Thursday, 30 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Can I Still Buy A Combination Pack?

Unfortunately, we are not currently offering any combination packs of our products.

However, you can still purchase both our Stikins ® and our Trons ® as you wish, in whatever combination of pack size and quantity that you prefer; all you need to do is add your preferred pack size for each product to your basket.

Plus, as we are currently running a discount for orders that include four or more sets of name labels, if you need to order Stikins ® and Trons ® for two names you’ll instantly qualify for this discount.

Please note, that if you send an order in the post using an old leaflet that lists the Combination Packs on the order form, we will honour the product listing on the leaflet.

Label Planet: FAQ – Will Your Labels Work With My Printer – AKA – Will My Printer Work With Your Labels?

For some of our customers it comes as quite a surprise that – sometimes – it isn’t quite as simple as 1. Buy some labels, 2. Put labels in printer, 3. Press print. For some it’s also a surprise that their printer isn’t just a “printer” that can, well, print anything.

While you might think that a printer is a printer is a printer, there is enough variation in these products to catch some people out if they don’t check a few all-important things first.

1. Do You Have An Inkjet Printer Or A Laser Printer?
This may matter more than you think. Inkjet and laser printers use two very different printing methods and these differences have two key consequences when printing labels.
  • Labels are often made specifically for one kind of printing method; in order to get the best possible print results, the materials will be designed with that particular printing method in mind. For example, inkjet printers disperse ink onto the surface being printed, where the inks then dry in place – labels designed for inkjet printers often have a porous surface, which allows some of the ink to be absorbed and so improves the quality and resolution of the final printed image. Likewise, laser printers use heat and pressure to fuse toner onto the surface being printed and so materials for laser labels will often contain moisture (to combat the heat applied during printing) and will usually have a smooth, consistant surface that allows the toner to bond evenly across the label surface.
    Most importantly, you will find that you CANNOT print laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer – you must make sure that you purchase labels that are suitable for and compatible with the printing method used by your printer.
  • Inkjet printers generally use water based inks, which means that print produced by these printers is NOT WATERPROOF; if labels printed with an inkjet printer come into contact with water, the print will run and/or smudge. Laser print, however, will remain firmly in place even after being submerged in water.
2. Do You Have A Media Bypass Tray?
A media bypass tray is a second tray that is usually located just above or below the standard paper tray. Where the paper tray is usually set up specifically for sheets of paper, the media bypass tray is set up to accept thicker materials – including label products, which tend to be thicker simply because they are made up of a number of layers (face material, adhesive, backing sheet etc). The media bypass tray will also often provide a more direct route through the printer, with the sheet being handled by fewer sets of rollers as it is pulled through the machine – this tends to improve the accuracy of the positioning of the print, a feature that becomes much more important when printing onto labels.

3. Do You Have A Speciality Printer, A General Use Printer, Or An All-In-One Printer?
These days, you have the choice of a variety of “types” of printer, which will be designed either for a specific use, general use, or many different uses. This can have an impact on how efficiently you can print labels and, indeed, if you can print labels at all. Speciality printers (e.g. photo printers) are designed to do one specific task extremely well and, if that task is NOT printing labels, you may find that these printers will struggle to adapt to different tasks. At the other end of the scale, all-in-one printers are designed to do a lot of different tasks (e.g. print, scan, copy) BUT not necessarily to a high standard; while all-in-one printers may seem like the better option financially, you may find that they simply cannot cope with tasks that require a higher level of accuracy and print quality, such as that required when printing labels.

Our labels are designed specifically for standard desktop inkjet and laser printers, which should offer an ideal combination of print settings, hardware features, accuracy of print position, and print resolution when printing labels. While they may not be able to produce the accuracy and print resolution of printing presses used by companies in the printing industry, a standard general purpose printer should be capable of most label printing tasks.

4. Does Your Printer Have Any Guidelines Or Restrictions About The Materials And Dimensions It Can Process?
All printers will have a section in their manual that outlines the manufacturer’s recommendations for the types and sizes of materials a particular model of printer has been designed to work with. Some printers may be limited in the materials they can successfully process and most will have recommended maximum weights and thicknesses of materials that they will be able to print.

If in doubt, there are two things you should do:
  • Check the specification sheet of the labels you are looking at purchasing for the weight/thickness of the labels and compare this to the guidelines provided in your printer’s manual.
  • Request a sample of the labels you are interested in so you can try printing a sheet or two before committing to a full purchase.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Are You Running Any Discounts At The Moment? A – Yes!

Yes, we are running a discount offer for customers who order multiple sets of name labels.

Our current discount works like this:

Add any FOUR items to your order and receive a 10% discount when you checkout!

