commission funds - and that includes orders placed online, by phone, and by post.

We operate on an annual payout system, with our commission year running from 1st October - 30th September. Each October, we take all of the orders that have been placed with your school's code, total up the value, and generate your commission from that total.

Our basic rate of commission is 15%.
[You can boost this to 25% by adding a link from your school/PTA website to our website]

Once you've signed up, you can pretty much leave things alone and simply wait to receive your cheque. As with any fundraising effort though, the more time you put in, the more you get out.
We've tried to make things as simple as possible, so we have a few things to help get you going and then it's up to you to decide how much time you want to spend promoting the scheme.

We offer all schools:
- Free leaflets to distribute to parents (pre-printed with your school's number)
- 25% commission if you add a link from your school/PTA website to our website
(we have a guide to adding this link on our website here)

Follow these easy steps:
1. Visit our Registration page
2. Fill in the form!

And that's pretty much it.

You can request free leaflets from us when you register or request them separately later on.

If you need any extra help or advice, you can always get in touch and we'll answer any questions that you might have.

If you're not sure about signing up and would like to know more, you can take a look through our website or request a School Information Pack.

Label Planet: A Guide To Minimum Order Quantities From Label Planet

At Label Planet we supply our labels in packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets (with some items available in a "small box" of 100 sheets).

All of our stocked items have a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets, while our unstocked items have a minimum order quantity of 500 (or 100!) sheets.

So why the different minimum order quantities?
Well, as you may have guessed, it's all to do with costs.

Our minimum order quantities are determined by the quantities that allow us to supply our products in the most cost effective way, so that we can offer our customers the best possible prices.

The sizes and material combinations that we keep in stock are those that are most often requested and purchased by our customers. As these labels are requested so often, they are manufactured regularly in (very) large quantities. In comparison, our unstocked items tend to be products that are requested by far fewer customers, often as one-off or infrequent orders. These items are made either in smaller quantities on an infrequent basis or as "made to order" items whereby the labels are made in the exact quantities that are required as and when a particular product is requested. This means that unstocked items involve the production of a relatively small number of items while also incurring the set up costs involved in preparing the presses to produce that particular item. Therefore, in order to offer these label products to our customers at reasonable and affordable prices, they have to be ordered in larger quantities to justify the production costs involved.

Each of our products is labelled with the minimum order quantity that applies to that particular item. This is displayed both on the range page that a product appears on (as the top line of text underneath the image of the product) and on each individual product page (where the minimum order quantity is both the top and the default option that is selected in the list of quantities and their prices). If you have any questions about the quantities we supply or need any advice with regards to placing an order, please get in touch and we'll answer any queries that you may have.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Stikins & Trons: Schools - Your Commission Is On It's Way!

We’ve finished up the last of our commission cheques and are delighted to announce that all of the cheques from this commission year have now been despatched to our partner schools.

If you haven’t received your cheque yet, please don’t worry as it’s in the post.

We’d like to say thank you and congratulations to all of our partners; from the newcomers who have joined us over the last twelve months to those who have been with us for years.

We know that the commission raised through sales of Stikins and Trons is going to many a good cause and a whole host of fundraising projects, and we wish you all the best with your fundraising efforts.

Hopefully, all of our schools will be getting a lovely surprise in the post BUT if your cheque is looking a little smaller than you would like, we do have a few tips to help boost your total for next year!

If you’re currently on our basic level of commission (15%), you can boost this to 25% by simply adding a link from your school or PTA website to our website.

Visit our “School Linking Information” page to find out how to add a link or to let us know that you’ve added a link and want to claim your 25% commission!

It could be a member of staff, a PTA representative, or simply a very enthusiastic parent; having someone proactively promoting the commission scheme to parents can generate much higher levels of interest and MUCH higher commission totals at the end of the commission year.

We can supply free information leaflets/order forms for schools to distribute to parents. All you need to do is get in touch to let us know how many you need and we’ll do the rest. Each leaflet is printed with your school’s unique code, so parents have all the information they need to hand.

Whether it’s a blog post, an article in your school’s newsletter, or a letter to parents, explaining what the commission scheme is all about is a great way to raise funds. You can write about the school’s ongoing fundraising projects, including details about the specific projects you will use your commission for.

Schools can find more information, help, and advice by visiting and clicking on the purple “Schools” button on the left hand side.

Label Planet: FAQ - Ordering Labels For Delivery To Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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