Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: We Wish You All A Wonderful Winter Wonderland!

Happy Holidays From Label Planet!

We wish you all the very best for the Christmas Holidays & the New Year!

Whatever your plans are for this year (and the next!), we hope they are full of festive sparkle and joy, and that your Christmastime is both very merry and very bright (with just a touch of snow for that perfect White Christmas).

Monday, 21 December 2015

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: It's Your Last Chance To Order Labels Before Christmas

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
A4 Sheets of Labels
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.

Stikins ® & Trons ® Name Labels
We will be processing and despatching orders up until 3pm on Wednesday 23rd December (production will be running today and Wednesday).

Our last orders will be despatched on Wednesday evening; all orders will be despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard UNLESS upgraded to a guaranteed next day delivery option (shipping cost: £5.75), which is available to request by phone.

Please note that Royal Mail’s last recommended post date for First Class post is today (Monday 21st December) and anything ordered after this time is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to arrive in time for Christmas.

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.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – How Do I Request A Special Delivery?

There are only a few days left to order name labels in time for Christmas, which means that you might be thinking about requesting a special delivery service to make sure that your labels absolutely positively make it in time for the holidays.

We offer a guaranteed next working day shipping option for just £5.75 (UK only); to request this upgraded shipping service all you need to do is get in touch! Simply give us a call to place an order and upgrade to next day delivery. If you’ve just placed an order and realised that you’d rather upgrade, please give us a call with your order number/postcode to hand and we can upgrade the shipping for you.

If you don’t wish to upgrade to a next day delivery service your name labels will be despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard. However, we would remind customers that this is NOT a guaranteed service – during standard operating conditions around 93% of first class mail arrives the next day, but with the Christmas rush in full swing, it is much more likely that items sent on this service will be delayed.

Label Planet: How Many Ways Can You Use Labels At Christmas? (Hint: Probably More Than You Think!)

Over the years, we’ve heard from hundreds of customers who want to buy labels for Christmas – but some of them have surprised us with the Christmas Capers they had in store for their labels.

Most of our labels end up on Christmas cards and parcels, as gift tags and wrapping decorations, as Christmas labels on products and packaging, or as seasonal extras for Christmas events and promotions. Some of them, however, are destined for slightly more unusual festive favours:
  • Playing pieces to be used in homemade Christmas board games and card games, prompts for rounds of “Who Am I?”, and even Christmas variations of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” (although with less “pin” and more “stick”).
  • Elements for Christmas Scavenger Hunts, including directions and all-important clues!
  • Stick on Christmas hats that won’t fall off – even if you fall asleep!
  • Homemade Christmas decorations, including wall decorations, tree decorations, and homemade Advent Calendars.
  • Labels for homemade goodies, including all kinds of Christmas biscuits and cakes, jars of Christmas condiments, along with one or two (or simply a few) bottles of homemade wine, beer, or whisky.
  • Labels on a Family Tree, created as a Christmas gift for extended family members.
  • Elements in homemade photo albums; some use labels to add descriptions to their photos, while others print their photos onto labels and stick them into a book or pad to create a homemade album.
  • Homemade beauty gifts, including balms, perfumes, and bath products.
  • Name labels and table place holders at parties and events.
  • Individual and Team Name Badges for use in competitions and tournaments – either to identify competitors or to display scores on scoreboards or tournament boards to show who has progressed through to the next round.
  • Labels for Christmas art exhibitions and Christmas fairs (or fayres if you prefer!).
  • As part of a good old traditional Christmas raffle!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: Christmas Holidays 2015 - Closing Dates For Label Planet

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.

A4 Sheet Of Labels
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.

Stikins ® & Trons ® Name Labels
We will continue to accept and fulfil orders up to 3pm on Wednesday.
Orders will be despatched via Royal Mail's first class service as standard unless you call us to request an upgrade to guaranteed next working day delivery. Standard first class mail is NOT a guaranteed delivery service and is likely to be delayed at this time of year, so if you need or want to receive your name labels before Christmas, we would highly recommend upgrading to a next working day delivery option (shipping cost: £5.75).  

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels For Nursing Homes & Residential Care Homes

While many people will be focused on the festivity and fun of the Christmas holidays, others will be concerned with a friend or relative who is moving into a care home this winter.

Moving into a residential or nursing home is a big change for all involved and can be quite a stressful experience. While name labels might not be at the top of your list of things to think about, they are a small purchase that can prove to be a big help in making sure that things go as smoothly as possible.

Care homes make extensive use of shared facilities and spaces; from the kitchens and laundries to the gardens and common rooms, the staff and residents (and their visitors) will be using and living in shared spaces, which means that it is entirely possible that clothing, bedding, and personal items may become mixed up or even go missing entirely.

When moving into care, having their own belongings around them can be a great source of comfort to residents, which can make it all the more distressing if these items go missing. This can also cause great stress for their friends and families, and can take up a great deal of time and effort on the part of the staff, who end up wasting their valuable time hunting down missing items, instead of spending time with their residents.

Here at Label Planet, we offer two kinds of name labels that can be of assistance in a care home environment:

STIKINS ® name labels: a smooth, flexible vinyl material with an extremely strong adhesive; these stick on name labels simply peel off their backing sheet and can be applied to both clothing and bedding (apply to the wash care label only) and to any personal items that a resident wishes to keep with them (for example, books and photo albums).

TRONS ® name transfers: these iron-on labels bond and fuse into fabrics to create a permanent name label on any fabric item, including clothing and bedding.

While residents or friends and relatives of residents can order name labels themselves, we are also happy to deal with nursing and residential care homes directly – we will offer a 10% discount to homes who order directly from us on behalf of their residents.

Label Planet: Don’t Let A Template Ruin Christmas - Label Planet’s Top Tips For Troublesome Templates

Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent years working with templates and helping customers deal with template-related crises, which is why we know only too well that when templates go wrong, they go wrong in the most nightmarish of ways – especially if you’ve got a lot of labels to print and only a short amount of time to get them printed. At this time of year, there are hundreds and thousands of people trying to get all kinds of Christmas projects done in time for the holidays, which means that it’s the least convenient (and therefore most likely) time for your template to go wrong.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of our Top Tips for avoiding template troubles:

  • Plan ahead and take your time – rushing things will get you nowhere.
  • Design the top left label first. Once you’re happy with your design, use copy and paste to recreate it in the other labels – this will mean they’re all exactly the same and you won’t have to spend time setting each one up individually.
  • Keep an eye on the measurements/dimensions of your template AND the content you are adding; some software will “helpfully” adjust your template and/or your content to make it all fit – usually destroying the alignment of your template in the process.
  • When designing round or oval labels AVOID adding a border (which emphasises any misalignment issues) and consider oversizing your design if you need to add a coloured background (to avoid white edging around your labels).
    [Please note: while PDF templates will show you the round or oval shape of your labels, Word templates are not sophisticated enough to do this and so the labels will be represented by a square or rectangle whereby the outermost points of the label touch the edges of the square or rectangle.]
  • Keep things simple. Adding too many elements to your labels will both make your template even more difficult to get right and might make your labels look messy and cluttered.
  • If you want to add multiple elements to your design (coloured background, text, and/or images), think carefully about how you can layer those different elements and try to work from the “back” layer to the “front”.
  • Use Word’s Mail Merge tool to create a set of labels printed with information from a database (e.g. addresses or product details); we suggest using Word’s “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard” to guide you through the process.
  • If an object that you’ve added to your template (e.g. an image, shape, or text box) just isn’t working properly, take a look through the format settings that have been applied to that object and see if there is an alternative that will give you greater control over the look and/or positioning of that object.
  • If you’re using a Word template, remember that Word is a Word Processor and will therefore prioritise TEXT over everything else – if you’re adding images or other objects, keep an eye on the format settings to make sure that you have better control over where your objects sit within your template.
  • ALWAYS do a test print onto paper first.
  • Make sure that your printer is set to a Page/Media Size/Layout of A4 and that no scaling options have been applied.
  • If you’re printing from a PDF, print directly from the PDF itself (rather than through your editing software).
  • Use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one).
  • Use a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting to get the best possible print.

All software and hardware varies slightly and the most common cause for template troubles is a default setting that’s doing something to your template that is not as helpful as your software/hardware thinks it is. In most cases, it’s likely that all you need to do is make some small adjustments to get things sorted; a few changes to default settings, formats and sizes, or those pesky page margins can make a BIG difference.

And, of course, remember to BREATHE!!! – it’s only a template after all! If you need one-to-one advice for the specific troubles your template is causing you, you can always get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to sort things out!

You can download templates from our Label Templates page or take a look through our Help & Advice pages for guidance on how to get the perfect print on your labels.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Planning A Trip Away For Christmas? Add A Name Label To Make Sure Everything Makes It There And Back Again.

While many people will be spending Christmas at home, there are plenty of people who will be planning trips away for the holidays, whether it’s a trip back to the family home, a festive flight to a Winter Wonderland, or an extravagant escape to a warm, sandy beach somewhere far, far away.

Name labels are a quick and easy way to label up your luggage to make sure that everything makes it there and back again.

Our Trons ® name transfers are the perfect way to label any fabric item; these labels work in the same way as transfers used to apply designs to clothing and will bond and fuse with the material of an item to form a completely permanent name label.

Meanwhile, if you’ve got clothing AND plenty of personal bits and bobs to get labelled up, our Stikins ® name labels are a multipurpose name label that simply sticks on and stays on. Whether you need to label up equipment for outdoor activities, camping gear, or bits and pieces to keep the kids entertained, these versatile labels can be applied to all kinds of surfaces to make sure that everything gets labelled safely and quickly to ensure that everything makes it back home when your trip is over.

Top tip: if you’re labelling bits and pieces for a family holiday, why not consider entering the family surname on one line (or even Family Surname) and a piece of contact information (such as a phone number) on the other line so that you can use one set of labels to get everyone’s stuff labelled up in one go.

Label Planet: Get Crafty This Christmas & Make Your Own Christmas Extras…

While there are hundreds and thousands of companies selling all kinds of pre-made Christmas stuff, there’s nothing quite like making your own bits and bobs, each of which has a truly unique design that absolutely no one else will have.

Whether you want to add a personal message to your Christmas cards and gifts, use your own designs and/or photographs on your Christmas items, or you want to make decorations that are completely unique, our labels can help you bring some of your own Christmas magic to this year’s celebrations.

You can get creative with labels in all sorts of ways; whether you’re brilliant at graphic design and want to print your own stunning set of Christmas stationery/decorations/gifts, you’re a dab hand at calligraphy and want to give your gifts and cards that handwritten personal touch, or perhaps you’ve armed yourself with a whole heap of craft materials, scissors, and – of course – as much glitter and ribbon as you can get hold of so you can go completely Christmas crafting crazy!!!

We’ve got all kinds of labels but these are our absolute favourites for creating your very own Winter Wonderland:

- Gold & Silver Labels: these labels have a wonderful semi-gloss textured finish, which creates a luxurious sparkle that is perfectly suited to this magical season of gorgeous gifts and splendid snow drifts. Whether you want to give your gifts and decorations that touch of extravagance or you’re looking for a seasonal touch of glittering gold (or silver!), these labels are an excellent addition to all your Christmas trimmings.

- Kraft Labels: made from a ribbed brown Kraft paper, these labels have a lovely subtle touch of pattern and texture and are a brilliant choice for all your homemade Christmas stationery and decorations. They can be used to make brilliant cards and envelopes, gift tags and labels, or as the perfect finishing touch for your homemade Christmas decorations and gifts.

- Coloured Labels: with a choice of six subtle pastel shades and five bold bright fluorescents, we’re sure to have a label that will bring a touch of colour to all of your Christmas packages and parcels. Create personalised labels for Christmas cards and presents complete with an extra special touch of colour to bring even more fun and illumination to your celebrations.

Remember, you have the choice of printing your labels, handwriting them, or simply using them as materials for homemade decorations. An excellent way to get really creative is to buy a larger label size that you can then cut up into wonderful Christmas shapes – including stars and trees, wise men and shepherds, sledges and sleighs, Christmas hats and stockings, or perhaps, if you’re courageous enough, a reindeer (or nine)!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Combat The Chaos Of Christmas With Name Labels

Christmas inevitably means more: more people, more stuff, more chaos!

Whether it’s at home, at work, at school, or even pretty much any public place you can think of, there are crowds of people getting ready for the Christmas holidays, buying all of the bits and pieces they need for their Christmas celebrations, preparing for seasonal sales and events, or simply enjoying some well-earned time off.

And, of course, all of that chaos means that there are a lot of people with a lot of belongings moving about very quickly in small spaces, which makes it extremely easy for those items to go missing.

Name labels are a brilliantly simple way to help protect against items going missing, especially in very busy shared environments. Here at Label Planet we supply two types of name label products:

STIKINS ® name labels: this multipurpose name label simply sticks on and stays on, whether you need to label clothing, shoes and bags, or a whole range of personal possessions. In clothing, these labels should be applied to the wash care label and will survive repeat trips through both the washing machine and a tumble drier.

TRONS ® name transfers: this iron-on name transfer uses the same methodology and materials used by the clothing industry to apply designs to clothing; the transfer fuses and bonds with the material being labelled to create a completely permanent name label on any fabric item.

Remember, name labels can be used to label all kinds of items belonging to every member of your family; here’s our guide to ways that a simple name label can help bring some calm to the chaos of Christmas.