It’s really that simple; it doesn’t matter what packs you order and the discount is added automatically for you – so you don’t have to go hunting for or remember to enter a discount code.

You can order four entirely different packs or order four lots of one set (or any mix thereof!) – it’s entirely down to you. You can order for your own family or club together with friends or relatives; as long as you have at least four sets in your order, you will receive the discount.

Plus, you can take your pick between our Trons ® name transfers and our Stikins ® name labels (in white or silver) as the discount applies to ALL of our products, so you can truly mix and match to your heart’s delight.

To get started, simply visit our website and click on “Buy Stikins ®” or “Buy Trons ®”.

Label Planet: Choosing Labels For Pipes, Tubes, Bottles, Jars, & Cylinders Of All Kinds

When choosing labels to apply to cylindrical objects (such as pipes and tubes or bottles and jars), you need to take the shape of these objects into account.

The key issue is one of memory; all materials have a degree of “memory”, which is a property that causes the material to try to return to its original dimensions after being distorted – for example, by winding the material around a cylindrical object. This property exists in all kinds of materials, although it is stronger in some materials compared to others. In terms of materials used to make labels, memory is commonly seen in polyester, polyethylene, silicone, and vinyl, as well as paper.

When you apply a label to a cylindrical object, the memory of the material will try to restore the label to its original flat state and – if the memory of the material is the strongest force acting on the label – this will cause the label to peel up from the surface it has been applied to and may even cause the label to fall away entirely.

So, what sort of label do you need to use if you want to label a cylindrical object?

Essentially, what you need to do is use a label that will ensure that the opposing forces will be stronger than the memory of the label. Here are a few suggestions to help you find the perfect label for a cylinder:

Size & Shape
There are a few sizes and shapes that can help to overcome (or avoid) issues of memory.
  • Big Labels: a big label means that the adhesive has a larger surface area over which to act. If an adhesive is able to form a strong bond over a large surface area, this can provide a stronger force than the memory of the material.
  • Long Labels: a long label means that you will be able to wrap your label around the object being labelled and – most importantly – OVERLAP THE EDGES of the label. This will prevent one edge of the label from peeling up AND provides the other edge with an area that is smooth and easy to adhere to.
  • Small Labels: given that our first suggestion is “big labels”, this one might be a bit of a surprise BUT sometimes smaller labels can provide a means of avoiding the issue of memory. For example, depending on the shape of the item you are labelling, there may be an area of the item that has a less severe curvature or (especially in the case of bottles and jars) that is completely flat. Using a small label (or a series of small labels) that will fit into these areas will allow you to avoid the issue of memory altogether, simply by being a bit creative with the shape and positioning of your label(s).
 Material & Adhesive
Where possible, choose a label that is made of a flexible, pliable material and a strong, permanent adhesive. A flexible material will wrap around the cylindrical object much more efficiently than other materials, and the memory of the material is likely to be weaker. A strong adhesive will also provide a strong opposing force to any level of memory that a material has.

For example, our Matt White Polyethylene Labels were designed with curved storage barrels in mind; the polyethylene material is soft and pliable AND the labels use a Marine Standard Adhesive that is manufactured specifically for use in outdoor and/or marine conditions where a strong, permanent bond is required to keep a label in place, even in more extreme outdoor conditions.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels That Won’t Be Beaten By The Summer Sun (& The Sun Creams That Are Designed To Protect Against It)

Back in 2013, we did some research into how well name labels cope in the summer months, and specifically into what happens when they come into contact with sun creams and sun lotions.

Name labels are often applied to wash care labels that come into contact with skin when labelled items are worn and, during the summer, this means that they may be exposed to sun creams and lotions. Our research found that many name label products were damaged by this exposure, with the most common problem being disintegration of the print. Obviously, the point of a name label is to identify the owner of an item, so this was a big problem!

We determined that the cause of this problem was the recent introduction of new ingredients into some sun creams and lotions, with titanium dioxide being the most common addition; this ingredient improves the ability of sun creams and lotions to “block” ultraviolet light (by reflecting, scattering, or absorbing it) and is believed to be less irritating than other chemicals (meaning it is better suited for infants or adults with sensitive skin). While this particular ingredient and others like it no doubt improve the efficiency of the sun creams and lotions they are added to, they have the unfortunate side effect of damaging or removing the standard inks used by many companies to print their name labels.

So, in the summer of 2013, we sourced a brand new advanced ink, which proved to be resistant to these new formulas of sun creams and lotions – and we’ve been using it ever since! This means that our Stikins ® name labels are perfectly suited to the summer sun and will remain firmly in place (print and all) throughout the entire year. When we introduced our Trons ® name transfers in 2014, we made sure to test our new product in the same way that we did the old, and found that they are just as resistant to sun creams and lotions as our Stikins ®.

