Thursday, 25 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Have You Boosted Your Commission to 30% Yet?

When schools join our commission scheme, they are automatically assigned to our basic rate of commission, which means that they earn 15% commission on all name orders we receive where their unique school code has been quoted.

However, we also offer a superior rate, which allows schools to receive 30% commission on these orders – and it’s extremely easy to upgrade! The only requirement is that you add a link on your school or PTA website to our name label site. It’s a quick and simple addition that brings with it a chance to double your commission AND:
  • Raise awareness of your existing fundraising projects
    Whether you’re trying to raise money for the school itself or you’re supporting local and/or worldwide charitable causes, you can add both a link and a bit of information about your current projects to help raise awareness of and support for your ongoing fundraising efforts.
  • Promote name labels as a solution to the problem of Lost Property
    We often find that schools are equally as grateful for the decrease in Lost Property as they are for the commission cheque they receive, as more and more children arrive at school with all of their belongings clearly labelled.
  • Boost the number of orders that count towards your commission total
    Giving parents a direct link to our website makes it easier for them to place an order; you can also use the link to remind parents about the code they need to use AND you can also create a link that will automatically enter the code for them (so their order will earn commission for your school, even if they forget about adding the code).
We’ve even set up a page on our website to help you add a link, which includes:
  • Information on how to create a link (in banner or text form)
  • A Registration Form – so you can let us know that you’ve added a link and you’d like your commission upgraded!
You can place your link anywhere on your site but most schools tend to choose one of these:

Uniform Page: if you’ve already got a page dedicated to School Uniform then this is the perfect place to add your name label link to encourage parents to see name labels as a useful purchase to help their children keep track of their belongings (so they don’t have to keep coming back to the uniform page to replace items that they’ve only just bought).

PTA Page: if the PTA is in charge of your participation in our commission scheme and the fundraising projects that the commission will go towards, then adding a link to their page is also a good way to encourage support and participation from parents.

Fundraising/Parent Resources Pages: if you have pages dedicated to fundraising or providing useful resources for parents that you know parents are likely to visit often, then these pages are a good way to promote our commission scheme as a benefit for both the school and parents alike.
Best of all, once you’ve got your link up and running (and let us know about it!), we’ll not only upgrade you to our 30% rate of commission but we’ll also backdate this higher rate to cover any commission earnings you’ve made during the current “commission year”!

Our commission year runs from 1st October to 30th September, so even if you only get around to adding a link in September, you’ll still get the 30% rate on any commission you’ve earned since 1st October!

Label Planet: “Can We Set Up An Account With You?” And Other Questions From Finance Departments…

While many of our customers can place an order themselves, there are those who have to submit orders via, or according to the rules of, a Finance Department, which can make things slightly more complicated.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a short FAQ for the most common queries we get from Finance Departments.

Do You Run Credit Accounts?
No. As an online supplier we operate on a “payment with order” system; all orders must be placed and paid for in full before we despatch any goods.
[We have one exemption, which is Local Education Authority schools; these schools can request a School Invoice, which provides them with 30 days for payment. Schools simply need to send us an official Purchase Order and we will process and despatch their order along with a School Invoice.] 

Can I Request An Invoice?
While we do not offer invoices, we are more than happy to supply Pro-Forma invoices against which payment can be made by BACS transfer, credit/debit card, or cheque.
It is the responsibility of the individual ordering to ensure that their Finance Department makes payment – we will not process and despatch an order until payment has been made. 

Do You Accept Purchase Orders?
Yes. Companies who prefer to use Purchase Orders simply need to email or fax a Purchase Order to us and we will provide them with a Pro-Forma invoice.

What Payment Methods Do You Offer?
Payment can be made in the following ways:
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD – orders placed online, by phone, by email/fax, or by post (we do not accept American Express)
PAYPAL – orders placed online
BACS TRANSFER – orders placed by phone, by email/fax, or by post where a Pro-Forma invoice has been issued
CHEQUE – orders placed by phone or by email/fax where a Pro-Forma invoice has been issued, or by post

How Do I Place An Order?
There are a number of ways to order:
ONLINE: complete our online checkout process to place an order
PHONE: call us with your order details; pay over the phone with a credit/debit card or request a Pro-Forma invoice
EMAIL: send us your order details OR a purchase order and we will provide you with a Pro-Forma invoice
FAX: send us a purchase order and we will provide you with a Pro-Forma invoice
POST: send us your order details OR a purchase order; send a cheque with your order details or request a Pro-Forma invoice

Where Can I Find Prices For The Label I Want To Buy?
All of our prices are listed on our website and are inclusive of both VAT and (UK) delivery.
If you need a quote or advice on pricing (including alternative shipping options or a quote for a range of items), please get in touch with our Customer Service team, who will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.

Can You Send Me A Copy Of My Receipt?
All of our orders are despatched with a VAT Receipt but we know that it’s all too easy for paperwork to go missing, especially when the paperwork is supposed to be sent back to the Finance Department but fails to make its way there. Simply let us know which order you need a copy receipt for and we’ll get one sent to you.
[Please note that we can only issue copies of receipts and NOT invoices; as we operate on a “payment with order” basis, we do not issue invoices as part of any transaction and so cannot issue copy invoices.]

To discuss any specific queries or requirements you might have in relation to placing an order, please get in touch with our Customer Service team.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Label Planet: What Is A Template And Why Do I Need One?