Labels at home: while Christmas might be a time of Winter Wonderlands, it’s also a time of hats, scarves, gloves, coats, and shoes all piled in together – not to mention visits to and from family and friends and trips here, there, and everywhere, which provide all sorts of opportunities for those Winter Warmers to go walkabout.

Labels in schools: most schools will spend December running through a gauntlet of festive activities, including Christmas concerts, trips, and the traditional Christmas play (be it Panto, Nativity, or something else altogether) – all of which means classrooms, cloakrooms, and every spare inch of storage space will be crammed full of costumes, musical instruments and related paraphernalia, sheet music and scripts, spare outfits and changes of clothes, as well as all kinds of props. It’s incredibly easy for things to go missing in such a chaotic environment and name labels are an extremely easy way for parents to make sure their children’s belongings make it home safely and for teachers and members of staff to try to keep track of school property as it is carted about from place to place.

Labels in nursing/residential care homes: whether you have a friend or a relative moving into a care facility this winter or they have already taken up residence, name labels are a quick and easy way to add some extra peace of mind. Nursing and residential care homes make use of shared spaces; from shared kitchens and laundry facilities to communal rooms and gardens for residents (and their visitors) to relax and interact. All of which means that clothing, bedding, and personal items (which are often of significant emotional value) can get mixed up or go missing – adding a name label is the perfect way to make it simple for staff to ensure that the correct items are returned to the correct resident, which saves them time and prevents emotional distress for the residents (and their friends and family).

Label Planet: Need To Make Some Address Labels For Your Christmas Card List? It’s The Return Of the Christmas Mail Merge!

While we’ve blogged about mail merges before (including seasonal and non-seasonal varieties), it’s always good to have a refresher. Plus, it’s a chance to welcome those of you who might be entirely new to the wonderful (and sometimes slightly traumatic) world of printing your own Christmas labels.

If you’re not sure how to go about doing a Mail Merge, we highly recommend using Word’s built in Step By Step Mailing Wizard: select the “Mailings” tab, click “Start Mail Merge”, and select “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard”.

There are SIX STEPS to follow to complete your Mail Merge (and they go something like this)…

Select “Labels”.

You can use a built in Avery template (if compatible with your labels), set up your own template, or use an existing template (for example, if you’ve downloaded a template from our website or have an existing template saved on your computer).
- Avery Template: click “Label Options”, select “Avery A4/A5” as the Label vendor, and choose the correct code from the list.
- New Template: click “Label Options”, select “New Label”, and fill in the required fields with the measurements of your labels.
- Existing Template: select “Start from existing document” and click “Open” to locate the saved template you want to use.

Select “Use an existing list” and click “Browse” to locate your list of addresses.
To complete a Mail Merge, your addresses must be saved in a database format (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet). 

The “Select Table” box may show multiple options: these are the different tabs in your spreadsheet or tables/queries in your database, so you’ll need to select the option that contains your address list.

If you don’t want to print labels for ALL of the addresses in your list (perhaps someone is on the “Naughty Step” this year), use the Mail Merge Recipients box to select only the entries that you want to print onto your labels.

If you are using an Avery Template or a New Template you have made yourself, the placeholder “«Next Record»” will now appear in all of the cells in your template (except for the top left cell).

If you are using an Existing Template, you will need to manually add these placeholders yourself: left click once inside the second cell, click on the “Rules” button, and select “Next Record” from the list. You can repeat this for each cell OR copy this first placeholder and paste it into the remaining cells. 

Design your labels! You can choose to simply add the addresses from your list to your labels OR you can give your labels an extra special finishing touch by adding your own words and images for a truly personalised set of Christmas labels.

You should design your labels in the top left cell; once you’re happy with the layout, you can click on the “Update all labels” button, which will copy your design into all of the remaining cells.

If you are using an Existing Template you won’t see this button and you will need to copy and paste your design into the remaining cells yourself – remember to make sure that the “Next Record” placeholder is at the start of each new cell so that, when you complete the merge, each label is printed with information from the next entry in your list (rather than printing the same information on every label).

Likewise if you’re trying to create different designs on one sheet of labels, you’ll need to copy and paste the different design elements yourself, so that each label is printed with the specific design you want.

Word offers a number of tools to help design your labels, including:
Address Block
“Address Block” will match the fields in your spreadsheet with the elements usually included in an address.
Check the “preview pane” to make sure that Word has chosen the correct fields and put them in the right order. If any of the matches are wrong, click “Match Fields” to select which field should be used for which element in the address block. This will add “«Address Block»” as a placeholder, while you complete your design.

Greeting Line
“Greeting Line” will allow you to personalise labels with a name and a greeting; for example, you could add “Happy Christmas” to your design and use the “Greeting Line” tool to add each recipient’s name (e.g. Dear First Name).
Check the “preview pane” to make sure that Word has chosen the correct fields and put them in the right order. If any of the matches are wrong, click “Match Fields” to select which field should be used. This will add “«Greeting Line»” as a placeholder, while you complete your design.

More Items / Field Placeholders
If you’re writing your own text and want to be able to specify that a specific field should be added in a specific place, use the More Items or Field Placeholders options to choose which fields from your database you want to include and exactly where you want them to appear. To insert a Field Placeholder, click on “Insert Merge Fields” and select the field that you want to add.

Double check that the right bit of information is going in the right place on your labels and that everything looks about right.

Select “Print” to choose your printer and printer settings. Remember: to get the best possible print on labels you should use the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting (where available).

We strongly recommend doing a test print of the first page only BEFORE you go ahead and print all of your labels. This way you can double check that everything is going to print as and where it’s supposed to – without wasting a chunk of your labels (not to mention time and toner/ink).

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Christmas Is Nearly Here! (AKA Here Are The Last Posting Dates For Those Last Minute Orders)

It is finally the 1st of December, which means that it is officially completely okay to talk about Christmas!!!

While name labels might not seem like an all-important item that absolutely MUST be delivered in time for Christmas, we know that some of our customers will need to receive their order in time for the holidays. Some might want to be ready for the next school term (whether it’s labels for a few new bits and pieces or a full set of school uniform and equipment for a new start at a new school), others might be buying labels on behalf of relatives living abroad (to be handed over during a Christmas get together), or perhaps an order is for a friend or relative who is moving into a nursing or residential care home during the holidays and their belongings need to be safely labelled in time for the move.

It is a simple fact of life that more and more items are being delivered around Christmas time and delays are now an unfortunate inevitability, which is why we would encourage our customers to avoid the rush by placing their orders as early as possible – especially if it is important that they arrive in time for Christmas. We also advise customers with a deadline to consider upgrading to a guaranteed next day delivery service (shipping cost £5.75).