Of course, we know that products like sun creams and lotions will constantly be updated as new technologies and ingredients are utilised, so this summer we repeated our tests to ensure that our name labels are as resistant to sun creams as ever. We re-tested our labels against the main brands of children’s sun creams and found that they are still protected against the ingredients in these products.

However, our research also found a trend for adult sun creams and lotions which are made as alcohol based products with large quantities of alcohol based ingredients. The reason for this is that alcohol allows these creams and lotions to remain in a liquid form that is easy to spray onto the skin and prevents clotting or clumping in the bottle before the product can be applied. As the product dries, the alcohol evaporates leaving the cream or lotion in place on the skin. However, if the cream or lotion comes into contact with print on a name label BEFORE the alcohol has evaporated away, the alcohol will either damage or remove the print entirely.

These products smell very strongly of alcohol and are not suitable for children. However, if you are using one of these products we would advise that you allow plenty of time between applying your sun cream or lotion and putting on clothing with a name label or handling an item that has been labelled – this means that the alcohol will have completely evaporated away and the print on your name labels won’t be harmed if it does come into contact with the (now dry) sun cream or lotion.

Label Planet: FAQ – Do you recommend a particular piece of software for designing labels?

The short answer is no.

We’ve found that our customers need labels for a variety of applications, have completely different styles, attitudes, and approaches to designing their templates, have different computer hardware (and software) available to use, and have different levels of experience and technical knowhow when it comes to setting up and designing a template.

Therefore, we don’t have one particular bit of software that we recommend to our customers – we believe that customers should source and/or use software that is suitable for their requirements and that they are comfortable using, based on their existing knowledge of computer software or any training they are willing to undertake, and if they are willing to spend money on purchasing specific software or not.

Most of our customers will simply use whatever software they have to hand. For many of them, this means using Word (or a similar piece of software) and either taking advantage of the built in Avery templates (where they have a compatible label size), setting up their own template, or using one of our templates (available to download here).

When using Word, you need to remember that this is Word Processing Software and, as such, is designed to work specifically with text rather than design elements. The templates you can create with Word will be limited in the design tools available to use and the accuracy of positioning you can achieve. However, Word is a familiar program that many people have access to and is perfectly capable of creating professional and decorative templates for most label applications.

PDF templates will offer more control and accuracy over the design of the template – because they need to be edited with graphics packages. These pieces of software are intended specifically for design work and so will offer a wide range of sophisticated tools for designing templates and will usually offer a far greater level of fine control over the accuracy of positioning within the template.

Examples of graphics packages that you can use to design templates include InDesign and Photoshop. These packages are PAID FOR software packages, so it is up to the individual customer to decide if their requirements justify the cost that they would need to spend to purchase these packages (and potentially the cost – both financially and in terms of time – of learning to use the package). Of course, you may already have one of these pieces of software, in which case you are ready to go!

The third option is specific labelling software, which – as the name suggests – is software created specifically for the purpose of designing and printing labels. There are many, many, many different pieces of labelling software out there, so it would be up to customers to find one that is suited to their requirements. There are both free and paid for packages available, so you would need to investigate the benefits and limitations of each one to determine which one (if any) is suited to your particular needs.

We are always happy to help our customers with their template problems but please note that if you have an issue with specific labelling software or design software you may wish to consult with the company who designed the software first. They will be familiar with how their own software works and may even already have the answer to your problem to hand. We can do our best to help with speciality software BUT due to the vast variety of software available we cannot provide in depth information or solutions for all available software.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Summer Despatch Times - Same Day Despatch All Summer Long

While receiving your name labels as soon as possible may not seem as crucial now as it might in the rush and crush of the back to school season, we know that it’s nice to receive things you’ve ordered as quickly as possible.

So, as always, we’ve adapted our production levels for the summer months and for July, August, and September 2015 we will print and despatch all orders on the same working day – where orders are received before 3pm.

[Where orders are placed after 3pm or over the weekend, they will be printed and despatched on the next working day.]

Our standard delivery service is via Royal Mail’s first class service (UK postcodes) and we find that around 93% of this mail does arrive on the next working day. Of course, if you’re in a bit of a rush – perhaps there’s a school trip, summer camp, or a holiday on the horizon – you can also get in touch with us and add a next working day shipping option to your order.

Label Planet: Remember - Use Our Free Sample Service To Make Sure That Our Labels Are Perfect For You

Here at Label Planet, we operate a free sample service for all of our customers.