Purchasing labels is only the first step towards printing your own labels; the second step is to set up a template that will allow you to print your text or design work onto your sheet of labels in the correct position.

A template is basically a document that has a pre-determined page layout and style that can be edited to produce the required finished document; label templates replicate the size and layout of the labels on a sheet, which allows you to add your design to the correct areas of the page to get your design printed perfectly onto each of your labels.

It is possible to create label templates in a wide range of different software packages, with each providing their own version of a template for you to edit and fill in with your own design and/or text. You can choose to download a suitable template, use a template that is built into the software you are using (where available), or set up your own template from scratch.

At Label Planet, we provide templates for all of our label sizes and layouts in both Word and PDF formats. The Word templates can be used with Microsoft Word, as well as other Word Processing software packages that are capable of editing or importing this particular file format (e.g. LibreOffice, Pages). The PDF templates, meanwhile, will require the use of a graphics package (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) to edit the file and add your design.

A number of our label products are also “Avery compatible”, which means they use the same size and layout as Avery’s A4 label products – many pieces of software include Avery templates as a built in feature that you can use to design your labels.

Alternatively, you can create your own template. In many cases, this will be a simple case of entering the measurements from your labels to set up a page that shows the layout of your sheet of labels, which you can then “fill in” with your design elements. As a helpful extra, our new Template Information pages include a set of measurements for each of our label sizes and layouts to get you started (although you can always get out a ruler if you prefer a DIY approach or you want to get exact measurements that are specific to the labels you have in front of you!).

When it comes to printing labels our very top tip would be to take your time and think carefully about the best way to create your label design – while it can be a simple thing, designing a template can become a frustrating nightmare. Our other top tips include:
  • MAKE SURE YOU SELECT THE CORRECT TEMPLATE: if you’re downloading a template or using a template built in to your software, double check that you’ve got the right one!
  • BE AWARE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF YOUR SOFTWARE: most software is designed for a specific purpose, which means it will have certain strengths AND limitations – you need to make sure that the software you are using is capable of achieving the design you want to create and if it isn’t you’ll need to compromise and use the tools available to you to create the best possible approximation of your design.
    A prime example is Microsoft Word: as a Word Processor, Word is designed primarily for adding and editing text, which means that it will both prioritise text over any other elements you add (e.g. images) AND that it has limited design tools and precision when it comes to creating detailed designs.
  • LEARN TO USE COPY AND PASTE (WITH CARE): generally speaking, label design means recreating the same design over and over again on one page. Copy and paste will allow you both to add a variety of design elements quickly and easily AND to replicate your design on ALL of the labels on your sheet with ease.
  • CHECK YOUR FORMATTING & STYLE SETTINGS: if elements of your design simply won’t sit in the right place, take a look through the style and format settings to see if there is an alternative that will improve the control you have over how your elements look and where they sit in your design.
  • BE AWARE OF AUTO-CORRECTIONS: software often contains “helpful” auto-correct facilities that will endeavour to guess what it is that you are trying to achieve and do it for you – when working with templates, however, this can sometimes have the unfortunate result of resizing or adjusting your template to suit the content you are adding, which will ruin the alignment you achieve when you print.
  • ALWAYS DO A TEST PRINT FIRST: no matter how careful you’ve been when setting up your template, you should ALWAYS test print your template onto blank paper FIRST. This gives you the opportunity to make absolutely sure that your software AND your hardware is set up correctly before printing onto your labels.
  • CHECK YOUR SIZE SETTINGS: if your template looks fine on screen but produces an appalling alignment, the most likely source of the problem is a size setting. In other words, either your document or your printer is attempting to print your template to a page size that is larger or smaller than A4. Taking a quick check through your document and printer properties to make sure everything is set to A4 and no scaling options are applied is a sure way to prevent this common issue from happening to you.
All of our templates (and our template information pages) can be found in our Templates Section; you may also wish to visit our Help section for further advice and tips on how to design and print your own labels.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – What Should I Include On My Labels?

While they’re called “name” labels, it’s entirely up to you what you actually have printed when you order your Stikins ® and/or Trons ®; whether you want to stick to a name only or you prefer to add in something extra to make your labels that little bit more efficient or personal.

The only thing you really need to bear in mind is the size of the labels; our system counts up how many characters you’ve requested and selects a font size that will allow all of your text to fit onto your labels (meaning the more text you add, the smaller the font becomes). Our Stikins ® measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and our Trons ® measure 35mm wide by 15mm high; we find that picking TWO pieces of information and spacing this out over two lines will create a decent legible size of font on both of our name label products.

Here’s a few examples of things that existing customers have chosen to include on their name labels:

A Name(!): the most popular choice of all, but it’s up to you how you want to format your name; for example, we’ve had orders for first name only, first name and surname, initial and surname, as well as full names (middle names included).

Family Name: some choose to add just a surname or even “Family Surname” / “Surname Family”, which has the useful benefit of allowing you to share packs of labels between family members.

Nickname: some children (and some adults!) may prefer to be known by (or are generally only known by) a nickname, which means that if you don’t add their nickname, their items may not be returned because people don’t make the connection AND you may find that tantrums and tears erupt because their actual name just isn’t right. Some choose to add the nickname instead of the first name, while others will include the nickname along with the first name so that items are identifiable (and returnable) with either name.

School Name: adding the name of your child’s school can be a useful way to add some extra protection to their belongings, particularly if you know that they will take or use those items outside of the school environment – if these items are lost in a public place, they can be handed in to the school who can then use the name on the labels to return them to the correct student.
Year/Class: some parents like to add their child’s year group or class name to help speed up the recovery of lost items.