However, if you find that you keep forgetting to order, haven’t got round to it yet, or have suddenly realised that you need more name labels, here are the final, final posting dates you need to keep in mind:

Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard & International Signed For
Last Posting Dates:
Thursday 10th December (Australia, Greece, New Zealand)
Monday 14th December (Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland)
Tuesday 15th December (Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA)
Wednesday 16th December (Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain)
Thursday 17th December (France)
Friday 18th December (Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland)

Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard HM Forces Mail
Last Posting Date: Friday 11th December (Static BFPOs)

Sent via: Royal Mail’s First Class & Signed For First Class
Last Posting Date: Monday 21st December

Sent via: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed
Last Posting Date: Wednesday 23rd December 

PLEASE NOTE: we must receive your order by 3pm on the dates listed above to allow us time to make and pack your order.

Label Planet: Let The Bells Ring Out For The Last Posting Dates For Christmas 2015!

Yes, it is officially December, which means that the Christmas countdown is underway; Advent Calendars are being ripped open, it’s finally acceptable to play Christmas music in public, and it’s high time that you got the Last Posting Dates written on your calendar/wallchart/convenient post-it note, in bold black marker pen, circled in at least two different colours, with a handful of exclamation marks for good measure.

The majority of labels ordered at this time of year are destined for Christmas-related applications, whether it’s labels for Christmas cards, gifts, or homemade decorations, or labels for Christmas stock, seasonal promotions, or a big Christmas event. The common theme for all of these labels (besides Christmas!) is that they will all be time-sensitive; all of them need to be ordered, despatched, delivered, designed, printed, applied, and sent on their merry way to make sure that they reach their final destination in plenty of time for Christmas.

Therefore, we would advise all of our customers ordering labels at this time of year to order AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, so they don’t fall foul of the panic and chaos of taking a chance on the Last Posting Dates.

Our current despatch/delivery estimates are as follows:
ORDERS OF MADE TO ORDER ITEMS: up to 7-10 working days for despatch via next working day carrier.
(Made to order items are placed on a waiting list for manufacture: at this time of year, the volume of items is much higher than normal, so we would advise customers to get in touch for an exact despatch estimate for the particular item(s) they want to order)

ORDERS OF 500+ SHEETS: same working day despatch via next working day carrier – where items are in stock.
(Again, customers should contact us for exact despatch estimates, particularly if multiple boxes are required)

ORDERS OF 250-475 SHEETS: same working day despatch via next working day carrier.

ORDERS OF LESS THAN 250 SHEETS: same working day despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service.
(Royal Mail AIM to deliver these items on the next working day; usually around 93% of first class mail does arrive the next working day with the remainder taking a few days extra; HOWEVER, at this time of year, due to the sheer volume of items being sent, this service is likely to see delays. We would therefore strongly recommend that ALL customers ordering less than 250 sheets should consider upgrading their order to a guaranteed next day delivery service. If you do not wish to upgrade, we would advise that we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver first class items and will not declare them to be lost until this time has passed). 

Please note that if you request delivery to an address in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, or Islands With UK Postcodes your items will be sent via 2-3 working day carrier. This service may experience delays as we get closer to Christmas and the last day orders will be accepted for delivery before Christmas will be Friday 18th December. 

Of course, if you do end up ordering items later than you’d like or you’d simply like to know the deadlines that you need to keep to, here are the Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2015.

Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard & International Signed For
Last Posting Date: Wednesday 16th December (Ireland)

Sent via: Royal Mail’s International Standard HM Forces Mail
Last Posting Date: Friday 11th December (Static BFPOs)

Sent via: Royal Mail’s First Class & Signed For First Class
Last Posting Date: Monday 21st December

Sent via: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed
Last Posting Date: Wednesday 23rd December 

PLEASE NOTE: we must receive your order by 4pm on the dates listed above to allow us time to pack your order.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Label Planet: Try Adding A Touch Of Texture To Make Your Labels Truly Terrific

Labels are a brilliant way to add a bit of decoration to all kinds of items and there are plenty of different options when it comes to getting the best possible finish from your labels. You can play around with different colours to add a burst of brightness to your items, pick a glossy finish to add a touch of shine, use the tricks of transparency to create a visually stunning addition to your items, or simply go all out with your design work.

Another way to add an extra bit of decoration is to choose a label that has a textured finish to bring a subtle touch of decoration to your items that will both look and feel that extra bit special. Here at Label Planet, the majority of our labels have a smooth, untextured finish, but we thought it was high time we celebrated the subtle sensation of textured (and semi-textured) labels in the form of our Kraft Labels & Metallic Labels.

KRAFT LABELS: these labels are made with a brown Kraft paper that has a ribbed finish, which creates a wonderfully subtle touch of both pattern and texture. These labels are ideal for all kinds of items, but are especially well suited to items that are intended for special events, whether you’re producing homemade or handcrafted gift products, invitations or notes for special events and occasions, or simply looking to bring that perfect finishing touch to your items.

GOLD & SILVER METALLIC LABELS: these labels are made with gold or silver paper that has a semi-gloss, semi-textured finish, which creates a brilliantly decorative appearance. While they don’t have the same degree of physical texture that our Kraft labels offer, they nevertheless have a lovely shimmer appearance that's just gorgeous, whether you’re creating a festive finish for your seasonal goods, adding a touch of luxury to your packaging, marketing, promotional materials, or correspondence, or you simply want to add an extra special label to your items.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: To Use One Line Or Two Lines. That Is The Question – But Why Do We Ask It?

When you order name labels from Label Planet, we give you the option of selecting text on one line or on two lines – and a few customers have asked us why this is.

The simple answer is that it’s all down to size. Name labels are supposed to be discrete when you don’t need them and legible when you do – in other words, they should be small enough that you don’t have a label plastered across your belongings BUT the font should be large enough to make it quick and simple to identify the owner of an item.

Our system is set up to automatically select the largest possible font size for the NUMBER OF CHARACTERS you request in your order.

Therefore, if you require very few characters (e.g. a surname only or a full name where both the first name and the surname are very short), you will actually get a bigger font size by selecting one line rather than two.

When ordering labels from our site the two line option is the default selection; we find that this setting provides the best possible font size for the majority of our customers (who tend to enter a first name or surname on the top line and then a surname or phone number on the bottom line).

We recommend choosing the one line option ONLY if you are requesting very little text on your labels. If you are including full names, double barrelled names, and/or any contact information (e.g. a phone number), then we would strongly recommend splitting the information over the two lines.

If you are not sure which option is best for you, you can always take a look at our Print Examples page, which indicates the font size created by a variety of text options, or simply get in touch and we can advise on the best way to layout your text.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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

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.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Show Me The (Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About) Money!

Yup, it’s another FAQ special and once more we’re delving into all your questions about money – or rather, your questions about money relating specifically to our name labels…

Where can I find out what your name labels cost?
The best place to look is on our website. Currently our prices are as follows:
N30 / SN30 / T35: £6.00
N60 / SN60 / T70: £8.50
N90 / SN90 / T105: £10.50
N120 / SN120 / T140: £12.50

We also supply re-order forms with each order and send parent leaflets to our commission partners that do include pricing information but the prices (and products!) listed may be out of date – so it’s always best to double check on our website.