If you aren’t quite sure that a label will do the job you have in mind, you want to see the colour or finish of a label for yourself, or you simply want to have a test run to make sure your template and/or printer will work properly, you can request a sample of the labels you are interested in and give them a go before you buy.

Requesting a sample means you can test out a label in the exact conditions of the label application you are sourcing a product for or simply try out a few options to see which one looks the best. We know that committing to a purchase and then finding out that the product you’ve bought is no good at all is endlessly frustrating, time consuming, and – possibly – quite expensive, so we prefer to give our customers a chance to sample our labels to ensure that, when they buy, they know they’re getting labels that will work perfectly for them.

How To Order A Sample
You can order samples in two ways: give us a call or fill in our online Sample Request Form.

REMEMBER: if you request your labels online try to be AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE with your request. That way, we can offer the best possible help and advice on choosing the right label for the job and we can make sure that the samples you receive are ones that will actually come in useful.

So, let us know:

POSTAL ADDRESS: please provide your FULL ADDRESS – house number, street name, AND postcode, along with a company name (if applicable).

PRINTER TYPE: let us know if you have access to a laser printer, inkjet printer, or both. Some of our products are suitable for ONE TYPE of printer only and cannot be used on any other kind of printer – by letting us know the kind of printer you will be using, we can ensure that all the samples you receive will work with that printer.

WHAT ARE YOU STICKING THE LABELS ONTO: if you let us know what you are applying the labels to, we can offer advice on the best label(s) for the job. Please be as specific as you can – for example, tell us a bit about the item you are applying labels to, including the material the item is made of, whether the item is flat or curved etc.

SAMPLE REQUIRED: let us know the SPECIFIC LABEL PRODUCTS you want a sample of – where possible let us know the size(s) you are interested in and the product range(s) you are interested in (e.g. MTP, MWPE, LG, SG etc).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: let us know any other requirements you have for your sample to help us make sure that the sample you receive is suitable for the label application you have in mind. For example, you might need labels that are waterproof, that have a gloss finish, that can be frozen, that are suitable for writing on etc. If we know the specific requirements you have for a label, we will be able to send samples of labels that meet those requirements.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – How Do I Order Stikins ® and Trons ® name labels online?

While some people find it simple to order things online, with so much variation in the world of online shopping we thought we’d put together a simple step by step guide to help our customers navigate our website to get the name labels that they want – exactly as they want them!

Step 1:
Go to our website!

Step 2:
Click “Buy Stikins ® Name Labels” for Stikins ® or click “Buy Trons ® Name Labels” for Trons ®.
[Don’t worry if you want to buy both – you start with one product and add the other one later.]

 Step 3: 
Select the number of lines, text, colour (Stikins ® only), and pack size you want to order.

 For Stikins ® name labels:
[By default the option for “Name on two lines” will be selected and TWO text fields will be displayed. If you select the “Name on one line” option, only ONE text field will be displayed.]
[We print EXACTLY what you enter so please type carefully! If you want one or both of the lines leaving blank, please use the space bar to enter a single space into the relevant text field(s).]
[Both are printed with a BLACK font. Our white and silver Stikins ® are made with exactly the same materials and cost the same – all you are selecting is the colour you prefer.]
- SELECT A PACK SIZE; you have the choice of 120, 90, 60, or 30 labels in a pack.
- ENTER A SCHOOL COMMISSION CODE – IF you have been provided one by a school, nursery, care home, or activity group.
[If you don’t have a code, don’t panic! Simply leave the field blank.]
- CLICK “Add to Basket”!

 For Trons ® name transfers:
[By default the option for “Name on two lines” will be selected and TWO text fields will be displayed. If you select the “Name on one line” option, only ONE text field will be displayed.]
[We print EXACTLY what you enter so please type carefully! If you want one or both of the lines leaving blank, please use the space bar to enter a single space into the relevant text field(s).]
- SELECT A PACK SIZE; you have the choice of 140, 105, 70, or 35 labels in a pack.
- ENTER A SCHOOL COMMISSION CODE – IF you have been provided one by a school, nursery, care home, or activity group.
[If you don’t have a code, don’t panic! Simply leave the field blank.]
- CLICK “Add to Basket”!

 Step 4:
You have added one set of Stikins ® or Trons ® name labels to your basket!
You now have the option to:

- CHECKOUT AND PAY FOR YOUR ITEM – click “Checkout”.

- INCREASE THE QUANTITY OF THE PACK YOU HAVE ORDERED - change the “1” in the Quantity box to the number that you require and click “Update Totals”. Then proceed to the checkout to pay for your items – click “Checkout”.
[Please note that if you increase the quantity, you are simply ordering MORE of the SAME. For example, if you change your order from 1x N120 to 2x N120, you will receive 240 labels printed with the text you have already entered.]