Contact Phone Number: the most popular choice for “extra” information is a contact phone number to help items be returned quickly and easily; it’s up to you whether you opt for a home number or a mobile number, but we find that either will fit neatly (and legibly) onto one line of your labels, leaving the other free for a name.

Address: others prefer to add an address to their labels, although you will need to make sure you use a shortened version to avoid your font being reduced to a very small size.

Email Address: again, others prefer using an email address as their contact information but we would advise only choosing this option if your email is very short.

Medical/Allergy Information: if your child (or relative) has a medical condition or allergy, then adding this information to their name labels can act as an extra medical alert in the event of an emergency. For example, it would allow your child or relative to quickly convey their condition to anyone who steps in to help (or even act as an alert if your child or relative is unable to do so) and can also make sure that their medical supplies and/or food and drink (made specifically to suit their condition or allergies) remain safe and secure even when moving about in busy, shared environments.
Messages: some like to add a friendly message to their name labels; two of our most popular choices are “Please Return To” and “This Belongs To”.

We've also created a "Sample Print" page, which shows examples of various text options that are commonly used by our customers.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Avoid Disappointment & Double Check ALL Of Your Order Details

Online shopping is supposed to be a quick and easy way to get things ordered but, unfortunately, the expectation of a quick purchase can lead some people to rush through their order without taking a moment to think about what they’re doing and that can turn into a big problem when your order arrives (or fails to arrive) – especially when the items you are ordering are supposed to be personalised.

It’s all too easy to hit the wrong key, get a few letters mixed up, leave a letter out, or simply miss a capital letter – especially if you order in a rush. Taking a moment to double check what you’ve entered can ultimately save you a lot of time and bother.

As our website clearly states: “WE WILL PRINT EXACTLY WHAT YOU ENTER ABOVE”; in order to make our production as accurate and efficient as possible, the majority of our printing process is automated, which means that it will print exactly what you’ve entered – so if you’ve not bothered to double check that you’re happy with the text you’ve requested, your name labels are either going to be not what you wanted or just plain wrong (and therefore completely and utterly useless).

While we endeavour to monitor all of the orders we receive and notify customers if there appears to be an obvious error, we will NEVER alter the text that has been requested. We have no way of distinguishing a mistake from a deliberate choice nor can we discern if a spelling is incorrect or simply an alternative way of spelling a particular name.

We do, however, recognise the importance of getting the details right – especially with name labels where the accuracy of the text has both personal significance to the owner (especially where an individual prefers to be known by a specific version of their name) and directly influences how effectively they fulfil their purpose (plainly, it’s always going to be much harder to return an item if the details on the label are wrong!) – which is why we provide our customers with as many opportunities as possible to double check their order details:
  • My Basket: every time you add an item to your basket you will be shown the contents of your basket, along with details about each pack you have added so far (including the text you have requested).
  • Checkout: once you have completed your order, you will be directed to a “Thank You” page, which displays ALL of the details you have entered for your order including the packs and text you have requested and the contact/delivery information you have supplied.
  • Email Confirmation: a copy of the details displayed on the “Thank You” page will also be emailed to you as confirmation that your order has been successful.
We strongly recommend that you take advantage of at least one – if not all – of these opportunities to make sure that your order details are correct, from the details about the packs you have ordered to the contact and delivery information you have supplied (if the email you have entered is incorrect you will NOT receive any emails from us about the status of your order and if the delivery address is incorrect OR INCOMPLETE it is likely that your order will be delayed or simply not delivered at all).

If you should find a mistake in your order AFTER you have already completed the checkout process, please contact our Customer Service team as quickly as you can with your order reference number and the details of what needs to be changed (you CAN simply send us an email but please make sure you provide us with the correct information so we can amend your order straightaway).

Label Planet: Things To Think About – Choosing The Best Adhesive For Fabric Labels

If you’ve got a label application that involves applying labels onto fabrics then you’ll need to take extra care when selecting the best possible adhesive for the job.

The adhesives used to make our products are either “Permanent” or “Removable” with a variety of strengths on offer within these two groups. Permanent adhesives are designed to create an adhesive bond that will hold a label firmly in place for as long as possible, whereas removable adhesives are designed to hold a label in place for a shorter time (i.e. while the label is needed) before removing cleanly and easily.

The problem with picking the perfect adhesive for fabrics is that these materials tend to make it rather challenging for a successful adhesive bond to form. Fabrics tend to have more unusual or more varied surfaces, which offer less surface area for an adhesive to bond with – and that’s before you consider that some fabrics will also be highly flexible, which can mean that the material will flex and stretch beneath the label and make it very difficult for an adhesive bond to be effective.

We recommend thinking of our adhesives as sitting on a scale (from extremely strong permanent adhesives to extremely light removable adhesives), deciding what sort of adhesive strength you need, and then choosing an adhesive that sits one step higher on the scale to ensure you get the strength you need. For example:

Example One: Name Badges At An Event
The Labels Should: Stay on for the duration of the event but remove cleanly from people’s clothes once the event is over
The Adhesion You Want: Removable Adhesive
The Adhesive You Should Use: Standard Permanent Adhesive
Example Two: Product Information On Fabric Samples
The Labels Should: Stay on permanently so that each sample can be identified quickly and easily
The Adhesion You Want: Permanent Adhesive
The Adhesive You Should Use: High Tack Adhesive

To take a look at all of the adhesive options we supply, please visit our List Of Adhesives page to find short descriptions of each of the adhesives used on our products, along with links to the range page for each product so you can find out more or to buy.