What do your prices include?
All of our prices include VAT and standard UK delivery.
Standard UK delivery is via Royal Mail’s first class service (please note that this is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service).

Do I have to pay extra for shipping?
Not if you’re in the UK and you’re happy with our standard delivery option.

If you need to receive your labels urgently, you can choose to upgrade to a guaranteed next working day delivery service for £5.75 (please note that this service does require a signature upon delivery). If you want to upgrade your order then you will need to place your order by phone.

While the majority of our name labels are despatched to UK addresses, we can also ship to a limited number of countries outside of the UK; if you wish to nominate a non-UK address for delivery, you will be charged £1.50 per item for postage.

Can I get a discount?
It depends. From time to time we do run discounts and special offers. Details of these offers will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, and our blog, and we will usually email existing customers to let them know that the discount or offer is available (where customers have opted to receive these emails from us).

We are also happy to offer a 10% discount to nursing and residential care homes who order name labels directly from us on behalf of their residents. Care homes can read more about our products on our website or simply get in touch for more information or to place an order.

What if I need to buy multiple packs? Do I get a discount then?
Possibly! We are currently running a special offer on orders for multiple packs; if you purchase four or more packs in one order you will automatically receive a 10% discount.

Can I save money by splitting a pack between two or more names?
Yes and no. While we cannot split a pack between different names, we are happy for customers to find ways to share a pack between two or more family members.
Common examples include using a family surname only, entering one full name on the top line and one full name on the bottom line and cutting the labels in two, entering the first name/initial followed by the surname followed by the second name/initial and cutting off one of the names/initials, or simply entering both first names on the top line and sharing the labels. 

Which pack size is the most cost effective?
Our larger pack sizes offer the best value for money and both our Stikins ® and our Trons ® can be stored away, so you can use however many labels you need at the current time and then save the rest for future use.
We advise that you keep your labels in their original packaging and store them in a dry place at room temperature out of direct sunlight; our Stikins ® are at their best for the first two years and our Trons ® for the first five years. 

What payment methods are available?
It depends on how you place your order:
Online Orders: credit/debit card or PayPal account
Phone Orders: credit/debit card (not American Express)
Post Orders: cheque
Phone/Email Orders: request a proforma invoice and make payment by credit/debit card, cheque, or BACS transfer.

Last year I got a discount/offer code/combination pack – why can’t I see it on your website anymore?
Our discounts and offers have expiry dates, which means that once the discount or offer has expired it simply isn’t available anymore. When we promote our discounts and offers we will try to ensure that the expiry date is clearly marked and we will usually post reminders on our blog and social media sites to make sure that customers are aware that an offer or discount is coming to a close.

If you have any other questions, you can take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions page or get in touch with our customer service team.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Label Planet: Leave Them Blank Or Break Out Your Calligraphy Kit - Ways To Use Labels Without A Printer…

Our website is chockful of advice and tips for printing labels BUT we know that labels can also come in handy even if you never let them near a printer. Whether you leave them blank or get creative with calligraphy, there are loads of ways to use labels without needing a printer at all.

Get Personal
Handwritten labels provide the perfect personal touch, whether you’re writing to friends, sending gifts for special occasions, or creating a personal connection with customers. Simply knowing that someone has taken the time to sit down and write out an address or a friendly message makes an item all the more special to receive. Of course, there’s also the benefit that if you don’t particularly like to use computers then handwriting your labels is a simpler and easier way to go.

Handwritten labels do take longer than printed ones, so it’s probably best to only commit to handwriting labels if you know you’ve got the time (or a team of helpers!) to get them done. All of our labels can be handwritten; if you select one of our non-paper products, please note that you may need to use a more permanent writing implement (such as a permanent marker pen) to make sure that your print stays perfectly in place.

Get Colour Coding
If you need to get things organised, coloured labels are the perfect way to get your stuff colour coded. We have a range of colours including six pastel colours (permanent or removable adhesive), five fluorescents, gold and silver, brown Kraft, and, of course, standard white (permanent or removable adhesive).

Colour coding comes in handy in all sorts of situations, whether you’re organising and keeping track of stock at work, organising and keeping track of your family at home, organising and keeping track of students in a school or employees in a company, organising and keeping track of stuff that needs to be moved from one premises or home to another, or organising and keeping track of schedules and deadlines.

You can leave your labels blank or add notes to help keep track of what is what, where, when, why, who, and (possibly even) how. Some of our coloured labels are available with a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive, so you should be able to find the perfect label, whether you need to make sure that something is labelled permanently or you’re after a temporary label that you can remove when you no longer need it.

Get Creative With Kid’s Activities
Labels can come in handy for all sorts of arts and crafts projects, whether you’re looking to engage your children in an educational project or simply looking for a way to keep them distracted when it’s cold and rainy outside.

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. In fact, the only limit to their uses is your own (and your children’s) imagination!

Get Packing
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 addition to your items.

Get Organised
Our removable labels are ideal for adding reminders and temporary notes to your diary, planner, calendar, the office noticeboard, or the fridge at home (or at work!). You can scribble a quick note, leave it up for yourself or someone else to see, and then remove it when the job is done, without doing any damage or leaving any adhesive residue behind.

Gloss clear polyester labels (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.

Finally, permanent labels are a great away to get your cupboards, drawers, boxes, or whatever particular filing system you prefer under control. At work you can get to grips with your various in-trays and out-trays, get your desk organised to within an inch of its life, and, of course, get your paper work under control. Labels are also ideal for use at home, especially if you’ve got a family or a busy home office to get organised. Labels are also a great way to organise your kitchen, especially if someone you live with has got food allergies or medication to keep track of, or you’ve simply got cupboard after cupboard full of cutlery, crockery, and assorted utensils whose purpose you may or may not have forgotten.

Get Studying
Removable labels are perfect study companions; you can mark important passages or pages in books, add notes to revision guides and source materials, or create study cards to revise for exams. You can stick these notes into books, onto revision notes, or even around the house to help you learn key points throughout the day. Once an exam is over or a piece of coursework has been submitted, your labels can be removed without doing any damage.

Get Greeted & Seated
Our labels can be used as simple name badges and name labels for both personal and professional occasions. You can make name badges for parties where guests can decorate their own badges, design badges to match the theme of your event, create personalised badges for each guest, add place cards to your tables to make sure everyone has a place to sit (and knows where to go!), or label up gift or party bags to ensure that there’ll be no tears and tantrums when it’s time to go home. They can also be used to create name badges and table place or seating cards for meetings and events held by businesses and organisations, whether it’s a company gathering, fundraising event, networking event, a conference, or even just the Christmas do!