- ADD ANOTHER ITEM OR ITEMS TO YOUR ORDER – click “Continue Shopping” and repeat Step 3.
[You will be taken to the order page for the same product type you have already added to your basket – i.e. if your first item was Stikins ® you will return to the Stikins ® product page, and if your first item was Trons ® you will return to the Trons ® product page. To change the product you are ordering, click on the relevant red button on the left hand side; “Buy Stikins ® Name Labels” or “Buy Trons ® Name Labels”].

- DELETE AN ITEM FROM YOUR BASKET – check the “Select” box next to the item and then click “Delete”. Click on “Continue Shopping” to add another item to your basket.

Step 5:
Enter your delivery information.
  • Select if your Billing Address is in the UK or outside of the UK.
  • Fill in your customer details including:
    • FULL NAME: please ensure you enter your full name into this field.
    • PHONE NUMBER: we will only use this number if we need to contact you about an issue with your order.
    • EMAIL: we use your email to send confirmation that your payment and order have been successfully placed and to notify you when your order has been despatched. We may also email you if there is any issue with your order.
From time to time, we will email customers with news of new products or offers/discounts that we are running. We will never give your details to third party companies, but if you do not wish to receive these emails, you can opt out further down on this page.
For UK addresses, enter your postcode and then click on “Click Here To Look Up UK Address” and select your address from the list. If your address doesn’t appear, you can select on the closest address and then edit the information that is filled in to match your address.

For non-UK addresses, enter your full address details, along with the Country.
  • To send your order to a separate DELIVERY ADDRESS, check the box that says “If your shipping address is different from your billing address, please click here:”, and fill in the fields. UK addresses can be found using the “Click Here To Look Up UK Address” tool, while non UK addresses must be entered in full into the fields provided.
  • If you have any particular requirements or comments about your order, please type your message into the Additional Information box.
  • If you are happy to receive updates from us about new products or offers/discount codes, leave the “Allow Promotional Emails” box checked. If you prefer not to receive emails from us uncheck the box.
  • If we are running an offer and you have a discount code to hand, enter it in the Coupon or Discount Number box.
  • Click “Checkout” to proceed to the Payment Page.
Step 6:
Choose your payment method and fill out the fields to provide your payment details.
You can choose to pay by Paypal or by using a credit/debit card. Please note we do not accept American Express.

Step 7:
Double check that the Order Totals and Prices are correct, then click “Checkout” to complete your order.

 Step 8: You have placed your order!
We highly recommend that you take a moment to read through the “Thank You” page to double check that all of the information is correct. A copy will also be sent to you in a confirmation email. If anything is amiss, get in touch and we will get your order corrected. Otherwise, simply sit back and wait for your labels to arrive!

All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service. While we find that around 93% of this does arrive the next working day, it is not a guaranteed service and can take a few days extra.

Label Planet: FAQ – Which Payment Methods Do You Accept?

We accept a number of different payment methods to help our customers order and pay for their labels in a way that is most convenient to them.

Customers can order labels online at
Online payment options include credit/debit cards or Paypal.

Customers can also order labels over the phone.
Payment can be made over the phone with a credit/debit card.
(sorry, we do not accept American Express)

For customers who don’t have a Paypal account or a credit/debit card to make payment OR who need to submit orders via a Finance Department, we are able to issue Proforma Invoices that will allow you to make payment via Bank Transfer or cheque. Simply give us a call to let us know what you want to order and we will email/fax a Proforma Invoice to you (or your Finance Department). Once payment is made, your order will be processed and despatched as usual.

Please note, we do not store credit/debit card details. We supply our products on a Payment With Order basis and do not operate Credit Accounts.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Nursing & Residential Care Facilities - How To Order Name Labels For A Group Of Residents

We have a number of nursing homes and residential care facilities who order our name labels on behalf of their residents to help prevent clothing, linen, and personal items from getting mixed up or going missing.

Moving into a care home can be a worrying experience and name labels are unlikely to be top of anyone’s list if they are moving or helping someone else to move into a facility. However, name labels can be extremely beneficial and a wonderful tool to help prevent unnecessary work for staff members and unnecessary emotional distress for residents.

Care and residential facilities tend to have a lot of communal areas and shared laundry facilities, which means it is all too easy for clothing to be mixed up or for items to go missing, which can lead to staff members spending a lot of time returning items to their rightful owners or individuals worrying about where something has gone. It can be especially distressing for residents when their personal belongings go missing because the items they keep with them will often be of particular emotional significance, meaning it can be devastating if such an item is lost.