[Of course, if you’re looking for fabric labels that will survive being used on clothing as name labels or product information labels, then you’ll need a more specialised product with a specially formulated adhesive that can survive repeat trips through the extremely challenging environment of a washing machine. In this case, we recommend visiting our Name Labels website ( to view our two name label products: Stikins ® and Trons ®]

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – What’s The Difference Between Choosing One Line Or Two Lines?

When visiting our website you may have noticed that our product pages offer you a few different options to choose from, including one that asks if you want your name labels printed with “Name on one line” or “Name on two lines”.

We include these two options because we know that not all of our customers will want to add the same information and some will have far less (or more) to add than others. If you select the “Name on one line” option all of your text will be printed on one line and if you select the “Name on two lines” option you can divide the text you want over two lines.

We provide you with these two options so you can include the text you want in the layout that you want – with the opportunity to boost the size of font where possible. Our system counts up the number of characters you have requested and then selects a font size that will allow all of those characters to fit within the dimensions of our name label products (Stikins ®: 30mm x 15mm / Trons ®: 35mm x 15mm) – which means that the more text you include, the smaller the font becomes.

Our default set up is “Name on two lines” because we find that this setup allows you to enter the name (or name and additional information) that you want and receive labels printed in a bold font size that is perfectly legible. For example, even if you enter a full name on the top line and a phone number on the bottom line, the font size will remain clear and legible.

However, it might be that you’re requesting labels with just a first name or surname (or even that you’re ordering labels for someone with a very short first name and surname, for example “John Doe” or “Mary Sue”), which can look rather odd if two lines are used, and will actually print out in a much larger font size if you select the “Name on one line” option.

Please note: if you choose to select the “Name on one line” option and enter a lot of characters the font size you receive will be severely reduced – possibly to the point of being very difficult to read – especially if your name is particularly long (for example, if it includes a double barrelled first name and/or surname). Our labels DO NOT EXTEND in size to accommodate the text you enter; it is the font size that reduces, so it is up to you to take care with the layout you select and the amount of text you request to get a font size that you are happy with. 

For more answers to FAQs, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: Things To Think About – Choosing Labels For Jars & Bottles

We have many customers who use our labels on jars and bottles of all shapes and sizes; from people who produce wonderful food and drink products to those who create cosmetic concoctions of all kinds.

Choosing a label to suit jars and bottles can be a tricky affair because there are a number of practical factors that you need to take into account. We’ve put together a helpful checklist to help you choose the perfect label for your jars and bottles.

Customers often ask us to recommend labels based on a photograph or the width, height, and/or capacity of their containers; unfortunately, this information is entirely useless when it comes to picking a suitable label. Picking labels for jars and bottles means finding out which areas of your containers are suitable for adding a label to and then measuring the surface area that is available. You can then search for a label that is made to a size that will fit within those measurements (view all of our label sizes Listed By Height or Listed By Width).

Think About:
  • Does your container have flat surface areas?
    Labels adhere more effectively to flat (rather than curved) surfaces, so these areas are the best possible places to add labels. Measuring these areas will give you a rough starting point to find labels that will fit within those dimensions. Remember to check all of the available surfaces, including the sides of your jars or bottles – and their lids!
  • How curved is your jar or bottle?
    Materials have “memory”, which causes them to try to revert back to their original state if they are deformed – for example, when you bend a label around a curved surface, the material will try to return to a flat state, which can cause the label to start to peel away from the surface.You can overcome this problem by choosing a larger label, a stronger adhesive, a more flexible material, or a long, thin label that you can wrap around your container and overlap the ends.
  • Is your container a relatively simple shape or is it rather unusual?
    If you’ve chosen a wonderfully decorative jar or bottle that has a lot of variation in shape, you may find that some areas of your container are completely unsuitable for displaying a label. In this case, you could consider using multiple labels in the areas that are suitable (for example, “front” and “back” labels or a “side” label and a “lid” label).

Jars and bottles tend to provide a limited area to which you can add information, which means that if you’ve got a lot of information to include (e.g. ingredients, health and safety information, directions or instructions for use, company and branding information etc), you may soon find yourself running out of room. Instead of cramming everything onto one label, consider using the shape of your jar or bottle to your advantage; divide up your information and split it over two (or more) labels. This will mean you can include all of the information you want AND keep your design clean, sharp, and – most importantly – legible.

Think About:
  • How much room do you need for your text?
    If you’re including a lot of different information, it’s a good idea to get everything typed up before you search for a label – this means your text is written and ready to go AND you can see how much physical space your text requires, which can help you pick a suitable label size AND avoid the compromise of reducing your text to a teeny tiny font, making your label practically illegible and therefore completely useless.
  • How much design work do you want to include?
    If you’re looking to include a LOT of design elements (e.g. text AND images AND background AND branding elements), you need to make sure that you pick a label large enough to include all of these things without becoming too busy or cluttered. Alternatively, using multiple labels can help you include ALL of the content you want without the need to cram everything together. “Less is more” is a practical starting point, particularly if you’re creating product labels and you want a professional looking design.
  • What does your design NEED to accomplish?
    Generally speaking, jar and bottle labels are a necessary and practical addition because they identify the contents of a container. In the case of containers for food and drink or cosmetic products, there are legal requirements regarding the information that MUST be displayed on these items in a way that is clear and useful to the customer. Therefore it is extremely important that you put thought into how you present your information in a safe and practical manner.Labels can also be used to build brand recognition or to add a personal finishing touch, in which case you want to create a label that is decorative and attractive in appearance – which means you need to spend time on the content and arrangement of your design so you avoid creating an over cluttered label.

