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.