Name labels are a quick and easy solution; our Stikins ® name labels simply stick on and stay on. These labels can be applied by anyone – family and friends of residents, staff members, or residents themselves, and they can be applied to the wash care labels of clothing or onto any personal items.

Our name labels can be ordered for individuals – by residents or by a family member or friend acting on their behalf – BUT they can also be ordered by nursing and residential care facilities themselves. These labels can save staff members a lot of time and help avoid the fallout of items being mixed up or lost entirely. Plus, if facilities contact us and order labels from us directly, we are happy to offer them a 10% discount on their order.


While care homes can place an order online like any other customer, the best way to place group orders is via email (this also allows us to make sure you receive your 10% discount!).

Simply send us an email with the details of your order and we will send you a proforma invoice against which you can make payment (by cheque, bank transfer, or credit/debit card payment).

Remember to let us know: the delivery address for the order, the product(s) you want to order, the pack size(s) you want to order, and the name(s) you want printed. If you are ordering for a large number of residents, the best thing to do is to send us the names in an Excel spreadsheet.

Of course, if you have any questions or issues with placing an order you can always give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Label Planet: Troubles With A Template, Problems With A Purchase, Or Even If You Just Haven’t A Clue – Get In Touch For A Helping Hand

Here at Label Planet, we aim to provide high quality products AND high quality customer service, so our customers have the best possible experience, from choosing and purchasing their labels right through to designing, printing, and applying their labels.

You can contact our customer service team Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, by phone or by email. During our closing times, we encourage customers to email the details of their query or problem, so we can address their issue when the office is next open.

Remember, we’re here to deal with ALL customer issues, including:

Whether you’ve got a specific label in mind and want to know if we can provide it or if you’re right at the beginning and you don’t know which labels to choose, we can help!

We can help you make sure you pick the right label for the job; whether it’s helping you source the label you want, helping you request a sample for you to try out first, or simply talking you through the options available.

Customers can order labels through our website or over the phone.

Please get in touch if you have any problems ordering online, if you need to request a proforma invoice, or if you need more information about stock availability, despatch and delivery estimates, or want to upgrade an urgent order to a special delivery option.

We try to support our customers throughout the process of buying labels and, for us, that includes actually using your labels – from designing and printing a template to ensuring your labels do the job they’re meant to.

While we don’t offer a printing service ourselves, we are more than happy to talk to customers who experience problems when they try to print their labels – whether they’re first timers or old hands.

Over the years, we’ve helped customers with all kinds of problems and we’ve picked up a trick or two along the way, so if you find that you’re struggling with a template GET IN TOUCH – we might just know the very thing that can solve the issue.

Of course, we’re also here to deal with any problems that arise with your order.

Whether you want to check when your labels are due to arrive, you’ve ordered the wrong thing or changed your mind, or you need to amend some of the details of your order, we’re here to deal with any and all issues that customers might have with their orders.

So, if something goes wrong and you don’t know what to do – don’t just abandon the task altogether.
Get in touch and we’ll do our best to help find a solution that’s perfect for you.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Buy Any Three Sets Of Name Labels & Get A 10% Discount On Your Order

In case you haven't heard, we’re currently running a discount offer on our name labels – Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers.

Any order containing 3 or more sets of name labels will qualify for the discount and when we say ANY three sets, we mean ANY three sets.

It doesn’t matter if you order Stikins ® (in white or silver) or Trons ®, big packs or little packs, packs with the same name or different names, or even if you order three sets that are exactly the same – as long as you have at least three sets in your basket, you will get 10% off the price of your order.

Whether you want to order multiple sets for a single child or single sets for multiple children (whether they’re your own or if you want to club together with friends), you can qualify for our discount simply by making sure you order at least three sets.

The discount is added automatically to your basket, so there’s no need to remember (or go hunting for) a discount code; simply fill in the details of the sets you want as usual and your discount will be applied to your basket as you go.

To get started, simply visit our website and select “Buy Stikins ®” or “Buy Trons ®”.

Label Planet: Totally Frangible and Utterly Destructible - Meet Label Planet’s Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

You might be wondering just what exactly does “Frangible” mean? Or what makes something “Destructible”? Or what is a “Tamper Evident Label”? And what makes them so secure anyway? Well never fear, because this post is here to give you all the answers!

“Frangible” is a term used to refer to materials that are easily damaged or destroyed; they tend to have very little internal strength and structural integrity, which means that if they are subjected to even the smallest amount of tear stress they will fragment into tiny pieces.

Unsurprisingly, “destructible” is simply a word used to refer to something that is easy to destroy!

“Tamper Evident” is a term used in the labelling industry to describe label products that are designed to produce evidence of any attempt to tamper with a label (and therefore the item that a label was applied to). This “evidence” takes many different forms – but is usually a visual indicator – and is produced in a variety of ways using a variety of materials.