As jar and bottle labels tend to be used primarily for displaying information about food and drink products or cosmetic products, you need to bear in mind that your labels will need to survive in the environments that these items are used in – namely the kitchen and bathroom. In both cases, your labels are likely to come into contact with water or other liquids, not to mention any accidental spillages of the contents of your container. You therefore need to select a label product that is capable of remaining firmly in place (print and all), even in these conditions.

Think About:
  • How likely is it that your label may get wet or be exposed to the contents of your jar or bottle?
    If it is extremely likely you should choose a label that provides protection against such exposure. At Label Planet, we have a range of waterproof labels (made with polyester or polyethylene), which are an ideal way to create durable labels that will survive even total immersion in water.
    If it is less likely, you could opt for our Gloss Laser Labels or Semi-Gloss Labels, which we categorise as “Splashproof” – if these labels are lightly splashed or get a little dirty, they can be wiped clean and dry with no damage done to the label or print.If you need waterproof (or even splashproof) labels AND print, we recommend using a laser printer rather than an inkjet printer. Laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner (a dry powder) into place, which creates a strong, durable print that is also waterproof. Inkjet printers, however, tend to use water-based inks, which will run or smudge if the print comes into contact with water (or other liquids). As it is often of the utmost importance that the information on the label remain legible throughout the life of the product, smudging is a problem best avoided.
    It may also be worth requesting a sample to test with your product – particularly if your products contain a variety of ingredients such as oils that might damage print, regardless of the printing process you use. If you find that your print is being damaged, or if you don’t have access to an inkjet printer, you can always use a second (transparent) label as a protective cover.
  • What temperatures will your jars or bottles be exposed to?
    This is particularly important for food and drink products, which may be stored in freezer conditions to preserve items until they are consumed. Freezer conditions can prevent standard adhesives from functioning properly, which will result in your all-important labels falling off – to prevent this from happening, we recommend trying our Freezer Labels, which are made with an adhesive that has been designed specifically to work efficiently in freezer conditions.

If you’re really not sure if a particular product is just the right label for your jars and bottles, please get in touch or fill in our online Sample Request Form to request a sample of the label product(s) you are interested in so you can test them on your containers to make absolutely sure they will work.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Label Planet: New Product – Introducing A Brand New Shade Of Red!

We absolutely love our coloured labels and we’re always looking for ways to improve this range and make it the best it can possibly be. We’re therefore delighted to announce that we’ve now got our hands on a brand new shade of label, which we’re calling Crimson Red!

While we (and many of our customers) are perfectly happy with our existing red product, we were always aware that – as a tomato red – sometimes it just wasn’t quite the right shade of red for some of our customers.

Where our existing red is an orange-red, our new crimson red is a lovely bright shade of red that falls on the pinker side of the colour scale. The brightness and lightness of this shade means it provides a wonderful background colour for your labels but will still allow your print to stand out.

To avoid confusion we’re renaming our existing red, which will now be known as “Orange-Red” and will have the colour code “ORD”, while our new shade of red will be referred to as “Crimson Red” and will have the colour code “CRD”.

Our new Crimson Red is available to order in 25 stocked sizes and 26 made to order sizes, while our original Orange-Red is available to order in 34 stocked sizes and 26 made to order sizes; both colours are also available to order as removable labels (48 made to order sizes available with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets).

You can find these two shades of red (along with our other pastel shades) on our Coloured Labels and Removable Coloured Labels pages; to request a sample and see the difference for yourself simply get in touch or fill in our online Sample Request form.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Stikins ® – Name Labels Made For Walking!

Whether your family is big or small, it’s more than likely that you’ve got a hallway full of pairs of shoes (or at least a heap of individual shoes that should – in theory – belong in pairs) that you’d really rather not have to replace.

Shoes can be an expensive purchase to make and the fact that you have to replace them regardless of whether one or both shoes have disappeared can be immensely frustrating (especially if the process of finding a pair that was approved by the school, your child, and yourself (or perhaps just your wallet) was a hard won battle).

Schools often require children to have two (or three) pairs of shoes that conform to specific guidelines, which means that classrooms and changing rooms tend to be full of shoes that are very similar (if not identical) in appearance – and that makes it even easier for shoes to get mixed up or lost altogether. Plus, even if shoes are handed in to lost property, some shoes will never be reclaimed because there’s no way to distinguish between identical pairs to determine which pair belongs to whom.

Adding name labels can help your child find their shoes in classrooms and changing rooms (so they keep hold of their shoes) and in Lost Property (if they don’t).

Name labels are also a useful tool to help your child learn the difference between left and right – particularly if they’ve been struggling with this concept; adding name labels that signify “left” and “right” to your child’s shoes provides them with a gentle reminder each time they take off and put on their shoes and allows them to figure it out for themselves.

When applying our Stikins ® name labels into shoes, we recommend that you stick them onto the side wall or beneath the tongue; while you might be tempted to simply stick them into the bottom of each shoe, the friction generated between your child’s foot and the label will cause the print to disintegrate rapidly.