Stikins ® & Trons ®: How Can I Place An Order For Name Labels From Label Planet? Let Us Count The Ways…

While most of our customers are perfectly happy to order online and, indeed, find it much quicker to do so, we also know that others want to be able to talk to someone before they place their order, some are much happier placing a postal order, and then there are those who want to place bulk orders on behalf of a group or need to order via a finance department and therefore need to confirm the details of their order via email.

Here at Label Planet, we are happy to take orders in all of these ways, so that our customers can always order the labels they want in a way that they find is simplest for them. The payment methods available do depend on the way in which you choose to place your order, so here’s a guide to help you work out how you would prefer to place your order.

Order Online: Payment is via credit/debit card or you can choose to use a PayPal account.

Order By Phone: Payment is via credit/debit card only (we do not accept American Express).

If you need to receive your order urgently and would like to upgrade to a next day delivery option, then you will need to place your order by phone (or by email, see below). 

Order By Post: Payment is by cheque only.
Every order is supplied with a reorder form (also available to download from our website), which you can use to order your name labels by post. 

Order By Email: Payment of a proforma invoice via credit/debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.
If you need to order multiple sets of name labels on behalf of a group or submit an order via your finance department, you will need to get in touch with us and send the details of the items you wish to order via email. 

If you need any advice about how to place an order or have any queries about ordering from us, please contact our customer service team and we’ll be happy to help.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Label Planet: Brighten Up Your Winter Blues With Our Assorted Colour Packs

We’re fighting back against the cold, dark winter nights by adding a brand new option to our Coloured Labels range: Assorted Colour Packs!

Each pack contains an assortment of red, yellow, green, and blue labels so you can mix and match to your heart’s delight! Our coloured labels can be printed with inkjet and laser printers OR you can grab your stationery box and create a personalised set of handwritten labels with your own unique handmade designs.

Our assorted colour packs are perfect for all kinds of creative projects designed to bring a bit of colour and joy to these winter months – from small arts and craft projects at home to companies and organisations busy labelling hundreds and thousands of products and promotional materials for all their winter stock and events.

These labels are brilliant for starting creative projects with your children, organising your files and folders, making your own stationery, or maybe even creating your own set of gift tags and address labels for the upcoming festive period. They’re also fantastic for use in businesses and organisations, from colour coding the office diary and scheduling in those pre-Christmas deadlines, getting stock colour coded and organised, getting your filing system (and desk) under control, or giving your packaging and promotional materials a dash of decorative cheer.

We’ve got EIGHTEEN label sizes available, so whether you’re looking for big bold labels to bring a big burst of colour or you’re getting organised with colour coded labels, we should have a size that suits you. All of our assorted packs are available to order from stock for same day despatch – simply visit our Coloured Labels page and select one of the stocked sizes (25 sheet minimum) from the top section of the page, then click on the "4 Colour Assortment" option.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Mixing Up Your Ps & Qs (An FAQ Special About Fonts, Characters, & Words)

If you’ve got a question about fonts, characters, and/or words, this is the blog post for you; we’ve rounded up a selection of the most frequently asked questions we receive about name labels and the text that goes on them.

Can I choose a font?
No. All of our labels are printed in one standard font.
You can get a rough idea of what this font looks like on our Printed Examples page.

What colour font do you use?
All of our products are printed in a bold black font.
We find that this offers the best legibility against the white (or silver) background of our products.

What size font do you use?
It depends on how many characters you request.
Our system counts up the number of characters you have requested on each line and automatically selects the largest font size that will allow all of the characters on both lines to fit onto each label.

If you try to enter too many characters, a warning will appear onscreen and you will not be able to add your item to the basket. However, our system will allow quite a large number of characters to be included, so if the font size is particularly important to you, we would advise being selective with the amount of text you add to your labels.

Name labels are supposed to be discrete when they aren’t needed, which means the font size will be small as a necessity. If you want a large font size, we recommend adding only the most essential information onto your labels (and in a shortened format, where possible).

To create the best possible font size, we also recommend using the “Text on two lines” setting, which is set as the default when you begin your order. For the majority of orders, this produces a better font size than that created when you enter ALL of your text onto one line only. If you are entering a single word (for example, a surname only) or a very short full name, then you can choose the “Text on one line” setting to produce a larger font.

What characters can I request on my labels?
We can print all of the standard alphanumerical characters (A-Z and 0-9), along with standard punctuation marks, and some accented characters.

Can I include accented characters in my order?
Yes and no. Our system can print SOME accented characters (within the standard European range of characters) as follows:

À Á Â Ä Ã Å Æ à á â ä â å æ È É Ê Ë è é ê ë Í Î Ï ì í î ï Ô Ö Õ ò ó ô ö õ Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ç ç Ñ ñ Ý Ÿ ý ÿ Ø ø Ð ð ß ƒ

Can I add pictures / emoticons / emojis?
No. Our system can only print standard characters, which means that we are unable to print any kind of image onto our products at this time. Of course, if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic or creative, you can always use standard punctuation marks to add a fun twist to your labels ^__^

What information should I put on my name labels?
It’s generally a matter of personal preference. The majority of our customers will order name labels with just a name printed on each one; most of our labels are used to label school uniform and equipment, which means that a name is usually enough to ensure that items can be returned to their rightful owner by the school.

However, we also find that customers often choose to add an extra detail to go along with the name, with the most common choices being:
CONTACT INFORMATION: usually a phone number, although some customers have requested an address or email address. While phone numbers fit quite neatly onto our name labels, we would advise that customers avoid adding an address or email address unless it is a shortened version due to the small font size produced by including so many characters.

A MESSAGE: for example, “Property Of” or “Please Return To”; we find that this is commonly used by groups (such as schools, activity groups, or departments in businesses and organisations) to keep track of equipment that is shared or loaned out, although some parents like to include a friendly message on their children’s items too!

ALLERGY OR MEDICAL INFORMATION: name labels are an easy way to add a medical alert to clothing or to containers holding food or medical supplies. In the event of an emergency, people who step in to help can quickly and easily find out that a person has a particular condition and can adjust the help that they provide accordingly.

SCHOOL OR CLASS NAME: some parents choose to include their child’s school or class name. A class name can help make it easier for the school to return items, while adding a school name can make it easier for items to be returned if they are lost elsewhere. Where name labels are purchased by businesses or organisations, they may choose to include a department to help ensure that equipment is returned to the correct place within a larger complex.

We would advise that you include TWO pieces of information (e.g. a name and a piece of contact information) AT MOST to keep the font size legible.

Can I include a full name / nicknames / surname only?
The way you format a name is down to personal preference. While most people will include a first name and a surname only, some like to include middle names as well, others will add a nickname (which is especially useful if someone is known only by a nickname), and some choose to simply use a surname (which is a great way to share labels between family members but should be avoided if you know that your child shares their surname with another child in their class).

Can I include the names of two or more people on my labels?
Yes! While we cannot split a pack between different names (every label within a pack must be printed with the same text), we are more than happy for parents to get creative with their text to allow them to buy one pack that they can use for multiple family members. For example, you might choose to:
- Use a surname only (or “Family Surname”) and share labels between the whole family.
- Enter one name on one line, a second name on the second line, and cut the labels in half.
- Enter one name/initial followed by the surname followed by the second name/initial and then cut off one of the names/initials as required.
- Enter both first names on the top line (e.g. Name And Name, Name & Name, Name Or Name) and the surname on the bottom line.

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQs page. If you have any questions or queries relating to choosing the right text for your name label order, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise you further.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Label Planet: Wall Displays – Tips For Choosing Labels For Galleries & Exhibitions

We have a number of customers who purchase labels for use as title cards or information boards in galleries and exhibitions to provide details about each item on display. Some of these customers require labels that they can simply (and easily) apply directly onto walls before removing each label when the exhibition or event comes to a close.

While it might seem a simple enough task to find a label suitable for this purpose, you must take into careful consideration the properties of the wall’s surface – and the potential problems that these might cause.

When a customer requires a removable label that won’t do any damage, we recommend choosing one of our label products with a removable adhesive; these adhesives are designed to provide a bond that will hold the label in place while it is needed before removing cleanly from the surface without leaving behind any adhesive residue or doing any damage to the surface. Using a permanent adhesive will usually result in some adhesive residue being left behind and can do minor damage to the surface when a label is removed – which rules out permanent adhesives for direct applications onto walls in galleries & exhibitions.

However, some walls have surfaces that make it more difficult for an adhesive bond to form; for example, some paints, coatings, and finishes on walls will create a porous surface that adhesives may struggle to bond with, while walls made from natural materials (e.g. exposed brickwork or wood) have uneven, rough surfaces that can prove challenging for removable adhesives that are designed to create light, temporary bonds. Usually, when a customer needs a label that is capable of bonding with an uneven or unusual surface, we recommend stronger permanent adhesives but these would damage the walls and so are unsuitable for this type of application.

So what can you do if you need to create labels for an exhibition or event?
  • Use placeholders:
    Add a small placeholder next to each display space and apply your labels to the placeholder rather than the walls. This way you can choose a material for your placeholder that provides a flat, smooth surface that removable labels can both adhere to and be removed from easily. Alternatively, you could use a permanent adhesive that might do some damage upon removal but isn’t as much of an issue because the damage is done to the (replaceable) placeholder and not the wall itself.
  • Request a sample first:
    Request a sample of our removable labels so you can test for yourself if our labels will work on the surface you need to label. This will also allow you to see if there are alternative places/surfaces where you could apply your labels; for example, while the wall behind your display may prove to be an unsuitable surface, you might find that your items are being put into glass or plastic cases or frames whereby the smooth surface of the case or frame allows the adhesive to bond firmly enough to hold each label in place during your exhibition or event, before removing cleanly from the surface once the label is no longer needed.
You can find a full list of our removable adhesive products by visiting our Removable Adhesives page.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Keep Track of School Property & Equipment With Stikins ® Name Labels

While most of our name labels are bought by parents to help keep track of their children’s belongings, they can also come in handy for schools who have their own property and equipment to keep track of.

Whether it’s spare uniform and P.E. kits or specialist equipment for use by a specific department in practical demonstrations, schools will have items that they want to keep track of – and that they will want to avoid replacing.

Schools can use name labels to indicate that certain items are the property of the school (especially those that might be loaned out to students for short periods of time) or even a particular department (to help prevent mix ups between similar items). They can also be used as asset labels, to assign identical pieces of equipment (such as laptops) with a unique number to help keep track of those items as they move around the school.

Stikins ® name labels are a simple multipurpose name label that can be applied to all kinds of items, including clothing (where they should be applied to the wash care label) and equipment ranging from laptops to sports equipment, technology tools to research materials, and all manner of essential items in between.

You can find out more about our Stikins ® on our Stikins ® information page, or simply visit our “Buy Stikins ®” page to place an order. Schools can also get in touch with us to request a proforma invoice or a school invoice (which gives 30 days for payment).

We operate a commission scheme, which will allow schools to earn up to 30% commission on sales of name labels – whether those are orders from parents or from the school itself. To find out more about our commission scheme, simply visit the “Schools” section of our website.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Label Planet: Do You Feel The Need For Speed(y Delivery Of Your Labels)?

If you’ve got a deadline looming and you need to make sure that your labels will arrive in plenty of time for you to get them all printed and applied then this is the blog post for you!

Our standard UK delivery options are as follows:
Small Orders (less than 250 sheets): same day despatch via Royal Mail’s first class service.
(orders placed by 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
Large Orders (250+ sheets): same day despatch via next working day carrier.
(orders of stocked items placed by 3pm, Monday to Friday; made to order items are subject to up to five working days for despatch, although standard paper products will be available much sooner)

However, if you’re worried that this might not be quick enough, we also offer the following special delivery options:

Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 1pm) – available online and by phone
Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery (by 9am) – available by phone only
Guaranteed Saturday Delivery (by 1pm) – available by phone only

Guaranteed AM Delivery – available by phone only
The level of AM delivery available will depend on the items/quantities you are ordering and the delivery address. Some items are available on pre-noon delivery only, while others may be available on earlier timeslot services. If you require delivery to so-called “Extended Postcodes”, Islands with UK Postcodes, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, our carrier options are limited to 2-3 working day services. 

Remember, if you absolutely positively have to have your labels in time for a specific date, then the very best thing to do is to make sure you have chosen a guaranteed delivery option. If you’re not sure what options are available, please get in touch so we can advise you of the best possible shipping services for the specific items you are ordering.

Standard UK delivery is included in the prices you see on our website; we do charge an additional shipping charge if you upgrade to a special delivery option but this is only the amount that Royal Mail or the carrier company charges us.

We would also remind customers (once again) that Royal Mail’s first class service is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service. While 93% of these items are delivered the next (working) day, the rest can take a day or two extra (particularly if you live in remote areas or, indeed, London) and – in our experience – if you absolutely have to have your labels in time for a deadline, it is more than likely that (this time round) you will fall into that 7%. If you choose to “risk it”, please remember that we allow five working days for Royal Mail to deliver such items before declaring them to be lost.
Visit our website to view all of our Despatch & Delivery Information.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Should I Buy Stikins ® Or Trons ®?

Some of our customers get in touch with us for a bit of extra advice about which of our name label products is best suited for their particular needs. We supply two very different name label products and the one(s) you choose might be determined by the items you need to label or the kind of label you prefer to use.

So here is a (very brief) guide to the name label products we supply:
STIKINS ® name labels
Type: Vinyl Name Label.
Application Method: Stick On.
Use To Label: Clothing/fabric items with a wash care label and personal items (e.g. shoes, bags, books, and school equipment).
Best Suited For: Busy customers who need a quick name label solution AND/OR customers who need a multipurpose label that can be used to label pretty much ANYTHING.
No Good For: SOCKS!

TRONS ® name transfers
Type: Name Transfer.
Application Method: Iron-On Transfer.
Use To Label: All kinds of fabric items (e.g. clothing, bedding, linen, and accessories).
Best Suited For: Customers who want a completely permanent name label that they can use to label clothing and other fabric items (including socks!).
No Good For: Non-fabric items.

If you’re still not sure which product is right for you, you can visit our information pages (STIKINS ® information and TRONS ® information) or simply get in touch with our customer service team.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Label Planet: Remember, Remember (It’s) The 5th November (& That Means Christmas Is On The Way)

While you might be more concerned about your plans for Bonfire Night (Have you got enough food and drink? What will you wear? Where did you put your woolliest hat/gloves/scarf/wellington boots? Are the pets going to be okay? Where did you put the fireworks/matches/sparklers/emergency bucket of water or – if you’re particularly well organised/adventurous –fire extinguisher?), we hope you’ve got a spare minute or two to think about Christmas(!).

The dark nights have drawn in, Halloween has come and gone, and thoughts are inevitably turning to Christmas – which means that the rush to get everything done on time is also underway.

As the days go by, despatch and delivery estimates will only get longer and longer, which is why we’d like to encourage our customers to get their labels bought nice and early. Many people consider labelling their items to be the last job to do (apart from actually delivering them to where they need to go, of course!), which means that many will leave it to the last moment to order the labels they need – only to find that it’s going to take longer than they thought for the labels to be despatched and delivered (and that’s before you take into account the time you need to get your labels designed, printed, and applied – not to mention any time you need to then send your items on to a store, warehouse, customer, or even the recipient of an extra special gift).

Whether you’re an individual who’s got some creative Christmas projects in mind or a business or organisation with a whole heap of Christmas stock and promotional materials to get sorted, it’s always best to get things done early at this time of the year.

So, if you know that you’re going to need labels in plenty of time for Christmas (especially if you need a lot of labels, made to order items, or simply need to make sure your items have time to get to where they need to go), ordering now will go a long way to making sure that this Christmas is a peaceful one.

If you’re at all concerned about how long it could take for the items you require to be despatched/delivered, please get in touch with us for the most up to date estimates and to discuss the shipping options available.

[And, of course, we hope that – once you’ve got your Christmas label planning sorted or, at the very least, underway – you have a wonderfully spectacular Bonfire Night with plenty of fireworks, food, and fabulous bonfires aflame!]

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November (Is The Perfect Time To Label All Your Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and Coats!)

Yes, it’s that time of year once more, when we leave our lovely warm homes to go and stand outside beside a burning bonfire, sparklers at the ready, as fireworks dance and burst across the night sky. Of course, before all of that can take place there will be the inevitable traditional rummage in the back of the wardrobe to dig out an assortment of scarves and gloves, coats and hats, wellington boots and thick winter socks, and perhaps even a set of thermals (or two!).

With such a miscellany of extras to cart along wherever you go to help keep you warm during the winter months, it is all too easy to put something down and forget to pick it up again – which means it’s all too easy for a favourite snuggly scarf or the perfect pair of gloves to go missing, especially if you’re out and about in busy places, whether it’s a hectic day at the office, a seasonal scrum in the shops, or a chaotic Christmas in the classroom.

So, how can you make sure that your winter warmers stay safe all season long? 

Name labels are a quick and easy way to display a name (and perhaps a contact number) to help prevent your family’s belongings getting lost this winter.

For fabric items, you can choose either our iron-on name transfers (Trons ®) or our stick on name labels (Stikins ®). Our transfers bond and fuse with materials to create a completely permanent name label on all kinds of fabric items, while our name labels can be applied to the wash care label of any garment AND onto any personal items that you also want to keep safe through the hustle and bustle of Christmastime and beyond.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Label Planet: Visit Our Help & Advice Pages For Tips, Templates, & (Samples To) Test!

While we strive to make it as easy as possible to buy the labels you need, we also like to go the extra mile and offer as much help as possible when it comes to printing those labels (unless, of course, you’re after blank labels and/or you’ve got some creative calligraphy in mind!).

We’ve created a section on our website devoted to help and advice on designing and printing labels, which we’ve rather straightforwardly named “Help & Advice”. In this section, you’ll find all sorts of helpful extras including:

- Request Label Samples: if you’re not sure which label is right for the application you have in mind, we recommend requesting a sample and testing the labels first (in the exact conditions you need them for) so you’re certain they’re suitable before you buy.

- Dos and Don'ts: EIGHT basic tips that prevent the most common problems that occur when printing labels.

- Designing & Printing Labels: our basic guide to designing and printing labels, including advice on setting up a template, design tips, printing advice, and some troubleshooting assistance.

- FAQs: our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers, including questions about Printing, Delivery, Choosing The Right Label, Label Types, and Payment and Refunds.

- Printing Circles Info: a basic guide to printing circular (and oval) labels, which generally prove to be a bit trickier than the more straightforward rectangular shape, along with more information about the round (and oval) label sizes that we supply.

- Printing Mirrored Text and Images: information about how to create “Mirrored” labels in Word; if you want to apply your labels to one side of a transparent surface but need them to be readable from the OTHER side, you will need to ensure that your text and/or images are printed in reverse (or “mirrored”).

- Smartstamp Info: information about the Royal Mail’s Smartstamp Service, which allows individuals and business to print their own stamps directly onto their mail items.

- Glossary of Label Terms: terms commonly used in the Label Industry along with a (hopefully) helpful definition for each term.

- Cross-index of Avery Codes / List of Avery Codes: whether you’ve got an Avery product and want to know if we supply a compatible product OR you’re trying to find a compatible Avery template code for the Label Planet product you’ve bought, these pages provide an easy way to cross reference between Label Planet product codes and Avery product/template codes.

- Material Specification Sheets: a collection of material specification sheets for the label product ranges supplied by Label Planet; these pages contain more detailed information about our labels and the materials that are used to make our products.

- Label Printing Templates: we provide templates in Word and PDF formats for all of our label sizes, so if you haven’t got a template to hand or you can’t find the template you need (and you aren’t quite confident enough to set up your own), you can download the template you need from our website – completely free of charge!

We’re currently setting up brand new Information Pages for all of the label sizes we supply; each Information Page will contain information about that particular label size, advice and tips about working with that label size, templates for that label size, and a complete list of the material options available for that label size. These pages are an ongoing project, and we’ll add new pages as they are ready; in the meantime you can continue to download templates from our Label Templates Page.