“Security Label” is a general term used to describe any label product that is intended to improve the security of the item to which it is applied. These labels might act as a visual deterrent, track the location of an object, prevent counterfeiting, or provide evidence that a label (and therefore an item) has been tampered with. In labelling, the term “Security Labels” is usually used to refer specifically to “Tamper Evident Labels”; in other words, any label that is designed to provide evidence (usually visual) of any attempt to tamper with the label.

These labels, therefore, improve the security of an item that they are applied to by acting as a visual deterrent to anyone who might want to damage or steal an item, and by providing visual evidence that someone has tampered with the label (and therefore the item).

So, that’s what our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels are all about. These security labels are made from a special cast vinyl that is extremely frangible and have a strong, permanent adhesive. Once one of these labels has been applied to an item, any attempt to remove the label will result in the vinyl disintegrating into pieces; this means that it is difficult to pull off any more than tiny pieces of the label and the remaining fragments stay firmly in place as a clear indication that the label (and therefore an item) has been tampered with.

These labels are ideal for providing a deterrent to anyone who might be considering damaging or stealing high or added value items, and for proving any attempt to tamper with the label/item; they can be applied directly to these items or (if it isn’t possible, appropriate, or desirable to apply a label directly onto an item) onto the packaging that such items are stored or sold in.

We have nine sizes of tamper evident vinyl labels available for same day despatch from stock (25 sheet minimum order quantity) and a wide range of sizes available to order (500 sheet minimum order quantity).

Please visit the Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels range page to find out more, read the Material Specification Sheet, view the sizes available, or buy your labels now.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Do I Have To Order Name Labels Online?


While the majority of our name labels are purchased via our website, we know that there are some customers who prefer to avoid the online shopping experience, for a whole variety of reasons.

For customers who don’t want to or can’t use our website, we are happy to accept orders over the phone, by post, or by email.

To Order By Phone:
Simply give us a call on 01270 668076 to place your order over the phone.
Payment is by credit or debit card – but please note that we cannot accept American Express.
If you need any advice on choosing the best name labels for you and your family, we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the options available when you call.

To Order By Post:
Simply fill in the order form on the back of our leaflets and post it to us at Unit 2, Alvaston Business Park, Middlewich Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6PF, along with a cheque.
Leaflets are sent out with each order we fulfil, are supplied free of charge to schools and groups who have joined our commission scheme, and a copy can be downloaded from our website.
Of course, you can always simply write us a letter containing the details of the item(s) you want to order if you wish!
[Please include: Product Name, Pack Size, Name/Text to be Printed, School Code (if applicable), and Delivery Address]

To Order By Email:
Simply send an email to to let us know the product(s) you want to order, the name(s) you want printing, and the delivery address.
You will be issued with a proforma invoice against which you can make payment via bank transfer, cheque, or over the phone with a credit/debit card.
We find that this option is best if you don’t have a credit/debit card for payment, if you need to submit an order via your Finance Department, or if you want to order in bulk for a large group. For bulk or group orders, please submit the names you need printing in an Excel spreadsheet, with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column.

Label Planet: Leaving A Void - A Closer Look At “VOID” Security Labels

Today, we’re taking a closer look at our Silver “VOID” Polyester Labels (SVP).

These labels are one example of “Tamper Evident” labels; known as such because they provide evidence of any attempt to tamper with the labels (and therefore the items they are applied to).

Tamper Evident labels tend to leave a visual indication of tampering and with “VOID” labels this is achieved through the use of special adhesives, coatings, and/or laminates. Labels are made up of a number of layers and “VOID” labels take advantage of this layering to produce evidence of tampering. When an attempt is made to remove a “VOID” label, all or part of the adhesive layer will separate from the rest of the label and so indicate that the label has been tampered with.

There are three kinds of “VOID” labels; total transfer, non-transfer, and partial transfer. Total transfer labels have an extra layer (usually a special coating) between the face material and the adhesive; when the label is removed the coating (which is usually printed with a “VOID” message) and the adhesive remain in place to indicate that the label has been removed. With non-transfer labels, the “VOID” message is usually printed on the back of the face material or an extra layer (again a special coating), which will be revealed when the label is removed.

The most common type of “VOID” label, however, is the partial transfer; these labels use “pattern coating” to create the “VOID” message on both the label itself and the item that was labelled. Some use a pattern release coating between the face material and an extra layer (of special coating) or a pattern release adhesive; in either case, when a label is removed the bottom layer will be split between the surface of the item and the label. With our “VOID” labels, the adhesive that remains on the item spells out “VOID” in block capital letters, while the same message is also formed on the label itself where areas of adhesive are now missing.