To find out more about our name labels visit the Stikins ® Information Page, or visit the Stikins ® Product Page to place an order.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – Can I Have Special Characters Printed On My Name Labels?

We often have customers getting in touch with us because they want to know if they can include special characters in their order – whether they’re looking to make their labels a bit more fun with a picture or they want to include accented characters in one or more of the names – so here’s a quick fire guide to what we can and cannot print.

Special Characters/Pictures/Emojis: NO
Our system is only able to process and print standard alphanumerical characters and punctuation marks. We cannot print any sort of picture or image, whether in the specific form of an emoji or a special character that creates a shape or image.

Emoticons: SOME
While we cannot print image based emoticons, we are able to reproduce the more traditional emoticons based on punctuation marks (and text); so if you’ve picked up the art of emoticons along the way then you can, of course, add in some punctuations marks to add a bit of fun to your (>^__^> name labels! <^__^<)

Accented Characters: SOME
Our system can process alphanumerical characters and punctuation marks that fall within the Standard European range of ASCII characters; this includes a number of accented characters as follows:
0192 or 183Á
0193 or 181Â
0194 or 182Ä
0196 or 142Ã
0195 or 199Å
0197 or 143
à0224 or 133á0225 or 160â0226 or 131ä0228 or 132â0226 or 131å0229 or 134
È0200 or 212É0201 or 144Ê0202 or 210Ë0203 or 211Ñ0209 or 165Æ0198 or 146
è0232 or 138é0233 or 130ê0234 or 136ë0235 or 137ñ0241 or 164æ0230 or 145
ì0236 or 141Í0205 or 214Î0206 or 215Ï0207 or 216Õ0213 or 229Ç0199 or 128
ò0242 or 149í0237 or 161î0238 or 140ï0239 or 139õ0245 or 228ç0231 or 135
Ù0217 or 235ó0243 or 162Ô0212 or 226Ö0214 or 153  Ð0208 or 209
ù0249 or 151Ú0218 or 233ô0244 or 147ö0246 or 148  ð0240 or 208
  ú0250 or 163Û0219 or 234Ü0220 or 154  Ø0216 or 157
  Ý0221 or 237û0251 or 150ü0252 or 129  ø0248 or 155
  ý0253 or 236  Ÿ0159  ƒ0131 or 159
      ÿ0255 or 152  ß0223 or 225
Unfortunately, if the accented character you require falls outside of this basic range of ASCII characters, we will be unable to print this character as part of your order.

For more answers to questions about our name labels, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Label Planet: Need Labels For A Cover Up, Update, Or To Recycle Packaging? Try Opaque Labels!

If you need a quick and easy way to neatly cover up or replace existing print on packaging and promotional materials then Opaque Labels are the perfect solution to your problematic print work. Also known as “Blockout Labels”, these labels are designed specifically for applications where the reason for adding a label is to cover up or replace existing print on all kinds of items, including product packaging, marketing and company materials (such as brochures, flyers, or branded envelopes and packaging), or general storage items such as boxes and folders.

How do they work?
The term “opaque” refers to materials that cannot be penetrated by light, which means that those materials cannot be seen through. Opaque labels are made using an opaque face material, an opaque coating on the front or back of the face material, an opaque adhesive, or any combination of the three.

What are they used for?
Opaque labels are used to cover up or “blockout” existing print and design work. There are many reasons why an opaque label might be required including:
  • To cover up mistakes on existing materials:
    Perhaps you’ve spent a fortune having amazingly brilliant flyers, invites, mailers, brochures, or other promotional materials printed only to have someone in the office take one look at them and go “that’s not how you spell company name/product name/event name/random word”, or perhaps “are you sure that’s the right address/email/telephone number/price”, or even “that’s the wrong date/time”.Once you’ve got over the initial shock, horror, and inevitable sinking feeling, there is a choice to be made – do you have the time and/or money to get them re-printed or would it be a much better idea to simply print the correct information onto some labels and stick them over the offending error(s)?
  • To update information on existing materials:
    If you’ve previously spent a fortune having amazingly brilliant promotional materials or personalised packaging produced for your company but you’ve recently updated some of your details (for example, you’ve moved office or changed the company name), you might be reluctant to throw away items that are otherwise perfectly serviceable. Opaque labels are a simple way to update the now incorrect information, while allowing you to use up the entire batch of materials and packaging that you’ve already paid for.Alternatively, you might have an extensive filing system in the office or a well-established layout for your stock but the labels on your boxes, folders, packaging, shelves, drawers etc are out of date. Instead of trying to rip off old labels or scribble out the bits that are wrong, it might just be much quicker and neater to stick a brand new label over the top.
  • To recycle packaging:
    Whether it’s your own packaging or bits and pieces that have been used to deliver stock and equipment that you’ve ordered, it’s extremely easy to repurpose existing packaging simply by covering up existing print with a label printed with your own company details or shipping information.
  • To create completely legible print:
    Sometimes it’s simply a case of making sure that the print on your labels is completely legible and completely uninterrupted by any existing print work. For example, you might be adding product information to your packaging but the amazing design work you had printed onto your packaging shows through any standard labels that you try to add over the top, which makes the print on the product labels harder to read. An opaque label gives you a solid background against which your product information can really stand out and be as useful and effective as it’s supposed to be.
Do you sell Opaque Labels?
Yes we do! Our Opaque Labels are made with matt white paper and a permanent adhesive; the paper has an opaque backing, which prevents any print underneath the label from showing through.

We can supply these labels in nearly 40 different sizes but they are a made to order item, which means that they have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets and a despatch estimate of up to six working days.

If you don’t need 500 sheets, or if you’d prefer a cheaper solution, we do have a few alternative options for you to consider:
  • Layer standard labels until existing print is no longer visible (requires a steady hand, extra labels, and extra time for each application).
  • Choose a thicker material; thicker materials naturally provide better coverage than standard paper labels. While they might not block out everything (particularly if the print you’re trying to cover up is particularly dark and/or bold), they might be “good enough” for the task you have in mind. Our polyester and polyethylene labels are thicker than paper materials, while our Kraft labels also provide a better level of coverage than standard paper.
  • Use our gold and silver paper labels; the materials used to make these labels combine to create an opaque finish, which is a perfect way to cover up existing print providing you don’t mind using such a decorative label (i.e. if you’re looking for a blockout label that will “blend in”, then this probably isn’t the option for you!).

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Life Lessons With Name Labels – Things Your Child Can Learn From Their Name Labels

While name labels are generally thought of as just a simple way to try to stop your child’s belongings from going missing, they can also provide an opportunity to teach your child a few key life skills that will come in handy as they grow up.

Learning To Read
For customers with younger children, name labels can help your child learn to recognise their name as it appears in written form. Seeing their name repeatedly in different places and throughout the day (for example, when they get dressed, get changed, or put on and take off items of clothing such as coats and shoes) can help to boost their familiarity with their name (and letters).

Learning Left From Right
You can request labels printed with text that includes “left” or “right” (or another signifier) and use these labels as a way to help your child learn the difference. Adding these labels to pairs of items that your child uses on a daily basis is a simple way to encourage them to learn the difference and, if you find that your child is struggling to understand, provides a gentle reminder to help them build their confidence in telling their left from their right for themselves.

Learning Responsibility
Labelling your child’s belongings also provides you with an opportunity to teach them the importance of looking after their things – especially in busy shared environments such as the school classroom where everybody will have their own set of similar (if not identical) school uniform and equipment to keep track of. It becomes your child’s responsibility to make sure that they’ve picked up their own clothing and items by checking for the name label that you’ve applied.

Learning To Stay Safe In Emergency Situations
You could also include information on your child’s name labels and teach them to use this information if an emergency should occur. For example, you might add a contact phone number so your child knows how to contact you if they get lost OR you might add medical/allergy information so if your child is alone when a medical emergency occurs they can let the people around them know what is happening.

If you’re looking for a name label that you can use in a variety of ways to help your child learn as they go (AND keep track of all their stuff), we recommend using our Stikins ® name labels. Our Stikins ® name labels are a wonderfully versatile product that can be applied to all kinds of items; made with a super flexible vinyl and an advanced adhesive, Stikins ® can be used to label clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash care label), onto all kinds of personal items and school equipment, and onto shoes (where we recommend applying them to the side wall or beneath the tongue; if you apply them beneath the heel of the foot, the friction generated as your child moves about will cause the print to disintegrate rapidly).

Visit our Stikins ® information page to find out more about these helpful little labels or visit our Stikins ® product page to place an order.

Label Planet: Top Tips - How To Choose The Right Label For Your Label Application

While there might not seem to be anything terribly complicated about picking a label, there are more options out there than many people realise – with many of these options being designed specifically to suit specific types of label applications.

Many of our customers approach the purchase of labels with an assumption that they simply need a “label”– even though they actually have specific requirements that not all label products will be able to fulfil.

To make sure you pick the best label for the job we recommend creating a list of “Musts” – things that your label absolutely MUST be – and using that list to narrow down your search to products that can meet those requirements perfectly. With this in mind, we’ve put together a checklist to get you started:

Some label products are designed specifically for laser printers or inkjet printers only, which means if you only have one type of printer to hand, you have to pick a compatible product. If you intend to leave your labels blank or to handwrite them, you can take your pick from all of our label products.
You can find the printer compatibility of all of our label products on our Label Materials List page

We do not offer bespoke label products, so if you have a specific size in mind you should check if we supply the size you need. Next you should see if we offer that size in a material option and quantity that is appropriate for your needs; popular and standard sizes are available in a wider range of material options with many also available to order from stock in packs of 25 sheets. Less popular and less common sizes are only available in a limited range of material options, with some only available as Made to Order items with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets.

If the size you want isn’t available (or is available but not in the material or order quantity you prefer), then you can switch to a close size that is available, choose a larger size that you can cut down, or source a label manufacturer who can produce it as a bespoke product.
Search through our available label sizes, listed here by height and here by width.

We offer a basic range of shapes, including rectangles (with rounded or square cut corners), circles, ovals, and squares. Rectangles and circles are the most popular shapes and so are available in a wider range of sizes and material options than the ovals and squares.
You can find a list of all of our label products grouped by their shape on our Label Shapes page

We have three different finishes available; gloss, semi-gloss, and matt. If you want a shiny decorative finish you should look through our range of gloss label products. Likewise, if you prefer a non-shiny finish, you should focus on products with a matt finish. For a compromise between the two, you should consider our semi-gloss labels.
Our gloss labels are grouped on our Gloss Labels page, our semi-gloss labels can be found on the Semi-Gloss Labels range page, and the rest of our labels all have a matt finish. 

We have a range of different adhesives, which are designed to suit a variety of label applications. We offer a number of different adhesive strengths, including a strong “High Tack” permanent adhesive (for labels that should be difficult to remove or suitable for surfaces that standard adhesives struggle to adhere to), a standard permanent adhesive (for a strong bond on a variety of surfaces – this adhesive is found on most of our products), a removable adhesive (for temporary labels that remove cleanly and easily when they are no longer needed), and a super removable adhesive (for delicate items made of glass or paper).

We also have a number of speciality adhesives that are designed for specific conditions and environments; our Freezer Adhesive is designed for items that are to be stored in freezer conditions (e.g. food or medical samples), our Marine Adhesive is designed for outdoor conditions or applications that involve exposure to or immersion in water (e.g. kitchen or bathroom products), and a “VOID” Adhesive that is used on our tamper evident security labels to provide visual proof that an item has been tampered with. 
All of our products with special adhesives are listed on our Special Adhesives page

We have a range of waterproof labels, which provide our customers with a choice of finishes and adhesive types. Most are suitable for laser printers only. Standard inks used in inkjet printers are water based, which results in the print running or smudging if it gets wet. Laser printers, however, use a dry printing process (using heat and pressure) to bond toner in place, which produces waterproof print.
You can find a list of all of our waterproof options on our Waterproof Labels page

We have a range of colours and transparent labels for customers to choose from including: six pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, metallic gold and silver, brown Kraft labels, and standard white, along with transparent labels in a choice of matt or gloss finishes and permanent or removable adhesives.
View all of the options available on our Coloured Label Products and Transparent Label Products pages. 

If price is your main concern, then you may need to think about choosing a standard material in a standard size, rather than a more “specialised” product. For example, our paper products will always be cheaper than our synthetic and coloured materials, while a standard permanent adhesive will always be cheaper than a special adhesive. Likewise, we have a range of “standard” sizes that are available to purchase from stock in packs of 25 sheets, which may prove much cheaper than less common sizes with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets.

Of course, if you know that you will need to repurchase these labels in the future, it may be worth considering buying a larger quantity now (and storing away the labels you don’t need immediately) to get a better price. Our prices include price breaks, which means that larger quantities offer much better value for money in terms of unit price. If you know that you would be able to store your extra labels away safely, then it may be much more economic to place a small number of orders for larger quantities than to place frequent orders of smaller quantities.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Stikins ® - A Helping Hand For Lost Property Departments

Whether you’re fighting back a mountain or simply fed up of the box of bits and pieces that you’ve got shoved under a desk in the office, name labels are an excellent way to tackle the problem of lost property.

While losing belongings can be a distressing and frustrating experience for students (and their parents), the school environment is actually a safer place to lose things because it is a closed environment with access to names and contact information for the pupils in attendance – which makes it a simpler task to return items to their owner once they have been handed in to Lost Property.

All the Lost Property department needs to do is read the name labels of items that have been handed in and notify the right teacher to send the child to the office to pick up their belongings (compared with unlabelled items that have to wait in Lost Property until a “Reclaiming” event can be organised and often go unclaimed anyway because there’s simply no way to distinguish one article of uniform or equipment from another – unless, of course, they’ve acquired a unique stain, tear, or break somewhere along the line).

Some schools have actually taken the step of adding name labels to their School Uniform List as a required item, while others encourage parents by adding them as a “Recommended” item. Whether you make name labels a mandatory part of your uniform list or leave it up to parents to decide for themselves, there is no doubt that name labels are an extremely effective way to reduce the amount of time and resources that members of staff waste dealing with lost property.

Plus with Label Planet’s name labels, you also have the opportunity to raise funds for your school while tackling your lost property problem; our commission scheme allows schools to earn commission on every order of name labels placed by parents quoting a unique school code, which they can then put towards any fundraising projects or endeavours they’re looking to support.

You can find out more about our commission scheme on our Information Page; we’ve also got plenty of resources to help you get the best out of your fundraising efforts on the School Section of our site, which you can access by clicking on the purple “School Information” button on the left hand side.

Label Planet: New To Printing Labels? We’ve Got Templates & Tips To Get You Started!

Buying the correct labels is often only the first step in completing a labelling project; if you’re printing your own labels, you’ll need to follow up your purchase by designing a template (unless you’ve got one pre-prepared) and printing your labels.

Of course, some of our customers are seasoned veterans when it comes to designing templates and printing labels but for the rest of our customers DIY labels can become a bit of an uphill struggle; whether they’ve simply got no idea where to start or they run into a problem that they just can’t seem to fix.

This is where Label Planet’s extras come in! We’ve set up an advice section on our website, full of tips and helpful guides to designing and printing labels (including troubleshooting advice), along with Word and PDF templates for you to download and use completely free of charge.

For the most part, template troubles can be banished by making a few small adjustments to formats and settings – but if you’re new to designing and printing labels, it’s all too easy to get lost in the options available. We’ve been working with labels and templates for over ten years, which means that we’ve picked up a whole heap of shortcuts and solutions that can help to resolve the majority of template and printing problems quickly and easily. We’ve used this knowledge to build a range of guides and advice pages so that our customers can get the very best out of the labels they buy from us.

We also offer one to one advice (by phone or email) to all of our customers, so you can get advice and guidance on the specific issues that you’ve encountered with your template to get you back on track as quickly as possible.

If you need some advice on designing and printing your labels, or you need to download a template, simply visit our Label Planet Advice section to get started. Alternatively, you can contact our customer service team to discuss any problems or queries that you have.