“VOID” labels can be used to improve the security of high or added value items in a number of ways; if applied directly onto an item they will act as a visual deterrent against damage or theft and will indicate if any attempt has been made to tamper with the label (and therefore the item); where it is impossible, inappropriate, or undesirable to label an item directly they can be used as security seals on packaging to deter people from opening the item (who shouldn’t!) and to indicate when an item has been opened; and they can be used as Warranty Seals, which will act as a visual indicator that the warranty on an item has been voided (usually by an individual damaging, mishandling, or misusing an item in a way that would void any agreed warranty).

Our Silver “VOID” Polyester Labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are suitable for use with laser printers. We have nine sizes available for same day despatch from stock (25 sheet minimum order quantity) and a full range of sizes available to order (500 sheet minimum order quantity).

Visit the Silver “VOID” Polyester Labels range page to find out more about these labels, to view the Material Specification Sheet for this product, view the sizes available, or to simply buy.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels For Lunch Boxes

Apart from labelling school uniform and equipment, our Stikins ® are a brilliant way to add a name label to lunch boxes and water bottles.

It’s easy for lunch boxes to go astray and adding a name label is a quick and easy way to avoid this. Stikins ® simply stick on and stay on – even if you put your lunch boxes and water bottles through the dishwasher!

There are so many benefits to adding a name label to lunch boxes and water bottles:
  • Name labels help your child keep track of their lunch box and water bottle at school – even if they are stored in shared spaces. Children often have similar tastes, which means that many classes will end up with a set of lunch boxes and water bottles that are either very similar or identical in appearance: adding a name label means that the right lunch will always end up with the right child.
  • If you’ve got two or more children at home, adding name labels to their lunch boxes and water bottles means that even if they have the same ones there will be no more arguments about which box and bottle belongs to whom!
  • You can use name labels to add medical alerts to lunch boxes and water bottles, including any allergies or medical conditions that your child has. This means that this information will always be on hand for staff to see just in case an emergency should occur – regardless of whether or not the staff have already been informed about any such existing medical conditions.
  • Name labels are useful for big kids as well! Whether you’re a student sharing the smallest of small kitchens or you’re simply frustrated at the prospect of returning to the communal kitchen at work to find that your lunch has disappeared, name labels will help make sure that your food stays yours!

Label Planet: New Products - We’ve Got Three, Yes THREE, Brand New Label Products

Yes, we’ve been busy this summer and we’ve got three brand new label products to introduce to our customers.

First up we have two new security label products: Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels and Silver “VOID” Polyester Labels.

These labels are designed to increase the security of items by providing evidence of any attempt to tamper with the label (and therefore the item that the label is applied to). These labels are made with an extremely fragile cast vinyl material and a strong, permanent adhesive. Once a label has been applied, any attempt to remove the label will cause the vinyl to disintegrate into tiny pieces, making it impossible to remove the label in its entirety and providing visual evidence of tampering.

MATERIAL: Matt White Cast Vinyl
ADHESIVE: Strong Permanent Adhesive
LABELLING APPLICATIONS: Security Labels on High or Added Value Products/Items OR Security Seals on High or Added Value Product Packaging 

These labels also provide evidence of any attempt to tamper with the label (and therefore the item that the label is applied to). These labels are made with a silver polyester and a special partial transfer “VOID” adhesive. If an attempt is made to remove one of these labels, the word “VOID” will appear on both the item that was labelled and the label itself; this means that it is evident that a label/item has been tampered with and makes it impossible to reuse the label to hide the fact that an item has been tampered with.

MATERIAL: Matt Metallic Silver Polyester
ADHESIVE: Strong Permanent “VOID” Adhesive
LABELLING APPLICATIONS: Security Labels on High or Added Value Products/Items, Security Seals on High or Added Value Product Packaging, OR Warranty Labels/Seals

Our third product is a new colourful addition, made with Brown Ribbed Kraft paper.

These labels are made with an uncoated, unbleached ribbed kraft paper, which means they have a natural brown colouring with a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Supplied on A4 sheets with a permanent adhesive and suitable for use on laser and inkjet printers, these labels are particularly popular for use on homemade or hand crafted products and for use when an individual or business wants to use products that are more environmentally friendly.

MATERIAL: Brown Ribbed Kraft Paper
ADHESIVE: Permanent Adhesive
LABELLING APPLICATIONS: Product/Packaging Labels, Address Labels, Marketing & Promotional Labels, OR General Purpose Craft Labels

All of these products currently have NINE sizes available for same day despatch from stock (25 sheet minimum order quantity) and a full range of sizes available to order (500 sheet minimum order quantity). Find out more here: